Gibson’s Top 10 Riffs of the 80's serves as a great reminder that the 80’s weren’t as grim as all that after all.
Here’s the list:
1. AC/DC – Back In Black
2. Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
3. Ozzy Osborne – Crazy Train
4. Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane
5. Def Leppard - Photograph
6. Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
7. Michael Jackson – Beat It
8. The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
9. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
10. Rush – Limelight
The preamble talks about riffs really coming into prominence in the 60’s, thanks to the likes of Dave Davies, Pete Townshend and Keith Richards. Sure, but why is John Lennon never mentioned? Davies and Townshend had a handful each. Only Lennon could rival Keef in both quantity and quality.
And why is Jimmy Page not mentioned? Hello?
Some other tunes with killer riffs I might have nominated include:
She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
She’s Waiting - Clapton
Would I Lie To You? – The Eurythmics
Paper In Fire - Mellencamp
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Refugee - Petty
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
Pretty good list, reinforcing the immortal songs are built on three chords, the truth, a backbeat, and a great riff.