Change was definitely in the air once the '90s kicked into high gear. After the stench of hair metal became too much to bear and arena rock started to wear out its welcome, bands started to blow up that later become known as alternative rock. Though they may fall under a different label nowadays, these riffs packed one hell of a punch.
As opposed to the more traditional songwriting mentality of decades prior, many of these songs live and die on the strength of these little musical fragments, some of which are still engrained in our head to this day.
While most of the offerings came from the city of Seattle and beyond, some of the outliers of the day ended up scoring some pretty intense guitar work as well, from the sounds of pop punk to the beginnings of nu metal starting to rear their head.
Regardless of which genre they came from, these riffs helped inspire the next generation of musicians to pick up guitars of their own and try to work out the amazing music they were hearing.
Whether they be the evergreen riffs that people still can't get enough of or the undiscovered gems from the era of flannel, these riffs have withstood the test of time as some of the greatest musical pieces in rock history.