What's Your Favorite Guitar Riff?

Mine has to be from the song “Peter Gunn”. I use to play the arcade game “Spy Hunter”(which was a cool game too) just to hear that riff.

My wife likes “Smoke on the Water’s” guitar riff the best. What about y’all?

Anything by Hendrix.

Even though I hate hair metal I think the two greatest guitar riffs are from Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns and Roses and Ain’t Talking Abot Love by Van Halen.

metallllllica -jump in the fire

AC/DC ** Back in Black **

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress–Hollies

Funk #49, James Gang
Livin’ Lovin’ Maid, Led Zepplin
Black Dog, Led Zepplin
Trampled Underfoot, Led Zepplin (although for years I thought the title of this song was “Ain’t Talkin’ bout Love”)
Johnny B. Goode, Mr. Chuck Berry
Ticket to Ride, Beatles
Crossroads, Eric Clapton (among many others)
Willie and the Hand Jive, Bo Diddley (or George T.)
Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd

“It’s a Mistake” - Men at Work
[sub]okay, not really.[/sub]
China Grove - Doobie Brothers
Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
Epona’s Thunder - Gypsy Soul

China Cat Sunflower/Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead

  1. Roger Fisher or Nancy Wilson (?) on Heart’s Magic Man.

  2. Martin Barre on both Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath and Teacher.

  3. Joe Walsh on The James Gang’s Walk Away.

  4. Craig Chaquico on Jefferson Starship’s Jane.

  5. Eric Clapton’s studio cameo on the Beatle’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  6. Randy Rhoads on Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley
    Props to those below mentioning Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and Tony Hicks of the Hollies.

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana.

So simple.

After that Jeremy, Pearl Jam. (intro riff)

Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing.”

Good Goddess, that one just sends me in to paroxysms of joy. :smiley:

“Search and Destroy.”

Dun-da dwah-now, dah-dwa-now! Da-dun-a, dun-a, dun-a!

Oh now you’ve done it! I can’t get it out of my head…


We are scanning the scene, in the city tonite!
Looking for you, to start up a fight!
There’s an evil feeling in our brains!
It’s nothing new, you know it drives us insane!

Running! On our way!
Hiding! You will pay!
Dying! A thousand deaths!!

Search andddddd… seeeekk and destroooyyyyy! (Ha-ha-ha!!)

I can almost play that riff on my guitar… almost. Well, I’m getting better!

(“She turned me into a head-banger metalhead!” “A head-banger metalhead?” “I got better…”)

Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”

Heaviest riff ever written. The use of the “devil’s Octave”, which basically all evil music incorporates. Most recent use was limp bizkit’s “break stuff”.

Not that limp bizkit holds a candle to sabbath

It’s a tie between Photograph by the Verve Pipe and and the opening of Demons by Guster for me.

The intro of “Statesboro Blues.” (I prefer Duane Allman’s, but Taj Mahal is pretty damn good, too.)

The chords at the beginning of “Lola.”

“Satisfaction.” (surprised this wasn’t the first mentioned).

“Sunshine of Your Love.”

“Working Man”, RUSH

Heavy, man.

There’re many, but I’ll toss out some memorables:

Third Stone from the Sun - Hendrix

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - Allman Bros.

Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
Everlong (the main chorus chord climb) - Foo Fighters
Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine

**Florentine Pogen]/b]- Frank Zappa