Top 10 Greatest Guitar Riff Writers in Metal and Hard Rock

Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow: Blackmore's work on "Smoke on the Water" and "Highway Star.

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave: Morello's innovative use of effects and unconventional techniques on songs like "Bulls on Parade.

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath: Often regarded as the godfather of heavy metal riffs, Iommi's work on tracks like "Iron Man" and "Paranoid.

Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne: Rhoads' neoclassical influences and memorable riffs in "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley.

Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (Slayer: This duo's collaborative riff-writing on tracks like "Raining Blood" and "Angel of Death.

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Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin: Known for his innovative and influential riffs, Page created classics such as "Whole Lotta Love" and "Black Dog.

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James Hetfield (Metallica: Hetfield's downpicking technique and powerful riffs in songs like "Enter Sandman" and "Master of Puppets.

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Dimebag Darrell (Pantera: Known for his aggressive and complex riffs, Dimebag's work on "Cowboys from Hell" and "Walk" revolutionized groove metal.

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Dave Mustaine (Megadeth: Mustaine's technical proficiency and intricate riffs in songs like "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due.

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Angus Young (AC/DC: Young's straightforward yet electrifying riffs in songs like "Back in Black" and "Highway to Hell" are staples of hard rock.

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