15 Oct 2012

The Playlist: Josie's Top 20 Edge Riffs

On my way home from a weekend road trip to Chicago (there will be something about this later), we caught local Toronto new rock station 102.1 The Edge and their top 20 "Edge" Riffs

If anyone knows anything about my taste in music - I am in love with the "riff".  A "riff" is a short, repeated, memorable musical phrase that a song revolves around.  This musical idea is what gets in your head, what separates it from other songs, what makes a song special. The riff can make a good rock song into a legendary rock song.

Check out the list below.  While I don't necessarily agree with this list, it still has some pretty awesome songs.

20. "Outshined" by Soundgarden
19. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2
18. "Hysteria" by Muse
17. "Mystery Song #2" by Beck
16. "American Idiot" by Green Day
15. "Vasoline" by Stone Temple Pilots
14. "Alive" by Pearl Jam
13. "No Rain" by Blind Melon
12. "Today" by The Smashing Pumpkins
11. "Romantic Rights" by Death From Above 1979
10. "Cochise" by Audioslave
9. "Seven Nation Army" by White Stripes
8. "New Orleans Is Sinking" by The Tragically Hip
7. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
6. "Bulls On Parade" by Rage Against The Machine
5. "No One Knows" by Queens Of The Stone Age
4. "Enter The Sandman" by Metallica
3. "Under The Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. "Sweet Child Of Mine" by Guns N' Roses
1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz 

Apparently, Lenny stumbled upon this riff by serendipity and wrote and recorded the song in about five minutes:

So that's Edge's list!  Stay tuned for my own version of this list.

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