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12-08-2005, 04:09 PM
I think AC/DC's Back in Black or Thunderstruck what do you think?

12-08-2005, 04:14 PM
guns n roses mr brownstone or deep purple smoke on the water

12-08-2005, 04:15 PM
led zeppelin - black dog & led zeppelin - heartbreaker

12-08-2005, 04:17 PM
Pink Floyd - Have a Cigar
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

The riffs in those two are pretty high on my list. I don't know about being the most awesomest..

12-08-2005, 04:20 PM
guns n roses mr brownstone or deep purple smoke on the water

I like em' 2 but they arent considerd classic yet,but its alright 2 me, just warning u because guys will get on your ass 4 that

12-08-2005, 04:29 PM

12-08-2005, 05:06 PM
I like em' 2 but they arent considerd classic yet,but its alright 2 me, just warning u because guys will get on your ass 4 that

o god, just shut up... please.

12-08-2005, 05:10 PM
ok, Queen's Bohemian rhapsody- the riffs where the mandatory headbanging begins.

o god, just shut up... please.

Amen to that...:cheers:

12-08-2005, 05:21 PM
Black Dog is on of my favorites, or We're Gonna Groove

12-08-2005, 05:40 PM
I like em' 2 but they arent considerd classic yet,but its alright 2 me, just warning u because guys will get on your ass 4 that

Oh for fucks sake, someone ban this prick already...

Uncle Salty
12-08-2005, 05:48 PM
Same Old Song and Dance is my favorite riff, or the ones in Last Child

12-08-2005, 05:53 PM
Trampled Underfoot bass/keyboard. So damn funky.

Also Funk #49.

12-08-2005, 06:00 PM
Keith Richards is the riff-master! I like the satisfaction riff, even if it's overplayed. I don't know, there are a lot of great riffs.

12-08-2005, 07:20 PM
Too many to pick...Black dog is really good, and some riffs that are easy to play but are just really good like Jumpin Jack Flash

12-08-2005, 07:22 PM
Trampled Underfoot bass/keyboard. So damn funky.

Also Funk #49.

Funk 49 :cheers:

12-08-2005, 07:28 PM
Black Dog, Toys in the Attic, Love in an Elevator, Ten Seconds to Love, Daytripper, Cryin, etc. The usuals.

12-08-2005, 09:10 PM
Smoke On The Water is Classic Rock... Purple Haze Intro

12-08-2005, 09:11 PM
Led Zepplin-Kashmir

12-09-2005, 05:20 AM
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love :)

12-09-2005, 06:38 AM
deep purple-smoke on the water......rolling stones-start me up + in black

12-09-2005, 08:41 AM
Oh for fucks sake, someone ban this prick already...

What crawled up your arse and died, n00b? The kid was only warning someone. Ironically, it was about folks like you.

When I read the thread title I instantly thought 'Burn' by Purple. AWESOME riff. That song demonstrated not only their songwriting and construction skills, but the band's virtuosity.

12-09-2005, 09:01 AM
I'd have to say that the headbang riff from Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody has to be the greatest riff of all time after watching that memorable scene from Wayne's World

12-09-2005, 03:07 PM
[QUOTE=Encore_God]What crawled up your arse and died, n00b? The kid was only warning someone. Ironically, it was about folks like you[/QUO

I was only talking about GNR, Deep Purpleis CR DUH! + FUC* YOU!

12-09-2005, 03:13 PM
Smoke on the Water (it's simple and brilliant)
Sunshine of your Love
Purple Haze
Iron Man
Money for Nothing

12-10-2005, 03:38 AM
Paranoid -Sabbath
Satisfaction - Stones
Day Tripper - Beatles
Whole Lotta Love - Zeppelin
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
Highway To Hell - ACDC
Down, Down - Status Quo
Sweet Home Alabama - Skynyrd
Love Me Two Times - Doors
Black Dog - Zeppelin
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
You Really Got Me - Kinks
Rebel Rebel - Bowie
Brown Sugar - Stones
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
Kashmir- Zeppelin
La Grange - ZZ Top
Baba O'Riley - The Who
Pinball Wizard - The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Don't Fear The Reaper - BOC
Smoke On The Water - Purple

And the list goes on........and on...........and on............and on..............and on.............

12-10-2005, 11:45 PM

12-11-2005, 12:15 AM
The opening licks on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts club band... the sound is just so raw.

12-11-2005, 12:38 AM


even though classic rock doesn't neccisarly have the best riffs in music.

12-11-2005, 05:47 AM
Zeppelin: Rock and roll or whole lotta love

12-11-2005, 10:12 AM
So many good ones (in no order)
Miss You - Rolling Stones
Money - Pink Floyd
Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Feel like Making Love - Bad Company
Rocky Racoon - The Beatles
Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
NIB - Black Sabbath
Crossroads - Cream
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Space Truckin' - Deep Purple

Theres so many more great ones, though

12-11-2005, 11:28 AM
Funk 49.

i love that song.

12-11-2005, 02:34 PM
we will rock you

12-11-2005, 02:37 PM
^that's a good solo

12-11-2005, 03:50 PM
the most awesomness riff ever is I'm Free by the who ,simple and effective and awesome. Some other great ones are Yer Blues by the Beatles and Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.

12-11-2005, 04:21 PM
the most heaviest riff I've ever heard from a Glam Rock band is Ogre Battle from Queen. It's such a killer riff, I don't know why all of Heavy Metal can't sound like this song. Incredible.

Jesse Mrau
12-11-2005, 08:00 PM
The Seeker - The Who, love that song. Great riff. Or Heart Full of Soul - Yardbirds(although the riff is slightly nicer in the new Rush version), nice riff.

12-11-2005, 11:16 PM
George Thorogood - Deleware Slide

12-11-2005, 11:56 PM
Sunshine of your love--Cream or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath- Black Sabbath

12-12-2005, 09:09 AM
Man On The Silver Mountain anyone?

12-12-2005, 10:22 AM
sunshine of your love, voodoo chile, heartbreaker, money, daytripper, baba o'riley, my generation, four sticks and when the levee breaks are underrated i think
(i mean the last two not all of them)

12-12-2005, 02:09 PM
bring it on home - led zeppelin..

such a great riff...

12-12-2005, 06:57 PM
black dog, purple haze, NIB, Money, Sunshine of Your Love

12-12-2005, 07:09 PM
cryin', crazy train, tnt.

12-14-2005, 08:52 PM
no quarter. i love that riff.

Still Life
12-14-2005, 09:09 PM
Man On The Silver Mountain anyone?
That along with Smoke on the Water are 2 classic Blackmore riffs. Simple and powerful.

Some other great riffs are:
Sunshine of your Love
Day Tripper
and many many Sabbath riffs

Supreme WarHawk
09-12-2006, 09:43 PM
Alchemy by Hawkwind. listen to it. its awesome

09-12-2006, 10:06 PM
S.W.L.A.B.R. - Cream

I love both the bass and guitar riffs.

Also, Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group

09-12-2006, 10:09 PM
Highway To Hell - AC/DC

Sure, it's cliche, and there are a lot more great riffs out there, but most of them don't really have that sort of timeless quality that Highway To Hell has.

09-12-2006, 10:22 PM
Pretty much anything by Black Sabbath or Alice Cooper

09-13-2006, 12:02 AM
Rockin in the free world

09-13-2006, 12:12 AM
Roller - April Wine
Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green era), as well as it's offspring, AC/DC's "Beating Around The Bush"
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Rats In The Cellar - Aerosmith
Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin
Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin
No Quarter - Led Zeppelin
Call Me The Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Top Jimmy - Van Halen
Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
Over, Under, Sideways, Down - The Yardbirds

And then the usuals... Black Dog, Sunshine Of Your Love, Burn, etc...


09-13-2006, 03:42 PM
Led Zeppelin- Black Dog
Led Zeppelin- Over the Hills and Far Away

09-13-2006, 03:45 PM
Also Led Zeppelin- No Quarter

09-13-2006, 03:58 PM
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
Black Dog - Led Zepellin
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

10-03-2006, 12:44 PM
'Crazy Train by Ozzy, GOD!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!!!!!!!

10-03-2006, 03:25 PM
'Black Dog' by Led Zep!

10-05-2006, 10:29 PM
Black Dog
Over the Hills and Far Away
The Ocean
No Quarter

10-05-2006, 11:21 PM
No Time - The Guess Who
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Roll on Down the Highway - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Train Kept a' Rollin' - The Yardbirds
Snortin' Whiskey - Pat Travers
I'm Waiting for the Man - The Velvet Underground
Killing Floor - Howlin' Wolf
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Stay With Me - The Faces
Runnin' Shoes - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Rollin' and Tumblin' - Muddy Waters

10-05-2006, 11:55 PM
no quarter. i love that riff.
no quarter is an awesome song all together

10-06-2006, 03:47 AM
CSN - Darkstar
Neil Young - Lie a Hurricane
Rolling Stones - Paint it Black
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Almost every song written by CCR

10-06-2006, 09:36 AM
Black dog- Led Zeppelin
Highway to hell- AC/DC

10-06-2006, 10:00 AM
Soul Kitchen by the Doors
Life In The Fast Lane by the Eagles
Jessica by the Allman Brothers
Sweet Home Alabama by LynSkyn
Astronomy Domine, SOYCD, STCFTHOTS, LTBML, Run Like Hell, Have A Cigar by Pink Floyd (:p: )
Tom Sawyer by Rush
and way too much to mention by LedZep

10-06-2006, 10:30 AM
if we're not just talking guitar, then New Year's Day (U2) and Baba O'Riley are top. Ziggy Stardust rules too. And a bunch of zeppelin.

10-06-2006, 10:37 AM
Mr brownstone (guns n roses) or black betty (ram jam)

10-06-2006, 03:23 PM
love me two times- the doors
good times, bad times-led zeppelin
voodoo child-jimi hendrix

10-07-2006, 12:13 AM
Fire - Jimi Hendrix

10-07-2006, 01:25 AM
Had To Cry Today - Blind Faith

oh yeah

10-08-2006, 01:53 AM
voodoo child for sure, must say tho that kenny wayne shepherds version does it the best for me, then srv, then hendrix
and "the end of the world" by DIO on his new album, hes been around since the late 50s
its about how most music sucks now and the intro riff kills!

10-09-2006, 06:26 PM
i love most of whats been said one of my favs is queen headlong

11-01-2006, 03:46 PM
now to me, theres two ways of thinking about this... if ur thinking of most.. known, famous, most overplayed riffs then it would be like iron man, smoke on the water, highway to hell/back in black, crazy train, black dog, and OBVIOUSLY cat scratch fever

but personaly to me..
Love gun by kiss, stone cold crazy by queen, holy wars and peace sells by megadeth, dont get me started on metallica, and Regular People (Conceit) by pantera

Oasisy Bob
11-01-2006, 04:07 PM
Ain't talkin bout love - EVH

slack babbath
11-01-2006, 05:14 PM
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC DC

So very easy, but so very good.

11-01-2006, 08:10 PM
There's a riff played at... I believe 1:34 or 2:34 in Rush's Jacob's Ladder that is really sick.

11-01-2006, 08:17 PM
Seek and destroy, come as you are, and over the hills and far away is awesome too!

11-01-2006, 10:09 PM
Jimmy Page is the ultimate riff-maker for me. The Ocean, Bring It On Home, Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Kashmir, Hearthbreaker, Moby Dick and Out On The Tiles, just to name a few. Can't go wrong with these songs.

Led Wing
11-01-2006, 10:32 PM
Hymn 43 by Jethro Tull

Punk Rocker
11-01-2006, 10:55 PM
Well just talking guitarwise prolly:
Jessica-The Allman Brothers Band
Bat Out of Hell- Meat Loaf (tons of awesome riffs in there)
Up Around the Bend-CCR
Simple Man-Lynyrd Skynyrd

Those are a few.

11-02-2006, 11:22 PM
there is loads of awesome riffs but i think the best are crazy train, new born, black dog and war pigs

11-03-2006, 02:19 AM
OMG nobody put up Layla!!!!
so i say
Layla - Derek and the Dominos
go Allman&Clapton!!!!!

11-03-2006, 05:10 PM
Except, perhaps, for the guy two posts above you.

Forgot to mention:
Can't You Hear Me Knockin' - Rolling Stones
Space Truckin' - Deep Purple
Day Tripper - The Beatles


11-03-2006, 10:49 PM
black dog, jimmy page is the master of riffs in my book

heaven's gate
11-03-2006, 10:53 PM
best riff? easy: heartbreaker

11-04-2006, 12:22 AM
Except, perhaps, for the guy two posts above you.

didn't see that haha sorry
but layla is cool =D
i forgot to mention:
Girls Got Rhythm - AC/DC
Cocaine - Eric Clapton

11-04-2006, 02:49 AM
Purple Haze FTW

11-04-2006, 06:57 AM
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
Derek And The Dominoes - Layla
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (Catchy as hell)

^ My favourites.

11-04-2006, 12:18 PM
I like em' 2 but they arent considerd classic yet,but its alright 2 me, just warning u because guys will get on your ass 4 that

well they should be considered classic as those songs were written over 20 years ago

11-04-2006, 09:59 PM
Just a note to those who put Black Dog, Jimmy Page isn't the one who came up with it, it was actually Jonesy. Probably the best riff he came up with too.

As for me you can't go wrong with Whole Lotta Love, Layla... I mean there are so many awesome riffs out there.

11-04-2006, 10:00 PM
Can Crazy Train by Ozzy be counted? if so, every riff in that song is pure gold. Also, Layla's acoustic riff is pretty sick, even if it is only power chords.

11-05-2006, 11:26 AM
sweet child o mine has to be the choice for me. smoke on the water is great one too. im guessing a lot of people think the same thing

11-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Man, some of these choices are so damn generic :o

11-05-2006, 05:18 PM
black sabbath

11-05-2006, 06:36 PM
Layla, but i do really like Skynyrds Call Me The Breeze

11-05-2006, 10:03 PM
The riff in Baba O'Riley right after the "let's get together, before we get much older" line.

11-05-2006, 10:21 PM
Layla, but i do really like Skynyrds Call Me The Breeze

nice!!!! d^_^b
thumbs up!!
i like Skynyrd too

ace man
11-07-2006, 11:17 PM
how about ac/dc riff raff? thats a fun one to play. also i like metallica master of puppets

11-10-2006, 08:41 AM
okay how about we just settle this and say that Money has the best riff of all time

11-10-2006, 12:14 PM
okay how about we just settle this and say that Money has the best riff of all timeHow bout no.

11-10-2006, 12:38 PM
Bring it on home - Led zeppelin

The breaks - Black keys. Thats probably one of my favorites.

11-10-2006, 01:37 PM
I love Smokestack Lightning by Howlin Wolf.(Although I do prefer the Yardbirds version)

11-10-2006, 02:03 PM
I quite like the main riff from Heart Of The Sunrise, by Yes.

11-10-2006, 02:12 PM
I love Smokestack Lightning by Howlin Wolf.(Although I do prefer the Yardbirds version)


I also saw The Allman Brothers Band cover Smokestack Lightning last time I saw them.

11-12-2006, 04:51 AM
1. guns and roses -sweet child o mine
2. deep puple - smoke on the water
3. black sabbah - iron man
4 . metallica - enter sandman
5. ac dc - back in black

yeah .. those arre my afvourite riffs .. in order

11-12-2006, 11:28 AM
Mine is easily Lynyrd Skynyrd's-On The Hunt.........such a badass riff.Also just about any Joe Walsh riff....funk 49...rocky mountain way....stop...turn to stone....AND HIS BEST EVER......The Bomber!!!!! Definately check out on the hunt and the bomber if you've never heard them.Pure genius.

11-15-2006, 04:27 AM
smoke on the water deep purple and AC/DCs jailbreak

11-15-2006, 09:47 AM
sunshine of your love

11-15-2006, 06:27 PM
Hendrix - Voodoo Child
Sweet Child O' Mine - G&R
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
La Grange - ZZ Top

11-17-2006, 01:49 AM
i would say wolf and raven by sonata artica but its classic so maybe Rainmaker or number of the beast by maiden

11-17-2006, 01:53 AM
Wow i realized Zeppelin has a wide range of riffs though to be most awesome.

11-17-2006, 01:54 AM
In Flames - December Flower
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile

11-17-2006, 02:04 AM
just one, but i have many other favorits

zeppelins heatbreaker, this was the first thing i leanred to play on the guiatr

others that get some good credit are smoke one water and iron man, seriouslyt almost everyone i know knows these

11-03-2009, 07:46 PM
Walk this Way, Paranoid, Sweet Child O mine, Smoke on the Water, Whole lotta love, Stairway to heaven, Back In black, highway to hell... classic

11-03-2009, 11:31 PM
the riff in "eat that question" by zappa is pretty epic

11-11-2009, 06:41 PM
one of my favourites is the immigrant song by Led Zeppelin.

11-12-2009, 12:05 PM
Waterfall - Stone Roses and Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
There are way too many great riffs to choose really.

11-12-2009, 12:09 PM
black sabbah - iron man

11-12-2009, 12:19 PM
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Woodstock - CSNY

Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group

Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac