Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time
49. "School's Out," Alice Cooper (1972): Few riffs have been as instantly memorable as the one that powers Alice Cooper's "School's Out." According to original Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway, lead guitarist Glen Buxton came up with the part during the band's early years, while jamming with songwriter-guitarist Reggie Vincent. Coupled with Cooper's serrated vocals, the part became ferocious. "Glen's playing was all about feel, and was edgy and loose," Dunaway says. "His playing was like an angry hornet." –Russell Hall
48. "Louie Louie," The Kingsmen (1963): The Kingsmen's 1963 version of this Richard Berry track is a hormone-charged, keg-party-soundtrackin' classic, a reputation enhanced but certainly not defined by its appearance in National Lampoon's Animal House. The simple I-IV-V-IV riff is hypnotic and raucous, and best of all – it's dead simple to play, even for beginner guitarists. Meanwhile, the vocal hook practically demands that you and your pals gather around and holler it at full volume. – Peter Hodgson The rest of today's list here
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