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Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

Last month, BBC announced: Listeners to pick ‘best guitar riff’

BBC Radio 2 has launched a listener vote to find the top 100 guitar riffs of all time.

A panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers have drawn up a list of riffs ranging from Money by Pink Floyd to Metallica’s Enter Sandman.

Listener’s favourites will be unveiled in a marathon broadcast next month.

The station has been celebrating the guitar in a special season featuring documentaries and live performances.

Radio 2’s Head of Music, Jeff Smith says listeners will love the range of music featured on the list.

“We’ve all been brought up with the most amazing guitar riffs throughout the history of pop music,” he said, adding that the panel has “drawn up a strong and eclectic mix”.

Well, the results are in… Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love voted best guitar riff

The rock classic came out top from a list of 100 riffs drawn up by a panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers.

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns ‘N’ Roses was second in the poll, with Back In Black (AC/DC) and Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple) the next most popular.

Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page said he was “knocked out” by winning the vote.

“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,” he said.

“There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing.”

Other riffs in the list included Layla by Derek And The Dominoes, which was voted fifth best, Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols and Metallica’s Enter Sandman.

“Whole Lotta Love is one of the most important guitar riffs of the 20th century,” said record producer and panellist Steve Levine. “The moment you hear literally two notes of it, you know exactly what it is.”

The Top 30 announcement came on Zoe Ball’s bank holiday show.

Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Daft Punk and Pink Floyd were among the acts jostling for favour.

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