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Updated by Jessica Ramirez on May 17, 2024
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Riffs That Rock

The guitar riff is the heartbeat of many memorable songs. A sequence of notes that can define an entire musical minute, or lifetime. These showstopping riffs will make you want to pick up a 6 string and play.
So, i included the chords. Rock On!

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (Audio)

*Chords: D ; | ; C ; | ; D *

The opening riff of Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the most famous in rock music. It's played by guitarist Ed King and is instantly recognizable with its catchy melody and distinctive slide guitar technique. The riff is a cornerstone of Southern rock, blending elements of blues and rock 'n' roll. "Sweet Home Alabama" was released in 1974 as a single and became one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's signature songs, celebrating the band's Southern roots.

Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter (Official Audio)

Chords: E, B, A9

Mike McCready’s emotive riff in Yellow Ledbetter is a testament to the power of the guitar’s voice. The bluesy sound, enhanced by the wah-wah pedal, creates a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that complements Eddie Vedder’s passionate vocals.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Music Video)

Chords:[ B5 ; | ; A5 ; | ; B5 ; | ; A5 ]
C/DC is one of the most recognizable in rock music. It was played by guitarist Angus Young and features a series of fast-paced, descending notes played on the guitar.

La Grange - ZZ Top | subtitulada al español ☆

Chords: C, Eb, A, D, F6
The opening riff of "La Grange" by ZZ Top is instantly recognizable and iconic. It's played by guitarist Billy Gibbons and is known for its bluesy groove and catchy melody.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge [Official Music Video]

.Chords: E \; | \; B/D# \; | \; C#m \; | \; A \; | \; E \; | \; B/D# \; | \; C#m \; | \; A
by John Frusciante. It's a simple yet poignant melody that sets the tone for the introspective and emotional lyrics of the song. One interesting fact about "Under the Bridge" is that it was inspired by lead singerAnthony Kiedis' feelings of loneliness and alienation while living in Los Angeles

Nirvana - All Apologies (Remastered)

Chords: C, F, G2
Played by Kurt Cobain. It's characterized by its melancholic tone and simple yet evocative chord progression, contributing to the song's overall emotional depth and impact. Cobain's raw and emotive guitar playing style adds to the song's authenticity and resonance with listeners.

System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B. (Official HD Video)

Chords: Em, Esus, D, A, G, Bm, F#m1
played by guitarist Daron Malakian. It's characterized by its fast-paced, palm-muted power chords and catchy rhythm. The riff sets the intense and rebellious tone of the song, which addresses political and social issues.

Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love (Official Music Video)

Chords: D, E, A7
Played by guitarist Jimmy Page, it features a powerful, distorted guitar riff that sets the stage for one of rock music's most iconic songs. The riff is characterized by its driving rhythm and bluesy feel, showcasing Page's virtuosity and the band's signature sound.

Heart - "Barracuda" (1977)

Chords: + E | F#m | D | A
Characterized by its fast-paced, aggressive melody and powerful chord progression. The riff sets the energetic tone for the rest of the song and showcases Wilson's exceptional guitar skills.

Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train (Official Animated Video)

The opening riff of "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne primarily follows a simple but powerful chord progression: B5 - C5 - D5 - E5. This creates a driving and intense sound that sets the tone for the song.