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10 Sickest Jack White Guitar Jams

Bow down to these riffs forever

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Musician Jack White performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year
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While his second solo record Lazaretto might have steered towards a twangy sound, no one can deny the Third Man Records exec's mastery of pure-rock power chords, whether solo or with The Dead Weather.

Let's revisit the 10 best guitar jams of Jack White's career, shall we?

10
10 / 10

"Salute Your Solution"

Project: The Raconteurs

Album: Consolers of the Lonely (2008)

Sick Moment: To get a blistering riff going, White runs through chords at a lightning-quick pace. Check out this powerful version of the band's single at the 2:00 mark for a close-up of his wonderful fingers. 

9
9 / 10

Sixteen Saltines

Project: Jack White solo

Album: Blunderbuss (2012)

Sick moment: Check out the 2:45 mark, when White goes down the rabbit hole of screeching. He's really a great screecher.

8
8 / 10

"Ball & Biscuit"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: Elephant (2003)

Sick Moment: The blues-heavy number unleashes at the 1:32 mark, when White's solo literally brings him to his knees. But it's at the 4:00 mark where he truly becomes a man possessed.

7
7 / 10

"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: White Blood Cells (2001)

Sick Moment: It's one of White's most powerful guitar numbers—limited on the soloing, but heavy on the heaviness. It still stands as White's best album opener. If you can't rock out to this, you can't rock out at all. 

6
6 / 10

"Hello Operator"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: De Stijl (2000)

Sick Moment: Sometimes you just want White to burn your ears to the ground. He does that all over this track, especially starting at the :50 mark.

5
5 / 10

"I Think I Smell a Rat"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: White Blood Cells (2001)

Sick Moment:  From start to finish, "I Think I Smell a Rat" is two minutes of pure power rock and features one of White's best guitar-line openings. Upon hearing the first few notes, your head immediately starts to bang.

4
4 / 10

"Black Math"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: Elephant (2003)

Sick Moment: This is one of White's darkest, yet fiercest songs. Check out the 1:55 mark, where it drifts into a nasty, mind-blowing solo. This is why people love the White Stripes.

3
3 / 10

"Astro"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: The White Stripes (1999)

Sick Moment: There's nothing complex about this riff. Nothing at all. But check out this early footage of the band from 1999: At the 1:38 mark, the song goes into improv-beast mode. Later on in the band's career, they'd often pair it with "Jack the Ripper."

2
2 / 10

"Blue Veins"

Project: The Raconteurs

Album: Broken Boy Soldiers (2006)

Sick factor: The 10-plus minute live version is the most powerful thing the Raconteurs did. Check out the guitar explosion at the 2:30 mark and the twisted solos at 5:56 and 7:30. Faces. Melted.

1
1 / 10

"Fell in Love With a Girl"

Project: The White Stripes

Album: White Blood Cells (2001)

Sick Moment: The. Entire. Thing. Always.

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