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Radio 2's Top 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs

Zoe Ball counts down the top thirty greatest guitar riffs as voted for by Radio 2 listeners.

As part of the Guitar Season of programmes on Radio 2, we've been asking you to vote for what you consider to be the Greatest Guitar Riff Ever. Now in a special programme Zoe Ball will count down the top thirty and exclusively reveal what's been voted your greatest guitar riff of all time.

A panel of guitar music experts, made up of Radio 2 presenters, music critics and record producers were selected to pick the 100 guitar riffs. They are: Janice Long - Radio 2 Presenter, Bob Harris - Radio 2 Presenter, Richard Allison - Radio 2 Presenter, Gideon Coe - 6 Music Presenter, Steve Levine - Music Producer, Paul Sexton - Music journalist and broadcaster, Sunday Times, Radio 2, Sian Llewellyn - Editor, Classic Rock Magazine.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Last on

Mon 25 Aug 2014 14:00

Music Played

  • Pearl Jam


  • Ocean Colour Scene

    The Riverboat Song

  • The Beatles

    Day Tripper

  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

    • The Rolling Stones - Remastered.
    • Abkco.
  • Black Sabbath


  • The White Stripes

    Seven Nation Army

  • Cream

    Sunshine Of Your Love

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1968.
    • Premier.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Sweet Home Alabama

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Oh Well (Parts 1 & 2)

    • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Free

    All Right Now

  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

  • Bon Jovi

    Livin' On A Prayer

    • Music Of The Millennium (Various).
    • Universal Music Tv.
    • 1.
  • Rush

    Spirit Of Radio

  • Chuck Berry

    Johnny B. Goode

    • That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Metallica

    Enter Sandman

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Do I Wanna Know

  • T. Rex

    20th Century Boy

  • Manic Street Preachers

    Motorcycle Emptiness

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Purple Haze

    • The Jimi Hendrix Collection.
    • Universal.
  • David Bowie

    Ziggy Stardust

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • Pink Floyd


    • (CD Single).
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • The Kinks

    You Really Got Me

  • Dire Straits

    Money For Nothing

    • Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits.
    • Vertigo.
  • Status Quo

    Down Down

  • The Smiths

    How Soon Is Now?

  • Derek and the Dominos


    • American Dreams II (Various Artists).
    • Solitaire Collection.
  • Deep Purple

    Smoke On The Water

  • AC/DC

    Back In Black

    • Back In Black.
    • Epic.
    • 6.
  • Guns N’ Roses

    Sweet Child O' Mine

  • Led Zeppelin

    Whole Lotta Love


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