Muse’s Plug In Baby Named Riff Of The Decade

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To be fair, it has been a good few years for Muse.

They have won Grammys, MTV awards, and they’ve sold out some of the biggest venues. Now, Muse have a new title they can be proud of.

In a poll conducted by Total Guitar magazine, readers voted the Devonshire trio’s “Plug In Baby”, the lead single from the album “Origins Of Symmetry” that catapulted Muse to stardom, as the best guitar riff of the naughties. The song beat competition from acts including The White Stripes and Queens Of The Stone Age.

It wasn’t their only entry in the top ten, with the hit “Knights Of Cydonia” from “Black Holes And Revelations” coming in at number five. Though Muse aren’t the only band with two songs in the top ten. Avenged Sevenfold also feature twice in the top ten. Avenged Sevenfold’s “Afterlife” and “Beast And The Harlot” appear in third and tenth place respectively.

Steven Lawson, the Total Guitar Editor, described guitarist Matt Bellamy as “a guitar hero for the 21st century”, commenting on the fact that the riff sounds much simpler than it actually is.

The top ten greatest riffs of the last decade, as voted by Total Guitar readers:

01. Plug in Baby Muse
02. Slither Velvet Revolver
03. Afterlife Avenged Sevenfold
04. The Dark Eternal Night Dream Theater
05. Knights of Cydonia Muse
06. No One Knows Queens of the Stone Age
07. Seven Nation Army The White Stripes
08. Halo Machine Head
09. Mr Brightside The Killers
10. Beast And The Harlot Avenged Sevenfold

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