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freewheelinbird
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who do you think the best riff rocker is?


keith richards?

jimmy page?

eric clapton?

angus young?

what do YOU think?

i personally think richards is tied with page
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page wasnt really a "riff rocker"

He mostly played all rhythem instead of a bunch of riffs, but he wasnt a great guitarist none the less. my favorite lol

But I would have to say Clapton. Because of the Tears in Heaven and Layla hits.
Both of those had incredible catch riffs in alot of different octaves.
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typo on my comment lol

Page was a great guitarist*** Sorry
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how was page not a good riffer?! listen to heartbreaker,the ocean, rock and roll, black dog,stairway to heaven,whole lotta love. that was one of the stupidest things ive heard.
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csny had some good riffs, like ohio
ccr had good stuff too, nearly too many to name
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From those, I would chose Angus Young, for those killer riffs he rolled all over AC/DC history.
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No such thing. No one can accurately define what is "best" and it be justified.

That, plus there are way too many to weed out down to just one.
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page wasnt really a "riff rocker"

He mostly played all rhythem instead of a bunch of riffs, but he wasnt a great guitarist none the less. my favorite lol

But I would have to say Clapton. Because of the Tears in Heaven and Layla hits.
Both of those had incredible catch riffs in alot of different octaves.



...i wouldn't really call tears in heaven "riff rock"

and by best i mean favorite.
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Of those I'd definetly go with Page.

Honestly, esp_shredder, I don't know what you're talking about Page not being a "riff rocker".

Basically, 95% of Zeppelin's music revolved around riffs.
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Yeah I pick Page for the sheer volume (numerical, not loudness) of riffs he put into his music. One great riff and solo is from Smile On Me from the Yardbirds Little Games. It gives me chills.
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Clapton, because I feel he is the best, there ever was.
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Joe Perry anyone? Uncle Salty was the only person to mention him so far. He's by far my favorite.
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I've listened to a few Aerosmith albums fully through, and have heard a few songs from other albums, and Joe is pretty awesome, but even after listening to Aerosmith I don't always have one of Joe's riffs playing in my head, unlike how whenever I listen to Led Zeppelin I can't get one of Jimmy's riffs out of my head.
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but even after listening to Aerosmith I don't always have one of Joe's riffs playing in my head
well...I do
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Malcolm Young was the riffman in AC/DC, Iommi was pretty good but Page was the best, just about any good Led Zep song is probably good because of Page's riffing
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I don't consider Page was a true riff rocker. He played some riffs, but he played some other songs that I wouldn't consider "riff".

I'd say Tony Iommi is my favorite.
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#24
Well of course Page played some songs that didn't revolve around a riff, he is a true musician, not some crappy punk band poser. That being said, my top three are:

1. Jimmy Page: duh, I mean the guy has the greatest riffs ever and pulls them off like no one else. Whole Lotta Love is a perfect example. It has only like two chords in the whole song, but the riff is just so heavy. I mean come on!

2. The Young Brothers: Together Angus and Malcom Young have created at least the most famous riffs with things like Shoot to Thrill, Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, ..... The list never ends.

3. Eric Clapton: everbody knows a Clapton riff. Normally it's either Sunshine of Your Love or Layla, but hey he had a lot more than that. I don't know though, Clapton and Richards are pretty close, but yeah, at least I can understand what the hell Clapton is talking about most of the time.
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He played some riffs, but he played some other songs that I wouldn't consider "riff".
everyone has some songs like that...
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Angus definatley. Other than angus I would probably to go with page, especially his acoustic riffs (tangerine, over the hills, stairway etc.)
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Page has definitely written some of MY FAVORITE (not THE BEST, cause there is no such thing) riffs, so he's probably my favorite riff writer, riff rocker, whatever you want to call him.

And Alex Lifeson was just mentioned. Some of his riffs kick serious ass. He isn't a legendary guitarist, but is definitely underrated and overlooked.
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#33
Wow. I didn't even think of Tommy Iommi until someone said it (I think that's how you spell it). Anyways I think Jimmy Page definitely but can I throw EVH out there?
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#34
page

pretty much everyone else mentioned is great but they cant beat page
id say clapton next or tony iommi and alex lifeson does have some kick ass riffs
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can I throw EVH out there?


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#36
i'd put either malcom young and/or keith richards if we're talkin riffs/rhythm here (angus young is no rhythm)
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i think page i hate the riff in heartbreaker cus it never gets out of my head that and moby dick's main riff and misty mountain hop
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#39
I reject my last statement.
Here is the list for me.
1.Keith Richards
2.Jimmy Page
3.Angus Young
4.John Lennon
5.Eric Clapton
6.Ritchie Blackmore
7.Tommy Iommi
8.Robbie Krieger
9.Brian May
10.Pete Townshend