Songs built on ONE riff or chord?

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  1. Flatwound

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    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?
     
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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.
     
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    Every song on Talking Heads' "Remain in Light"
     
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    John Mellencamp's "Authority Song". For the bass player it's just two variations on the same phrase.
     
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    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.
     
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    Lots of Funk & Jazz-Fusion is just E minor, sometime they go modal with it though.
     
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    Junior Walker and the All-Stars, Shake and Finger pop...

    Tons of Mles Davis modal jazz...

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