"Satisfaction": The Mother Of All Rock & Roll Riffs?

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Today is the 46th anniversary of Keith Richards rolling over in his sleep in a Florida hotel, humming the main riff of "Satisfaction" into a bedside tape recorder and going back to slumber, or nodding off. The Rolling Stones would record the song months later and make it their calling card, their magnum single.

The main riff of "Satisfaction," that cool, almost Middle Eastern sound, would go down in history as one of the best riffs to ever drip out of a guitarist's brain - asleep or awake - and into their fingers to make magic. Listening to it now is like looking at priceless paintings in the halls of the Louvre, except this work of art wants to take your panties off.

Now, to make a list of the best riffs, you have to make a number of concessions as we see it. The Beatles made plenty of great sounds, with their best riff-based songs being, in our opinion, "Revolution,", "Helter Skelter," and the Chuck Berry-biting "Come Together." No seriously, Lennon had to pay Berry royalties.

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Riff Randell: Not on the list.
Let's set the Beatles aside for this list, though. That's like listing your favorite drink as water. No shit, it's the Beatles. Same goes for Berry, even though we have listed "Johnny B. Goode" as a starting point.

Don't get us started on the wizardry of Angus Young from AC/DC. Just listen to everything he has ever recorded, even the recent stuff.

Led Zeppelin and Metallica are our other two favorite riff-based bands, but since their music can't be embedded into this list, like AC/DC, we suggest you all go and listen to or download Led Zeppelin's I,II,III, IV, Houses Of The Holy, and Physical Graffiti, as well as any and all live bootlegs, legal or otherwise. As for Metallica, do what you feel.

It's all good. All right, not St. Anger.

In keeping with the Mother's Day theme, we created this list, which no doubt has glaring omissions in it that you will soon inflame the comments board with. Why is Pantera's "Walk" on here? Because the ghost of Dimebag Darrell is standing over us, always.


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Mark
Mark

where the hell is AC/DC on this list???

solo para rockeros
solo para rockeros

__ Everyone has their version according to its time oh experience, but not many can say they have a notion In mid of the 70 `s and therefore hear the actual music with full evolution. The Rolling Stones's hit the song that hit. the name of this song contains in ensencia about the phenomenon of Rock and rooll

__ Cada quien tiene su versión según su época oh vivencia , pero no son muchos pueden opinar que tenga una noción amediados de los años 70`s y oír la música actual consecuentemente con toda su evolución. Los the Rolling Stones la pego la canción la pego .el nombre de esta canción encierra en esencia lo del fenómeno del Rock and rooll

metalhead
metalhead

i think mustaine should have been in there and also some lamb of god

wtf
wtf

where is the fucking list???

Chopper_dave1970
Chopper_dave1970

Mouth for war would have been my choice followed by regular people but thats just my opinion.

Mamadawn68
Mamadawn68

Unable to view the list!!!!!! This sucks :'(

Guest
Guest

No Master of Puppets? F**k this list.

Psychrates
Psychrates

Ummm epic by faith no more. That was 20 yrs ago, and yer ten y.o. Knows that song by the first chord. Second, man in the box, AIC. Its like putting a fuzzbox in your hand recording a long, satisfyin, ass-kicking. Satisfaction does rock though...

Tim Maher Ii
Tim Maher Ii

Robin Trower "Bridge of Sighs" now thats a riff !!!

Fenix
Fenix

Playlist Not Available, not streamable in my region? WHAT THE FUCK?

Benc460
Benc460

Can you tell Pantera put a link to this on their facebook page?

Martygrosso
Martygrosso

fuck this list, this is pop culture ass kissing at its finest.

SefusisdaKING
SefusisdaKING

1.Eddie van halen

2.Jimi hendrix

3.Jimmy Page

4.Tony iommi

5.Angus young

6.Dimebag darrell

7.Rhandy rhoads

8.Kirk Hammett

9.Slash

10.Tom Morello

11.Mick thomson

12.Munky (korn)

13.Jim Root

14.Dave Murray

15.Kerry king5.

SefusisdaKING
SefusisdaKING

1.Highway to hell

2.Smoke on the water

3.Iron man

4.Master of puppets

5.Whole lotta love

6.Enter sandman

7.Rock you like a hurricane

8.Kashmir

9.Cat scratch fever

10.Unchained7.

Dimebonics
Dimebonics

I'm surprised no Zakk Wylde, King/Hanneman or Mustaine riffs are on here

Luckysilva88
Luckysilva88

Pantera is number fuckin one ! Long live dime and all the ridiculous shredding he's done and there's a hell of a lot good riffs I mean the best riffs . Best guitarist to ever pick up an axe ! CFH smoke fuckin dope!

Max Decroix
Max Decroix

When did Eruption become a riff-based song ? It's a legendary piece of guitar work, granted. But technically, there's no part of it that deserved to be called a riff...

EatItSucka
EatItSucka

top 5.

1. DIme

2. Hendrix.....is he even on this list? well if not he should be. I mean cmon, his shit is gold.

3. Page

4. Hetfield and Hammett

5. Lennon and Harrison

Eternalrend
Eternalrend

ok yeah I love pantera but every song they had would have been a petter chose then walk, 5 mins alone especially.and that song would deserve to be way higher than 17 as for walk shouldn't have been on the list. I think its fucked up that people claim rto be fans so the find they find one of there 2 over rated and overplayed songs walk or CFH come on show some personality if you going to have a list of favs don't do it because people with think the list is cool.

Ruben
Ruben

Stfu, St.Anger was a good album

Jaymz
Jaymz

What no Mob Rules by Dio-Sabbath?

Mtlhead00420
Mtlhead00420

walk should be much higher on the list, in-a-gadda-da-vida needs to be much higher on the list then #37. purple haze belongs in the top 3. and smells like teens spirit doesnt belong on the list, its a terrible song and the riffs in it blow! the only good thing that came out of nirvana was dave grohl.

noname
noname

you mean poop culture.lol

WickedChick
WickedChick

Long live Dime's memory! Best axe man ever

Droppinplates84
Droppinplates84

I think Dime had alot better riffs than walk.....it was just a mainstream song that everyone knows, thats why its on this list...while it IS an awsome tune, he has much better riffs. listen to the art of shredding....that will change peoples minds....

Chopper dave
Chopper dave

Well, walk was cleaver and simple and prob their most popular song. Cfh is a classic im sure we all love but its true to be accurate in a choice you really need to dealve deeper into the music and hear how unique and awesome some of the less popular songs however everyone is entitled to their own opinion

Keiselcolton
Keiselcolton

i agree walk was favored over so many of their greater songs it was just dimes most famous riff idk why personally i think The Sleep was way under appriceated along with where yo come from and grind that axe.

ListenToDEATH
ListenToDEATH

If you think CFH is an "overrated" PANTERA song, I already know ur no metal head....

Sdhdsfh
Sdhdsfh

lawl lawl you probably like load and reload too probab helps your butthole after your dad reems it out homo

Globsmack
Globsmack

St.Anger sucks, its the 1 metallica album i refuse to buy!

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