Ahhh. The guitar riff. Doesn’t matter what kind of music you like or what kind folks hate. Everyone loves the guitar riff. It has the power to make girls take off their clothes and guys beat the shit out of each other. It has been said that God may have created man but Sam Colt made them equal…well, the ability to play signature guitar riffs made them cool.
So today, post your Top 5 favorite guitar riffs.
Here are mine:
Black Sabbath – Sweat Leaf: For me, this riff embodies heavy metal guitar.
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing: There have been plenty of rock gods over the years but none were ever so godly as the 12 year old version of me playing air guitar on my mother’s broom to the opening riffs of this song.
Metallica – Seek and Destroy: Unarguably my favorite guitar riff of all time. I damned near joy juiced my trousers the day I learned how to play it.
Guns and Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine: Remember up above when I said the guitar riff, on occasion, had the power to make women take their clothes off? I present “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. Go to any town where there is a large collection of rednecks and beer and a body of water. Crank “Sweet Child O’ Mine”….I guaran-fucking-tee someone will have their titties out by the second chorus. It’s as reliable as beads in New Orleans. Also, if you were gonna assign hair metal a “signature riff” would there even be another option?
Pantera – Walk: Remember up above when I said the guitar riff, on occasion, had the power to make men beat the shit outta one another? I present “Walk” (or any other Pantera riff). I bet you could play “Walk” over the PA at a Phish concert and a mosh pit would form.