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What is the catchiest (any instrument here) riff you can think of right now?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Alvaro Martín Gómez A., Mar 21, 2010.

  1. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Hi everybody.

    Just curious about your opinion on this subject since after many years of not listening to Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing", I got to hear it again and currently can't get its signature riff out of my head. Right now I feel it should receive the award as the "Catchiest guitar riff ever created". It's addictive! Now, it is not necessarily that you are in the same situation right now, but maybe you can name some riffs that instantly make you tap your foot. Thank you in advance for your input!
  2. The opening riff to "Show Don't Tell" by Rush.

    I can't get it out of my head!
  3. AnchorHoy

    AnchorHoy Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey

    Gaaahhh ! Make it stop !! It's taking control of my Braaaaaaaaaain !!!
  4. Hotrodmick


    Dec 7, 2009
    The bass line at the start and before the lead in Golden Earings "Twilight Zone". Man I hear that and my whole body starts grooven to the run.

    And yes we are going to play this as soon as our guitar player works it up.

  5. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Walking On The Moon - The Police
  6. you really got me....kinks or vh......
  7. TheBasicBassist


    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    Stevie Wonder's "I Wish".
  8. Satisfaction
  9. Bad Mamma Jamma
  10. Here's a few to be going along with...

    Led Zep - Whole Lotta Love
    AC/DC - Back In Black
    That Deep Purple song, you know, the one about a fire.
    Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
    Ram Jam Band - Black Betty (just the vocal line)
  11. TortillaChip520


    Jun 3, 2008
    Any Beatles song. Like them or not, the catchiness of their songs is brilliant.
  12. the main bass riff for Plug in Baby by Muse, simply an awesome riff
  13. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Stevie Wonder - Superstition. The intro in particular.

    This song sticks in my head for days whenever I hear it.

  14. The catchy riff happens the first time 37 seconds in. Love it!
  15. hinklegm


    Nov 8, 2009
    Those three opening chords from Baba O'Riley
  16. Ah Yes. F, C, Bb :bassist:
  17. Elrend


    Feb 24, 2008
    Witch Hunt, and the head to Brubecks 4th of July.
  18. Kyon`


    Aug 17, 2007
    Boston, MA
    In a Sentimental Mood

  19. Funkytown!

  20. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Cold Duck Time:

    The simplest yet catchiest chord progression known to man! It's got me bobbing my head right now! This isn't a bad version at all!
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