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What's the best riff of all time?
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I think it's Rebel Rebel by David Bowie.

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

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20 March 2013
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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,"

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20 March 2013
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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,"

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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?

 

 

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^^ 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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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Gotta put "Kicks" somewhere on the list

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

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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.

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

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