DEEP PURPLE Tops Riff Poll reports that DEEP PURPLE's rock anthem "Smoke On The Water" is the track with the greatest guitar riff of all time, according to a new survey.

The vintage hard rock song was crowned the greatest piece of strumming by Guitar-X students at London's Tech Music Schools.

The song beat NIRVANA's grunge classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" into second place, while AEROSMITH's "Walk This Way" came third.

John Wheatcroft, head of instruments at Guitar-X, said: "Whilst it could be argued that we are no longer living in the iconic 'Age Of The Electric Guitar', a quick look around any record shop proves that musical quality lasts, with artists such as THE BEATLES, JIMI HENDRIX or LED ZEPPELIN shifting just as many albums today than they did in their heyday."

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