As part of BBC Radio 2’s guitar season they are asking listeners to vote for the greatest ever guitar riff. They’ve identified 100 riffs to choose from. It’s a diverse group to say the least, and I’ve found it challenging to pick a favourite.
The first time that I ploughed my way through them, I tended to favour songs that I liked or songs by groups that I liked. Then I watched a TV programme on BBC Four The Joy of the Guitar Riff, and I adapted my thought process. I re-visited the list to see which riffs had influenced other musicians or really captured the essence of the song/made it gel. My revised top 5 only contains 1 song that I have a copy of. Putting them in order and choosing one to vote for was well-nigh impossible.
If you’re interested, the five songs are:
- Chic – Good Times
- Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
- The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
- Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
- U2 – Pride (In the Name of Love)
… and I voted for Edwyn Collins (I really like the acoustic version in the video below).
If you want to take part you’ll need to be quick – voting closes on 25 July 2014.