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Saba
3rd May 2004, 03:00 AM
http://entertainment.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4459,9455090%255E7484%255E%255Enbv,00.html

hey! that's my CD collection listed there.

1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
4. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
5. Enter Sandman - Metallica
6. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes/Eric Clapton
7. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
8. Back In Black - AC/DC
9. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
10. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
11. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
12. All Right Now - Free
13. Plug In Baby - Muse
14. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
15. Aint Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
16. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
17. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
18. No-One Knows - Queens Of The Stone Age
19. Paradise City - Guns N` Roses
20. Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine.

Alex
3rd May 2004, 06:42 AM
Personally I would rate Smoke on the Water, Whole Lotta Love and Layla above Sweet Child of Mine. But still an excellent list of tracks.

yfs87
3rd May 2004, 08:39 AM
i like rage... 8) lol

Saba
3rd May 2004, 08:40 AM
No Rush! :cheesy:

bearclaw
3rd May 2004, 10:49 AM
Could almost interchange November Rain w/ Sweet Child O' Mine, either one could be #1.

Also listworthy:
Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck
Flood of Sunshine - The Posies
Photograph - Def Leppard
Too Late - Def Leppard

TheKomoman
3rd May 2004, 10:51 AM
No Rush! :cheesy:

Who wouldn't rank the riff that opens Spirit of Radio right up there!?! :evil: :lol:

And the opening of Limelight and....


That better? :cheesy:

valbowski1980
3rd May 2004, 02:05 PM
Good lineup, but how come no Floyd? I'm glad to see Queens of the Stoneage there :)

ejenner
3rd May 2004, 03:25 PM
Guitar Riffs

- Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (already listed, but worth listing twice & top of my list)
- Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
- Steve Miller - The Joker
- Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand
- George Thorogood - Bad to The Bone

...can't think of any more :cheesy:

fabric
3rd May 2004, 04:32 PM
I'd say Spirit of Radio definitely merits a listing.

How about the Who? The Rolling Stones? The Eagles? The Beatles? They've got a ton of great riffs.

I'd also vote for Living Colour's "Type."

And for one even dorkier than Rush, how about Eric Johnson's "Cliff's of Dover?"

And I"ll go way out on a limb and suggest the Dead's "Sugar Magnolia"

chico_85
3rd May 2004, 07:46 PM
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1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


They are way overrated, especially #2 I can't even recall the guitar riff in it.

kasperhauser
3rd May 2004, 08:49 PM
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1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


They are way overrated, especially #2 I can't even recall the guitar riff in it.

Oh, you know, it goes like this:

na nuh nuh NAH NAH dum-chicka nair nair

something like that. Remember that one?

(Kidding, I can't remember it either.)

CleveSaab
4th May 2004, 12:06 AM
#1 BOUND TO FAIL - ACCEPT
Album: MetalHeart



Any Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans here??

kasperhauser
4th May 2004, 01:08 AM
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Indigenous (w/ Mato Nanji), Jonny Lang... you bet.

8valvegrowl
4th May 2004, 01:40 AM
I agree, there needs to be some Floyd on there..."Wish You Were Here"? "Comfortably Numb"? Comfortably Numb was listed as the world's most recognized rock solo by Rollingstone Magazine a few years back...

Nothing by Phish? Come on...Trey is a guitar god...
"Down with Disease" or "Sample in a Jar" is pretty good for album work...but some of their live stuff, covers or original are intense.

John Scofield needs to be up there too... "Watch out for Po-Po"

Nirvana's cover of "Man Who Sold the World", unplugged.

Guster...."Demons"

U2...."Mysterious Ways"

REM..."What's the Frequency Kenneth?", "Driver 8", "Losing My Religion"

Quite a pick there....

Abbott 900
4th May 2004, 05:22 AM
I can't honestly believe possibly the greatest ever has so far been missed off the list...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird

If ever I put that tune on in my car, I can't help but drive quicker... :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy:

boxman
4th May 2004, 07:38 AM
Good lineup, but how come no Floyd?

how about comfatably numb then by floyd,fantastic,it makes the hires on the back of my neck stand up when played loud

boxman :wink:

yfs87
4th May 2004, 08:36 AM
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1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


They are way overrated, especially #2 I can't even recall the guitar riff in it.

It consists of Fm Bbm Dbm and Abm chords, Fm Fm Fm - Bbm Bbm/Dbm, Abm Abm Abm, Dbm Dmb/Bbm, and no, i dont think it deserves to be on there lol

Oh, you know, it goes like this:

na nuh nuh NAH NAH dum-chicka nair nair

something like that. Remember that one?

(Kidding, I can't remember it either.)

Johann F
4th May 2004, 08:11 PM
In no particular order;
Stones - gimme shelter
Hendrix - Hey Joe (with lulu intro)
The Cash - Should I stay or should I go
Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Led Zeppelin - Moby dick (before the idiotic drum solo by Bonham)
The Who - sparks (Tommy - Live at leeds)
Dick Dale - Pipeline
The Fall - Fiery Jack
New Order - Ceremony
Miles Davis - Honk Tonk
The Jam - That's Entertainment
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
Issac Hayes - Theme from Shaft
Pink Floyd - Us and Them
Cream - Sunshine of your Love
The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting for The Man
Robert Johnson - Crossroads Blues
Bowie - Heroes
The Stranglers - Walk on By

chico_85
4th May 2004, 08:40 PM
N.I.B - Black Sabbath
Rock Bottom - UFO

Castor Troy
4th May 2004, 09:21 PM
uh, i think we are forgetting the best one ever

Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

Dan1
5th May 2004, 12:08 AM
Pinball Wizard - The Who

i know there isn't really a guitar solo in it, but the acoustic guitar going on in the background takes some endurance.

Russell
5th May 2004, 07:52 AM
Whisky in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
I want to Break Free - Queen

Jet 9-3
6th May 2004, 10:09 AM
I always thought Soundgarden's "Outshined" was one of the nastiest riffs ever

Mattlach
6th May 2004, 12:46 PM
I can't help but love the guitarrs in Hallowed be thy Name, by Iron Maiden....

spielnicht
6th May 2004, 02:01 PM
Hendrix invented the guitar, and Stevie remastered it.

- Texas Flood / Steveie Ray Vaughan
- Shake For Me / Steveie Ray Vaughan
- I'm So Afraid / Lindsy Buckingham (Fleetood Mac The Dance)
- Looking Out For Love / Lindsy Buckingham (Fleetood Mac The Dance)

I agree with the other choices as well.

DaCuBaN
7th May 2004, 10:23 PM
What the.... no teenage kicks? :o

MonkeyMan
7th May 2004, 11:34 PM
Hendrix invented the guitar, and Stevie remastered it.

There we go...another SRV fan!

As far as plain riffs go, Cold Shot or Couldn't Stand The Weather would be my picks...and of course the opening/bass line of Pride & Joy is awesome...

BEN

Hubbard
10th May 2004, 03:04 PM
Stone Roses-I Am the Resurrection. :wink:

SaabScott
17th May 2004, 09:36 PM
No Rush! :cheesy:

Who wouldn't rank the riff that opens Spirit of Radio right up there!?! :evil: :lol:

And the opening of Limelight and....


That better? :cheesy:


I'd say Spirit of Radio definitely merits a listing.



And I didn't even have to say anything! :cheesy:

If you haven't, watch a Rush concert video .. like most of the greats, Alex gets right into playing his guitar to the point of tuning everything else out!