What's the best riff of all time? | Fab Forum

Please consider registering
Guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
What's the best riff of all time?
No permission to create posts
20 March 2013
6.58pm
Avatar
bikelock28
Standing There
Royal Command Performance
Forum Posts: 230
Member Since:
14 October 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I think it's Rebel Rebel by David Bowie.

Any other thoughts? (surely Day Tripper is a contender?)

apple01

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

20 March 2013
7.21pm
Avatar
Funny Paper
America
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 2093
Member Since:
1 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

What's the definition of a "riff"?

 

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
20 March 2013
8.22pm
Ben Ramon
Carnegie Hall
Forum Posts: 619
Member Since:
26 March 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I don't know if I could name the greatest ever but there are certainly some top contenders. I can understand people who say Satisfaction - instantly memorable and gritty as all hell for 1965.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'
20 March 2013
9.12pm
Avatar
bikelock28
Standing There
Royal Command Performance
Forum Posts: 230
Member Since:
14 October 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

What's the definition of a "riff"?

 "A brief, relaxed phrase repeated over changing melodies. It may serve as a refrain or melodic figure, often played by the rhythm section instruments or solo instruments that form the basis or accompaniment of a musical composition,"

a-hard-days-night-john-1

 

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

20 March 2013
9.19pm
Avatar
Funny Paper
America
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 2093
Member Since:
1 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

bikelock28 said

What's the definition of a "riff"?

 "A brief, relaxed phrase repeated over changing melodies. It may serve as a refrain or melodic figure, often played by the rhythm section instruments or solo instruments that form the basis or accompaniment of a musical composition,"

a-hard-days-night-john-1

 

That sounds about right, though I'm not sure a riff has to be "relaxed" per se.

It suddenly occurs to me that perhaps every pop song has a riff by that definition.  What famous pop songs (Beatles or non-Beatles) do not have a riff?

 

 

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
21 March 2013
11.53am
Avatar
fabfouremily
Sitting in an English garden
Rishikesh
Forum Posts: 2971
Member Since:
3 May 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks comes to mind first of all. Instantly recognisable, and one of my favourites, too.

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

(Passover - I. Curtis)

21 March 2013
12.20pm
Avatar
BluemeanAl
North Carolina, USA
Abbey Road
Forum Posts: 98
Member Since:
20 January 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I think that Keith Richards is an ultimate riff-machine, with "Satisfaction" (and maybe "Start Me Up") as particularly iconic.

One of my favorite riffs is from the Grateful Dead's "Althea," a loping melodic figure that eventually stretches out to some very nice Jerry Garcia solos.

In terms of classic riffs, though (aside from the ones already mentioned), it's hard to second-guess the ranking of "Layla" (the Derek and the Dominos version, not the Clapton acoustic) as pretty high up the list of all-time greats.

It's gotta be rock and roll music if you wanna dance with me
21 March 2013
2.10pm
Avatar
parlance
Slaggers
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 7095
Member Since:
8 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

^^ I would have to agree that Layla is probably in the Top 10.

On a related note, I can't get the riff from "Let Me Roll It" out of my head lately.

parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

21 March 2013
9.14pm
Avatar
Long John Silver
Paris Olympia
Forum Posts: 366
Member Since:
9 May 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The most famous one is probably Smoke on the Water, not sure if best.

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
21 March 2013
11.45pm
Avatar
Funny Paper
America
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 2093
Member Since:
1 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

This may not be the most famous, but it's the coolest, baby!

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubech.....id=1044209

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
23 March 2013
2.21am
Avatar
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 1566
Member Since:
9 August 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Layla #1

Smoke on the Water, Day Tripper, ... all great.

I'd add "Sunshine of Your Love"

And you can't leave out this one hit wonder - Focus by Hocus Pocus:

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/1047845

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
29 March 2013
8.56pm
Avatar
Linde
The Netherlands
Rishikesh
Forum Posts: 2674
Member Since:
21 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Aaah I just wanted to add Sunshine of your love too! I've played it on Guitar Hero and it's been stuck in my head all day.

 

Some other songs with great riffs:

Metallica-Enter Sandman

Led Zep- Immigrant Song, Kashmir

Guns 'n Roses-Sweet Child 'o Mine (of course)

Aerosmith- Walk this way

Nirvana- Smells like teen spirit (who doesn't know this one)

David Bowie- Heroes (does that count?)

MJ- Beat it

Muse-Plug in baby (love it)

Rage Against the Machine-Killing in the name of

White Stripes-Seven Nation Army

 

I just found a list with 200 best guitar riffs of all time and the ones being mentioned in this thread were all very high in the list. And it pleased me to see Day Tripper was #12 and that quite a lot of other Beatles songs were in there too.

 

29 March 2013
9.07pm
Avatar
meanmistermustard
Moderator



Forum Posts: 18447
Member Since:
1 May 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I Feel Fine should be included in any list. Ive also always loved the riff in Tie Your Mother Down off Queen's A Day At the Races.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
29 March 2013
9.35pm
thewordislove94
London Palladium
Forum Posts: 198
Member Since:
12 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

No one has mentioned AC/DC yet... Back in Black has a great riff but I can't pick just one riff as the best.

"The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad place - but at other times it is all such a joke."-George Harrison
1 April 2013
12.53pm
Avatar
bikelock28
Standing There
Royal Command Performance
Forum Posts: 230
Member Since:
14 October 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Life in Technicolour by Coldplay?

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

12 April 2013
1.58am
Avatar
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 1566
Member Since:
9 August 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Gotta put "Kicks" somewhere on the list

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GswuYYTnzE

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
12 April 2013
10.53pm
Avatar
vonbontee
Inside an Apple Orchard in a Letterbox
Rishikesh
Forum Posts: 2808
Member Since:
1 December 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Can't see the Youtube details, but I presume that's Paul Revere & the Raiders. Good choice!

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

13 April 2013
1.19am
Avatar
LongHairedLady
coming in through the bathroom window
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 2144
Member Since:
17 January 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I very much enjoy the one in "Houses of the Holy" by the all mighty Led Zeppelin.  heart

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

29 April 2013
1.50am
Avatar
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 1566
Member Since:
9 August 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Gotta also consider the Animals' "See See Rider"

(Also covered by The Music Machine (from the album (Turn On) The Music Machine), the best album no one's ever heard of.

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
21 May 2013
1.00am
Avatar
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 1566
Member Since:
9 August 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Ray Manzarek's passing today reminds me of this classic (non-guitar) riff:

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
No permission to create posts
Forum Timezone: America/Chicago

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online:
53 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Starr Shine?: 11615

Silly Girl: 7695

parlance: 7095

mr. Sun king coming together: 6980

Mr. Kite: 6133

trcanberra: 5776

Ron Nasty: 5355

Necko: 4846

mithveaen: 4630

AppleScruffJunior: 4000

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3496

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 42

Topics: 3934

Posts: 218714

Newest Members:

bmw8282, man on the flaming pie, herseydenvar, Polythene_kite, mariconsoy

Moderators: Ahhh Girl: 11800, meanmistermustard: 18447, Zig: 8371, Joe: 4476

Administrators: Joe: 4476, Ellie: 3

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today: U.C.Nothing
Upcoming: Expert Textpert