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    Default 100 Greatest Rock Guitar Riffs

    Yes, another list! This one doesn't seem too unreasonable, however. (I personally think the opening riff to "5150" is the best ever, but I digress...)

    Link to the page:
    http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/page...uitarriff.html
    At the bottom of the page you will find links to tons of other lists. Always good for some debate. (I'm not in any way connected to the site, a buddy of mine just sent me a link to it the other day.)


    "Criteria: -The opening riff is usually the most memorable part of the song, and although not always difficult to play, it's enough to determine the lasting appeal of these recordings."

    1. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
    2. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
    3. Layla - Derek And The Dominos
    4. Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
    5. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
    6. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
    7. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
    8. Back In Black - AC/DC
    9. Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
    10. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
    11. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    12. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood & Destroyers
    13. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
    14. Day Tripper - The Beatles
    15. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    16. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
    17. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
    18. Wild Thing - The Troggs
    19. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    20. Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
    21. Aqualung - Jethro Tull
    22. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
    23. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
    24. Foxey Lady - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    25. Breaking The Law - Judas Priest
    26. Outshined - Soundgarden
    27. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
    28. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
    29. Running With The Devil - Van Halen
    30. The Hellion/Electric Eye - Judas Priest
    31. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
    32. Enter Sandman - Metallica
    33. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
    34. Five Minutes Alone - Pantera
    35. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
    36. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
    37. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
    38. Hells Bells - AC/DC
    39. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
    40. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter
    41. La Grange - ZZ Top
    42. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
    43. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
    44. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
    45. Ain't Talking Bout Love - Van Halen
    46. Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin
    47. Panama - Van Halen
    48. Man On The Silver Mountain - Rainbow
    49. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
    50. N.I.B. - Black Sabbath
    51. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
    52. Pinball Wizard - The Who
    53. China Grove - The Doobie Brothers
    54. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
    55. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
    56. Wipeout - The Surfaris
    57. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
    58. Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
    59. American Woman - Guess Who
    60. Jumpin Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
    61. All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks
    62. Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    63. Bulls On Parade - Rage Against The Machine
    64. Walk - Pantera
    65. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
    66. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N Roses
    67. Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
    68. I'm Broken - Pantera
    69. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    70. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    71. Working Man - Rush
    72. Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
    73. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
    74. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
    75. Whipping Post - Allman Brothers Band
    76. Aenima - Tool
    77. You Shook Me - AC/DC
    78. School Day - Chuck Berry
    79. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
    80. Honey Don't - Carl Perkins
    81. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
    82. Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young
    83. Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers
    84. Taxman - The Beatles
    85. The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
    86. Lola - The Kinks
    87. Hangar 18 - Megadeth
    88. Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
    89. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
    90. Politican - Cream
    91. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
    92. I Feel Fine - The Beatles
    93. Spirit Of Radio - Rush
    94. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
    95. Man On A Mission - Van Halen
    96. Fear Of The Dark - Iron Maiden
    97. Raining Blood - Slayer
    98. Scuttle Buttin - Stevie Ray Vaughan
    99. Hysteria - Muse
    100. Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath
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    No war pigs... lol
    Crazy Train should be #1, at least in my list

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    Gees, that's a big-ass list...I think I need a nap now...
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    Man on A Mission??? Thats pretty random.
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    Some obscure songs on there (in my opinion), while some that could be on there (maybe the intros can't be described as riffs) didn't make the cut, such as "Hotel California", "Stairway To Heaven" & "Free Bird"...

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    Funny how they chose "working man" and "Spirit of radio" for Rush. I've always thought their best riff was from "Limelight". It's the one that turned me from a casual guitarist into an obsessive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike zack
    Man on A Mission??? Thats pretty random.
    Really. Good song, but there's two dozen others i'd put ahead of MOAM.
    Dealing with it.

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    I would've thought 'Hot For Teacher' and 'November Rain' should've got a mention somewhere in there, at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike zack
    Man on A Mission??? Thats pretty random.
    That's not exactly the word I had in mind.


    A slot that could've read "Unchained"......aaiieee!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rovus
    I would've thought 'Hot For Teacher' and 'November Rain' should've got a mention somewhere in there, at least.
    Yeah whattup wit dat???

    I agree with Billy007's comments as well.

    Also, #28, 29, & 30 coulda been a little higher, well hell, A LOT of 'em shoulda ranked a little higher than they did on this list. Even tho I disagreed with the majority of the ranking on the list, it was an interestin read anyways.
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    I't's a good enough list, could make another list of 100 more easily.

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    Where is "Unchained" and "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain!

 

 

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