BBC/Total Guitar magazine's poll of best "Riff"
May 2, 2004 at 1:14 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3677965.stm

1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
4. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
5. Enter Sandman - Metallica
6. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton
7. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
8. Back In Black - AC/DC
9. Voodoo Chili (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
10. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
11. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
12. All Right Now - Free
13. Plug In Baby - Muse
14. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
15. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
16. Walk This Way - Aerosmith w Run DMC
17. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
18. No-One Knows - Queens Of The Stone Age
19. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
20. Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine
 
May 2, 2004 at 6:04 PM Post #2 of 13

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My favorites that didn't make the top 20

The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Guess Who - American Woman
Rolling Stones - Monkey Man
White Zombie - Thunder Kiss 65
Smashing Pumpkins - Where Boys Fear To Tread
Nirvana - Scentless Apprentice

Honorable Mentions:
Lynyrd Synyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Blind Melon - No Rain
Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge <intro>
The Jam - Music For The Last Couple

most satisfying guitar solo: Zeppelin - In The Evening <love that high note!>
 
May 2, 2004 at 6:53 PM Post #3 of 13

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That riff in No-One Knows is a killer.
There is also one in The Darkness That Embraces Me by Immortal that really grabs my attention.
That's all I can think of right now.
 
May 2, 2004 at 8:01 PM Post #4 of 13

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they missed the stones' "jumpin' jack flash".

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May 2, 2004 at 9:33 PM Post #5 of 13

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I am shocked that at LEAST one pink floyd song did not make the list. Songs such as Time, Comfortably Numb, Hey You, Pigs, Have a Cigar, etc. all have great riffs. I was also surprised to see that Nirvana, although I like the band, was so high. Kurt may have been a good song writer but he was anything but a good guitarist.

Just my thoughts on the list.
 
May 2, 2004 at 10:06 PM Post #6 of 13

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they also missed the all-time greatest heavy riff, zep's "when the levee breaks".
 
May 2, 2004 at 11:45 PM Post #8 of 13

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I generally think lists such as these miss the point entirely, but this one is pretty good actually. Except that I would have liked to have seen Led Zep populate the list almost entirely, with AC/DC and Van Halen take up the remaining spots
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. But seriously, the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" didn't make it??
 
May 3, 2004 at 12:01 AM Post #9 of 13

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The start of "Bad To The Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

You know which one I mean. It's used in the Terminator II film when Arnie is in the bikers bar.

Classic stuff.




Another one. Perhaps not a riff, but excellent all the same. The start of WE WILL ROCK YOU by QUEEN. It's good on CD but on VInyl it's teeth rattling and earth shattering bass just bring a great big grin to my face!
 
May 3, 2004 at 6:58 PM Post #13 of 13

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Come on! These guys have forgotten their musicial history. Where would be be without the "Bo Diddley" riff?

That's a great idea, though, the greatest riff. Recently someone was complaining about Nirvana's lack of solos. Come on, dude. It's all about those riffs. Amazing how, with all the musical combinations and variations that can possibly exist, you can hear a couple chord riff and BAM instantly know a song and be rocking with it.
 

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