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Gibson Name Their Top Ten Riffs of The 80s'

Gibson Name Their Top Ten Riffs of The '80s -

Gibson Guitars have listed their top 10 guitar riffs of the eighties and, unsurprisingly, have named Gibson endorsee Angus Young's power chord laden riff featured in 'Back In Black' as their #1.

Three of the ten were featured on tracks released in 1980, with a further three released in 1981 and one each from 1982, 1983 and 1984. Only Slash's contribution to Guns n'Roses classic 'Sweet Child O'Mine' is listed from the latter half of the decade.

Gibson say:

"The phenomenon known as the riff has the power to make a decent song great, and a great song an all-time classic.

"The form really began to flourish in the 60s at the hands of Dave Davies, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards and other predominately British guitar legends.

"The 80s kept the tradition running with guitarists from decades past still flexing their muscles alongside a breed like Slash and Vivian Campbell."

Gibson's top 10 riffs of the 80s -

1. AC/DC: Back in Black (1980)
2. Rolling Stones: Start Me Up (1981)
3. Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads: Crazy Train (1980)
4. Scorpions: Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
5. Def Leppard: Photograph (1983)
6. Judas Priest: Breaking the Law (1980)
7. Michael Jackson (Steve Lukather): Beat It (1982)
8. The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go (1981)
9. Guns n'Roses: Sweet Child o'Mine (1987)
10. Rush: Limelight (1981)


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