In a list of the top 100, it beat rock legend contenders such as Metallica, Nirvana and The White Stripes to the top spot. The top five guitar riffs are completed by Guns 'N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine at two, AC/DC's Back in Black at three, Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water at four and Derek And The Dominoes' Layla at five.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said: "I'm knocked out by this because I didn't expect that to happen - there's been so many wonderful riffs along the way. I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces ... but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive" A panel of music experts helped produce the top 100 and a poll asked listeners to cast their votes.
Throughout yesterday, listeners were treated to the complete countdown.