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What's the best riff of all time?
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TwoAfter908
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In no order:

 

"Xanadu" - Rush

"She Said She Said" - The Beatles

"I Feel Fine" - The Beatles

"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith

"Sweet Emotion" - Aerosmith

"You Shook Me All Night Long" - AC/DC

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" - Van Halen

"Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin

"Bad Girlfriend" - Theory of a Deadman

"Plush" - Stone Temple Pilots

"Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns N' Roses

"Paradise City" - Guns N' Roses

"Let Me Roll It" - Paul McCartney & Wings

"The Oaf" - Big Wreck

 

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.

21 May 2013
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TwoAfter908 said

"Let Me Roll It" - Paul McCartney & Wings

 

That's right!  Love that one.  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!"

 

21 May 2013
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"Heartbreaker" by Led Zeppelin is one of my favourites, though I can't just pick one. a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.

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I'm gonna second some earlier ones:
Layla; the best
Day Tripper
Satisfaction

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Mr. Kite said
I'm gonna second some earlier ones:
Layla; the best
Day Tripper
Satisfaction

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Layla probably is the best.

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Back In Black, Seven Nation Army, Come As You Are are some of the ones I think of right away.

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Neil Young, "Cinnamon Girl" (1969) Folk-rock drone meets metal
Black Sabbath, "Wheels of Confusion" (1972) (This one's really heavy! Barely one brain-dead chord played once, then twice, then four-times...brilliant!)
MX-80 Sound, "Someday You'll Be King" (1980) These guys are geniuses (gave me my username) and I still can't figure this convoluted riff out

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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2 May 2014
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No one has said Sunshine of Your Love yet? Really? That's the real definition of a riff. It's more than half the song, both bass and guitar play it, and it's incredibly distinguishing. Moreso than Smoke on the Water, I think.

 

Though really, as much as we tout the rock use, the greatest riff is undoubtedly Beethoven's Fifth. a-hard-days-night-george-9

2 May 2014
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Seriously! Not a single mention of Jimi yet! Hey JoePurple HazeCrosstown TrafficVoodoo Chile, I could go on... for pages... The greatest riff machine in history!

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2 May 2014
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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Come Together yet.

7 May 2014
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There's a rock band here in Cardiff called Future Of The Left, who had an early b-side called The Fibre Provider. If I hear the riff I *cannot* get it out of my head.

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8 May 2014
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Tush (ZZ Top) ... LaGrange, too.

“Send John out first; he’s the one they want.”

~ someone said it, dammit.

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MrMoonlight said
And Your Bird Can Sing makes me melt.

I absolutely adore that one. 

Layla is a song I'm currently obsessed with. Funny story: I hadn't even heard it until the first of May. There's this another song called "Layla" by a ex-Yugoslavian band which I always thought was a cover of Eric Clapton's song. I didn't even think of listening to Eric's song, not even when I read somewhere that he wrote it for Pattie Boyd. And of course, I have to dig into anything even remotely Beatles related. I just assumed I knew which song it was. As it turns out, I didn't, and when I was playing with some friends over BBQ on the first of May, my friend picked up his guitar and that riff struck me. Now, it feels like it's impossible to stop listening to it. Man, that's one heck of a riff. I get goosebumps from just thinking of it.
Come to think of it, I had heard the song before, just never classified as to whose it is or what it was called. My ex-boyfriend used to play it to me very often - still does - but his version is very different from the original. No surprise if my dad's played it around the house, either.

Here's a few from the top of my head: Dig A Pony, I Feel Fine, Day Tripper, She Said She Said; Cream's Sunshine of Your Love and Clapton's Cocaine which sound almost the same, Hit Me Like a Man and Going To Hell by The Pretty Reckless, Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, I Love Rock And Roll, Are You Gonna Be My Girl... 

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12StringKing said
No one has said Sunshine of Your Love yet? Really? That's the real definition of a riff. It's more than half the song, both bass and guitar play it, and it's incredibly distinguishing. Moreso than Smoke on the Water, I think.

 

Though really, as much as we tout the rock use, the greatest riff is undoubtedly Beethoven's Fifth. a-hard-days-night-george-9

Heck, there are a number of Cream songs that could qualify, come to think of it.

I'd contribute more, but each time I see this thread, I keep thinking that I should meditate on it more before contributing.

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Black Sabbath 'Iron Man' may not be the best but I would suggest it may be the most popular. It has crossed over from music to sports and is chanted all over the world by people who don't even know what it is. How many riffs can make that claim?

I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.
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Cream - Crossroads
Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

The rock and roll riff used a million times... The first person to play that was genius.

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Sweet Child O' Mine        (Best part of the song after lyrics)

Paradise City                 ( Riff somehow reminds me of grass, hahaha)

Welcome ot the Jungle    (So bad and kicking)

I Feel Fine                    ( Self explanatory)

Day Tripper                  (Simply the most catchiest of them all)

These just came to my mind can't think/remember more 

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Has no one mentioned Hey Bulldog?a-hard-days-night-john-2

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When I hear Hey Bulldog, I am always reminded of this beauty (something about the keyboard licks):

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