In music a riff is a repeated chord progression performed by a solo instrument. In rock music the guitar riff can make a single. A high-powered and incredibly talented guitarist can impact a song like
no other. A strong written guitar progression can bring energy and rhythm to any lyric.All
of the legendary rock, grunge, and ska bands have had one thing in common. They all had a great lead guitarist.
Here is a collection of 10 songs with incredible guitar riffs.
10. Scorpions - No One Like You Guitarist - Rudolf Schenker,
Scorpions are a hard rock band from Hanover, Germany. The group has sold over 75 million records worldwide. The three longest lasting members of the band are Klaus Meine
(lead vocal), Matthias Jabs (guitar), and Rudolf Schenker (rhythm lead guitar). No One Like You is a song that
was released on the bands 1982 album Blackout. It was written by Meine and Schenker. The song was an international
hit, but did not top any charts. In most Scorpions songs, guitar solos and riffs are performed by Matthias Jabs,
while Schenker handles the rhythm.
9. Heart - Crazy On You Guitarist - Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher
Heart is a rock band that was formed in the early 1970’s in Seattle, Washington. The only constant
members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, although the original band included Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher, and Mike Fisher. Heart has
sold over 30 million records worldwide. Crazy on You was the debut single for the band after the Wilson sisters joined. The song is known for its guitar driven
intro and pace. It has a mix of acoustic and electric guitar, and is noted for the fact that the acoustic guitarist was a female, Nancy Wilson, which was a rarity in rock music during that time. The song was written in
response to the stress caused by the Vietnam War and social unrest in the United States in the early 70’s.
8. Faith No More - Epic Guitarist - Jim Martin, Billy Gould
Faith No More is
a rock band that was formed in San Francisco, California. Epic is a song that was released on the bands third album in
1990. This song features a combination of heavy metal with rap and heavy guitar driven riffs. Mike Patton
is on lyrics, Billy Gould on bass, and Jim Martin does an incredible job on lead guitar. Epic has become a
staple in Faith No More concerts and is considered their most successful single. The song has a great video, which
I have included.
7. Guns N' Roses - November Rain Guitarist - Slash
Guns N' Roses is a rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985.The band has had numerous line-up changes over the years, but the one main stay is lead singer Axl Rose. Tracii
Guns was the original lead guitarist with Ole Beich on bass, but they were soon replaced with Slash and Duff McKagan,
who performed with the band during their prime years.November Rain is a song that appears on the
band 1992 release Use Your Illusion I.The song is a rock ballad and features a sweeping orchestral
backing.It is one of Guns N' Roses longest songs.It also features some incredible
guitar solos by Slash.Slash is truly one of the greatest electric guitar players of all time.His debut solo album, Slash & Friends is due to be released in 2010. Fast-forward to the 4:10
mark in the video to see Slash make it happen.
6. Sublime - Santeria Guitarist - Bradley Nowell
Sublime is an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California.The band originally consisted of lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson, and Bud Gaugh.Santeria is a song
released on the bands multi-platinum third album.It features great lyrics and incredible guitar riffs
performed by Nowell.Bradley Nowell was a natural on the guitar, but sadly he died from a heroin overdose
at the age of 28 in 1996.Sublime did not reach true international success until after the death of
Bradley Nowell.There is no doubt that Nowell was the driving force behind the band.
5. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love Guitarist - Jimmy Page
is an English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards)
and John Bonham (drums). Led Zeppelin is regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands, helping to pioneer the
genre. The band has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide. Whole Lotta Love is a song that was featured
as the opening track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II. The U.S. release became the bands first hit single.
No Zeppelin singles were released in the UK. Every member of the band was on the top of their game during the recording
of this song, led by the amazing guitar riffs and solo of Jimmy Page.
4. Derek and the Dominos - Layla Guitarist - Eric Clapton, Duane
Derek and the Dominos was a blues-rock band formed in the spring
of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton with keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle, and drummer Jim
Gordon. The band released only one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which featured prominent
contributions from guest guitarist Duane Allman from the Allman Brothers Band. The song Layla was released in 1970
as the 13th track on the album. It is often hailed as being among the greatest rock songs of all-time. Layla
is defined by two movements, each marked by a riff. The guitar presence by both Eric Clapton and Duane Allman is
incredible. In a recent list comprised of the greatest guitarists of all time, both Clapton and Allman were in
the top ten.
3. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here Guitarist - David Gilmour
Pink Floyd is an English band formed in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard
Wright and Bob Klose.The group became a popular fixture on London's underground music scene.Syd Barrett’s erratic behavior prompted the band to add David Gilmour to their lineup.Barrett
soon left Pink Floyd and Roger Waters became the lyricist and dominant figure in the band. Pink Floyd’s progressive
rock style and amazing instrument play has made the band one of the most critically acclaimed and successful of
all time.To date they have sold over 200 million records worldwide. Wish You Were Here was the title
song off of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album with the same name.Roger Waters’ and David Gilmour
collaborated to write the song as a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett.The main riff was written
by Gilmour and the entire collaboration is wonderful.
2. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train Guitarist - Randy Rhoads
Ozzy Osbourne left the group Black Sabbath to start a solo career with the help of Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley.The group’s first single was Crazy Train, which was released on the 1980 album Blizzard of Ozz.Crazy Train was a major hit in both the UK and the U.S.The guitar
riff and Randy Rhoads' guitar solo are highly regarded as one of the best ever.Just watch the
video. Rhoads’ is truly amazing.Randy Rhoads’ was a devoted student of the classical
guitar.He often combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style.Rhoads’ had a relatively short, but extremely explosive and influential career with Quiet Riot and Ozzy.Sadly, on March 18, 1982 Randy Rhoads’ died in a small plane crash, which was ultimately the result of poor judgment by the pilot.He attempted to buzz the bands tour bus and clipped the side of it causing
a massive crash.
1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower Guitarist - Jimi Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix
Experience was an English–American rock band, formed in London in 1966.The band
originally included American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding,
and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until 1969.They released three successful studio
albums.After the band split up, Hendrix and Mitchell teamed up with bassist Billy Cox and other musicians to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the only
band with all their albums on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
All the original members of the group are now deceased.Jimi Hendrix died in 1971 after asphyxiating on his own vomit.Doctors reported that red wine
filled his airways and swamped his lungs while he slept.A large amount of sleeping pills were found
in his system.All Along the Watchtower is a song that was originally written and performed by
Bob Dylan, but the Jimi Hendrix Experience made it their own.The song was released on the album Electric
Ladyland in September 1968.Jimi Hendrix spent countless days redubbing and changing the song
to fit his guitar style.
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Terry - October 16, 2009 at 9:17 PM A great
list...You left one of the greatest of all time though. Jimi Hendrix at the Montery 1967 pop festival...
Alex - January 29, 2010 Jimi Hendrix is
at the right spot at number one but it should've been for Purple Haze. And what about Smoke On the Water? That's
easily one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time.
- May 31, 2010
Really, Wish You Were Here instead of the solo in Comfortably Numb?No Stones Satisfaction?Sweet Home Alabama?Stairway to Heaven?Louie Louie?Walk This Way?This list is "10 more or less random songs with some good guitar.”
Marshall - July 19, 2010 Alex, just because that’s the only two Hendrix songs you know, doesn't
mean they should be first.Go learn some music then make a comment, also it’s not a top ten for most recognized, it’s for the best.
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