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Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang: 20-16

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Yesterday brought you the first in a weeklong series of 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. Today continues the countdown with numbers 20-16. Will your favorite make the list? Check on below for the answer and make sure to get your neck brace ready!

Check out entries 25-21 here!

20
Disturbed – “Guarded”
Album: Ten Thousand Fists
Start of the riff: 0:00

I feel a little weird putting this song on the list because so many parts of the song are such a letdown. But DAMN does that intro get me pumped! Fast paced, intense and David Draiman really nails down a vocal patter that takes full advantage of the aggressive attitude of the riff.

19
Tool – “The Grudge”
Album: Lateralus
Start of the riff: 3:52

This entry is perhaps the longest build up to the headbang worthy riff on the entire list. It takes almost four minutes for the riff in question to come in. But when it does, hoo boy! Everything in the song up until that point was a build up to something that needed to be intense, violent, aggressive, and engaging. Luckily for us listeners, Tool delivered the riff not that we wanted, but the one we deserved (damn, I’m a nerd).

18
Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls”
Album: Ride The Lightning
Start of the riff: 1:00

This definitely ranks as one of the most recognizable riffs on this list. But just because it’s recognizable doesn’t mean that it’s not simply one badass mama jamba. This is one of the most well known guitar riffs in history for a reason. It deserves it.

17
Pantera Album: Vulgar Display Of Power
Start of the riff: 0:17

Let’s be honest, you just knew that Pantera was gonna be on this list. And what better song than “Walk”, a song that is so badass and intense that it’s used by some of the biggest and baddest athletes as their entrance music? Raise a blacktooth grin and try not to spill it everywhere while you’re rocking out!

16
Daath – “Wilting On The Vine”
Album: The Concealers
Start of the riff: 0:03

Again, the simplicity of the drums make this riff so catchy and intense. And when it comes back in after Emil Werstler’s blistering guitar solo…holy crap. Talk about epic!

Tune in tomorrow for riffs 15-11!

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  • mikeknowskarate

    goddamn these lists make me laugh.

  • J-MAN28

    25-21 was a better group of headbanging riffs. I like what you’re doing here though. Curious what the next 5 will be.

  • John Marrone

    Where the hell is Say What You Need To Say, by John Mayer!?? This list blows!

  • doomas10

    Bloody disgusting has started becoming Troll Heaven. Calm down people…it’s his list. Let him finish it. And yeah Pantera should be here!

    • morrisseylikesburgers

      There are sooooo many better Pantera riffs. Walk sucks.

    • John Marrone

      I was 100% percent ribbing him. John Mayer!?

  • viking1983

    walk is easily panteras worst song, and this is coming from panteras biggest fan, 5 minutes alone should have been the pick