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Led Zeppelin's “Whole Lotta Love” Voted Greatest Guitar Riff

Image courtesy of Atlantic Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Atlantic Records (via ABC News Radio)

Led Zeppelin 's "Whole Lotta Love" has been selected as the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2 .

"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the poll, followed by AC/DC ’s "Back in Black" and Deep Purple ’s "Smoke on the Water."

Listeners voted the Zeppelin tune number one from a BBC Radio 2 list of 100 guitar riffs compiled by a panel of DJs, music critics and record producers.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" when he learned "Whole Lotta Love" was voted number one.  "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," Page said.

"Whole Lotta Love" appeared on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II .  The LP was released in October 1969.

Here are the Top 10 guitar riffs, according to the BBC Radio 2 poll:

1. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin
2. “Sweet Child O' Mine,” Guns 'N' Roses
3. “Back in Black,” AC/DC
4. “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple
5. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominoes
6. “How Soon Is Now?,” The Smiths
7. “Down Down,” Status Quo
8. “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits
9. “You Really Got Me,” The Kinks
10. “Money,” Pink Floyd


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