(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin’s 1969 classic, “Whole Lotta Love”, has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2. The BBC reports the track topped the list of songs ahead of tunes by Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC , Deep Purple and others.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was “knocked out” by winning the vote. “I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive,” he said. “There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing.”
“Whole Lotta Love” was the opening track on Led Zeppelin’s 1969 sophomore release, “Led Zepplin II.” The single peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on its way to selling a million copies Stateside and becoming the group’s only US Top 10 single.
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