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Songs built on ONE riff or chord?

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

  1. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    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. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

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

    OldDog52 Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
  4. nysbob


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


    Jan 4, 2010
    Cardinal, Ontario, Canada
    Band is sponsored by Trinity Amps and Sennheiser.
    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.
  6. Stir It Up.
  7. bendy


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


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

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    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.
  10. Twobass


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


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


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

    jgroh Supporting Member

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


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    American Woman
  15. 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
  16. I'm Broken by Pantera.
  17. Tomorrow Never Knows-The Beatles