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Songs built on ONE riff or chord?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Flatwound, Feb 1, 2012.


  1. Flatwound

    Flatwound

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I can think of a few right now - Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine by James Brown, Stranglehold by Ted Nugent, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Wang Dang Doodle (I'm liking the Savoy Brown version)...

    Can you think of others?
     
  2. foq1978

    foq1978

    Aug 7, 2009
    Rio de Janeiro
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  4. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    With or Without You -U2
     
  5. OldDog52

    OldDog52

    Jan 1, 2011
  6. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Leave Me Alone - Lou Reed
     
  7. Tom_RCJ

    Tom_RCJ

    Jan 4, 2010
    Cardinal, Ontario, Canada
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    Chain of Fools is pretty much just the one chord with a few breaks.

    Born on the Bayou by CCR is sorta/kinda just the one chord, depending on how you choose to play it.

    Johnny Lee Hooker played a whole slew of songs on one chord.
     
  8. bendy

    bendy

    Sep 21, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Every song on Talking Heads' "Remain in Light"
     
  9. Baer

    Baer

    Jul 8, 2008
    John Mellencamp's "Authority Song". For the bass player it's just two variations on the same phrase.
     
  10. Flatwound

    Flatwound

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Cool. Working my way through the list. I really like a lot of what I think of as "trance" music, even though it may not fit the modern "trance" genre. Songs like In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Stranglehold, With or Without You, and others with driving bass riffs that, because of the repetition, I find relaxing. We actually did a trance-ish version of Born on the Bayou in the band I was in for the last five years. We played Authority Song, too, but that's pretty bouncy. I had forgotten about that one.

    I'm also a fan of tabla and sitar, and Indian classical music. I like Tabla Beat Science (hey, Bill Laswell plays with them!) as well.
     
  11. Twobass

    Twobass

    Aug 12, 2009
    One Thing Leads to Another- The Fixx
     
  12. Duckwater

    Duckwater

    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Lots of Funk & Jazz-Fusion is just E minor, sometime they go modal with it though.
     
  13. Curmei

    Curmei

    Dec 29, 2008
    God Machine's Desert Song:
     
  14. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    Every AC-DC Song lol Just kidding
     
  15. mccartneyman

    mccartneyman Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
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  16. lowendfriend

    lowendfriend Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2008
    Outer Cape Cod
    Junior Walker and the All-Stars, Shake and Finger pop...

    Tons of Mles Davis modal jazz...

    Stevie Ray Vaughan's only popular charting hit: Crossfire
     
  17. I'm Broken by Pantera.
     
  18. Tomorrow Never Knows-The Beatles
     



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