Memorable Moments for Rock & Metal

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 24th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Some of the greatest rock and metal songs aren't even remembered by the lyrics or the beat, but by the mastermind behind the guitar streamlining a challenging guitar riff that has in many cases put a song on the charts. Memorable guitar riffs have staying power and are one of those special effects that let you in on the secret that you have just entered into something fascinating, chilling and nothing short of great.

Twenty-Two Great Rock & Metal Guitar Riffs by Popular Vote from Top Polls

Johnny B Goode-Chuck Berry, The Number of the Beast-Iron Maiden, Whole Lotta Love-Led Zeppelin, I Can't Get No Satisfaction-Keith Richards, Lynard Skynard-Sweet Home Alabama, Black Dog-Led Zeppelin, Comfortably Numb-Pink Floyd, Crazy on You-Heart, Sweet Child O' Mine-Guns N' Rose, Smoke on the Water-Deep Purple, Enter Sandman-Metallica, Master of Puppets-Metallica, Tom Sawyer-Rush, Back in Black-AC/DC, Walk this Way-Aerosmith, Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne, Beat It-Michael Jackson, Plug in Baby-Muse, Voodoo Chile-Jimmy Hendrix, Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana, and who can forget the small guitar riff from guitarist Paul Reynolds from the pop band Flock of Seagulls in their hit song "I Ran".

The Greatest Songs with Unique Sound Effects

It is pure genius, and they are the thing that can take a song to a whole other level if done right, and if they are, those background noises, special effects and sounds can take a so-so rock or metal song and turn it into a classic. Everything from adding bagpipes, high school bands, synthesizers and brass to hyping a song up with an orchestra or a children's choir has been used in various rock bands over the years and the results have proven to be nothing short of brilliant. There are virtually hundreds of songs with unique elements infused into their melody and musical structure that makes them totally distinguished from any other sound.

Some of the most popular songs that have made the list due to their unique, over the top and outstanding sounds include: Queen-Freddy Mercury " Live Illusion", Baba O' Riley-The Who, Iron Man-Black Sabbath, It's a long Way to the Top-AC/DC, More Than a Feeling-Boston, Paint it Black-The Rolling Stones, Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen, Yellow Submarine-The Beatles, Days of Future Passed-The Moody Blues, Nights in White Satin-The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra-Out of the Blue Tour "Live at Wembley", Wild Child-Scorpions, Hair of the Dog-Nazareth, Touch of Grey-Grateful Dead- known for their"Wall of Sound" that consisted of a distortion-free sound system, Shoots and Ladders-Korn, Nothing Else Matters-Metallica, November Rain-Guns N' Roses, Pink Floyd-Run Like Hell, Pink Floyd-Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd-Money, Fleetwood Mac-Tusk and Sadeness by Enigma.

The Highest Rated Rock Performances from Orchestra's

At the number 1 spot with over 5 million hits on YouTube and sold out concerts worldwide, the dueling cellos from Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser of the two man group 2Cellos is like no other experience you will ever see. These guys rock out songs like AC/DC's Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long, U2's hit, With or Without You and Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. 2. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra-Knowing Me Knowing You-ABBA, Love of My Life-Queen, Shiny Happy People-R.E.M. and Penny Lane from the Beatles. 3. The London Symphony Orchestra-Stairway to Heaven. To watch these orchestra's rock out go to: and to see future tour dates for 2cellos go to:

Memorable Songs Integrated into Television Commercials

Memorable Songs Integrated into Television Commercials: Coca-Cola-I'd Like to Buy The World A Coke, Alex Clare-Too Close-Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Electric Eye-Judas Priest-Honda Odyssey, We Are Young-Fun-Chevrolet Sonic, Speed Freak-The Stomachmouths-Xfinity, Party Rock Anthem-L.M.F.A.O.-Kia Soul, Love Train-The O' Jays-Coors Light, Kimbra-Settle Down-Victoria's Secret, Alison Krauss and Union Station-When You Say Nothing At All-Volkswagen, Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne-Honda Pilot,, Eminem-Lose Yourself-Chrysler, Dirty Vegas-Days Go By-Mitsubishi and Citibank-Into the Wild by Laura Pergolizzi aka L.P.


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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Jul 2014 (#)

I simply adore listening to all types of music, my ears were filled with the memories of these songs as I read your article

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author avatar Retired
25th Jul 2014 (#)

Well, that first list left me a bit disappointed ... but then, later, you did include the Beatles and the Moody Blues. That's about all I listen to anymore. Except for myself, of course.

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