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Best guitar riffs in Rock n Roll

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Initial post: Jul 25, 2012, 7:14:01 AM PDT
Velvet Underground/Lou Reed: Sweet Jane
Aerosmith: Mama Kin
Neil Young: Hey Hey, My My
White Stripes: Seven Nation Army
Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Slayer: War Ensemble or maybe Angel of Death

I would probably have nominated something by Led Zeppelin too, but can't play my old LPs. There must be something by the Rolling Stones, but I'm sure other people will nominate them.

List subject to change and expansion.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 8:31:00 AM PDT
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Stones
Fortunate Son - CCR
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zep
Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
Long Cool Woman - The Hollies

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 9:35:55 AM PDT
B L T says:
Savoy Brown - Tell Mama
The James Gang - Funk #49

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 10:02:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2012, 10:06:42 AM PDT
Mott The Hoople-Jerkin Crocus
The Who-Pinball wizard
David Bowie-Jean Genie & Suffragette city

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 10:10:53 AM PDT
RegF says:
Hangover , MAX WEBSTER ,
Limelight , RUSH ,
Blow at High Dough , The Tragically Hip ,
11th Earl Of Mar , GENESIS ,
Won't Get Fooled Again , THE WHO

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2012, 1:42:46 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
I Got The Fire - Montrose
Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band
Cities On Flame (With Rock & Roll) - Blue Oyster Cult

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 2:19:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2012, 2:23:34 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
Highway Star
Smoke on the Water
Woman From To-Kay-O
Black Night
Space Truckin'
Knocking at Your Back Door
Lady Double Dealer
Gypsy's Kiss
Strange Kind of Woman
Man on the Silver Mountain
Black Sheep of the Family
Kill the King
Gates of Babylon
Long Live Rock and Roll
Difficult to Cure
Spotlight Kid
Do You Close Your Eyes
--all 20 courtesy of Mister Ritchie Blackmore...King of the Rock Riffs!!!

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 2:47:54 PM PDT
bandman says:
Mountain - "Crossroader"

Leslie West live is a monster!

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 3:43:54 PM PDT
D. Mok says:
For individual riffs there are higher entries on my list, but Metallica's "Fade to Black" wins overall because of how *many* great riffs are in this one song. The acoustic intro, the acoustic verse riff, the chorus, the descending bridge and the outro are all killer.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 4:12:04 PM PDT
John C. says:
Anything by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page, or Derrick Trucks.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 4:31:50 PM PDT
the solo, including the descending riff, on "Change of the Guard" by Jeff Baxter on Steely Dan- Cant Buy a Thrill

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 4:59:18 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
Eddie Hazel's riff throughout "Alice In My Fantasies" is outstanding.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012, 11:43:29 AM PDT
A. Strong says:
The opening to Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones has the best guitar riff ever and that (as they say) is that!

Posted on Oct 18, 2012, 11:53:37 AM PDT
mac says:
I'm Gonna Booglarize You, Baby - Captain Beefheart
Little Miss Lover - Jimi Hendrix

Posted on Oct 18, 2012, 1:02:38 PM PDT
Chazzzbo says:
AC/DC - TNT, Back In Black
Move/ELO - Do Ya
Doobie Bros. - China Grove
Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle
Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion
Romantics - What I Like About You

Posted on Oct 18, 2012, 1:44:01 PM PDT
Snoo says:
House Party - J. Geils Band

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 12:03:10 AM PST
Anything by Chuck Berry as he was the first to riff and riff right...

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 1:34:16 AM PST
For GREAT riffs its got to be the one and only Tony Iommi!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 7:33:10 AM PST
James Burton tearing off into the stratosphere at the end of Ricky Nelson's "Believe What You Say."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 7:43:48 AM PST
i'm sorry, Strong, but i disagree with your post on Gimme Shelter. it pales in comparison to Keith's opening riffs on "Can't You Hear Me Knockin"!

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 10:33:56 AM PST
D. Mok says:
"Gimme Shelter" is pretty damn good. Not so much because it's sophisticated, but because it somehow gives that sense of dread ("spook" as David Briggs would call it) that instantly creates a vibe of doom.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 12:38:57 PM PST
EvenSteven says:
Riff rock eh?....hmmm
Monkey Man, Miss Amanda Jones - Keef Riffhard
Till The End of The Day, All Day & All Night, I Need You - Kinks
I Dont Live Today, Manic Depression - Jimi
Oh Well & Green Manalichi - Peter Green
Anyway Anyhow Anyway I Choose, My Generation, Run Run Run - Who

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 2:15:06 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 8:12:14 PM PST
Cal Durrett says:
Bold As Love -Hendrix
Manic Depression-Hendrix

Posted on Nov 17, 2012, 3:28:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2012, 3:49:09 PM PST
Zaplightning says:
A few cool riffs

Last Stand Before - Armageddon
From A Dry Camel - Dust
Day Of The Eagle - Robin Trower
Fantasy - Captain Beyond
Stargazer - Rainbow
Gotta Keep A Runnin' - The Godz
Hot Rails To Hell - Blue Oyster Cult
Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
N.I.B - Black Sabbath
Forever My Queen - Pentagram
Space Station # 5 - Montrose
Sailing - Yesterday's Children
Broken Dreams - Angel
The Wizard - Uriah Heep
Dolly Dagger - Jimi Hendrix
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