Guitar World Names 100 Worst Riffs

He may be known for his over-the-top antics but Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille has another claim to fame: his “Guitar Solo” has been named the worst of all time by Guitar World magazine.

The magazine selected the “100 Worst Riffs, Licks & Solos of All Time,” identifying ones that are “lazy,” “boring,” “just plain stoopid,” or “involve C.C. Deville.”

The list includes songs by David Bowie, Def Leppard, Metallica, Green Day, B.B. King, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and The Strokes, among others. Many are guitar legends who simply had a bad night or bum note.

Guitar World describes DeVille’s nine-minute solo “completely devoid of taste, structure or steady tempo” and recommends every budding guitarist listen to it because “surely, they can’t do any worse.”

DeVille was also cited for his “Cherry Pie” solo when he played with Warrant and Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

The magazine recommends DeVille “take solace in the fact that he’s in some rather good company.”

Rounding out the top 10: “Summertime Blues,” Blue Cheer; “The Game of Love,” Carlos Santana; Falstaff beer 1967 radio spot, Cream; “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles; “Thirsty and Miserable,” Black Flag; “Wango Tango,” Ted Nugent; “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” Rolling Stones; “Sting of the Bumblebee,” Manowar; and “American Woman,” Lenny Kravitz.

The list appears in the magazine’s December issue.


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