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#1
Simple.
Guitar world used to run a column in which they asked guitar players to give 8 or 9 songs (roughly a half hour) of songs that inspired them musically or not, and shaped the way they play guitar.

This Armistice - Treos
Lenny - SRV
Do you realize - The Flaming Lips
Something = Beatles
Nice to know you - Incubus
Layla - Derek and the dominoes
Mustard Gas - The Dear Hunter

Hope to see some nice lists
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#2
Alison Hell - Annihilator
Again - Alice in Chains
Get the Funk Out - Extreme
Hallowed By Thy Name - Iron Maiden
Anthem to the Estranged - Metal Church
Tornado of Souls - Megadeth

these are the songs that I am aspiring to play like.... gettin' closer bit by bit..
#3
1. Revelation-Joe Satriani
2. Orange Jam-Guthrie Govan
3. Building The Church-Steve Vai
4. Paying Dues-Richie Kotzen
5. City Lights-Steffen Schackinger
6. Bravest Face-Rush
7. The Count Of Tuscany-Dream Theater

these arent in any particular order, if i could id make them all tied for first hahah. i know technically the second one isnt a song, its a youtube vid, but it still was a huge, huge influence on my phrasing and melodic technique
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#4
-"Celtic Country" by Johnny Hiland
-"Backstreets" by Bruce Springsteen
-"Nuthin' But a G Thang" by Dr. Dre & Snoop
-"Friends" by Joe Satriani
-"King Without a Crown" by Matisyahu
-"Iron Lion Zion" by Bob Marley
-"Changes" by Tupac
-"Electric Gypsy" by Andy Timmons
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#6
Pink Floyd - Echoes

****, I've used up the whole half hour on one song.

Anyways, all lulz aside:

Pink Floyd - Echoes
Incubus - Just a Phase
The Flaming Lips - The W.A.N.D.
MGMT - Metanoia
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man
Electric Wizard - Funeralopolis
Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly
The Horrors - Mirrors Image

The only ones from that really inspired me to pick up guitar in the first place are "Learning to Fly" and "Just a Phase", but if I made this list just songs that inspired me to pick up guitar, it would be completely filled with Green Day and Blink 182, because they're pretty much all I used to listen to back when I first started playing (I was like, 13).

But yeah, those are basically the songs/sounds that inspire my music/guitar playing as of right now.
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Pink Floyd - Echoes

****, I've used up the whole half hour on one song.

Anyways, all lulz aside:

Pink Floyd - Echoes
Incubus - Just a Phase
The Flaming Lips - The W.A.N.D.
MGMT - Metanoia
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man
Electric Wizard - Funeralopolis


Thats a damn fine list.

The Girl From Ipanema - Al Hirt
Rumble - Link Wray
Strange Desire - The Black Keys
Mad Lynn Ball - Stained Glass
When The Levee Breaks - Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, and Zep
Search And Destroy - Iggy and The Stooges
Hello Operator - The White Stripes (But really any song by the stripes could go here)
#8
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1. Revelation-Joe Satriani
2. Orange Jam-Guthrie Govan
3. Building The Church-Steve Vai
4. Paying Dues-Richie Kotzen
5. City Lights-Steffen Schackinger
6. Bravest Face-Rush
7. The Count Of Tuscany-Dream Theater

these arent in any particular order, if i could id make them all tied for first hahah. i know technically the second one isnt a song, its a youtube vid, but it still was a huge, huge influence on my phrasing and melodic technique


Too bad the last song lasts around almost 20 mins

For me it's:

1. Aces High - Iron Maiden
2. Back in Black - AC/DC
3. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater (yes the 42 mins of it )
4. The Sound of Truth - As I lay Dying

(...I've think I've exceeded the half hour..)

Basically I have this prog-like maiden rock/blueish but with a heavy sound and sometimes down tuning to drop Z style. Yeah, I know. I try.
#9
Lenny - SRV
I am the Resurrection - the Stone Roses
Day It All Came Down - Insomnium
2 Minutes to Midnight - Iron Maiden
Rooster - Alice in Chains
Half The World Away - Oasis
Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom
Bleak - Opeth
Prequel to the Sequel - Between the Buried and Me
She Who Mars the Skin of Gods - Protest the Hero
Strange Deja Vu - Dream Theater
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Watermelon in Easter Hay - Frank Zappa

And a few X Japan guitar solos, especially Tears

No way could I make a list just half an hour long.
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#10
Alive with the Glory of Love - Say Anything
Under The Bridge - RHCP
Still Searching - Senses Fail
Error Operator - Taking Back Sunday
Keep Fishin' - Weezer
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3 - Coheed and Cambria
Stockholm Syndrome - Muse
Going Away to College - blink 182
The Tide - The Spill Canvas
#12
I don't know specifically what songs, but I grew up listening to Radiohead and Nirvana cause my parents used to play OK computer and MTV unplugged when I was little.

First band I got into when i got older was Linkin park... don't hate, hybrid theory is a good album.

then I heard Nevermind when I was about 14 and started playing guitar, and when I heard the brilliance of TOOL, I got fully into guitar.

So for me it's not really songs, more albums and artists... so not in any order.

1. Nevermind
2. OK computer
3. TOOL
4. Hybrid Theory - LP
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#14
Yay, self indulgence....


Tom Waits - Martha
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
The Cure - A Forest
Radiohead - Just
The Libertines - Death on the Stairs
Radiohead - Karma Police
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#15
Avenged Sevenfold - Betrayed
Dream Theater - Home
Metallica - Fade To Black
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Tool -The Patient
Foo Fighters - No Way Back
Tool - Schism
Trivium - Shattering The Skies Above
Metallica - Ride The Lightning
Megadeth - Peace Sells
#16
Hmm...

Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
Lipstick Jungle - Newton Faulkner
Nightrain - Guns n Roses
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Roses for the Dead - Funeral for a Friend
Cruel Little Number - The Jeff Healey Band
Money Made - Ac/Dc
Behind with the Rent - Mark Knopfler
#17
The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
Take the Time - Dream Theater
Just Look Up - Joe Satriani
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
For the Love of God - Steve Vai
Technical Difficulties - Paul Gilbert
Get out of my Yard - Paul Gilert
Breaking Point - Parkway Drive
Thunderhorse - Dethklok

If you study these songs, you can be just as good at guitar as me.

Yeah, you'll suck pretty bad. >.>
#18
AC/DC - You Shook me All Night Long
Sum 41 - In Too Deep
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
Steve Vai - Die to Live
Megadeth - Holy Wars
Blink 182 - Feeling This
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Van Halen - Dreams

EDIT: I wanted to include "The Ragpicker's Dream" by Mark Knopfler, but I don't know if I should have both Dire Straits and Knopfler in the same list. It's hard to pick just one song.
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AC/DC - You Shook me All Night Long
Sum 41 - In Too Deep
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
Steve Vai - Die to Live
Megadeth - Holy Wars
Blink 182 - Feeling This
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Van Halen - Dreams

Such a sweet song :')
#20
Beck - Loser
Electric Wizard - Dopethrone (It's a ten minute song, followed by 10 minutes of silence)
Led Zeppelin - Tangerine
Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
White Stripes - Jimmy the Exploder
Nirvana - Blew
Pixies - Debaser
TV on the Radio - Satellite

Led Zeppelin in general got me into guitar.
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#21
Archers of Loaf - The Lowest Part is Free!
Jawbreaker - Condition Oakland
Husker Du - Something I Learned Today
Fugazi - Shut the Door
Sonic Youth - Dirty Boots
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
Green Day - Burnout
Jimmy Eat World - Pain
Sunny Day Real Estate - In Circles
Jets to Brazil - Chinatown
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#22
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Walking on The Moon - The Police
Santeria - Sublime
The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Always With Me, Always With You - Joe Satriani
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#23
Nirvana - Lithium
The Clash - Complete Control
New York Dolls - Looking for a Kiss
Dead Kennedys - Soup is Good Food
Gang of Four - Damaged Goods
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
Pixies - Dead
The Smiths - This Charming Man
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
#24
Linkin Park - One Step Closer
AFI - Dancing Through Sunday
In Flames - Bullet Ride
Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Deftones - My Own Summer (Shove It)
Dream Theater - Overture 1928
Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
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#25
Seether- sympathetic
RHCP- Snow
Flyleaf- I'm So Sick
Pink Floyd- wish you were here
Mad season- River of Deceit
Sublime- what i got
Everclear- Santa Monica
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#26
Nirvana - "Pennyroyal Tea"
R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"
Iron Maiden - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
RHCP - "I Could Have Lied"
Bob Dylan - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
Jimi Hendrix - "Little Wing"
Led Zeppelin - "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You"
#27
I figured I would explain a little about each song like they did in the column.

AC/DC - Hells Bells... is the song that got me into rock, long before I actually picked up the guitar.
Iron Maiden - Aces High... Maiden's my favourite band and I love playing along to Aces High.
The Beatles - Something... The Beatles are my second favourite band, and I love the chorus on Something, so beautiful and climactic.
Derek and the Dominos - Layla... Layla is just such a fantastic guitar showpiece, big fan of Clapton and Duane Allman and the outro is just sublime.
Jimi Hendrix - Burning of the Midnight Lamp... Just an excellent piece of psychedelia, excellent innovative sound.
Miles Davis - So What... I'm a big jazz fan, and even though there's no guitar on this it's easily my favourite jazz piece. All of the solos are in top form, and I just love Bill Evans.
Pink Floyd - Time... The sound on Dark Side of the Moon is just beautiful, one of the best produced records ever, and this is my favourite song from it. Great atmosphere.
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#29
Well, I'm a drummer, but I write all the instruments when I want to do a song myself. My influences for writing overall:

1. The Bitter End - Placebo
2. Obstacle 2 - Interpol
3. PDA - Interpol
4. Kissing Families - The Silversun Pickups
5. Today - Smashing Pumpkins
6. Meds - Placebo
7. A Song For Our Fathers - Explosions In The Sky
8. Obstacle 1 - Interpol
9. Teenage Angst - Placebo
#30
Songs that I'm trying to shape my playing after...

Wonderful Slippery Thing-Guthrie Govan
Fives- Guthrie Govan
Forsaken- Dream Theater
Technical Difficulties- Racer X
Viking Kong- Racer X
Damage Control- John Petrucci
#31
Mahayana - Aghora
The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
Sea of Lies - Symphony X
Lateralus - TooL
Home - Dream Theater
Art Metal - anything by them (they have 9 songs in all so...)

...and that makes 45 minutes. So... amidoinitrite?
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#32
I'm just gonna give a Top 10 here, in no particular order.

1) N.W.A - Fuck Tha Police
2) Andrew Jackson Jihad - Brave As A Noun/Survival Song
3) Tom Waits - Time
4) Public Enemy - By The Time I Get To Arizona
5) The Rugburns - Dick's Automotive
6) Frank Sinatra - My Way
7) The Beatles - A Day In The Life
8) Ennio Morricone - "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" (Main Title)
9) The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning
10) Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Of course, this isn't even a definitive Top 10. I can't really rank songs that way. These are just some songs I'll always love and I consider perfect.
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#33
Mine would have to be:

"I Wanna Make It Wit Chu" - Desert Sessions
"Plug In Baby" - Muse
"Paris Blues" - Django Reinhardt
"Ten Speed (of God's Blood & Burial)" - Coheed and Cambria
"Gunman" - Them Crooked Vultures
"Californication" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Du Hast" - Rammstein

Some are a bit contrdictory, but I've got kind of a varying style.
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#35
Soundgarden- Fell on black days, Black hole sun, The day I tried to live
Nirvana- Lithium, School, Lounge act
Velvet underground- Heroin, Here she comes now, What goes on, Pale blue eyes
John Lennon- I don't wanna be a soldier, Working class hero, Imagine
Alice in chains- Man in the box, Would
Mad Season- The entire Above album
RHCP- Blood sugar sex magik, Under the bridge, Can't stop, Breaking the girl, Road trippin'


That's just a short list
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Soundgarden- Fell on black days, Black hole sun, The day I tried to live
Nirvana- Lithium, School, Lounge act
Velvet underground- Heroin, Here she comes now, What goes on, Pale blue eyes
John Lennon- I don't wanna be a soldier, Working class hero, Imagine
Alice in chains- Man in the box, Would
Mad Season- The entire Above album
RHCP- Blood sugar sex magik, Under the bridge, Can't stop, Breaking the girl, Road trippin'


That's just a short list

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#38
Between the Buried and Me - Selkies: The Endless Obsession (7 minutes)
Painted in Exile - Distanced by Dissonance (9 minutes)
Painted in Exile - Skylines (10 minutes)
Bulb - Illustrated Groove (1 minute)
Necrophagist - Stabwound (3 minutes)

there we go, 30 minutes!
#39
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AC/DC - You Shook me All Night Long
Sum 41 - In Too Deep
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
Steve Vai - Die to Live
Megadeth - Holy Wars
Blink 182 - Feeling This
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Van Halen - Dreams




How can a two-chord song inspire and shape the way you play guitar? Not trying to flame I'm actually asking.
#40
I'm gonna try to list a few that changed the way i look at music

Airbag-Radiohead--the first Radiohead song other than Creep i ever heard and i instantly knew they were my new favorite band

Nick Drake-Pink Moon--basically the song/album that got me into folk

Hot Chip-Shake a Fist--back when i was slowying getting into electro this song really got me into that kind of stuff

Incubus-Pardon Me--I spent a lot of hours trying to get that intro sound in my younger days

My Bloody Valentine-Only Shallow--at the time id never heard something so abrasive and beautiful at the same time

Pearl Jam-Leash--basically sums up my early teen rebel phase

Sigur Ros-Svefn-g-englar--i have a really vivid memory of the first time i heard this song and it felt like Jonsi's bowed guitar went straight threw my soul (as cliche as that sounds) back in the day when i still bought cd's i spent weeks tracking this down
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