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Favorite guitar riff

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Gator, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Doesn't necessarily have to be your favorite song, but the opening riff ... Many have put out lists, including this one from Gibson.


    For me, the Rolling Stones have many, but this one is just the best.


    Other favorites include:
    Pearl Jam -- Alive
    Jimi Hendrix -- Little Wing
    Chuck Berry -- Johnny B. Goode
    Ozzy Osbourne -- Crazy Train
    Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Sweet Home Alabama
    Led Zeppelin -- The Girls I love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
    Deep Purple -- Smoke on the Water
    Pink Floyd -- Money
    White Stripes -- Seven Nation Army
    ZZ Top -- La Grange
    Rush -- Limelight
    Aerosmith -- Walk This Way
    Ted Nugent -- Stranglehold
    Dire Straits -- Sultans of Swing
    ACDC -- Thunderstruck
    Yes -- Owner of a Lonely Heart
    Michael Jackson -- Beat It
    Metallica -- Enter Sandman
    Van Haley -- Hot For Teacher
    Guns N Roses -- Welcome to the Jungle
    Living Colour -- Cult of Personality
    Motley Crue -- Kickstart My Heart
    RHCP -- Scar Tissue
    White Stripes -- Blue Orchid
    Eric Clapton -- Layla
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    "Manic Depression" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience isn't so much a great song as a really great riff, maybe my favorite. "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones is both a great song and a great riff.
  3. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I've always had a soft spot for the classic descending riff in "I Can Help" by Billy Swan. The riff was played by producer Chip Young.
  4. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    'Rocks Off' would be my Stones choice. First tune that popped in my head when I saw the thread title.

    "Whole Lotta Love" would be Zep representative, against some stiff competition.

    'Sweet Child O Mine', GNR. Maybe more of a great one minute intro than an opening riff.

    In a similar vein, 'Eruption' from Van Halen. Not really an opening riff, but I always saw it as the intro to 'You Really Got Me', and it was like nothing else I'd ever heard on the guitar when I first experienced that VH album in the late 70s.
  5. oxfordcrowe

    oxfordcrowe Member

    "CYHMK" was the song I immediately thought of when I read the thread title.

    "Sway," also on "Sticky Fingers," is a good one too. (There's really no wrong answer when Keith is involved)

    "Remedy" — The Black Crowes
    "Aftermath USA" — Drive-By Truckers
    "One Big Holiday" — My Morning Jacket
    "Too Far Apart" — Wilco
    "Maker's Mound" & "Naked Ground" — Dexateens (YouTube these guys if you are unfamiliar. Kick all kinds of ass)

    I'm sure there's others I will think of later.
  6. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Slash hates it and originally played it for Axl as a joke.
  7. dprince57

    dprince57 Member

    Paint it Black is a sitar, not a gitar, though right?
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Also, the "Where do we go now" portion of the song came when Izzy Stradlin wrote those words on a piece of paper because he didn't know what to do with the next part of the song.
  9. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    No love for Money For Nothing? That's my favorite.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    My all time favs
    Gimme Shelter
    Crazy On You ( Heart)
  11. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Gibson site only shows the top 10. The links for the other 40 are no longer active.
    Upon further investigation story was from 2/11/11 which might explain why.

    To show you the state of RnR there likely have not been any new riffs that should be added
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