Led Zeppelins ‘Whole Lotta Love’ voted greatest guitar riff of all time

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The iconic guitar riff was recently voted as the greatest guitar riff of all time, beating AC/DC and ZZ Top.

A recent poll by Total Guitar/Guitar World asked its readers to vote on the greatest riff of all time and Led Zeppelins ‘Whole Lotta Love’ has claimed the top spot. The iconic riff was crafted by Zeppelins guitarist Jimmy Page and set loose on the world in 1969, the same year mankind put a man on the moon. Making it humanity’s second greatest achievement of the time. 

‘Whole Lotta Love’ beats Ozzy Osbourne’s classic ‘Crazy Train’ and AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’. The track was released on Led Zeppelin’s second album, ably named Led Zeppelin II. It was an impactful album that boasted the band’s natural ability to craft their own path and solidified them as one of the world’s rock n roll behemoths. 

Other songs that were nominated was Deep Purples classic ‘Smoke On The Water’, Van Halen’s ‘Aint Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’, Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’, Pantera’s ‘Walk’, ZZ Top’s ‘La Grange’, and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’. 

Led Zeppelin’s music has remained one of the most influential rock bands to have ever existed as the decades have passed by. This poll is further evidence of the band’s impact on music and music fans alike.  

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