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A History of Rock in Guitar Riffs

posted by Jason Kottke Mar 16, 2023

Musician Andrea Boma Boccarusso's tour of rock 'n roll history through guitar riffs is a lot of fun. Each year from 1965 to 2022, Boccarusso plays one iconic riff that represents the vibe of rock at the time. Here are a few that made the list:

1965 - The Rolling Stones, Satisfaction
1975 - Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
1977 - David Bowie, Heroes
1982 - Michael Jackson, Beat It
1985 - Dire Straits, Money for Nothing
1992 - Rage Against the Machine, Killing in The Name of
1995 - Oasis, Wonderwall
2003 - The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army

The riffs get a little less iconic as the 2000s go on, but that's to be expected in the age of the ascendancy of hip hop. (via digg)