Best riff in a song

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  1. kesslari

    kesslari Supporting Member

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    Let's give this a go.
    List your choice (just nominate one - lists get too long to read).
    Just a riff - not a whole solo, chorus, etc. e.g. - "EVH's solo in Eruption" doesn't count. Not best song, or best solo - just an outrageously great riff.

    I'll start the thread with Don Felder's crazy pinch-harmonic riff in the Eagle's "Already Gone" (just after the lyric "Heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free").
    That's just over the top.

    2:36 in this vid - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8o_C50JFkc
  2. tastybasslines

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    Metallica - Creeping Death 3:40 into the song.

  3. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Supporting Member

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    Helmet. 'In The Meantime'.

    A monster of a riff.
  4. Black Velvet - the nice plodding dum-dum bass line with the occasional clever twiddly bit, that needs an open string, yet the song is in Eb!
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    Anna Molly by Incubus.
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    I'll give some love to the drummers.

    The fill in Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds is the defining moment in that song.

    The drums and bass are in perfect harmony and the vocals are on point too. The oh so 80's keys are also in balance. When the fill comes just before the outro it's just a satisfying moment that you look forward to.

  9. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Supporting Member

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    ^ a Funky Ghost sighting....where you been mate? :)
  10. kesslari

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    Good stuff amigos.
    Video clip and time marking helps those of us who don't know the band or tune...
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    The headbanging guitar riff that begins the final section of Bohemian Rhapsody following the piano and vocal chorus and preceding the line "so you think you can stone me and spit in my eye."
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    Getting myself right man. :) The eternal quest.
  14. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Supporting Member

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    Cannot help but lapse into Wayne's World mode every time I hear it.
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    Tituscrow Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Supporting Member

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    Are we allowed more than one each, if we post them in separate posts? I've got a ton.
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    Cream - Sunshine of your love

  17. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Supporting Member

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    Well, whatever the deal, I hope things are cool. Nevertheless, good to see you back round these parts.
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    Rush- Middletown Dreams- 1st chorus, right before the lyric "dreams flow across the heartland"
    Two notes from the guitar, but it gave me chills the first time I heard it, and it still does.
    chorus starts at about 1:01, the riff is on the chord change to the VI from the VII.

    Probably not a great contender, but it hit it home for me.


    And honorable mention, the riff from Sultans of Swing. Quality material for singing your butt off in the car: "da da daaaaa!!!! duh da boo daaaa!!!! da boo daaa!!!!"
  19. i_got_a_mohawk

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    Most excellent choice!

    While it isn't present in it's entirety, I'm going to go watch their Live Aid gig, 20 minutes of the most amazing live act ever!
  20. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Gold Supporting Member

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    Man, I forgot how much I loved that song.
  21. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Supporting Member

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    Yeah, it's an absolute beast.

    How about the breakdown in Angel Of Death?

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