Best riffs that never appear in a Top Ten Riffs list

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  • PhilW1PhilW1 Frets: 686
    Reverend said:
    Riot - Swords & Tequila
    Riot - Thundersteel
    Pentagram - Forever My Queen
    Buffalo - Dune Messiah
    The Sweet - Burning
    Nightsun - Plastic Shotgun
    Repulsion - The Stench Of Burning Death
    Iron Maiden - Total Eclipse
    Bathory - One Rode To Asa Bay
    Terrorizer - Fear Napalm
    Damnation - Insulter Of Jesus Christ


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  • WoodenheadWoodenhead Frets: 67
    Iron Maiden - Phantom of the Opera, intro or 2nd riff, both are great
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8IuFl3sMhk

    Few more...
    Metallica - Battery
    The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
    GnR - Mr Brownstone
    Rush - Spirit of Radio
    RHCP - Can't Stop
    NOFX - Soul Doubt
    Alter Bridge - Ties That Bind
    Fu Manchu - Evil Eye
    Avenged Sevenfold - Beast and the Harlot

    No the greatest riffs ever but they're fun to play
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  • FelineGuitarsFelineGuitars Frets: 8651
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    Motley Crue , Kiss , Ratt , Alice Cooper all had some amazing riffs



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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 3661
    Rebel Rebel Bowie
    Custard Pie Zep
    Tie yer Mother down Queen

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10985
    The riff that starts around 2'30" is fucking killer.  Great solo at the end too.


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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 6139
    Intro riff to davidian by machinehead is scientifically proven to be the best riff butr never appears in the lists.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8393
    I've been listening to King's X again this morning and the rifftastic Ty Tabor:



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  • L7 - Wargasm. 

     
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10985
    scrumhalf said:
    I've been listening to King's X again this morning and the rifftastic Ty Tabor:

    Yeah, the first four or five King's X albums are just so great.  Heavy and powerful but no Manowar-isms whatsoever.  And the wonderful vocals, I love rock bands with multiple singers.
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  • jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 9292
    Witch - Seer. None more fuzzier dan diss


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  • ColsCols Frets: 3735
    Listening to Ugly Kid Joe’s America’s Least Wanted.  Riff central.

    https://youtu.be/CQW4InVTf_I 

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  • trolleytrolley Frets: 49
    Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci
    I once decided to play it live - or butchered it more accurately. It's fecking hard!!
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  • RobDaviesRobDavies Frets: 2468
    edited June 16
    I like ‘em simple and heavy. Best riff starts at 01:38

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  • ewalewal Frets: 1620
    There's some obvious omissions I can think of, so obvious they probably belong on the other riffs list: Song 2 (surely should be near top), Freak Scene, Sabotage, No One Knows (possibly already listed, other QOTSA songs too), I Wanna Be Your Dog, Here Comes Your Man (and other Pixies songs), Teenage Riot, Kool Thing, Cherub Rock etc

    I have a bit of a problem with the riff concept - not really sure when it's riffing as opposed to playing a repetitive pattern or chord sequence. It's a bit old fashioned like saying someone is being lead or rhythm guitarist - don't understand that either.

    Riffs that would never, ever be listed in a list guitar magazine's list of riffs:

    Low - Witches
    Slint - Washer (stretches common understanding of riffing but what the hell...)
    Codeine - Realize (ditto)
    Swervedriver - Son of Mustang Ford (there's enough 'riffs' in this song for an entire album...)
    Seam - Sweet Pea (ditto)
    Buffalo Tom - Velvet Roof (most definitely a riff)
    Mogwai - Ceiling Granny (again most definitely rifftastic, but unlikely to be recognised as riff)
    Mogwai - Mogwai Fear Satan (does a three note melody played for about 18 minutes qualify as a riff? Don't know...)
    Dutch Alps - Mildspan or Fake Killer (ok you won't know these because there tunes of mine from one of the old bands, it's a cracker - that band showed a lot of decent riffing potential in it's short life span....)
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - How Near, How Far (not sure if it's riff qualified, but a band with loads of notable guitar phrases in their back catalogue - that's a bit rubbish isn't it)


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  • Ratt- Lay it down never seems to get much mention
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  • blobbblobb Frets: 1688

    Here's a good 'un, a Goth classic and a very very rare chance to see a pair of Ibby Musicians in action together. Skeletal Family (or Ghost Dance if you prefer) - Promised Land...



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  • ShrewsShrews Frets: 827
    edited June 18

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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 2701
    a few more

    The Meters - Cissy Strut
    Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
    Kyuss - Thumb
    Saint Vitus - I Bleed Black
    Black Flag - Rise Above
    Edgar Broughton Band - Love In The Rain
    Vio-Lence - Calling In The Coroner
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  • dchwhitedchwhite Frets: 164
    Wildhearts - nothing ever changes but the shoes. And about five hundred of their other songs.

    Does good times by Chic count as a riff? 
    Stonevibe: 'The best things in life aren't things'.

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  • Therapy?- Isolation


    Nirvana- School

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