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Back in Black named the top riff of the 80’s

Posted on 22 Oct 2012

The thunderous opening to AC/DC‘s ‘Back in Black’ was named the top riff of the 1980s by Gibson guitar, the company who manufacture Angus Young's trademark SG. 

“Brothers Angus and Malcolm Young cooked up some of the greatest riffs of their career on this magnum opus,” they wrote. “But none is more memorable than the hard and heavy title track.”
AC/DC narrowly beat out the Rolling Stones, whose ‘Start Me Up’ finished in second place.

Hard rock from the early-1980s dominated the Top 10 list but with two exceptions. The power chords that open The Clash’s smash hit ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ placed in the No. 8 spot, while just ahead of it at No. 7 is the riff that propels Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It.’

Gibson’s Top 10 Riffs From the 80s

1. AC/DC, ‘Back in Black’
2. Rolling Stones, ‘Start Me Up’
3. Ozzy Osbourne, ‘Crazy Train’
4. The Scorpions, ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’
5. Def Leppard, ‘Photograph’
6. Judas Priest, ‘Breaking the Law’
7. Michael Jackson, ‘Beat It’
8. The Clash, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’
9. Guns n’Roses, ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’
10. Rush, ‘Limelight’

For more details head to the Gibson website


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