Well, I said I was gonna do it. I eventually got around to it. Here it is. I guess I should call this something other than “The Actual Best Rock Guitar-Dominated Intros of All Time (Not Chosen by Idiots)”. But as a mediocre semi-professional guitarist, I am an authority. Right?
- “Master of Puppets” – Metallica ==::: This riff slaps you in the head. Thunk! That’s what it does. To your head. Maybe it’s not as shrill as “Seek and Destroy” or as renowned as “Enter Sandman”, but it’s a hell of a way to bring you into a song. There’s no easing, no build-up, just smack smack smack/blazing riffs and screaming about how drugs are bad!
- “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses ==::: Legend goes that Slash hated this warm-up riff, and that he thought it sounded like circus music. It’s a good thing Slash had Axl & the rest of Guns N’ Roses to keep this on around. Who doesn’t love this playful riff?
- “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath ==::: I play this riff 9 out of 10 times when I pick up a guitar. Why not? It’s fun. Iommi is a genius. It’s been covered by Megadeth, The Dickies, Avenged Sevenfold, Type O Negative, Green Day, Metallica, and bar bands everywhere.
“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” – Black Sabbath ==::: I always feel like this one is underrated. Everyone talks about “Iron Man” and “Black Sabbath”, but this is a damn cool riff. Recognize. (“Supernaut”, another of my favorites, could go here too…)
- “Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream ==::: It sounds like Clapton is playing an army of guitars here. I believe Jack Bruce came up wit the riff, inspired by Hendrix. It’s an incredibly powerful riff. (Even if you change it like Living Colour did.) It’s iconic. It’s rock. It’s blues. It’s heavy. It grabs you.
- “Rock You Like a Hurricane” – Scorpions ==::: Here they are. Everyone my age remembers this riff. I was never a huge fan, I think I have a greatest hit’s CD, but this riff is still classic.
“Long Distance” – All ==::: It’s my list. I’ll include killer punk bands if I want. If you don’t know this riff, you should. In fact, a bunch of All riffs could go here. Stephen Egerton has a sound where you know it’s him when he’s on guitar. He’s got a totally underrated incredible guitar voice.
- “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne ==::: It’s in that commercial. It’s been played by marching bands. It’s been covered by Pat Boone. It’s in our collective consciousness. Randy Rhoads was a madman, and this is an incredible riff.
- “London Dungeon” – Misfits ==::: This is a great gloomy riff, and one of the few things the Misfits churned out that wasn’t a power chord. I like the recording from the ill-fated 12 Hits From Hell album that never was. It’s got Bobby & Doyle on guitar, & producer Robbie Alter on guitar overdubs… I dunno who came up with the riff. It could have even been Glenn or Jerry.
I’m sure if I were to make a list tomorrow, it may contain different songs. What did I miss? Give a link to the YouTube video in the comments below.
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