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    Here's my short list. Please add your own!

    No particular order:
    Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
    Sunshine of your Love - Cream
    Stairway to Heaven - Lead Zeppelin
    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns n' Roses
    Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
    Name - Goo Goo Dolls
    Day Tripper - Beatles
    Life in the Fast Lane - Eagles
    So What - P!nk
    Layla - Eric Clapton
    Jump - Van Halen
    Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

    As you know, pretty much all of the above are guitar riffs. I could go on and on and on with piano riffs, especially because I play the instrument. That's probably a topic for another day, unless you don't mind or you have some of your own.
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    It's a good list, and you hit most of the required mentions when this topic comes up. I would disagree with a few, especially "Jump," whose riff is kind of annoying. Recognizable doesn't mean good. I really like that you include "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Daytripper," two that I think often get forgotten.

    A couple that you miss:

    "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.
    "Found Out About You" by Gin Blossoms.
    "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit.
    "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits.
    "Limelight" by Rush.
    "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
    "Separate Ways" by Journey.
    "Enter Sandman" by Metallica.
    "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica.
    "Barracuda" by Heart.
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    I used to be obsessed with Journey and was toying with the idea of putting "Separate Ways" in there. And how could I forget "Satisfaction" and "Barracuda!" Duh!
    I'm unfamiliar with a few of those on your list. I may need to look them up!
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    Talking How about ending riffs?

    Fleetwood Mac: Gypsy

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    Side 3 of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music on 78 speed.

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    Simple yet .... elegant .... sticks in your head bass rift:

    Money (Pink Floyd)
    Now run along and play, but donít get into trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akrauth View Post
    Here's my short list. Please add your own!
    Words. We need links!
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    When I started replaying the opening riffs in my head to songs like Smoke on the Water, Stairway to Heaven, Sweet Home Alabama and Day Tripper, they are SUCH a part of what music is to me that I almost kind of forget that I like them. Good choices.

    The best opening riff from a recent song has GOT to be "Anastasia" by Slash. I think this girl's cover is the best video of the song on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhRM868Oi2Q


    I like most of the stuff listed in this thread, but other opening riffs I really like that haven't been mentioned yet:

    Stranglehold by Ted Nugent
    Hanuman by Rodrido y Gabriela

    Even though it's a very short and very simple opening, one of my favorite opening riffs is from the Stones' Honky Tonk Woman.

    If there was a category for least-liked song with the most-liked opening, it would have to be Prefabricated by Trust from the Heavy Metal movie soundtrack.

    I'm sure there are plenty others, but that's all I can think of right now.

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    Which came first, Under Pressure or Ice,Ice,Baby?

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    Money for Nothing ... Dire Straits
    Hotel California ... Eagles
    Simple Man ... Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Over the Hills and Far Away ... LZ

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    In addition to what was previously mentioned, whether they're good or not, I have liked over the years:

    What I Like About You - The Romantics
    Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers

    No Matter What - Badfinger
    Revolution - The Beatles
    I Fought the Law (and the Law Won) - Bobby Fuller Four
    Just Like Heaven - The Cure
    When I Come Around - Green Day
    American Woman -The Guess Who
    No Time - The Guess Who
    You Really Got Me - The Kinks
    Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
    Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
    New Orleans is Sinking - Tragically Hip
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLee View Post
    Words. We need links!
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    I'm sure you know some of mine. Are there any particular ones you'd like links for? Let me know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by akrauth View Post
    I'm sure you know some of mine. Are there any particular ones you'd like links for? Let me know!
    Oh, I can look them up myself, I guess. I just think it would be more interesting if people posted links.
    From the top, here's Smoke on the Water and Stairway to Heaven.
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    Hey guys,

    Since this is a Hawai'i forum, I thought I would add one that I can't believe I didn't already say. This is both on my list of best opening riffs and best ending riffs/outros:

    Kawika - Sunday Manoa

    I consider this the equivalent of "Hotel California" in Hawaiian music, especially because of that amazing famous solo at the end. I think this song is likely one of the first songs that 'ukulele players who listen to Hawaiian music want to learn, just as HC is likely one of the first songs that guitar players want to learn.

    Anybody agree with me on this?
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