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    Default Top 25 riffs: modern rockers 'can't make great guitar riffs'

    I heard about this on my way to work this morning. Should make for some good debates. The title is not mine, just from the article.



    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main...bmriffs102.xml

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    Gotta add:
    Heartbreaker-Led Zeppelin
    How Many More Times-Led Zeppelin
    We Gotta Get Out Of This Place-Animals
    Say What You Will-Fastway
    You Shook Me All Night Long-AC/DC
    Whole Lotta Rosie-AC/DC
    Let There Be Rock-AC/DC
    Iron Man-Black Sabbath
    Children Of The Grave-Black Sabbath
    Faeries Wear Boots-Black Sabbath
    Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath
    Day Tripper-The Beatles
    Helter Skelter-The Beatles
    Gloria-U2
    Gloria-Van Morrison/Them
    Earache My Eye-Cheech Y Chong
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    How about:

    Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
    Sunshine of your Love - Cream
    Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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    can't believe there is no van halen in there. can't agree with Walk this way

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    Nice to see my favorite Motorhead tune on there, but can't believe Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love didn't make it. Good call 67camgal.

    I'd like to add:

    Two Minutes To Midnight~Iron Maiden
    The Ocean~Zeppelin
    Crazy Train~Ozzy
    Ain't Talkin Bout Love~VH
    I'm The One~VH
    Young Man Blues~The Who (live at Leeds is the shit!)
    It's So Easy~Guns N Roses
    Seek and Destroy~Metallica
    Electric Funeral~Black Sabbath
    Pretty much everything Tony Iommi has ever done.
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    Yeah, pretty much anything done by Sabbath, Zep and AC/DC could be considered a great riff, that's what they do. Throw ZZ Top in there too.

    As far as Eddie, I'd have to go with Mean Street. That is just an outright killer riff.

    Edit - just actually read the list - no way ANYTHING by GnR or Chili Peppers should be on there before Mean Street, Unchained, Panama, Crazy Train, or Whole Lotta Love.

    Paradise City? Who the fuck are they kidding? Decent tune, but nowhere near the top 50 riffs, much less 25.
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    I'll add one:


    UNCHAINED!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvH_316_5150 View Post
    I'll add one:


    UNCHAINED!!!
    OMG! YES! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that riff!!!!

    You've also got to admit White Zombie's "Thunderkiss 65" has got an awesome riff too!
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    Lots of riffs could be argued for inclusion. But to include Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" over any VH or anything else Sabbath or Zeppelin has written is just silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    Lots of riffs could be argued for inclusion.
    these threads frustrate the hell outta me. I mean, how can you ever choose in these kind of categories. And when I finally do, somebody (usually Chef) comes along and lists a bunch of others that are better than mine!

    it really kinda pisses me off.

    there. That's all I wanted to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by looper_guy View Post
    Lots of riffs could be argued for inclusion. But to include Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" over any VH or anything else Sabbath or Zeppelin has written is just silly.
    Precisely. And more often than not, the riff is the actual "hook" that one pays attention to. Now I am aware that folk tend to dismiss KISS around here for mediocre musicianship, yet those bozos could write riffs/hooks that you could hang a battleship on. ("Firehouse" and "Nothin' To Lose" come to mind in particular.)

    Ed Van Halen was no slouch in this department, either. "Beautiful Girls", "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" and "Sinner's Swing" (to name but a few) are terrific, catchy as hell riffs as well. And of course, few realize the reason the riff to "Best Of Both Worlds" is so good and instantly familiar is because it is actually the main riff for Kool And The Gang's "Celebration", from two summers previous. "Black And Blue" is AC/DC's "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", for that matter.

    OK, Purple's "Smoke On The Water" or KISS' "Parasite" are dopey as shit, yet try coming up with one to equal it. Creating a catchy, original and inspired riff is practically a science, particularly this late in the day.

    Yet it is a good deal of fun in compiling a list of great ones. And I still think Cheech and Chong's "Earache My Eye" is one of the best heavy rock riffs-ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    ....And I still think Cheech and Chong's "Earache My Eye" is one of the best heavy rock riffs-ever.
    Agreed. However, it doesn't sound the same without the listener-provided percussion of bubbling bong water.

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    A lot of G&R on the list they posted. Glad we got the G&R we did, but hate that it was such a short ride with those guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Precisely. And more often than not, the riff is the actual "hook" that one pays attention to. Now I am aware that folk tend to dismiss KISS around here for mediocre musicianship, yet those bozos could write riffs/hooks that you could hang a battleship on. ("Firehouse" and "Nothin' To Lose" come to mind in particular.)

    Ed Van Halen was no slouch in this department, either. "Beautiful Girls", "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" and "Sinner's Swing" (to name but a few) are terrific, catchy as hell riffs as well. And of course, few realize the reason the riff to "Best Of Both Worlds" is so good and instantly familiar is because it is actually the main riff for Kool And The Gang's "Celebration", from two summers previous. "Black And Blue" is AC/DC's "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", for that matter.
    I believe Eddie said that "Best of Both Worlds" was his take on AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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    There has got to be a place for Stevie Ray's "Cold Shot"......IMO.

 

 

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