Metal Hammer recently “asked rock’s most prominent players to pick their favourite metal riffs of all time” in order to compile a list of The 50 Best Metal Riffs Ever. There were three rules for the selection process — it had to be an actual riff as defined in the dictionary, only band per song was allowed, and it had to “heavy,” however you wanna define that — but otherwise it’s not clear how the list was compiled. I suspect the editors just used the musicians’ picks as suggestions, ’cause the list was clearly designed to be provocative (wait ’til you see which eras of Carcass and Alice in Chains made the cut, or which Big Four band did not). Not that I’m judging!
You can check out the list below, or go here to read explanations from members of the selection committee. Then head to the comments section to argue. Yay, arguing!