Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' Voted 'Best Guitar Riff Ever'

The guitar riff in Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' has been voted the best ever written by students from guitar schools across London.

Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' Voted 'Best Guitar Riff Ever'
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The guitar riff in Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' has been voted the best ever written by students from guitar schools across London. The riff beat Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' into second place, while Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' was third. In a list dominated by veteran acts, The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' is the most current entry. Released in 2003, the simple riff came in at number nineteen in the poll. Guns N' Roses feature twice on the rundown, with 'Sweet Child O Mine' and 'Paradise City' charting at number five and six respectively. The rest of the top-five is completed by Jimi Hendrix, whose guitar riff 'Purple Haze' was voted the fourth best of all time. Credits for the info to Gigwise.com.

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    RockerNo.21
    Most of the riffs in the list are simple because people find them easy to listen to, remember and play.
    KingCheesehead
    I think a simple riff like that taking off to be a beginner guitar sensation requires being the best riff ever
    not_dead_enough
    killyoutonight wrote: I don't think it is the best. I think Sabbath has the best riffs, though they are simple, they are great. But Sabbath's best wouldn't be "Iron Man", "Paranoid" or any of the really over played songs. A lot of people believe that "Crazy Train" is a Sabbath song. What is wrong with people. Any way Deep Purple, good band but I don't think this is the best riff of all time...
    COMPUTER GOD!!!
    miketheman401
    why does everyone play this?!?!? pink floyd's "wish you were here" is getting just as bad though
    THE BULGE
    maybe the fact everyone knows it is what makes it the best like more complicated riffs by metallica and such sometimes if not all the time take a few moments to accurately name while smoke on the water is instant
    HxG
    1st: it's stolen 2nd: it's not the best, just the simplest and best known 3rd: this riff sucks balls!
    craigy2oo6
    does not have to be the most complicated riff to play to be the best its hows it sounds ?
    SharpObject
    recliner33 wrote: killyoutonight wrote: Yeah I agree, nothing beats a sabbath riff, nothing. If I had to make a list of the best 100 riffs of all time, 20 of them would probably be sabbath riffs. Tony Iommi is the riff master.
    F*ckin' eh
    HxG
    HxG wrote: 1st: it's stolen 2nd: it's not the best, just the simplest and best known 3rd: this riff sucks balls!
    sorry can't edit my post. this comment belongs to the 'smoke on the water' heading
    guitarskater11
    Stairway To Heaven?? lol not Smells Like teen spirit i mean i like nirvana its just uh 4 chords hahaha not even really a riff if they think like that they should have wonderwall by oasis too and iron man
    recliner33
    killyoutonight wrote: I don't think it is the best. I think Sabbath has the best riffs, though they are simple, they are great. But Sabbath's best wouldn't be "Iron Man", "Paranoid" or any of the really over played songs. A lot of people believe that "Crazy Train" is a Sabbath song. What is wrong with people. Any way Deep Purple, good band but I don't think this is the best riff of all time...
    Yeah I agree, nothing beats a sabbath riff, nothing. If I had to make a list of the best 100 riffs of all time, 20 of them would probably be sabbath riffs. Tony Iommi is the riff master. His riffs stay implanted in your brain for life. I remember when i first heard the song sweet leaf I had the song stuck in my head for 3 months and it drove me nuts because I knew it was a sabbath song but I couldn't get it because I didn't know the name of the song at first. I've been hooked on black sabbath ever since that day.
    twistedriffster
    it's definitely annoying. when i first started playing guitar, i tried playing it but stopped. too annoying.
    recliner33
    Smoke on the water is a good riff, not my favourite but probably the most well known. I'm surprised smells like teen spirit was so high, i love nirvana but that riff sounds pretty similar to bostons more then a feeling. Also nirvanas song rape me is the same riff but played backwards. Some songs that they missed are iron man (or anything done by sabbath) and heartbreaker by zeppelin. It's nice to see seven nation army on the list too, I love that riff. Sweet child o' mine is gnr's most annoying song in my opinion but people love it I guess. Slash hates it too and he's the one that created the riff.
    acshadow25
    i would've labelled it most overplayed, most famous or most annoying personally but hey, i guess i kno nothing
    killyoutonight
    I don't think it is the best. I think Sabbath has the best riffs, though they are simple, they are great. But Sabbath's best wouldn't be "Iron Man", "Paranoid" or any of the really over played songs. A lot of people believe that "Crazy Train" is a Sabbath song. What is wrong with people. Any way Deep Purple, good band but I don't think this is the best riff of all time...
    Thursdae
    Definitely the most well known.. whether it's the best or not I don't know. Deep Purple had much better riffs in most of their songs.. it's just that EVERYONE knows this riff. most of them don't even know what song it came from or what band it is.
    killyoutonight
    This list should have been filled with Sabbath riffs on top...but there isn't even one in the top five.
    Gnomestar
    its an ok riff but its really only as good as that bassline gehind it i prefer sunshine of your love
    thomasy7
    It maybe the best riff, but if you start playing it you'll probably get kicked out of the shop!
    death_reaper238
    More like "easiest to play, and most annoying to all shop owners!" Yeah I was at this shop once, and a kid actually DID get kicked out for playing smoke on the water!!!!! lmao yeah it was totally hilarious.....
    GiantRaven
    You mean CKY didn't fill the top places with every song they have? That list is inaccurate...
    JustinBrand
    killyoutonight wrote: Gnomestar wrote: its an ok riff but its really only as good as that bassline gehind it i prefer sunshine of your love it does sound good with the bassline behind it... most people don't care about bass...hell, some people are like "what is a bass?". What about greatest basslines/riffs ever? "Jerry was a racecar driver" should be up there...but no it'd be a song played by a bass player that can't even play....
    +1 Primus... Les Claypool=Best bass player ever!
    killyoutonight
    Gnomestar wrote: its an ok riff but its really only as good as that bassline gehind it i prefer sunshine of your love
    it does sound good with the bassline behind it... most people don't care about bass...hell, some people are like "what is a bass?". What about greatest basslines/riffs ever? "Jerry was a racecar driver" should be up there...but no it'd be a song played by a bass player that can't even play....
    Netherian
    eh, where's Layla? or Crazy Train? or Back in Black? and Smells like Teen Spirit #2? give me a break.
    strat0blaster
    So why's there a picture of the guy from Rush on the News aspect of the article? Just a curiosity.