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2014-08-25 05:23:12 PM  
Ya know... I might make a change or two but that list is pretty damn good
 
2014-08-25 05:30:19 PM  

Majick Thise: Ya know... I might make a change or two but that list is pretty damn good


I'd probably want to add Sweet Home Alabama, but I don't know what I'd bump off that list.
 
2014-08-25 05:38:45 PM  
That little riff in 'When You Were Young' by The Killers is as good as any of those.
 
2014-08-25 06:27:14 PM  
No Peaches en Regalia?
 
2014-08-25 06:42:13 PM  
AC/DC over The Who?  Never in a million years
 
2014-08-25 07:57:07 PM  
The absence of Richards, Beck and Hendrix is questionable, but I'm not sure who I'd toss off.

Maybe expanding to ten would also allow Alvin Lee, Santana and Neil Young into the converstion
 
2014-08-25 08:06:25 PM  
Jane's Addiction: 'Mountain Song'
 
2014-08-25 08:06:41 PM  
Someone has obviously never heard me run through my c scales. The inconsistent timing and extra clammed notes are pretty much genius.
 
2014-08-25 08:13:27 PM  
Oh god, anything but Sweet Child of Mine. Super overrated.

What about Clapton's Cocaine?
 
2014-08-25 08:15:11 PM  
To be fair, those are all really kick ass riffs.
I might have included the Kinks You Really Got Me, but otherwise, tough to argue.
 
2014-08-25 08:27:11 PM  

spamdog: What about Clapton's Cocaine?


He didn't write it
 
2014-08-25 08:41:51 PM  

bearded clamorer: He didn't write it


Oh right, jeez. Should have known that.
 
2014-08-25 08:45:38 PM  
I'd throw in a vote for the opening riff in Dire Strait's Money for Nothing.
 
2014-08-25 08:54:14 PM  
I was thirteen, 9th grade a month or so in, just beginning to straddle the line between AM radio with "45s" "singles" "top 40", and FM with albums. I heard Whole Lotta Love, and it was like nothing I had ever heard before. Led Zeppelin ll was the first album I ever bought.

Year and a half later when I heard the riff on Layla, again I was mesmerized with the awesomeness of such a sound I had never heard before.

I had never ever heard "sweet child of mine" before and don't get it at all. I would replace it with Alvin Lee's "I'd love to change the world".
 
2014-08-25 08:54:22 PM  
 
2014-08-25 08:55:30 PM  

spamdog: Oh god, anything but Sweet Child of Mine. Super overrated.


I agree. Set it afloat on a rift raft.
 
2014-08-25 08:57:10 PM  

SilentStrider: To be fair, those are all really kick ass riffs.
I might have included the Kinks You Really Got Me, but otherwise, tough to argue.


This also came to mind, especially considering the Van Halen remake.
 
2014-08-25 09:00:43 PM  
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2014-08-25 09:00:52 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: ...rift raft


Close
 
2014-08-25 09:01:57 PM  
Not that I could pick only 5, but wow that was a massive disappointment.
 
2014-08-25 09:16:12 PM  
This is where hipster Farkers pick obscure riffs from obscure bands as the greatest of all time, right? To qualify for GOAT, wouldn't it have to be immediately recognizable by virtually everybody? But yeah, something from Jane's Addiction or The Killers should be at the top. Makes total sense.
 
2014-08-25 09:19:36 PM  
I'd put Heartbreaker over Whole Lotta Love.

And putting Sweet Child of Mine on the list over Rock You Like a Hurricane is just trolling.
 
2014-08-25 09:21:57 PM  
1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - George Harrison
2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
3. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4
4. Green Day - Brain Stew
 
2014-08-25 09:21:58 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: spamdog: Oh god, anything but Sweet Child of Mine. Super overrated.

I agree. Set it afloat on a rift raft.


bearded clamorer: I_Am_Weasel: ...rift raft

Close


Riff Raff?

www.rockymusic.org
 
2014-08-25 09:22:05 PM  
Layla.
 
2014-08-25 09:24:46 PM  
I'd put Iron Man in the top 5.
 
2014-08-25 09:24:47 PM  
My votes goes to Kyuss - Whitewater
 
2014-08-25 09:25:40 PM  
No Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and no Day Tripper make Snapper go something something.
 
2014-08-25 09:27:30 PM  
I'd go with "Black Dog" over "Whole Lotta Love," switch out "Sweet Child o Mine" with "Purple Haze," and swap out "Layla" with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" or "Iron Man."
 
2014-08-25 09:28:07 PM  

bearded clamorer: Jane's Addiction: 'Mountain Song'


Great song
 
2014-08-25 09:28:11 PM  
La Grange is probably about my favourite.
 
2014-08-25 09:29:19 PM  
Not a guitar riff but 10 minutes of beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjpOLj7WSY
 
2014-08-25 09:30:21 PM  
No Randy Rhoads? FAIL!
 
2014-08-25 09:32:34 PM  

mcmnky: I'd put Heartbreaker over Whole Lotta Love.

And putting Sweet Child of Mine on the list over Rock You Like a Hurricane is just trolling.


Scorpions were riff-rock gods, but the absence of "You Really Got Me" makes this an utter fcugnik joke.

I'd personally add Hawkwind's "Master of the Universe", Sabbath's "Iron Man" and Iggy's "TV Eye", but I can accept that those aren't POPular enough for a stupid internet list if the supposed "greatest riffs of all time", despite each of them being ultimate riff-rock songs with never-can-forget riffs.
 
2014-08-25 09:33:30 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: This is where hipster Farkers pick obscure riffs from obscure bands as the greatest of all time, right? To qualify for GOAT, wouldn't it have to be immediately recognizable by virtually everybody? But yeah, something from Jane's Addiction or The Killers should be at the top. Makes total sense.


Yeah, because popular/recognizable always means "best".
How 'bout you regale us with a couple of your picks, skippy?
 
2014-08-25 09:33:43 PM  
War Pigs?
Rock Bottom?
Money?
She Sells Sanctuary?
Thela Hun Ginjeet?

So much good stuff that deserves to be on that list.
 
2014-08-25 09:34:33 PM  

spamdog: Oh god, anything but Sweet Child of Mine. Super overrated.

What about Clapton's Cocaine?


Good cut. The drummer's groove is better than the riff.
 
2014-08-25 09:41:08 PM  
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones/Devo
Johny Hit and Run Paulene - X
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures - Rezillos
I Wanna Be Your Dog - Stooges
 
2014-08-25 09:41:34 PM  

Snapper Carr: No Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and no Day Tripper make Snapper go something something.


go crazy?

/Layla and Smoke on the Water belong there
//the rest is highly questionable
///slashies
////no, not you, Slash
 
2014-08-25 09:43:00 PM  
The standard riff by which all other riffs are measured: Limehouse Blues.
The guitarist by whom all other guitarists are measured: Django

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIeGrOo6JDk
 
2014-08-25 09:44:36 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: No Peaches en Regalia?


Dunno if I'd even call that a guitar song.  It's beautiful, though.
 
2014-08-25 09:45:02 PM  
Not bad, but Keith Richards has about 10 riffs that should be on that list.
 
2014-08-25 09:46:14 PM  
Message in a Bottle

Rumble

Miserlou
 
2014-08-25 09:46:31 PM  

with great power comes great insanity: mcmnky: I'd put Heartbreaker over Whole Lotta Love.

And putting Sweet Child of Mine on the list over Rock You Like a Hurricane is just trolling.

Scorpions were riff-rock gods, but the absence of "You Really Got Me" makes this an utter fcugnik joke.

I'd personally add Hawkwind's "Master of the Universe", Sabbath's "Iron Man" and Iggy's "TV Eye", but I can accept that those aren't POPular enough for a stupid internet list if the supposed "greatest riffs of all time", despite each of them being ultimate riff-rock songs with never-can-forget riffs.


To be fair, You Really Got Me is the presumed #0, and the list is "Top 5 riffs not YRGM"

Purple Haze and Baba O'Riley also conspicuous oversights.
 
2014-08-25 09:47:55 PM  
Oh, and I don't think I'd include it in top 5 ever, but Rush's Tom Sawyer is impossibly awesome.

basemetal: This also came to mind, especially considering the Van Halen remake.


my thought as well.
 
2014-08-25 09:49:31 PM  

mcmnky: with great power comes great insanity: mcmnky: I'd put Heartbreaker over Whole Lotta Love.

And putting Sweet Child of Mine on the list over Rock You Like a Hurricane is just trolling.

Scorpions were riff-rock gods, but the absence of "You Really Got Me" makes this an utter fcugnik joke.

I'd personally add Hawkwind's "Master of the Universe", Sabbath's "Iron Man" and Iggy's "TV Eye", but I can accept that those aren't POPular enough for a stupid internet list if the supposed "greatest riffs of all time", despite each of them being ultimate riff-rock songs with never-can-forget riffs.

To be fair, You Really Got Me is the presumed #0, and the list is "Top 5 riffs not YRGM"

Purple Haze and Baba O'Riley also conspicuous oversights.


"You Really Got Me" has been played, somewhere on the planet, by at least one person, for every second of the past fifty years.

Nothing else comes close.
 
2014-08-25 09:50:02 PM  
If when they say riff they are using it as a synonym for hook- then this is a pretty decent list,  despite my opinion that Sweet Child O Mine doesn't belong and a quibble with Layla (It's a great song, with some of the best guitar work ever recorded by two iconic guitarists, but it's too complex to simply measure it on its opening riff and theme).  And a top five is just too small a list to avoid excluding some riffs that just aren't so far apart as to make the list pretty arbitrary.  I can think of five omissions that could easily have been in the top five over Sweet Child of Mine off the top of my head- Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Sunshine of Your Love- Cream, La Grange- ZZ Top, Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Cult of Personality - In Living Color are all good enough to make the list.  The Rolling Stones themselves have five riffs that could make the list Satisfaction, Sway amd Can't You Hear Me Knocking and Start Me Up.

But if they are using riff as a synonym for short solo or notable passage- the list is waaaaaayyyy too short.  The guitar intro to Steely Dan's  Don't Take Me Alive played by Larry Carlton just beggars description:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gV1sxB8TxI
 
2014-08-25 09:51:11 PM  
I won't say it's in the top five but I've always enjoyed it. It is, imho, very underrated.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKL6oQPDGOU
 
2014-08-25 09:52:36 PM  

with great power comes great insanity: "You Really Got Me" has been played, somewhere on the planet, by at least one person, for every second of the past fifty years.Nothing else comes close.


I don't know, I think it's neck & neck with "Smoke on the Water" for "amazingly recognizable riff that every noob with a guitar tries first".

/personally, those were two of the first riffs I ever tried
 
2014-08-25 09:53:26 PM  
No Prince?
 
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