The best Jimmy Page guitar riffs not only secured Led Zeppelin’s place in the pantheon of rock gods, they also mapped out an entirely new future for rock’n’roll music as it evolved into hard rock, and provided the bridge to heavy metal to boot. Masterminding many of the best Led Zeppelin songs, the guitarist was also a sonic visionary who pioneered new recording techniques that helped the group demolish the competition throughout the 70s, but Jimmy Page’s legacy still largely rests on his superhuman prowess on his instrument. Here are ten examples of the rock icon at his incendiary best. Beware: it might get loud.
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10: Moby Dick (from ‘Led Zeppelin II’, 1969)
The instrumental Moby Dick is primarily remembered for drummer John Bonham’s nearly three-minute solo – a tour de force which he often stretched out to half an hour on stage – but it’s bookended by a memorably sprightly guitar riff which, at the outset, jousts with Bonham’s cowbell as Page deploys a combination of nimble fingering, a simple melody and a nifty key change. It’s still Bonham’s showcase, but Page cheerfully sets one of the best drummers of all time up to do his thing.