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Guns N' Roses Top Poll
May 2nd, 2004

The Guns N' Roses pop rock anthem Sweet Child O' Mine has the greatest guitar riff of all time according to music fans. The famous track came top of a poll of 100 Greatest Riffs Ever voted for by readers of Total Guitar magazine.

Hits by Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne and Nirvana all make it in the top 20. But tracks by the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols fail to make it into the 20 favourites. Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits has just been knocked off the top of the album charts.

Total Guitar editor Scott Rowley said the poll represented a new era of classic rock. He said: "To a new generation of guitarists, Metallica are more important than the Rolling Stones, Guns N' Roses more thrilling than the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath better than the Beatles."

He added: "Riffs are an interesting measure of people's tastes because they're usually easy to play and very catchy - they're the hook of the song. "This isn't about who's the flashiest guitarist. It's more about the guitarists and songs that get you most excited."

The magazine's last poll, in 1999, saw Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love voted top of the list, followed by Smoke On The Water and the Eric Clapton/Derek & The Dominoes track Layla.

More than 2,000 readers voted in the poll in Total Magazine.

Here are the top 10 riffs:
1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
4. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
5. Enter Sandman - Metallica
6. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton
7. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
8. Back In Black - AC/DC
9. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
10. Paranoid - Black Sabbath