“Whole Lotta Love” has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.
It’s not a bad list, either. Mind you, only in England can you find a list of 10 rock stars marred (pun intended for those who get it) by the inclusion of a Smiths song.
Jimmy Page says he was “knocked out” by the win for his riff from Zeppelin’s second album.
“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 … there was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing.”
“Whole Lotta Love” was also the last song ever performed by the original Led Zeppelin lineup, at the band’s July 7, 1980 show at Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany.
Top 10 Guitar Riffs Of All Time
BBC Radio 2 listener vote – August 2014
01 – Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
02 – Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
03 – Back In Black – AC/DC
04 – Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
05 – Layla – Derek And The Dominoes
06 – How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
07 – Down Down – Status Quo
08 – Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
09 – You Really Got Me – The Kinks
10 – Money – Pink Floyd
Here’s a couple highlights from my recent conversation with Jimmy Page.