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EDITORS’ NOTES

Killer riffs not only inspire gazillions of air-guitar heroes, they also help define songs—as vivid as hieroglyphs, they're sonic suggestions of everything from class conflict to sexual peaks. Here's a head-thumping playlist that showcases all that and more, from Nirvana's unruly chugs and Beck's slacker hooks to Alice in Chains' guttural refrains and Marilyn Manson's grunge-glam power-chords.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Killer riffs not only inspire gazillions of air-guitar heroes, they also help define songs—as vivid as hieroglyphs, they're sonic suggestions of everything from class conflict to sexual peaks. Here's a head-thumping playlist that showcases all that and more, from Nirvana's unruly chugs and Beck's slacker hooks to Alice in Chains' guttural refrains and Marilyn Manson's grunge-glam power-chords.

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