20. Michael Jackson - Beat It
Video: Top 20 guitar riffs of all time
Guitar hero Jimmy Hendrix is rock's No1
A new poll has named the top 20 guitar riffs of all time — the timeless classics that rock star wannabes practice in front of the bedroom mirror with a tennis racquet when nobody else is around.
>Click More Pictures above to watch the Top 20 guitar riffs of all time
Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child topped the list over 40 years after he first recorded the classic cosmic jam.
Late guitar guru Hendrix, who topped the singles chart with the track in 1970, triumphed in a poll of musicians.
The track — full title Voodoo Child (Slight Return) — edged past Guns’N'Roses song Sweet Child O'Mine, which finished second in the poll by musicians' website Music Radar.com.
When the site's sister magazine Total Guitar carried out the survey five years ago the list was topped by G’n'R.
The list shows that older riffs are the best. Just two from the past decade make it into the top 20 — Muse's Plug In Baby at 11 and The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army at 15.
Michael Jackson's Beat It, with its Eddie Van Halen guitar part, props up the top 20.
Voodoo Child — with its distinctive wah-wah opening — was first released on Hendrix's Electric Ladyland album and led on from an earlier track, Voodoo Chile, which was a 15-minute blues jam.
By the time it was released as a single in 1970 it too had been named Voodoo Chile.
MusicRadar.com's editor-in-chief Mike Goldsmith said: “Nearly 40 years after his untimely death Jimi Hendrix is still the undisputed heavyweight champion of rock guitar.
“Of the current generation of six-string stars, only Jack White of The White Stripes and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy feature in the higher echelons of our list. No surprise given both Bellamy and White share — or have inherited — Hendrix's unique blend of experimental instincts and white-knuckle showmanship.
“Above all, our poll seems to indicate one thing, in 2009, classic rock still rules.”
Protip: Jimi Hendrix's birthday was yesterday - November 27
Most Read in this section
- Azalea slams Eminem for lyrics
- 'Juniors' to join S Club 7 on tour
- Enrique wins three Latin Grammys
- Bette Midler to play five UK arenas
- Why Kevin quit Backstreet Boys
- Orzabal rediscovering own album
- Taylor Swift makes US chart history
Most Viewed Videos
Video: CS Lewis - Bus tour in the footsteps of the famous east Belfast author...
The second ever CS...
Video: Belfast Christmas market - A tour uncovers the markets festive and food...
Video: Two men die in London balcony collapse new
Two men died in Central London when part of a...
Video: The Great War - Exhibition explores the hidden history of west...
An exhibition currently...
Video: Coronation Street gets a Christmas makeover as tour opens to public new
The Limelight, November 13
Alibi, The Parlour, Groovy Train, The Eg
The National Bar
The Coach relaunches
The Botanic Inn
The Cloth Ear - Autumn 2014
Northern Ireland Nightlife: Cuckoo - October 2014
The Limelight - Oct 2014
DJ Sneak and Felix da Housecat at Belfast's T13
Toga Party at The Fly, Belfast - Freshers Week 2014
Freshers Pub Crawl - Bar With No Name
Freshers Night at Ollies, Belfast - September 2014
Freshers' Night in The Fly
The National Bar - Sept 2014
Belsonic 2014 pictures: Imagine Dragons, Soul Sister Soul Revolution and The Whereabouts fans
Belsonic 2014 pictures: Queens of the Stone Age fans
Belsonic 2014 pictures: Chic and Nile Rodgers fans
World Press Photo exhibition
Vote: Who's Northern Ireland's greatest ever sports star?
WW1: Images of the horror, heroism, suffering and anguish
The Troubles gallery - IRA checkpoint, early 1970s
Reader pictures: Favourite Ulster beauty spots
Old school pictures: When Big Ian Paisley was little Ian
Latest Entertainment News
Nick Jonas: Child star transition is challenging new
Nick Jonas hopes his progression from Disney...
Cumberbatch vows to be spontaneous new
Benedict Cumberbatch has realised saying no to...
Justin Theroux 'switches schedule to see Jen'
Justin Theroux has reportedly realised he needs to show...
Liam Hemsworth is a dog whisperer
Liam Hemsworth's The Hunger Games co-stars view him...
Latest Music News
Orzabal rediscovering own album
Tears For Fears star Roland Orzabal has admitted he...
Welsh congratulations for Cerys MBE
The Prince of Wales has presented rock star Cerys...
Taylor Swift makes US chart history
Taylor Swift has made US chart history after...
Azalea slams Eminem for lyrics
Iggy Azalea has hit back at Eminem after apparently being the target of his...
Latest Film & TV News
Jamie Dornan's body double was plucked from crowd watching filming of The...
One Belfast man proved...
Jones: No moral message in Homesman
Tommy Lee Jones' film The Homesman has been...
Kline, Douglas: No older roles
Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas have complained that there are not enough...
Sutherland begged for Hunger Games
Donald Sutherland has revealed he campaigned...
Latest Eating Out News
Restaurant Review: Café Conor
This is old cuisine, Ulster-style, at its best. The...
Slice of perfection: We review Pizza Express on the Lisburn Road in Belfast
Writing about Italian...
Cat's pyjamas: We review the latest efforts of chef James Devine
Armagh people, like me,...
Double delight: We review Maze Restaurant in Belfast
The latest addition to Belfast's portfolio of...
Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant
You're moody and sensitive, especially when it comes to family matters. Although you should make a big change, emotional ties to home are holding you back. Stop making excuses for your failure to act. Just take a leap of faith. Your nearest and dearest will learn to live without your constant presence. Becoming more independent will actually strengthen your relationships, not weaken them. Start looking for your own place to live.More