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Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« on: April 24, 2010, 04:34:57 AM »
Something I said in another thread made me think of making this topic. So what's your favorite guitar riffs? Mind would be (not necessarily in order):

- Diamond Head - Am I Evil (the riff that first shows up about a minute and a half in)
- Corrosion of Conformity - It Is That Way (the first riff)
- Megadeth - Ashes In Your Mouth (the chorus riff, when it's played at the end without any vocals)
- Pantera - Planet Caravan [Sabbath cover] (the main riff)
- Jethro Tull - My God (every riff through the first two and a half minutes)
- Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore (if I had to pick one, I'd choose the one that starts at about 4:18)
- Mastodon - Blood and Thunder (main riff)
- Underoath - Casting Such a Thin Shadow (the part that starts around 2:58 in)
- Tourniquet - Harlot Widow and the Virgin Bride (the part that plays from 5:51 to 6:32)
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 07:02:32 AM »
Metallica - Disposable Heroes

God forgive me, Manowar - Warriors of the World

Pretend guitarist Hulk Hogan - I am a real Americ.....ok that's quite enough!!!!
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 08:30:33 AM »
Darkthrone- "Transilvanian Hunger" (first riff) from album of the same name
Immortal- "Solarfall (first riff) from At the Heart of Winter
Dissection- "Where Dead Angels Lie" (chorus riff) from Storm of the Light's Bane
Dark Tranquillity- "Away, Delight, Away" from Of Chaos and Eternal Night
Burzum- "Det Som En Gang Var" from Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Wolves in the Throne Room- "Vastness and Sorrow" from Two Hunters
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 08:54:22 AM »
Darkthrone- "Transilvanian Hunger" (first riff) from album of the same name
Immortal- "Solarfall (first riff) from At the Heart of Winter
Dissection- "Where Dead Angels Lie" (chorus riff) from Storm of the Light's Bane
Dark Tranquillity- "Away, Delight, Away" from Of Chaos and Eternal Night
Burzum- "Det Som En Gang Var" from Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Wolves in the Throne Room- "Vastness and Sorrow" from Two Hunters
"Lost forgotten sad spirit" is much easier, and sounds quite somber... making it good also unplugged.

Mayhem's "Deathcrush" while fast is also quite good, and easy. Can't beat the "DUH-DUH-DUH" bit.

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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 11:14:54 AM »
Iron Maiden--Opening from "Number of the Beast"
Iron Maiden--Main riff (harmonized) from "The Trooper"
Judas Priest--Breaking the Law
Led Zeppelin--How Many More Times?
Megadeth--Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Metallica--Middle section of Ride the Lightning

Just a few...
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2010, 11:36:36 AM »
Forgive me for breaking the metal vibe-

Chuck Berry- Johnny B Good (intro,solo, it's all good, and set the standard for what a guitar riff is)

The Beatles- It's All Too Much (Love that feedback in the intro)

The Beatles- Helter Skelter

Jimi Hendrix- The Star Spangled Banner

Cock Sparrer- Sister Suzie (one of the best solos in punk rock)

Dead Boys- I Need Lunch (the song is basically just one building riff)

Nekromantix- Gargoyles Over Copenhagen

Sublime- What I Got (Right after "I can play the guitar like a motha*%&@!*@ riot")

White Zombie- Thunder Kiss '65

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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010, 11:57:59 AM »
Instead of Star Spangled Banner, I thing "Ezy Rider" is much better and nicer... Also of note is "Dolly Dagger".

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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010, 04:08:29 PM »
Eddie Van Halen's riff in Michael Jackson's "Beat It"  (Other than that, I've never listened to enough rock music to know any others.)

Actually, according to the definition of "riff", what I mentioned is more of an actual solo than a riff.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 04:26:39 PM »
I suppose either solos or riffs count, right?  If I were to list solos, I'd probably also add:

Diamond Head - The Prince (second solo)
Metallica - Dyers Eve
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing (Hendrix cover... pretty much all of it)
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2010, 10:49:48 PM »
Just remembered...  Randy Rhoads on Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train"
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2010, 06:35:43 AM »
Bob Marley: Waiting in Vain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTG7ZxO3-sE&feature=youtube_gdata
[1:48-2:15]

Carlos Santana: Bella
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bJouVEzr0k&feature=related
[2:58-3:40]


Red Hot Chili Peppers: Soul to Squeeze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLSfgePVLow&feature=youtube_gdata
[1:52-2:04]-(This riff is so subtle that most people don't even notice it. But listen closely and you'll hear this sweet little guitar lick in the background. Very nice!)


OK. More later for sure!  ;)



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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2010, 07:24:05 AM »
Forgive me for breaking the metal vibe-

Chuck Berry- Johnny B Good (intro,solo, it's all good, and set the standard for what a guitar riff is)

The Beatles- It's All Too Much (Love that feedback in the intro)

The Beatles- Helter Skelter

Jimi Hendrix- The Star Spangled Banner

Cock Sparrer- Sister Suzie (one of the best solos in punk rock)

Dead Boys- I Need Lunch (the song is basically just one building riff)

Nekromantix- Gargoyles Over Copenhagen

Sublime- What I Got (Right after "I can play the guitar like a motha*%&@!*@ riot")

White Zombie- Thunder Kiss '65



Goodness! I was beginning to think I was the only "old timer" around. (Contextualizationizing of "old timer" remark to follow.)

The Beatles - Roll Over Beethoven (the classic Rock'n'roll riff and Lennon at his best)

Rolling Stones - The Last Time (Well, I told once, and I told you twice.....)

The Beatles - I Feel Fine (Accidental feedback? I don't think so)

Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now (Keith Richard at his best)

Bo Diddly - Bo Diddly (Hello)

Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel & Heartbreak Hotel & Jailhouse Rock ("It's Bobbie, doing an imitation of Frankie, doing an imitation of Johnie, doing and imitation of EL-VIS!" - Buggs Bunny)

The Beatles - Hey Bulldog (Some kind of innocence is measured out in years.)

Led Zeppelin - Battle of Evermore (I'd forgotten that one until mentioned above)

The Who - My Generation ("Hope I die before I get old" Peter Townsend 1965; "Eh?" Peter Townsend 1989)

The Beatles - Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out (Life is very short and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend. I have always thought that it's a crime, so I will tell you once again.)

And finally.....

The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2010, 08:58:48 AM »
Not guitar, but keyboard from a man who does not particularly like keyboards:

Rainbow - Stargazer 

The credit goes to Tony Carey.  The keyboard coda that takes over at 6:55 is majestic.

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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2010, 02:58:25 AM »
Carlos Santana: Blues For Salvador

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71R5BrKH_wc

This is not necessarily a single guitar riff, but rather the whole song. Carlos is the man!



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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2010, 10:31:34 AM »
Thanks, mate!

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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2010, 10:42:50 AM »
Iron Maiden - main melody riff from the first half of Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Minor Threat - Look Back & Laugh
Megadeth - Holy Wars (still gives me goosebumps after 20 years!)
Deep Purple - Wring That Neck
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2010, 11:22:55 AM »
Buddy Guy - Baby, Please Don't Leave
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2010, 11:46:40 AM »
Led Zeppelin-Rock 'n' Roll
U2-I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Beatles-I Feel Fine
Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville
Depeche Mode-Personal Jesus
Stone Roses-Fools' Gold
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2010, 12:00:46 PM »
Iron Maiden - main melody riff from the first half of Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Minor Threat - Look Back & Laugh
Megadeth - Holy Wars (still gives me goosebumps after 20 years!)
Deep Purple - Wring That Neck

Schultz, I swear that I was just now thinking of you coming on with the Iron Maiden entries!  I thought of putting some down myself, but said it wouldn't be right since the Mighty Maiden is your purview.

Here's my latest addition:

Dio - Egypt
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2010, 12:43:08 PM »
Led Zeppelin-Rock 'n' Roll
U2-I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Beatles-I Feel Fine
Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville
Depeche Mode-Personal Jesus
Stone Roses-Fools' Gold

For the Monkees I'd probably go with "Pleasant Valley Sunday", as they actually played the riff on that one.  But, yes, the riff from Last Train To Clarksville is rather tasty.  "Mary Mary" is another good one.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2010, 01:17:59 PM »
Led Zeppelin-Rock 'n' Roll
U2-I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Beatles-I Feel Fine
Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville
Depeche Mode-Personal Jesus
Stone Roses-Fools' Gold

For the Monkees I'd probably go with "Pleasant Valley Sunday", as they actually played the riff on that one.  But, yes, the riff from Last Train To Clarksville is rather tasty.  "Mary Mary" is another good one.
All very nice riffs. For this exercise, I was looking just at the riffs themselves rather than the musicians, but you do make a good point.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2010, 01:35:16 PM »
Iron Maiden - main melody riff from the first half of Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead
Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Minor Threat - Look Back & Laugh
Megadeth - Holy Wars (still gives me goosebumps after 20 years!)
Deep Purple - Wring That Neck

Schultz, I swear that I was just now thinking of you coming on with the Iron Maiden entries!  I thought of putting some down myself, but said it wouldn't be right since the Mighty Maiden is your purview.

Here's my latest addition:

Dio - Egypt

Ha!  If there's one thing you can count on in any music related thread, it's me bringing the Irons ;)
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2010, 01:37:02 PM »
Led Zeppelin-Rock 'n' Roll
U2-I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Beatles-I Feel Fine
Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville
Depeche Mode-Personal Jesus
Stone Roses-Fools' Gold

For the Monkees I'd probably go with "Pleasant Valley Sunday", as they actually played the riff on that one.  But, yes, the riff from Last Train To Clarksville is rather tasty.  "Mary Mary" is another good one.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), cannot even think of the Monkees' "Mary Mary" w/o thinking of the RUN-DMC version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgmyVLheqkQ
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2010, 05:05:23 PM »
Why you buggin?  I'm always disappointed when I hear the intro to "Walk This Way" only to hear Steve Tyler's voice providing the lyrics.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2010, 05:08:39 PM »
Why you buggin?  I'm always disappointed when I hear the intro to "Walk This Way" only to hear Steve Tyler's voice providing the lyrics.

Same here.  I also always miss Jay's scratching right at the end of the first verse, too.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2010, 05:19:14 PM »

Here's my latest addition:

Dio - Egypt

Well, if we're on a Dio kick, how about:

Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, Sacred Heart, Sunset Superman, etc.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2010, 05:28:47 PM »

Here's my latest addition:

Dio - Egypt

Well, if we're on a Dio kick, how about:

Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, Sacred Heart, Sunset Superman, etc.

Don't forget Man on a Silver Mountain, although that's obviously Blackmore's riff.
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Re: Favorite Guitar Riffs?
« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2010, 07:54:49 PM »
The riff underlying Outkast's Gasoline Dreams has long been a favorite.
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