Greatest rock riffs ever?

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  1. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I touched on this with somebody in another thread, I searched and nobody's tossed this out here since 2014, so instead of reviving the dead, I'll toss it out again.

    What are some great, iconic riffs in rock music history?

    I touched on this in the Beatles/Stones thread where I said just off the top of my head I thought "Day Tripper" and "Tumbling Dice" were the two greatest riffs ever. Although don't hold me to that now.

    But they certainly are contenders, as are:

    * Satisfaction
    * You Really Got Me
    * Smoke on the Water
    * Don Everly's acoustic opening to Bye Bye Love
    * Townshend's acoustic opening to Substitute
    * Walk This Way
    * Johnny Marr in This Charming Man

    Others?
     
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  2. sunking101

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    Layla.
    Whole Lotta Love.
    Superstition
     
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  3. tinnox

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    I know this won’t get much attention but I have always loved the riff to Black Sabbath Supernaut from Vol 4
     
  4. DPK

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    "Seven Nation Army"
     
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    Black dog
     
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  6. Radardog

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    You Really Got Me - Kinks
     
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  7. Alert

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    Two that come to mind immediately:
    "Day Tripper"
    "Rebel Rebel"
     
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  8. Monosterio

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    ZZ: La Grange
    Cream: of Your Love
    Zeppelin: Heartbreaker
     
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  9. Saint Johnny

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    Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers

    Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

    I Feel Fine.
    Though John readily admitted that he 'borrowed' the riff from Bobby Parker's 'Watch Your Step'.
     
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    Purple Haze
     
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    Dear Prudence
     
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  12. Monosterio

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    Stones: Brown Sugar
    Guess Who: American Woman
    AC/DC: Back in Black
     
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  13. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Hail Hail Rock 'n Roll

    Jumpin' Jack Flash
    Brown Sugar (by Mick)
    Monkey Man
    Can't You Hear Me Knocking
    Flip the Switch
    Street Fighting Man
    Respectable
    Tumbling Dice
    Happy
    Slave

    = 10 Stones riffs I prefer to "Satisfaction." I am a complete Keef diehard, but I never really got why Satisfaction is considered the band's crowning achievement. It wouldn't even be in my top 50 Stones songs. Just my two cents. :)

    (Bonus: "The Rover" by Led Zeppelin)
     
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    "Psychotic Reaction" - Count Five
     
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    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
     
  16. mdent

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    From another perspective, a few iconic licks/riffs that came to mind that I still thoroughly enjoy playing on guitar (a good test of longevity):


    Led Zeppelin - HeartBreaker main lick.

    Van Halen - the Am lick in Ain't talking about love

    Blackfoot - Train, Train - just a damn fun lick to play on guitar in E.

    Boston - Smokin. The quick A/C/C# lick is another enjoyable guitar lick to play.

    Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train. The F#m riff just makes you squint your eyes and crank your amp up!

    Styx - Miss America the main lick is killer to play!

    (there's many more I could list)
     
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  17. googlymoogly

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    "Shake Some Action"
    "You Shook Me All Night Long"
    "Shakin' All Over"
     
  18. bvb1123

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    Mr Tambourine Man
    If I Needed Someone
    7 Chinese Brothers
    Like A Hurricane
    Powderfinger
     
  19. Overthehillsandfaraway

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    Iron Man
    Sweet Leaf
    Communication Breakdown
    the intro to In My Time of Dying
    Cigarettes & Alcohol
     
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  20. Eiricd

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    Back in Black is up there...

    Smoke on the water...
    Whole lotta love..
     
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  21. Monosterio

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    When it comes to Neil Young, “Cinnamon Girl” is #1 for me.
     
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    Crazy on You by Heart.
     
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    Do Ya - ELO
     
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  24. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the bunch

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    Cinnamon Girl
    Southern Man
     
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    Hey, hey, my my (into the black) by Neil Young.
    Ma-Ma-Belle by ELO
     

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