Greatest Guitar Riffs – Radio 2 

Alan Esdaile….another impossible task. Looking through this list I keep changing my mind but if I was to choose 3 at the moment it would be Layla, Sunshine Of Your Love and You Really Got Me.

Mark Edir…..Alright now , no electronic trickery just what was played

Steve Thorpe…..If it wasn’t for guys like Chuck Berry then…….

Matt Thomas……Dont know if you can call it a riff(not being a true muso) but heard Prince ‘Lets Go Crazy’ on the radio today – what a tune

Chris Meachen…..All right now, Oh well, & can’t decide between One vision & Layla…

John Laidlaw…..Hocus Pocus, Money, and One Vision. Or Back in Black, Layla, and Life in the Fast Lane.

Andy Qunta…..Isn’t anyone going to mention Smoke on the Water? OK. I’ll do it!

Andy Baldock……was there anything there by Budgie,or did I miss it?

Steve Thorpe……We will rock you – short, sharp, classic!

Pete Fairless…..It’s a bit of a rubbish list, no Wilco, really? Even the mainstream stuff is debatable – ‘Blockbuster’ is in but not ‘Gene Genie’? Nothing by Echo & The Bunnymen, either, I note……or The Stone Roses, ‘Waterfall’…

Jim Breeds……t’s all a bit too ‘mainstream’ isn’t it. Someone at the BBC comes up with their own list of 100 riffs and then asks us to vote for the favourite. Would be much better if it was open to nominate tracks as the way of voting for one, but then it would be harder to administer I guess. Sometimes strange choices for a given artist. e.g. head No Surprises by Radiohead. Superb song, but others of theirs had more stand out riffs!

Andy Baldock…..the list is very mainstream,but still managed to omit Wolfmothers “Woman” (unless I missed it?

Patrick Lewis……What about the intros to two Beach Boys classics: Surfing USA and Fun,Fun, Fun. I know both owe a largish debt to Chuck Berry. Not so mainstream, how about Truckin by the Grateful Dead from their American Beauty album.

Terry Pack…..Musical pedantry alert. Sorry. Layla is a riff, but All Right Now isn’t. Smoke on the Water is, Jean Genie isn’t. A riff is a simple melodic line, like Whole Lotta Love, Sunshine of your Love, etc, which is repeated, whereas All Right Now and Jean Genie are chord changes. I know, but I’m a musician. I can’t help it.

Pete Fairless……Record Collector: Interviewer: The Sweet’s No. 1 ‘Blockbuster’ had the same riff as David Bowie’s ‘The Jean Genie’ which charted at the same time. Coincidence? Nicky Chinn: “Oh, absolute coincidence. The ridiculous thing was, of course, they were both on the same record label (RCA). But I know we had never heard Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ and to the best of my knowledge he hadn’t heard ‘Blockbuster’. There was a lot of fuss about it at the time. I think it’s interesting to note, and again it was not a conscious thing on our part, but the riff is extremely similar to ‘I’m A Man’ by The Yardbirds. Fortunately, we went to No. 1 and Bowie went to 2.” Record Collector (1998) talking to Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman

Alan Pepper…..Great stuff….. My 3 would be Jimi’s. ‘ Purple Haze’ Life’s been good ( Joe Walsh) and Led Zepps Black Dog !

Mark Gilham… Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride, great riff.

Kev Towner… Nothing by Johnny Winter?

Alan Esdaile… Just announced Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love has been voted No 1 greatest guitar riff of all time. Heres the top 10 – 1. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
2. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘N’ Roses
3. Back In Black – AC/DC
4. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
5. Layla – Derek And The Dominoes
6. How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
7. Down Down – Status Quo
8. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
9. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
10. Money – Pink Floyd

Matt Thomas… Where was Chic ‘Good Times’?

Nick Hill… what about Rocky mountain way – Joe Walsh o Purple haze Jimi H ;0)


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  1. Great stuff….. My 3 would be Jimi’s. ‘ Purple Haze’ Life’s been good ( Joe Walsh)
    and Led Zepps Black Dog !


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