View Full Version : your 10 favourite guitar riffs ever?

12-18-2007, 08:48 PM
Mine are:

1. The Trooper-Iron Maiden
2. Paranoid- Black Sabbath
3 Whole lotta love- Led Zeppelin
4. Purple Haze- Hendrix
5. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
6. Money for nothing - Dire Straits
7. Smoke on the Water- Deep Purple
8. Sweet Child O mine - Guns n Roses
9. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
10. Victim Of Changes - Judas Priest

man when will the SEASON START
I'm running out of ideas here

12-18-2007, 09:42 PM
What's the difference between a riff and a solo?

12-18-2007, 10:12 PM
What's with the guitar threads lately?

When it comes to "riffs" I guess I think of one song: Seek and Destroy by Metallica.

12-19-2007, 12:51 AM
santana: moonflower
santana: europa
dire straights: sultans of swing
rhcp: californication (guitar part)
and a bunch more

12-19-2007, 12:53 AM
Iron man - Black sabbat
Smoke in the water - cant remember=O
Sweet child o mine - guns duh!
smellsliketeenspirit - nirvana
i dunno many more bt those top my list

12-19-2007, 07:46 AM
These are songs that contain some of my favorite riffs. No order.
Slayer - Reign in Blood (riff that begins shortly after the interlude at 44seconds in)
Demolition Hammer - Carnivorous Obsession
Dark Angel - Merciless Death
Exodus - Bonded by Blood
Morbid Saint - Scars
Artillery - Khomaniac
E-X-E - Warchild
Slayer - Angel of Death
Iron Angel - Sinner 666
Burzum - Dunkelheit
Nocturnus - Standing in Blood (riff that begins at about 1minute in)
Overkill - Hammerhead

12-19-2007, 07:50 AM
What's the difference between a riff and a solo?

Riff is a few chords strewn together and often is repeated. A solo tends to be one instrument (usually guitar) going off and doing its own thing for a bit.

12-19-2007, 03:58 PM
shape of my heart - backstreet boys

12-26-2007, 06:53 AM
So many good riffs to name the top 10. I'd say my favorite riff is probably the Metallica - Master of Puppets intro riff if you're into old school metal.

12-26-2007, 07:01 PM
AC/DC Back in Black
another vote for Metallica Master of Puppets

12-26-2007, 08:20 PM
heart shaped box & come as you are - nirvana
sweet home alabama - lynyrd skynyrd
thunderstruck - ac/dc

12-26-2007, 11:00 PM
"Layla" by Eric Clapton is my favorite.

12-27-2007, 02:34 PM
I can't think of ten right now, but some good ones are...

Dam That River - Alice in Chains
We Got The Whip - Audioslave (how this didn't make it onto an album, i'll never know)
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Do The Evolution - Pearl Jam
Mailman - Soundgarden
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream (can't leave that out)

12-27-2007, 03:03 PM
Does STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN count. I love that one, it's the only thing I could ever play ;-)

12-27-2007, 03:45 PM
Hey Leelord, for the song californication the bass part is much more entertaining to play and it also doe smore for the song than the guitar part =)

12-27-2007, 04:34 PM
Seconded. It has a really nice bassline.

12-28-2007, 06:32 AM
longview by green day has a good sounding bassline, and its easy to play.

12-28-2007, 02:30 PM
would the bit in More Than A Feeling just before the chorus count as a riff? :?

12-29-2007, 10:58 AM
Say it ain't so- Weezer

Blacking out the friction- Death Cab For Cutie

What Do You Want Me To Say- The Dismemberment Plan

Angeles- Elliott Smith

12-31-2007, 06:08 AM
Van Halen (The Kinks)- You Really Got Me
GNR- Sweet Child of Mine, Welcome to the Jungle
Joe Satriani- Summer Song

12-31-2007, 08:47 AM
I will confess up front, I am not going to limit myself to the top ten. I can't. There are so many incredible riffs and solos out there it's mind boggling. I just went through my iPod and here is a quick hit list - not in any special order.

Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page and his dragon outfit at Madison Square Garden)
Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin
The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
Yankee Rose - David Lee Roth Band (This gets in because of the two headed guitar monster he created with Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan)
Drop Dead Legs - Van Halen (Eddie ripping out some tough and nasty guitar)
Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (Nothing needs to be said, truly the GOAT)
Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix
Dolly Dagger - Jumi Hendrix
Wild Thing - Jimi Hendrix
Surrender - Cheap Trick (Rick Nielsen, geeky look but a guitar stud)
Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (three lead guitars has to be worth something)
Long Cool Woman - The Hollies (dirty guitar from the 60's)
Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton (king of the talk box)
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (Right out of the shoot riff mania)
Crossfire - Stevie Ray Vaughan (rough, tough and nasty guitar)

Here is my bonus addition but it's not a guitar. On the song Eighteen by Alice Cooper there is an awesome Harmonica riff at the beginning of the song on the Mascara and Monsters album.

Great Thread Tempest344! :mrgreen: