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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:02 PM
I recently ran across an article (listed below) about the Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs :

LONDON - Guns N’ Roses anthem ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ has been named the ‘Greatest Guitar Riff’ in a new poll. Eric Clapton’s ‘71 hit ‘Layla’ came second in the poll of 5,000 music lovers.

Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’ landed the third spot while Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ cam fourth.

Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spaces’ rounded off the top five, reports the Sun.

The top ten are:
1. Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’
2. Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’
3. Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’
4. Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’
5. Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spaces’
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’
7. Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’
8. Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
9. Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’
10. Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ (ANI)


Given that such lists are completely subjective, so I’ve decided to offer my list of the top ten greatest guitar riffs (plus honorable mentions):

Top Ten Greatest Guitar Riffs
1. Rolling Stones – Honkey Tonk Women
2. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child
3. Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
4. Eric Clapton - Layla
5. Allman Brothers – Ramblin’ Man
6. Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
7. ZZ Top – La Grange
8. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
9. The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides
10. Jeff Beck – Stand on It


Honorable Mention:
T. Rex – Bang a Gong
Troggs – Wild Thing
Rod Stewart & Faces – Stay with Me
Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
Rick Derringer - Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo
Johnny Winter – Still Alive and Well
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Good
Howlin’ Wolf – Spoonful
Muddy Waters – Mannish Boy
Johnny Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillun
Blue Oyster Cult – Godzilla

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:08 PM

Looks like that list is opening riffs so..........
I nominate Mississippi Queen.
Also "Let It Roll" from UFO.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:31 PM
Have to agree with that comment, MG. Metal is what comes to mind when I hear 'riff'.

In no particular order:

Black Sabbath: Iron Man
Black Sabbath: Sweet Leaf
AC DC: For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
AC DC: Hells Bells
KISS: Deuce
Van Halen: Unchained
Guns n Roses: Mr Brownstone
Metallica: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Judas Priest: Living After Midnight
ZZ Top: Gimme All Your Lovin





 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:32 PM
I see a lot of good ones but I would have to throw in Van Halen's 'Unchained'. Killer opening riffs.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:33 PM
Whoever the guitar player was in Steely Dan's... . . . "Reelin' in the years"

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:33 PM
After a quick thought I came up with this 10 ;
Whipping Post - The ABB
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Layla - Derek & The Dominoes
Tush - ZZ Top
You Shook Me - A/C D/C
Over the Hills & Far Away - Led Zeppelin
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:34 PM
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Looks like that list is opening riffs so..........
I nominate Mississippi Queen.
Also "Let It Roll" from UFO.




My position on the matter is that the riffs are present throughout each song... especially Ramblin Man and Layla

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:41 PM
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No AC/DC? That ain't right.


Did you ever hear Vin Scelsa's (WNEW) point of view on AC/DC?

I'll acquiesce and add Who Made Who

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:46 PM
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Whoever the guitar player was in Steely Dan's... . . . "Reelin' in the years"


If I'm not mistaken, the guitar play 0n Reelin' in the years was Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:49 PM
Tull's Aqualung and Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water HAVE to be in there.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:50 PM
Oops, didn't see Purple.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 01:55 PM
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Whoever the guitar player was in Steely Dan's... . . . "Reelin' in the years"


If I'm not mistaken, the guitar play 0n Reelin' in the years was Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.


Although Skunk played on that track, it was Elliot Randall who played that famous lead part on there.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 02:27 PM
How about Funk 49 by the James Gang?

 

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Whoever the guitar player was in Steely Dan's... . . . "Reelin' in the years"


If I'm not mistaken, the guitar play 0n Reelin' in the years was Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.


Although Skunk played on that track, it was Elliot Randall who played that famous lead part on there.


I stand corrected: Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has said that Elliott Randall's guitar solo on "Reelin' In the Years" is his favorite solo of all time.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 02:32 PM
The Allman Brothers Band - Statesboro Blues. I still get THO's when I hear Duane's slide on those opening licks.

Van Halen - Eruption. Eddie raised the bar with his trills and hammer ons.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 02:44 PM
Stones...Can't ya hear me Knockin'

 

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After a quick thought I came up with this 10 ;
Whipping Post - The ABB
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Layla - Derek & The Dominoes
Tush - ZZ Top
You Shook Me - A/C D/C
Over the Hills & Far Away - Led Zeppelin
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin



Great list Ken!

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 04:02 PM
ten years after, i am going home.
 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 04:45 PM
That loooong guitar intro to Lou Reed's Sweet Jane. It's one of the first things I bought on iTunes.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 05:00 PM
"Rock and Roll"...Led Zep

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 05:09 PM
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"Rock and Roll"...Led Zep


and I'd add "Bring It On Home" by Zep also.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 05:13 PM
"Mr. Big" from FREE
 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 05:25 PM
Hey Hey My My (Into The Black) - Neil Young
 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 05:27 PM
A lot of good ones already listed. Here are some more ...

Alvin Lee - I'm Going Home
Carlos Santana - many but I'll throw Europa or Samba Pa Ti out
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
Mick Taylor with the Rolling Stones - Time Waits For No One and Moonlight Mile
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Riviera Paradise
David Gilmore - many ... will say Comfortably Numb and Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Freddie King - Goin' Down
Eric Clapton with Cream - Crossroads

 

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  posted on 8/11/2009 at 05:29 PM
the greatest riff of them all - johnny b. goode by chuck berry!

 

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