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Top guitar riffs

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited January 2023 in General Chat
For all you rockers out there, anyone else seen this list of the top 20 guitar riffs of all time

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 Chile (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

i'd add hendrix's 'burning of the midnight lamp' for one.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    no Floyd :eek: :confused: :eek:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What the hell is Smells Like Teen Spirit doing so high up there??
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    black dog only 14, travesty to mankind i say
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    every time my friends band plays, a bunch of people scream 'play sandman!!!!!!!!!!!1111101011lyktotalliecooliez' and so off he goes doing the sandman riff....
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There's so many riffs missing from that list. Cocaine, Satisfaction, Hard to Handle, Riverboat Song, Fire, Purple Haze and so on.

    The Heartbreaker riff is the greatest ever.
    Duh duh duh-dada-da duh-duhda-duh-da-duh-da-duh-duh etc....
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    WHERE THE FUCK IS IRON MAN!?!?!?!?!?!

    its like the ultimate-est riff EVER!!!!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No Pink Floyd.
    Nirvana aren't that good.

    Mind, if we were going to go on talent alone, all 20 places would be filled by Eric Clapton. The man is genius, even better if you get to see him alive.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kermit
    No Pink Floyd.
    Nirvana aren't that good.

    Mind, if we were going to go on talent alone, all 20 places would be filled by Eric Clapton. The man is genius, even better if you get to see him alive.

    :yes: I went to see him last week. Was the best gig I've ever been to.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Clapton is is indeed good, but better than Jimi Hendrix? Hmm I think not.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by bongbudda
    Clapton is is indeed good, but better than Jimi Hendrix? Hmm I think not.

    He's approximately 76,000 times better than Jimi Hendrix. Sure, Hendrix could play a guitar, but he could only ever play other people's music. Badly.

    Clapton not only can play a guitar like no other, he can actually write songs, and write bloody good songs at that. And when he covers Dylan tracks, at least he covers them well, unlike Hendrix.

    I saw him at Newcastle last Tuesday, Infinite- he was awesome.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    EC has always blown Hendrix out of the water as a guitar player. For a fair comparison you have to put Cream-era Clapton up against Jimi. I'm sorry but there's no contest. Eric can create perfect solos on the spot where as Hendrix just noodled around. IMO anyway. Hendrix didn't write anything that had anywhere near the effect on people that Layla had.

    If Clapton had died instead of Hendrix, EC wpuld probably be worshipped as a god instead.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kermit
    He's approximately 76,000 times better than Jimi Hendrix. Sure, Hendrix could play a guitar, but he could only ever play other people's music. Badly.

    ok, so i know music is a matter of opinion.... but you are wrong and im not afraid to tell you dude

    Hendrix > Jesus > Clapton > You
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Songbird
    What the hell is Smells Like Teen Spirit doing so high up there??

    I agree - I'm still trying to find the good riff in smells like teen spirit
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb and Black Sabbath - Dying for Love.

    Sheer brilliance...

    Ilora x
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Ilora-Danon
    Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb and Black Sabbath - Dying for Love.

    Sheer brilliance...

    Ilora x

    Comfortably Numb is a brilliant song but it doesn't have any guitar riffs in it.

    There aren't many Floyd songs you could put in there with classic riffs.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: Top guitar riffs
    Originally posted by LemonyJim
    7. Master Of Puppets - Metallica

    which one? :s

    My top 20:

    1: Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
    2: Layla - Eric 'not quite as good as Hendrix' Clapton
    3: Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
    4: Back In Black - AC/DC
    5: Sweet Child of Mine - Guns 'n Roses
    6: Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
    7: Enter Sandman - Metallica
    8: Are You Gonna Go My Way? - Lenny Kravitz
    9: Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
    10: A National Acrobat - Black Sabbath
    11: Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
    12: Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
    13: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
    14: Plug-In Baby - Muse
    15: Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
    16: Sabbra Cadabra - Black Sabbath
    17: Black Knight - Deep Purple
    18: Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine
    19: Welcome To The Jungle - Guns 'n Roses
    20: Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Dunno about anything else but my favourite guitar riff isfrom Jimi Hendrix - Third Stone from the Sun.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kermit

    Nirvana aren't that good.


    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by luby
    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
    They aren't. Most overrated fucking band ever. I guarantee that if they were still around today, they would be on par with Linkin Park.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by RiSe & ShIne
    They aren't. Most overrated fucking band ever. I guarantee that if they were still around today, they would be on par with Linkin Park.

    no way. and nirvana wouldn't be around today even if kurt was alive.

    nirvana opened up the genre of rock for more interpretation and i think that their lyrics are very powerful, and inspiring.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by luby
    no way. and nirvana wouldn't be around today even if kurt was alive.

    nirvana opened up the genre of rock for more interpretation and i think that their lyrics are very powerful, and inspiring.

    Bollocks they did. Pearl Jam were infinately better than Nirvana. People only say 'Music wouldn't be the same today if it wasn't for Nirvana' because Kurt is dead.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by RiSe & ShIne
    Bollocks they did. Pearl Jam were infinately better than Nirvana. People only say 'Music wouldn't be the same today if it wasn't for Nirvana' because Kurt is dead.

    pearl jam did nout, and their songs are annoying and all sound the same. nirvana gave a people music they could relate too, and then desided that they should go that too. ask anyone from muse to feeder(a crap band but anyway)..........it's musoc that gives hope. and kurt taught so many people a lesson: not to go as far as he did.......nirvana are not crap. no way
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by luby
    pearl jam did nout, and their songs are annoying and all sound the same. nirvana gave a people music they could relate too, and then desided that they should go that too. ask anyone from muse to feeder(a crap band but anyway)..........it's musoc that gives hope. and kurt taught so many people a lesson: not to go as far as he did.......nirvana are not crap. no way

    Kurt Cobain was the most pretentious bastard ever. Deny it all you like, the guy was a cock.

    Pearl Jam probably influenced the same amount of bands, if not more. Nirvana were good. But not bearly as good as they're made out to be.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by RiSe & ShIne
    Kurt Cobain was the most pretentious bastard ever. Deny it all you like, the guy was a cock.

    Pearl Jam probably influenced the same amount of bands, if not more. Nirvana were good. But not bearly as good as they're made out to be.

    THATS CRAP
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by luby
    THATS CRAP

    AND OMGZ SO IS THAT ;o
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by luby
    THATS CRAP

    It's not.

    Pearl Jam were shitloads better than Nirvana. And I've got no idea about the intricities of rock music, but he's right about the Linkin Park comparison.

    And that makes you the same as a 10 year old teenybopper who's obsessed with Gareth Gates, only sadder because you'll more than likely never grow out of it.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Bri-namite
    It's not.

    Pearl Jam were shitloads better than Nirvana. And I've got no idea about the intricities of rock music, but he's right about the Linkin Park comparison.

    And that makes you the same as a 10 year old teenybopper who's obsessed with Gareth Gates, only sadder because you'll more than likely never grow out of it.

    High five sista!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Nirvana Vs Pearl Jam?

    Nirvana win in terms of 'tunes', but with Eddie Vedders vocals, you dont even need tunes.

    as far as grunge bands are concerned: Soundgarden > Alice In Chains > Nirvana
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by luby
    pearl jam did nout, and their songs are annoying and all sound the same. nirvana gave a people music they could relate too, and then desided that they should go that too. ask anyone from muse to feeder(a crap band but anyway)..........it's musoc that gives hope. and kurt taught so many people a lesson: not to go as far as he did.......nirvana are not crap. no way

    Nirvana aren't 'crap', but Pearl Jam are miles better. Plus Pearl Jam influenced Cobain in the first place.

    And
    Pearl Jam & Alice In Chains > Soundgarden > Nirvana > Mudhoney
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    To 0_o

    oh u wud say that!! but comon u like TOOL!!!!!! lmao! ur taste in music sucks!!!!!! he he i love ya rly!!
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