Best Guitar Songs

TheRollingBonesTheRollingBones Headliner
edited September 2010 in History of Rock
Not necessarily great riffs, or great solos in particular. It could be both of these, or neither. Things like great rhythm playing also contribute to a fantastic guitar song. Songs like Little Wing or Sultans Of Swing don't have a true riff, but are regarded as some of the best guitar songs ever made. So, discuss it: best guitar songs, period.

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  • MrFruitLordMrFruitLord Headliner
    edited September 2010
    Anything Mick Barr has done.
    Good Morning Captain.
    Dragonaut.
  • ArmsAreLoudArmsAreLoud Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    I've always thought Dragonaut as more of a bass song, so I've gotta disagree with you there FruitLord.

    One of my favorites would be "Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll". The riff and the solo are just both excellent. I'm also a fan of the guitar part for "All Your Lies".
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited September 2010
    every song on "loveless".
  • FizzelerFizzeler Washed Up
    edited September 2010
    Here Comes A Regular
    The Bard's Song - In The Forest
    Starship Trooper
    The Ivory Gate Of Dreams
  • franticfishfranticfish Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    MrFruitLord;4017858 said:
    Anything Mick Barr has done.
    Yeah, this, every song on Dopethrone and the prepared guitar on Confusion Is Sex is damn great aswell.
  • animemetalheadanimemetalhead Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    I've had a lot of fun with Hallowed Be Thy Name...
  • voodoo618voodoo618 Headliner
    edited September 2010
    Marquee Moon - Television

  • jamie30jamerjamie30jamer Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    Songs That Really Stuck With Me:


    Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
    Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold
    Sleepwalker - Megadeth
    Alone - Bullet For My Valentine
    Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
    Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
    Paschendale - Iron Maiden
    The Trooper - Iron Maiden
    4 Words (To Choke Upon) - Bullet For My Valentine
    Revolution Is My Name - Pantera
    Question! - System Of A Down (Mainly for the complexity of the song and the variety of Time Signatures)
    YYZ - Rush
    Man On The Silver Mountain - Rainbow
    Long Live Rock N' Roll - Rainbow
    Wild Side - Motley Crue
    Devil's Island - Megadeth
    Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
    Take No Prisoners - Megadeth
    The Faded Line - Lamb Of God
    One Gun - Lamb Of God
    Black Label (Live) - Lamb Of God
    Grace - Lamb Of God
    Ghost Of The Navigator - Iron Maiden
    Burning Times - Iced Earth
    Hallowed Be The Name - Iron Maiden
    Wasted Years - Iron Maiden
    Moonchild - Iron Maiden
    Dark Saga - Iced Earth
    In Sacred Flames/Behold The Wicked Child - Iced Earth
    Crimson King - Demons & Wizards
    Hearts Burst Into Fire - Bullet For My Valentine
    Take It Out On Me - Bullet For My Valentine
    Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold
  • voodoo618voodoo618 Headliner
    edited September 2010
    jamie30jamer;4019986 said:
    Question! - System Of A Down (Mainly for the complexity of the song and the variety of Time Signatures)
    I guess three different time signatures is a lot for a System of a Down song.
  • jamie30jamerjamie30jamer Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    voodoo618;4020038 said:
    I guess three different time signatures is a lot for a System of a Down song.
    The song actually includes 5 different time signatures. (5/4, 9/8, 6/4, 6/8, and 4/4)
    The Acoustic Intro and Verse parts are in 9/8, the verse is very briefly switched to 6/8 when Serj says "Are you dreaming?" The section after the Acoustic Intro and throughout the song is in 5/4. then the chorus is in 6/4. and the tremolo-picked section under Serj near the end is in 4/4 time.

    Sorry, i had to look at the Music i have for it...
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited September 2010
    voodoo618;4020038 said:
    I guess three different time signatures is a lot for a System of a Down song.
    Yeah, but it's fun as hell to play, more fun than any Dream Theater song.;)

    The song just pretty much alternates between 9/16, 6/8, 5/8, and 4/4.
  • mason95mason95 Rising Star
    edited September 2010
    Fizzeler;4019454 said:
    Here Comes A Regular
    I have nothing against the song, in fact I love that Mats, but to call it a great guitar song is like calling Leonard Cohen the master of drum songs. There's really nothing too special guitar wise going on in the song. It's main focus is the vocals, and Westerburger does an amazing job there.

    Now Marquee Moon. That is a guitar song.
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited September 2010
    jamie30jamer;4020045 said:
    The song actually includes 5 different time signatures. (5/4, 9/8, 6/4, 6/8, and 4/4)
    The Acoustic Intro and Verse parts are in 9/8, the verse is very briefly switched to 6/8 when Serj says "Are you dreaming?" The section after the Acoustic Intro and throughout the song is in 5/4. then the chorus is in 6/4. and the tremolo-picked section under Serj near the end is in 4/4 time.

    Sorry, i had to look at the Music i have for it...
    I'm pretty sure the acoustic intro is in 9/16th's.

    Then the verses and chorus just switch between 6/8th's and 5/8th's with the bridge in common time 4/4. Not an extremely complex song. I only count 4 different time signatures used throughout the song.
  • jamie30jamerjamie30jamer Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    Mega-Tallica;4020066 said:
    I'm pretty sure the acoustic intro is in 9/16th's.

    Then the verses and chorus just switch between 6/8th's and 5/8th's with the bridge in common time 4/4. Not an extremely complex song. I only count 4 different time signatures used throughout the song.
    The music book i have of alot songs list all those signatures in the spots i specified. I was glad i bought it now lol
  • TheCoolGuyTheCoolGuy Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    voodoo618;4019844 said:
    Marquee Moon - Television

    /thread
  • TheRollingBonesTheRollingBones Headliner
    edited September 2010
    When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

    Loving this song so much right now. That riff is so floaty and awesome, I just adore it.
  • voodoo618voodoo618 Headliner
    edited September 2010
    Impossible Germany - Wilco

    is a good one, toooooo.
  • seriousbussonseriousbusson Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    TheRollingBones;4017856 said:
    Not necessarily great riffs, or great solos in particular. It could be both of these, or neither. Things like great rhythm playing also contribute to a fantastic guitar song. Songs like Little Wing or Sultans Of Swing don't have a true riff, but are regarded as some of the best guitar songs ever made. So, discuss it: best guitar songs, period.
    Bolded. Actually, I'll tip my hat to that entire album.
  • TheRollingBonesTheRollingBones Headliner
    edited September 2010
    For shiz. Mark Knopfler is one of the best guitarists ever. He doesn't get enough cred outside of a few select songs.
  • neckermanncjneckermanncj Washed Up
    edited September 2010
    TheCoolGuy;4020071 said:
    /thread
    +1
    mason95;4020056 said:
    I have nothing against the song, in fact I love that Mats, but to call it a great guitar song is like calling Leonard Cohen the master of drum songs. There's really nothing too special guitar wise going on in the song. It's main focus is the vocals, and Westerburger does an amazing job there.

    Now Marquee Moon. That is a guitar song.
    I agree... wut?
  • camero1970camero1970 Rising Star
    edited September 2010
    Down in a Hole-Alice In Chains
    When the words best friend become redefined-Chiodos
    Sleepwalker-Parkway drive
  • MrFruitLordMrFruitLord Headliner
    edited September 2010
    Dead For a Minute and Thank God For Worker Bees, are too excellent examples of why Botch was such an excellent band, the guitar is especially great.
  • Bouffant_BettyBouffant_Betty Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    Most stoner rock or similar sounding stuff.
    Kyuss/Priestess/The Sword etc.
  • ImHotterThanYouImHotterThanYou Opening Act
    edited September 2010
    Living Colour - Cult of Personality
  • Bouffant_BettyBouffant_Betty Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    ImHotterThanYou;4022133 said:
    Living Colour - Cult of Personality
    Agree.
  • Wiiman95Wiiman95 Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    Any Meshuggah song. That riff to Dancers to a Discordant System never ceases to confuse me....
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited September 2010
    I've always liked the guitar part in "Alpha Rat's Nest" although I suppose the focus of pretty much every Mountain Goats song is the lyrics, so I don't know if that counts. Other songs that definitely count though:

    "Cinnamon Girl"
    "Safe European Home"
    "Seven"
    "Blank Generation"
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited September 2010
    Right now, I definitely feel like mentioning Freak Kitchen Not exactly the most impressive rock construction, but whatevs.
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited September 2010
    mason95;4020056 said:
    I have nothing against the song, in fact I love that Mats, but to call it a great guitar song is like calling Leonard Cohen the master of drum songs. There's really nothing too special guitar wise going on in the song. It's main focus is the vocals, and Westerburger does an amazing job there.

    Now Marquee Moon. That is a guitar song.
    I like the chord voicing although for me a definite Replacements guitar song would be somewhere along the lines of Favorite Thing.
  • Bouffant_BettyBouffant_Betty Road Warrior
    edited September 2010
    Gowienczyk;4022444 said:
    Right now, I definitely feel like mentioning Freak Kitchen Not exactly the most impressive rock construction, but whatevs.
    One song and Im hooked.
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