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#16 Bronn

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:09 PM

Iron Man - Sabbath
Crazy Train - Ozzy
Black Dog - Zeppelin
Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
La Grange - ZZ Top
Bulls on Parade - RATM
Cat Scratch Fever and Stranglehold - Nugent
Cocaine - Clapton
Davidian - Machine Head
Pretty much anything by Dimebag
Come as You Are - Nirvana
Voodoo Chile - Hendrix/SRV
Jessica - Allman Brothers
Message in a Bottle - The Police
Pride and Joy - SRV
Holy Diver - Dio
Going the Distance - Cake

Just off the top of my head... some have already been mentioned... could probably think of a thousand more if given the time... and these don't really include the metal I listen to...

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:26 PM

oh here's a few I should have included from back in my high school days





and lol the simplest riff of them all



#18 Bronn

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

FML this one just popped into my head with a vengeance... Actually, Slayer could have a lot of riffs on my list...



#19 Mother Grabber

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:44 PM

Any guitar riff talk has to include Superstition



and Cocaine was written by JJ Cale (along with After Midnight)



#20 BigSyke

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:51 PM

michael jackson black or white and BEAT IT (probably the winner since he so fuccking popular lol)


EYE OF THE TIGER....-survivor

ac/dc stuff like thunderstuck...you shook me night long,, back in black

sweet child of mine, paradise city-gun and roses

voodoo chile, all along the watch tower, WILD THING(cover) jimi is the best guitar player of all time.

van halen aint talking about love and why cant this be love(one of my favs)

ram jam-black betty

bo diddley im a man

barracuda......alone- heart

the police every breathe you take, message in a bottle, everything little thing she does is magic

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:28 AM

I'm surprised no one's mentioned Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover"


If you lived in the 80s and went to see any hard rock or glam metal band play, it was always playing right before the show started.

#22 Chimera

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:13 AM

Great lists. A few I'd forgotten about.

One I would add probably isn't considered great, but it definitely gets stuck in my head - When I Come Around by Green Day

eta: Shine by Collective Soul

Another edit: had wrong green day song

#23 Frash Brastard

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:30 AM

Every Breath You Take - The Police

#24 Moose Hoover

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:13 AM

I decided to teach myself guitar in order to learn the Crazy Train intro...that was my first motivation, haha...still can't play it lol. Back in Black comes to mind too.

#25 TANTRIC-NINJA

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:50 AM

Iconic riffs everyone mouths the guitar parts are: Crazy Train, Smoke on The Water, Iron Man, Sweet Home Alabama

Great ones mentioned and not:
Beat It and Smooth Criminal by MJax.
Beginning of When Doves Cry by Prince,
Master of Puppets Metallica,
Tom Sawyer by Rush,
satisfaction Rolling Stones,
and cmon Rock you like a Hurricane by Scorpions,
Walk by Pantera.
7 nation Army White Stripes

I know zero guitar riffs by Collective Soul and you should be banned from the thread lol..

#26 Bronn

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

speaking of the Scorpions... I still can't distinguish between No One Like You and Rock You Like a Hurricane... lol... same song for all I care...

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

When I'm feeling my whitest, the intros to these songs make me wanna punch someone in the throat and thrash.



(when the actual riffs kick in on these two below)




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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

Cochise definitely is one....completely forgot that one last night while making my list. Pie for you!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

Another that I just thought of...



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

I'd say "Seven Nation Army" is the catchiest/most recognizable riff of the last 20 years.

Few of my favs:


Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Love me 2 times - Doors
Purple Haze - Jimi
The Ocean - Zeppelin (just about any Zeppelin song really)


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