3 Most Recognizable Guitar Riffs?

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  1. TripleB

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    In your opinion, what are the top 3 most recognizable guitar riffs of all time?

    My votes (in no particular order):
    Enter Sandman - Metallica
    Welcome to the Jungle - Guns n Roses (the scream helps)
    Back In Black - AC/DC

    I'm not sure the reason, but all of mine seem to be at the start of each song.

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    Ever Since I´ve Been Loving You- Jimmy Page
    Paranoid- Tony Iommi
    Cocaine- Jimmy Hendrix
    Highway Star-Ritchie Blackmore
     
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    Enter Sandman - Metallica
    Smoke on the Water- Deep Purple
    Iron Man - Black Sabbath

    Whats interesting about thw riff in Enter Sandman, is that it was one of the few songs that the lead guitarrist Kirk Hammett came up with. Not my favourite Metallica riff, but certainly the most recognizable.
     
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    How about
    'Money For Nothing' - Dire Straits
    'Iron Man' - Black Sabbath
    'Smoke On The Water' - Deep Purple

    Really hard to do just 3.

    Here's my honorary mentions:
    'Smells Like Teen Spirit' - Nirvana
    'Sunshine of Your Love' - Cream
    'Layla' - Derek and the Dominoes
    'Sweet Home Alabama' - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    'The Trooper - Iron Maiden
    'Sweet Child O Mine' - Guns N' Roses
    'Come As You Are' - Nirvana
    'LA GRANGE' - ZZ Top
    'Killing In The Name' - Rage Against The Machine

    Impossible task. Agree with Back in Black and Enter Sandman, of course.
     
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    Four songs, yet that are so many recognizable rock guitar riffs:

    Over the Mountain

    Come As You Are

    Whole Lotta Love

    Smoke on the Water
     
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    Sultans of Swing - DS
    Satisfaction - RS
    Crazy Train - Ozzy
     
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    Layla - Derkek and the dominoes
    Smoke on the water - deep purple
    Whole lotta love - led Zep
     
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    1. All Apologies - Nirvana

    2. Hush - Deep Purple

    3. Gypsy - Uriah Heep
     
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    If this is a "Name That Tune" format in which what song is most instantly recognizable, I nominate these three:

    "Smoke On The Water" DP

    "Day Tripper" The Fab 4

    "All Along The Watchtower" Jimi (who credited Dylan)

    I cannot in clear conscience nominate "STH" as it is pure plagiarism of Spirit's "Taurus", thereby making LZ the "Neil Harman of Classic Rock".
     
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    Riffs or Solos? make no confussion.
     
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    Satisfaction by the Stones is maybe the most recognizable
    Smoke On The Water
    Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Layla
     
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    Another vote for "Smoke on the Water", as well as:

    "You Really Got Me"- Van Halen
    "Barracuda" - Heart
     
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    DEAD. It's a COVER.
     
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    Of course its a cover. But that doesn't mean their version can't be recognizable.
     
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    ZZTop! The home team for us.

    Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath have some classics. Agreed, impossible task as there are so many.
     
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    the opening riff in crazy train gets played at about every sporting stadium in the world.
    seek and destroy - metallica
    angel of death - slayer
     
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    Definitely agree here! Every metalhead not matter what sub genre you listen to, knows this famous riff! Good choice!
     
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    There are virtually several Metallica albums of riffs more recognizable than that lol
     
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    Jimmy Page lived in a constant riff, improvising when he felt like.I´d say 80% of Zeppelin songs have memorable Jimmy´s riffs.
     
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    Eh, I wouldn't go that far... this is probably their most famous song thanks to this riff along with Raining Blood. Yeah I agree Metallica has far more recognizable riffs, but come on...
     
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    Smoke on the Water
    Layla
    Like a Rolling Stone
     
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    DayTripper from the Beatles

    Neil Young's one-noter in Down By the River
     
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    Smoke on the Water
    Crazy Train
    Seven Nation Army
     
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    Steely Dan-Hey Nineteen
     
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    It's the same great song, Whole Lotta Love, yet in three ways. That first link with Page, Jack White and the Edge is nice, but then you have the Kennedy Center Honors version with Lenny Kravitz and also the original.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVfLTasv_Fc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUw-Oaulodg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mln0RciE2o0

    This is a documentary called It Might Get Loud, which shows the playing and recording styles of Jack White, the Edge and Jimmy Page. That first clip above shows Page discussing and playing Whole Lotta Love.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sreMiSry_g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyePzUi4EQg (Page on Kashmir)
     
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    wah intro voodoo child - hendrix
    sweet child o mine - gnr
    black dog - led zep
     
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    Nice ones! I like this Stevie Ray Vaughan version live in Austin, Texas too of "Voodoo Chile".


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEJh2FFUUoU

    Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQhEvfeJocM

    Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt75y38J00s

    Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXWvKDSwvls
     
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    Thanks, I like threads that compel me to listen to music that I like but probably wouldn't take the time to listen to otherwise. Anyway, I went to YouTube and just started listening to whatever came to mind. Then I read the whole thread and had to omit a few that I was going to submit that had already been listed. Here's my offering of stuff that I think is probably recognizable to a general audience. In no particular order of recognizability.

    Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJDnJ0vXUgw

    Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NXOm1eJkeg

    Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - Ohio
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI7-m919ynU

    Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIoKr9VDg3A

    Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAD6Obi7Cag

    The Police - Message In A Bottle
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXWrmQW-OE

    Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDZqmF3zS04

    ... etc., etc., including the stuff already listed here by other posters.

    Probably hundreds of guitar riffs/passages that could be included here. Very hard to say which would be the most recognizable.
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    The following won't be recognizable to any but staunch fans of the respective artists. I just included them becuase I like them and had nothing else to do at the time.

    Jethro Tull The Minstrel In The Gallery (beginning at approx. 4:00 into the song)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ljy6PTbX9I

    Michael Hedges Scenes (On The Road To Shrub 2)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuCx6Iv5s1g

    Literally thousands of guitar riffs/passages that could be included here. But of course it would be somewhat pointless to ask which, say, Metallica riffs are most recognizable to a Metallica fan, since it's pretty likely that ALL Metallica riffs would be recognizable to a Metallica fan. I myself am not a Metallica fan, and have no opinion about, and probably wouldn't recognize their stuff as, their stuff since I've never listened to any of it. At least not that I know of.

    I have to include this one (yeah, still listening to stuff -- there's just so much), since it contains some of the coolest acoustic guitar riffs I've heard. Unfortunately probably only recognizable/familiar to a tiny fraction of music listeners.

    Michael Hedges - Ragamuffin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4R2loMHqpI
     
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    SRV was a great guitarist. I recall reading he used something like 13 gauge strings which was pretty crazy given how easy he made it look.
     
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    one for the grunge era. Man in the Box (wah/talk box riff) - AIC
     
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    master of puppets intro hits you right away.

    holy wars - bang, intro to the greatest thrash album.

    the 'machine gun' in one would be pretty familiar to most.
     
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    Machine gun is a sound effect not a riff.

    I don't know how Pantera's 'Walk' slipped my mind. It definitely deserves a mention as one of the most recognizable riffs.

    As far as Megadeth is concerned, I'd say my favourite riff would be the one from the 'Countdown To Extinction' song. It's brilliant.
     
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    'machine gun' sound during the outro solo.
     
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    Doesn't fit the bill imo.
     
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    Chuck Berry, the white black.The perfect coffee and milk.

    Yes, I think he and Gene Vincent are the two greatest of the 50´s.
     
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    Great topic!

    To me, the most recognizable guitar riffs can stand alone, with no other instruments playting and anyone will instantly recognize them.
    I will give you my top 5, not in any order:

    1) Smoke on the Water
    2) Whole Lotta Love
    3) 35 or 6 to 4
    4) Come As You Are
    5) Purple Haze
     
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