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100 Famous Guitar Riffs

In case you missed this, in a promotional video for the Chicago Music Exchange, Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take, a chronological history of rock ‘n’ roll.  The amazing part is that he recorded this in one take, seamlessly transitioning from one song to the next with an incredible amount of agility and grace.  After listening a few times you might believe that this could be one twelve minute song and not 100 riffs. Try not looking at the video while it plays and see how many riffs you can name. 

There’s more information on his equipment and a full list of the songs at And if you’re dying to hear the full version of the songs, here’s a Spotify playlist that has all of them.


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  1. Tinker says:

    great post. more cool stuff about riffs
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  2. josh says:

    extremely happy to see “give it away”,”scar tissue”,”hysteria” and “smells like teen spirit”. “under the bridge” should have been on there but awesome list. suprised to see stuff from now

  3. larsbars says:

    Excellent job dude! Crazy Train is a bitch isn’t it? Amazing how most of our favorite songs use the same triad. 5 stars!

  4. kord collin says:

    Good stuff…although mike I laughed reading your comment…I thought the same thing

  5. Jeff MacDonald says:

    That was excellent. Very surprised with some of the bands that made it on there, but happy to see Blood and Thunder since that is one of my favorite guitar riffs of all time.

  6. You could argue the song choices all day, but I immediately noticed that The Kinks “You Really Got Me” was left out, which in this kind of list is criminal. And it seemed to me that mid/late Seventies punk rock got covered in just a couple of songs, which also seems unfair. (No Sex Pistols?!)

    But, overall, a darn fun list!