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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

If we can handle a month of going through the polar primate catalogs …

I'll nominate Hocus Pocus. (This is not the greatest rock song of all time by a long shot – start a new poll for that one.)

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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 10:12 a.m. PST

Rock on, just rock on….

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

This has to be the most iconic rock riff

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Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

This is my second….

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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

Stosstruppen get my vote on #1

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

Mark Knopfler's riff in Sultans of Swing would probably be my vote for #1.

Pictors Studio16 Sep 2017 12:16 p.m. PST

Those are all pretty iconic.

I would put this up there with them:

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Glengarry516 Sep 2017 12:34 p.m. PST
nevinsrip16 Sep 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

It's either "Jumpin Jack Flash" or "Satisfaction", both by the Stones.

"Layla" by Clapton is a close second.

Gone Fishing16 Sep 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Some interesting choices (I especially like "Sultans" and The Cult song).

The truth is, rock really isn't my thing, but I remember a friend who is very, very into it, and is also something of a rock historian, said that many think the greatest solo ever was by Gilmore on the song "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd. Any thoughts on this?

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

Gone Fishing,

I would say that that one deserves consideration.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Queen/Bowie Under pressure ( best bass riff ever)
AC/AC thunderstruck

Winston Smith16 Sep 2017 3:01 p.m. PST

I'm a fan of early Fleetwood Mac.
Oh Well, with Peter Green
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Ebony Eyes, Bob Welch

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And of course the mandatory Eric Clapton, she's Waiting
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Winston Smith16 Sep 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Drum riff, Santana at Woodstock, Soul Sacrifice
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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Sep 2017 3:55 p.m. PST

The opening one minute of drums and guitar in Cheap Trick's Ain't athat a Shame ( live st Budikan ) is pretty hood:

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Extrabio194716 Sep 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

Werewolves of London.

And then…

Smoke on the Water
Sunshine of Your Love
Inna Gadda Da Vita
Summertime Blues

foxweasel16 Sep 2017 4:22 p.m. PST

The Stones, Satisfaction.

MHoxie16 Sep 2017 4:35 p.m. PST
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Tommy2016 Sep 2017 10:09 p.m. PST


Militia Pete17 Sep 2017 3:50 a.m. PST

Led Zep's Over the Hills and Far Away
Rock N Roll

The Who
Pinball Wizard
Baba OReily
Wont get fooled again.

14Bore17 Sep 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

This is not if you worked with me what you think I would say
Mississippi Queen by Mountain

USAFpilot17 Sep 2017 9:50 a.m. PST

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This one is fun. B.O.C Godzilla

Steve Wilcox17 Sep 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

Iron Man by Black Sabbath would be my vote!
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The Zoo by the Scorpions would be my second choice!
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Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

Reelin' in the Years – Steely Dan
Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses
Robby Kreiger's solo bit in the Doors Light My Fire is also excellent
Double Guitars in Hotel California by the Eagles

Steve Wilcox17 Sep 2017 10:45 a.m. PST

Double Guitars in Hotel California by the Eagles
That end bit of the song is awesome! Great tension and release! :)

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

Led Zeppelin Kashmir


14Bore17 Sep 2017 3:42 p.m. PST

I would put Kashmir as 2nd, Hotel California 3rd

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

Anything by RUSH.

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 5:47 p.m. PST

GWAR immortal corrupter.

bobm195918 Sep 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

Caroline – Status Quo at no.1 followed by Doctor, Doctor – UFO

Winston Smith18 Sep 2017 5:17 p.m. PST

House of the Riding Sun, Eric Burden and the Animals.
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AussieAndy19 Sep 2017 2:39 a.m. PST

Statesboro Blues – Duane Allman

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

Deep Purple: Smoke on the Water
Hollies: Long Cool Women in a Black Dress
Beatles: Helter Skelter

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 3:17 p.m. PST

Fleetwood mac – the Chain!
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lmntel14 Nov 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

The intro to Gimmie Shelter . Rolling stones

Zephyr114 Nov 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

Bang a Gong by T Rex & Taking Care of Business by BTO

Bowman15 Nov 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

Gentlemen, these are all good choices as they are all iconic.

Oh, and I love the headbanger baby! Rock on!

Winston Smith18 Nov 2017 10:00 a.m. PST

Gimme Shelter, da Stones.
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Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

"Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple
"Satisfaction" Rolling Stones
"Long Cool Women in a Black Dress" Hollies
"Day Tripper," The Beatles
"Heartbreaker," Led Zeppelin
"Iron Man," Black Sabbath
"Roundabout," Yes
"Spirit of the Radio" Rush
"You Really Got Me," The Kinks/Van Halen
"Walk This Way," Aerosmith
"Ain't Talkin' ‘Bout Love," Van Halen
"Purple Haze," Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry
"Layla," Derek & the Dominos (Eric Clapton)
"Start Me Up," The Rolling Stones
"I Feel Fine," The Beatles
"Sweet Child O' Mine," Guns N' Roses
"Helter Skelter" The Beatles
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana
"More than a Feeling" Boston
"Foreplay/Long Time" Boston
"Rock & Roll Band" Boston
"Smokin" Boston
"Whole Lotta Love" Led Zeppelin
"Barracuda" Heart
"Sunshine of Your Love" Cream
"Back in Black" AC/DC
"Crimson and Clover" Joan Jet/Tommy James
"China Grove" Doobie Brothers
"Tush" ZZ Top
"I'd Wait A Million Years" The Grass Roots
"Midnight Confessions" The Grass Roots

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