Muse’s ‘Plug in Baby’ voted greatest guitar riff of the 21st century

Guitarists have named Muse’s ‘Plug in Baby’ as the greatest guitar riff of the 21st century, in a poll conducted by Total Guitar magazine.

Total Guitar asked their readers to vote for the ultimate guitar riff of the last 10 years, which is celebrated in a special ‘Monster Riffs’ edition of the magazine, on sale 1st October.

The poll generated the top 50 ultimate guitar riffs from the last decade, leading to some interesting results without the influence of more classic rock pre-2000; with bands such as Green Day, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro, Elbow, AC/DC, Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers all making the top 50.

British band Muse managed to take two spots in the top 5 with ‘Knights of Cydonia’ and ‘Plug in Baby’, alongside American rock band Avenged Sevenfold, Velvet Revolver, Dream Theater, Queens of the Stone Age, The White Stripes, Machine Head and The Killers who made the rest of the top 10.

Lead guitarist Matt Bellamy’s decade-defining riff is deceptively difficult to play according to Total Guitar magazine, with extreme attention to detail required for such a technically complicated riff.

Total Guitar – Greatest guitar riff of the 21st century

1. Plug in Baby – Muse
2. Slither – Velvet Revolver
3. Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold
4. The Dark Eternal Night – Dream Theater
5. Knights of Cydonia – Muse
6. No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
7. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
8. Halo – Machine Head
9. Mr Brightside – The Killers
10. Beast And The Harlot – Avenged Sevenfold

Stephen Lawson, Editor of Total Guitar magazine said:

“I think Muse won because Matt Bellamy is a guitar hero for the 21st century. He’s genuinely innovative, a real creative type who comes up with unique guitar parts. I’m sure it helps that his riffs are catchy too. This poll proves that modern rock is just as exciting, as chock full of brilliant riffs as classic rock was. Is ‘Plug In Baby’ as great a riff as (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction? You bet it is!”

For the full run-down on the greatest guitar riffs of the 21st century, check out the latest issue of Total Guitar magazine, on sale 1st October priced at £4.99. The ‘Monster Riffs’ special also shows guitarists how to write their own riffs, as well as featuring an interview with ‘The Human Riff’ Keith Richards.

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  • 2

    That's so amazing, I'm huge huge Muse fan, Matt is amazing.

    • xdvx
    • October 10, 2010, 4:28 am
    Ah, the New Born awesome tapping solo. +1 for you sir.

    ...and since you're a huge fan of Matt, I think you'll like this xD

    - mostafagalal October 10, 2010, 5:51 am
  • 2

    Tis good live tis

    • Math
    • October 10, 2010, 4:31 am
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