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Out of the all of the classic rock groups many, have created great intros/riffs, from AC/DC's "Back in Black" to Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water"

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how bout lets stick to Classic Rock??

that means no Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and GNR! wankers!

I'll go with Young Lust - PF
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#9
Though it is uber simple, In The Flesh by Pink Floyd is one of my favorites.
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#10
Also Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers Band, although it is a bass.

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#12
not really a riff, but for intro I like Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes Around" or Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky". For guitar riffs I'd go with James Gang's "Funk #49" or Steppenwolfe's "Magic Carpet Ride"
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Day Tripper and Smoke on the Water.

That, and The Ocean, Black Dog, and Kashmir
#15
Smoke on the Water
Hells Bells

and definately Holiday by Green Day. Deep Purple has nothing on them. HAHAH.
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whipping post -allman brothers (all 3)

friends- Zeppelin (love that riff)
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friends- Zeppelin (love that riff)

It's so whacky and dissonant... I love that riff too, man. Especially with the haunting strings or whatever behind it (probably JPJ on the mellotron).
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#21
hurricane - neil young
black magic woman

and about half of ACDCs back catalogue
#22
Jump - Van Halen
Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
My Generation - The Who
Ace of Spades - Motörhead
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#23
Some of my favorite Classic Rock intros/riffs... (by band/song)

The Allman Brothers Band/Black Hearted Woman
The Allman Brothers Band/Les Brers in a Minor
Cream/Spoonful
Cream/S.W.L.A.B.R.
Deep Purple/Lazy
Jefferson Airplane/3/5 Mile in 10 Seconds
Jefferson Airplane/Blues from an Airplane
Led Zeppelin/Heartbreaker
Led Zeppelin/Sick Again
Led Zeppelin/Travellin' Riverside Blues
Pink Floyd/One of these Days
Ten Years After/Good Morning Little School Girl
Ten Years After/Love Like a Man
Ten Years After/Working on the Road
Traffic/Dear Mr. Fantasy
Traffic/Glad/Freedom Rider [Live - On the Road]

Well, there's a few. Obviously I don't think there's a "Best", but these are some of my "Favorites".
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I can't believe I forgot that one! Definitely one of my favorite rock riffs ever.
#26
I love the riff about 45 seconds into Crazy On You by Heart. Definetly one of the best.
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I can't believe I forgot that one! Definitely one of my favorite rock riffs ever.


That's exactly the same reaction I had. I totally spaced on that one.
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Black Sabbath-Sweet Leaf, Into the Void, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, War Pigs, NIB, The Wizard, Iron Man, After Forever, Hand of Doom, Electric Funeral, Faries Wear Boots, Heaven and Hell, so pretty much every Sabbath song.

ZZ Top-La Grange, Watin for the Bus, Jesus Left Chicago, Cheap Sunglasses.

Lynyrd Skynyrd-I Ain't the One, Simple Man, Missippi Kid, Things Goin On, Gimmie Three Steps, Free Bird, Posion Whiskey, Sweet Home Alabama, Don't Ask Me No Questions, The Ballad of Curtis Lowe, Call me the Breeze, Swamp Music, Need you, Workin for MCA, The Needle and the Spoon, That Smell, Gimmie Back My Bullets, Cry for the Bad Man......Too many to list.
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I love the riff about 45 seconds into Crazy On You by Heart. Definetly one of the best.

True, but I've always thought that the intro is the hands down best part of that song.
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I'll have to say Black Night by Deep Purple... though a lot of the aforementioned are great.

Rebel Rebel (Bowie) also pwnz hard. And Queen Bitch and Ziggy Stardust and Suffragette City and...
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#34
Are Yes counted as classic rock or proggresive?

if they are classic rock then "Siberian Khatru". I love that Riff
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Are Yes counted as classic rock or proggresive?

Progressive Classic Rock, let's say.
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Rebel Rebel (Bowie) also pwnz hard. And Queen Bitch and Ziggy Stardust and Suffragette City and...

As far as Bowie pwnage goes, one of the sweetest riffs is in "Moonage Daydream", where the guitar harmonizes with the flute and the saxophone... ohhhh man, if that ain't total Bowie pwnage, I don't know what is.
"Hang On to Yourself" always instantly comes to mind when I think of Bowie riffs, though. That's a sweet one, too.
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Are Yes counted as classic rock or proggresive?

if they are classic rock then "Siberian Khatru". I love that Riff


HOW'D I FORGET THAT?! It's my favorite Yes song!
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As far as Bowie pwnage goes, one of the sweetest riffs is in "Moonage Daydream", where the guitar harmonizes with the flute and the saxophone... ohhhh man, if that ain't total Bowie pwnage, I don't know what is.


Hang Onto Yourself is like my favorite song evarrrrr (cept WYWH, and at the moment When Doves Cry by Prince...), but the riff, while ballsy as **** and catchy as hell, isnt all that great, y'know?

And yeah, the sax/guitar/whistle (well, flute, but bowie WANTED a tin whistle) solo in moonage daydream is sweet.

The bassline of Under Pressure is pretty cool too, or was until that awful rap fucker killed it.
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There isn't really a "riff" in won't get fooled again by the Who.

wikipedia defines a riff as an ostinato figure: a repeated chord progression, pattern or melodic figure, often played by the rhythm section instruments, that forms the basis or accompaniment of a rock music or jazz composition. So technically yes, there is really a "riff" in Won't Get Fooled Again.
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