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Greatest Guitar Riffs!


mad_mac

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Was watching some top 100 Hard Rock Songs countdown recently, and like all countdowns there were the great, the obscure, and the sublimely ridiculous. However, in lots of them there were just some fantastic riffs. Three or four Chords, that as soon as you hear them you know immediately what song it is, and by whom.

So, it got me to thinking, and please try and limit it to just one....and it has to be a riff, not a solo.... what are some of the most noticeable, greatest guitar riffs of all time?

For me, and yes there are so many, but I'm sure many of the ones I am thinking of will be mentioned hereafter by other posters, it has to be Sunshine of Your Love by Cream. Great song, great power, and just simple blues rock.

Yours?

SCott

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Is How Soon Is Now a riff ? Im never really sure...

Anyway, other nominations...

Roadhouse Blues - The Doors

Debaser - Pixes

More Than A Feeling - Boston

Love Removal Machine - The Cult

Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Supersonic - Oasis

No Fun - The Stooges

and er, Shout At The Devil - Motley Crue

and no riff thread is complete without these bad boys...

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A lot of you are spot on, but I have to reiterate: It's not really about parts of songs that are "cool" or a continuing solo (Stairway to Heaven really has no Riff until the main solo where it is backed by the A-G-F backing chords), it's more about a selection of Chords or continuing "jungle", at the begining of a song, that usually continues the whole way through, that you immediately recognize a song by.

Another example... Smoke on the Water

Scott

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If the criteria is 'a song where you know the song as soon as you hear the guitar riff' then 'Seven Nation Army' by The White Stripes certainly has to be a modern day contender in amongst the rock 'classics'

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If the criteria is 'a song where you know the song as soon as you hear the guitar riff' then 'Seven Nation Army' by The White Stripes certainly has to be a modern day contender in amongst the rock 'classics'

I think "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age is another one that fits that description.

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