BBC Radio 2 launches poll to find greatest ever guitar riff

Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and Oasis have all made the Top 100

BBC Radio 2 has launched a poll to find the greatest ever guitar riff.

The audience vote was opened today (July 14) by presenter Simon Mayo as part of the station’s Guitar Season. The riffs from 100 songs have been selected by a panel of music experts and listeners are now being asked to vote for their favourite, with the winner revealed on the station on August 25.

The 100 songs include Free’s ‘All Right Now’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’, Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, Oasis’ ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, The Beatles’ ‘Day Tripper’, The Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now?’, The Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’, The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. See the full list of songs by clicking here. The list was limited to one song per artist.

Head Of Music for Radio 2, Jeff Smith, commented: “We’ve all been brought up with the most amazing guitar riffs throughout the history of pop music, but our trusty panel have drawn up a strong and eclectic mix we know our Radio 2 listeners are going to love.”

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