Greatest Riffs of the Decade

A whole 10 years have past since the computers failed to crash and the world didn’t come to an end (surprisingly)! In that time we have also had our fair share of great music. The bands who have made the most impact in that time have to be Coldplay for the pop masses, Dave Grohl, becoming rock’s go-to guy, Kings of Leon alt-rocking the globe, LCD Soundsystem dominating electronic spheres, Muse stood proud for prog rock, Justin Hawkins  glammed up classic rock  while Jack White flew the flag for contemporary blues with Franz Ferdinand representing the independents.

The noughties have provided a huge abundance of classic tunes which are sure to stand the test of time. At the heart of what makes a lot of them great are the cracking riffs which we all love! In tribute to the greatest riff-meisters of the decade we have put together a quick spotlight of those infectious little melodies which are simply beyond compare.

Here’s some of our favourite riff highlights of the decade!

Listen to the full Spotify Playlist here: – Riffs of the 00’s

The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love

From that huge opening powerchord the rock never stops on the greatest track of the past 10 years! Powerful glammed up hard rock does not come better than this!

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

Simplicity is key on this outstanding blues slide guitar riff! Inspires thousands of guitarist’s everyday!

Muse – Knights of Cydonia

Guitar hero of the decade Matt Bellamys crowning glory, a thumping thin lizzy-esque fret run sparking headbanging on a mammoth scale!

The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun

Earlie 00’s indie hero’s classic hit with its ramshackle one stringed guitar riff bringing chaos wherever it lays it hat.

Feeder – Just A Day

Fist pumping vocally backed riff from the welsh trio which is the soundtrack to so many crazy rock out moments over the past decade! Do Do Do Do!

Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief

Superhuman tapping lick from Andrew Stockdale launches one of rocks dirtiest anthems!

Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Sure it sounds like Iggy Pop…but who cares! Relentless barre chord bashing throughout!

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

Crafty combination of hammer-ons and pull offs create the indie dancefloor anthem of a generation!

Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows

Heavy and lumbering beast of a riff, Josh Homme knows how to write a stunning riff while plundering his guitar.

Peter Bjohn and John – Young Folks

Quite possibly the only riff on this list not played on an instrument. A simple whistled melody peppers the song, so memorable it threatens to be annoying.

Otis Taylor – Ten Million Slaves

Launched into the conscience of movie-goers when it appeared on the trailer for Public Enemies, and then turned out to be the best part of the film. An up-tempo blue-sy riff played on an electric banjo.

Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla

A beautiful piano progression that graduates to an army of stringed instruments during the course of the song. Destined to appear in uplifting scenes in movies and at the end of triumphant sports events for years to come.

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