Sunday, November 28, 2004

Top 10 guitar riffs

Here goes. There's a lot I wanted to put on but left off.

1. "Victim Of Love" by The Eagles.

Yeah, it doesn't seem like The Eagles should have the top spot, but fuckin' Joe Walsh plays guitar the way the guitar sounds in my head when I fantasize about myself playing, and it doesn't get better than this riff.

2. "Kick Out The Jams" by The MC5

Just listen to it.

3. "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain.

Yep. There's a reason this makes tons of these lists.

4. "Nadine" by Chuck Berry.

This is probably the best song by the most influential guitarist in rock... just a hair above Robert Johnson. Not only is that guitar part kickin', it has a nice melody to it, and the song is filled with some of the cleverest lyrics ever put down.

5. "School" by Nirvana.

It just pounds around around and around in your head and doesn't stop.

6. "T.N.T." by AC/DC.

Yep, simple, to the point. It just slices through.

7. "The Man On The Silver Mountain" by Rainbow.

I couldn't bring myself to put "Smoke On The Water", but Ritchie Blackmore still gets a mention.

8. "Heroin" by The Velvet Underground.

It just sneaks in and does its business.

9. "Workin' For MCA" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Although nearly anything off Second Helping would have done just fine.

10. "Killing An Arab" by The Cure.

It had to be there. It's just amazing.


Honorable mentions -

"Come Together" by The Beatles, "The Mob Rules" by Black Sabbath, "Godzilla" by Blue Öyster Cult, "Cocaine" by J.J. Cale, "Devil's Right Hand" by Johnny Cash, "Be My Lover" by Alice Cooper, "Badge" by Cream, "Up Around The Bend" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Holiday In Cambodia" by The Dead Kennedys, "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" by Rick Derringer, "Good Ol' Boy (Gettin' Tough)" by Steve Earle, "Rebel Rouser" by Duane Eddy, "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)" by Fleetwood Mac, "Ozone" by Ace Frehley, "Profondo Rosso" by Goblin, "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring, "Brain Stew" by Green Day, "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, "American Woman" by The Guess Who, "What Is Life?" by George Harrison, "Motörhead" by Hawkwind, "Barracuda" by Heart, "If 6 Was 9" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" by The Hollies, "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "Living After Midnight" by Judas Priest, "Firehouse" by Kiss, "The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, "How Do You Sleep?" by John Lennon, "John Wayne Was A Nazi" by MDC, "Creeping Death" by Metallica, "Space Cowboy" by The Steve Miller Band, "Circle Sky" by The Monkees, "Rock Candy" by Montrose, "Trouble Every Day" by The Mothers Of Invention, "In 'N' Out Of Grace" by Mudhoney, "Gypsy Pilot" by Rick Nelson, "Flying High Again" by Ozzy Osbourne, "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" by Pink Floyd, "Tie Your Mother Down" by Queen, "Black Betty" by Ram Jam, "Chainsaw" by The Ramones, "Amos Moses" by Jerry Reed, "Orange Crush" by R.E.M., "2000 Man" by The Rolling Stones, "Greatest Gift" by Scratch Acid", "Pretty Vacant" by The Sex Pistols, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" by Slade, "Cinderella" by The Sonics, "Everybody Wants You" by Billy Squier, "Spiders and Snakes" by Jim Stafford, "Dirty Water" by The Standells, "Sex Type Thing" by Stone Temple Pilots, "No Fun" by The Stooges, "Peaches" by The Stranglers, "Rock Your Socks Off" by Tenacious D, "Possom Kingdom" by The Toadies, "867-5309 (Jenny)" by Tommy Tutone, "Baby - Get It On" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Goin' Mobile" by The Who, "Welfare Mothers" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse...

... and, oddly, I'm going to pick "Top Jimmy" by Van Halen.

Fuck, apparently I can go on all day about this. I'm going to shut it... or at least try.

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