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Best guitar riffs in Rock n Roll

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Posted on Nov 18, 2012 1:09:30 AM PST
Chet Fakir says:
Best riff of all time? My vote would be for Black Dog by Led Zeppelin.
Some others:
Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Bitch - Rolling Stones
Green Manalishi - Fleetwood Mac (and Judas Priest)
Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
A New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 1:44:56 AM PST
Mississippi Queen - Mountain

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

Victim Of Illusion - MSG

Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini

Take Five - Dave Brubeck

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Daytripper - Beatles

Louie Louie - Kingsmen

Rumble - Link Wry

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 10:25:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 10:25:28 PM PST
"Take Five" doesn't have any guitar on it but, it is one of the greatest saxophone lines ever recorded.
A great version of that Brubeck classic is done by The String Cheese Incident on the live "Carnival 99" double set.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 3:45:29 PM PST
John says:
Rock You Like A Hurricane-Scorpions
Eruption-Van Halen
More Than A Feeling-Boston

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 6:08:19 PM PST
Sorry Philip i just got on a roll thinking of riffs i dig. My mistake.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 6:29:08 PM PST
Anthony ~

When I was very young I remember "Take Five" being played on the radio and it was considered too long for most stations but it was played in complete fashion with the drum break included near the end. I've been a fan of Brubeck ever since.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 6:56:33 PM PST
NuJoiseyGurl says:
I'm not really a "rock n roll" girl, but here a a few that are in heavy rotation on the ipod.
When Doves Cry - Prince
Purple Rain - Prince
I Hate U - Prince
You Really Got Me - Van Halen
Cult of Personality - Living Color
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Summer Breeze - The Isely Brothers
I also agree with Dave Brubeck's Take Five. That song never ages.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 9:45:49 PM PST
Wow, Phillip i always thought it was an instantly acceptable hit in all forms. Didn't know the radio thought it was too long. I think for a short period in the late 60's and early 70's KSAN style commercial stations did the long songs but even today the long song is not too common.

I remember AM stations cutting off the end of Santana's Black Magic Woman and being angry, best part cut off!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 12:10:00 AM PST
AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
The Stones - monkey man
The Stones - brown sugar

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 5:12:40 AM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
Hi, Anthony and Philip:

My experience was a little different. I bought the single '45, (length 3:16), and on the AM radio at the time, never knew there WAS a longer track, (length 5:24), until buying the ABRAXAS album. Afterwards, I couldn't do without!

The second part is entitled 'Gypsy Queen'. The b-side of the 45 single was 'Hope You're Feeling Better'.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody...


Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:04:13 AM PST
Grandpa Tom:

Forget those radio stations and all of the editing. All that you need is to put on "Abraxas" and play the entire contents of side one; Singing Winds, Crying Breasts/ Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen/ Oye Como Va/ Incident at Neshabur and you have just listened to one of the finest album sides of the rock era. There was a time when a station like KSAN would play entire sides of an LP and those were the days!

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:26:09 AM PST
Grandpa Tom says:

You sure got that right. I owned the MFSL Gold cd of ABRAXAS for a while, and was amazing!

WLUP-FM, Chicago played an album every night at Midnight, only taking a break between sides. That was a few years later, and they did so for quite a while as I remember.

Wish I could find some of those weekly WLS-890 top-40 cards that every record store within 100 miles of Chicago left on their counter free for the taking.

Be blessed this Thanksgiving, Philip, and everyone...


Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:28:42 AM PST
Grandpa Tom:

Enjoy the holiday and go see "Lincoln" as it's a great film.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 9:33:34 AM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
Couple more of my nominations:

Green Onions-Booker T. and the MG's (Steve Cropper schooled the next generation of guitarists how to deliver an aggressive riff)
Good Lovin'-The Rascals
Time Waits for No One-Rolling Stones (My Stones nomination-the ending, especially)
Perfectly Good Guitar-John Hiatt
Learning to Fly-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Bonus: This is a hijack, yet as I listen to the Rascals' Anthology, I MUST nominate, not a guitar riff, but a Hammond Organ riff:

In The Midnight Hour-The Rascals

All the best,

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 9:35:33 AM PST
Grandpa Tom says:
My wife and I want to soooo badly, but my hip scar won't let me sit still for 2 and a half hours. Glad to hear you like it.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 10:25:41 AM PST
Texas Woman says:
All Along the Watch Tower - Jimi Hendrix
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)- Jimi Hendrix
La Grange - ZZ Top
Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top
Rockin' in the free World - Neil Young
Whipping Post - Allman Brothers
Pride and Joy - SRV
Should I stay or Should I go - The Clash
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
My Girl - The Temptations
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Hit It or Quit It - Funkadelic
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
Freddie's Dead - Curtis Mayfield

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:12:41 PM PST
I can't wait to see that one. Maybe this week i'll go. Glad to know Lincoln was a great movie.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 2:16:21 PM PST
AJA says:
Miserlou (and a lot of other stuff) by Dick Dale

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:27:06 PM PST
switcher says:
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 8:57:14 AM PST
That song (and Hazel) is outstanding. Most likely the two negs you got for your post came from people unfamiliar with the brilliant guitar playing of Eddie Hazel.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 10:13:29 PM PST
Eddie Hazel has lots of great riffs. Particularly on those first few Funkadelick records. Really great stuff. "Super Stupid" is real burner, great riff. Funky Dollar Bill... lots of 'em.

And i really dig Alice too, great playing. Eddie rocks!

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:01:08 PM PST
MyRidesHere says:
This one is maybe not on the level of some of these greats being posted.But how about the 1st Montrose album?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 9:35:56 PM PST
Brent Gillum says:
Here, here!

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 10:02:46 PM PST
gusula says:
Queen - We Will Rock You
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Iron Maiden - anything from Number of the Beast or Piece of Mind - maybe the best one-two punch for riff-heavy albums ever

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 12:02:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2013 12:13:50 AM PST
Right on Grouchomarc (great moniker!) That record is chalk full of classic riffs. For me, passed great!!!

Rock on....
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