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Guitar World Year in Review: The Top 10 Viral Videos of 2013

Guitar World Year in Review: The Top 10 Viral Videos of 2013

As 2014 rapidly approaches, Guitar World is taking a nostalgic look back at the most popular stories, videos, lessons and features of 2013. Be sure to check out our other 2013 Year in Review stories here!

Today, we're revisiting the 10 most popular "viral" videos to be shared on How did we determine what was the most popular? Let's just say it all came down to page views!

Note that we've kept this top-10 list to videos that do not feature famous, world-recognized artists. In other words, you won't find our exclusive John Petrucci lesson videos on this list, nor will you find clips of Yngwie Malmsteen shredding at a small TV station in Memphis.

You will, however, find videos that shine the spotlight on regular people whose skills captured the attention of a wide online audience in 2013. Spoiler alert: There is one exception, since a famous guitarist does appear in one of the clips. However, he's accompanied by a 6-year-old drummer.

What can we determine from this list? readers like watching other guitarists — of all sexes and age groups (but mostly women, it's safe to say) — shred. And there's one teenage girl from France who almost has a monopoly on our top five.

On that intriguing note, sit back and enjoy the shredding! Vive le shred!

P.S.: In the spirit of the holidays, we've provided an extra video for your viewing pleasure — for a grand total of 11! Enjoy!

11. Video: A Brief History of Rock and Roll — Guitarist Plays 100 Famous Riffs in One Take (Read the full story here.)

In the very cool video below, guitarist Alex Chadwick at Chicago Music Exchange plays 100 well-known guitar riffs — in one take — providing a chronological history of rock and roll.

And while some of you might've seen this clip before (It was posted in June 2012 and has been viewed almost 7 million times), you might enjoy a recent update to the video — TABS for everything Chadwick plays.

You can check out the tabs, in real time (as Chadwick is playing the 100 riffs), RIGHT HERE, courtesy of Sound Slice.


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