This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the UG community debating the mater of songs that every guitar player should learn to play.
Your votes were neatly summed up during Thursday evening, the resulting Top 20 rundown awaits below.
20. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Kicking things off with an all-time classic, we have Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." Universally hailed as the tune with the greatest guitar solo of all time, it's quite apparent why this one made the list, or as BlackDeath92 put it, "Let's face it, it's just a great song!" The track was originally released on the band's 1979 record "The Wall."
19. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
About a year ago, Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was proclaimed by you folks as one of the best beginner songs for guitarists. Now, it made the list yet again. The tune was originally released on the band's 1997 studio effort "Nimrod."
18. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Longshanks17 noted: "There is more talent in the first measure of this song than some bands display in their entire career. This song has everything, simple chords, hard chords, sweeps, hammer-ons, pull-offs, finger picking, etc." The boobs dude added that "if you really studied that song, you could learn a lot."
A staple Dire Straits tune, "Sultans of Swing" was originally released on the band's 1978 self-titled debut album.
17. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
As "the song that started guitar rock and rock guitar," (description by 2Ties) Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is up next at No. 17. As Chuck explained, the tune is partly autobiographical, as it initially featured words "colored boy" in the lyrics, something that was ultimately replaced by "country boy" to secure radio play.
16. Metallica - Enter Sandman
Fairly easy riff and basic song structure with maximum efficiency, a great starter song and an all-time classic. We're talking about Metallica's "Enter Sandman," the opening track from the iconic 1991 "Black Album."
15. Oasis - Wonderwall
Needless to say, this one ended up on the list as the ultimate babe magnet. Leopar66 gave an accurate description, saying you should learn "Wonderwall" "to bang b-tches and get swollen... all you need is the chorus and BOOM you need a mop." The track was originally released on the band's 1995 album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?".
14. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Up next is the Red Hot Chili Peppers' second most performed song ever, "Under the Bridge." Released on the band's monumental 1991 record "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," it's a clever little shuffle, fun to play and even packed with a few nifty tricks.
13. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
Ozzy Osbourne's staple 1980 solo song "Crazy Train" is the lucky 13 this week. We had a few comments regarding the "Blizzard of Ozz" lead single, here's a few:
Abacus11 noted: "It's got a little bit of everything for beginners and somewhat experienced players (intro, verse and chorus riffs) to advanced players (Rhoads' solo). It's also a lot of fun, very recognizable and it's a great feeling once you can finally nail that solo."
Acglee added: "I always use the intro riff from 'Crazy Train' in lessons for beginners - even on acoustic and if they are not metal fans. Simple timing but gets the little finger stretching and developing strength and independence and works on picking accuracy. Really useful workout for hands that aren't used to the guitar yet."
12. Gary Moore - Over the Hills and Far Away
Nothing like the power of the power chords, and "Over the Hills and Far Away" chorus is perhaps the best example one can find. The tune was released as an opening track of late great Gary Moore's 1985 album "Wild Frontier."
11. The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
Fiend1476 summed it up quite nicely: "It's simple yet catchy, helps build that forearm and finger strength, and helps teach you that you don't need to know all the theory in the world to write a great tune." The track was originally released on The Ramones' 1976 self-titled debut album.
10. Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
Cracking the Top 10, you voted the crushing power of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name." Released on the band's 1992 self-titled debut album, this one will get you working on killer chops and proper dynamics. What more do you need for an amazing song?
9. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
"Very much this. The song begins with a great finger exercise that is highly satisfying to play, contains a jangly open-chords section, a choice of power chord chorus or an alternate finger exercise depending on whether you take rhythm or lead, some nice slow melodic solos in between verses, a couple of more advanced solos at the end, and you have the nice dynamics of that drop-and-build of the 'Where do we go now' section. There's something in there for every standard of player. It's a song that keeps on giving as the player progresses in standard."
8. ZZ Top - La Grange
Well, there's that riff, what more do ya need? Released on ZZ Top's 1973 album "Tres Hombres." That is all.
7. AC/DC - Back in Black
Further on up the road, we have the title track of AC/DC's monumental 1980 effort "Back in Black." Very satisfying and fairly easy to play, this one definitely counts among best starter songs for guitarists.
6. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The White Stripes' 2003 track "Seven Nation Army" is definitely one of those classy classic riffs perfectly suited for beginners, but Shaico nicely pointed out: "Playing the song without a slide: Beginner; Playing the song with a slide using alternative tuning: Intermediate."
5. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Utilizing the chord progression and strumming style of the most used riff in rock, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a song that everyone knows, and a song that's fun to play.
4. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
A great introduction to arpeggios and an all time classic, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" brings us a step closer to the Big 3.
3. Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Mwp-700 argued that "Sabbath rules and Iommi is god," and we couldn't agree more. A great introduction to metal riffing, "Iron Man" gets the bronze this week.
2. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Fetching the silver this week, we have the title track of Pink Floyd's 1975 album "Wish You Were Here." Chadi first noted that the tune "has a little bit of everything and isn't too hard: A little picking, some chord changes, and a solo that isn't too hard to learn," and GabeWang added how the song is "perfect for when you've really started to understand the instrument."
1. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
Interestingly enough, every guitarist in the world probably knows this song. Well, the riff at least. No introduction needed, Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" is at the throne of UG this week. All hail master Blackmore!