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Origin Teignmouth, Devon, England, UK
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
New prog
Space Rock
Years active 1994—present
Label(s) East West Records
Mushroom Records
Warner Music Group
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Matt Bellamy
Dominic Howard
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Muse Dominate Best Guitar Riff Poll

October 4, 2010
Muse Dominate Best Guitar Riff PollThe guitar riff from Muse’s ‘Plug In Baby’ has been named the best guitar riff of the 21st century.

The track, released in 2001, was one of two Muse songs included in top-10 of the poll by Total Guitar magazine.

The guitar hook to ‘Slither’ by Velvet Revolver came second, while Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Afterlife’ came third.

The top-5 was completed by Dream Theater’s ‘The Dark Eternal Night’ and Muse’s ‘Knights Of Cydonia’ at number four and five respectively.

Total Guitar editor Stephen Lawson said: "I think Muse won because Matt Bellamy is a guitar hero for the 21st century.

“He's genuinely innovative, a real creative type who comes up with unique guitar parts. I'm sure it helps that his riffs are catchy too."

The top-50 also included songs by Green Day, Kasabian, Elbow, Metallica and Biffy Clyro. You can see the full top-10 below.

Best Guitar Riff of the 21 Century - Top-10:

  1. Muse - ‘Plug In Baby’
  2. Velvet Revolver - ‘Slither’
  3. Avenged Sevenfold - ‘Afterlife’
  4. Dream Theater - ‘The Dark Eternal Night’
  5. Muse - ‘Knights of Cydonia’
  6. Queens of the Stone Age - ‘No One Knows’
  7. White Stripes - ‘Seven Nation Army’
  8. Machine Head - ‘Halo’
  9. The Killers - ‘Mr Brightside’
  10. Avenged Sevenfold - ‘Beast And The Harlot’

(by Jason Gregory)

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