Greatest rock riffs ever?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by PRW94, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Southeast
    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

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  2. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    Whole Lotta Love.
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  3. tinnox

    tinnox Forum Resident

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

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    "Seven Nation Army"
  5. MySweetFork

    MySweetFork Forum Resident

    Black dog
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  6. Radardog

    Radardog Forum Resident

    You Really Got Me - Kinks
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  7. Alert

    Alert Forum Resident

    Great River, NY
    Two that come to mind immediately:
    "Day Tripper"
    "Rebel Rebel"
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  8. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

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

    Saint Johnny Forum Resident

    Asbury Park
    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'.
  10. kanakaris

    kanakaris Forum Resident

    Purple Haze
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  12. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

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

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

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

    = 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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  14. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    "Psychotic Reaction" - Count Five
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  15. Dear 23

    Dear 23 Forum Resident

    Midwest USA
    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
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  16. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England
    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)
  17. googlymoogly

    googlymoogly Forum Resident

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

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

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

    Overthehillsandfaraway Forum Resident

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

    Eiricd Forum Resident

    Back in Black is up there...

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

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    When it comes to Neil Young, “Cinnamon Girl” is #1 for me.
  22. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Batavia, IL
    Crazy on You by Heart.
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  23. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Do Ya - ELO
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  24. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Cinnamon Girl
    Southern Man
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  25. Borgia

    Borgia Forum Resident

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

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