What is the greatest guitar riff of all-time?
Image Credit: Peter Francis/Retna Ltd.Spinner has posted an agreeably catholic-minded list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll. True, most of the usual suspects are present, from “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos to that scourge of guitar store employees, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” However, the list also finds space for a slew of great but less obviously riff-tastic tracks, including The Smiths’ “This Charming Man,” The Meters’ “Look-ka Py Py,” and Chic’s “Le Freak.”
Do I agree with all of the choices? I do not! Frankly, it will be a cold day in hell before I willingly listen again to Iron Butterfly’s “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida.” And I’m certainly not convinced that list-topper “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” features the greatest guitar riff of all-time. I’m not even convinced it’s the greatest riff by the Rolling Stones (I’m more of a “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” man, myself).
But check out the list for yourself, and tell us what you think. What in your opinion is the greatest guitar riff of all-time?