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Hey, there... It's Friday... Soon a well deserved weekend... So it's time for you to explore your musical knowledges for letting us know what are the memorable hooks or riffs which are pleasing your ears. That's the subject of this new Question Of The Week (QOTW).
First of all, what is a Hook or Riff in a song? A Hook is a musical idea, often a Short Riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to catch the ear of the listener.
A simple hook can make a song entering the collective memory for several generations or simply creates hysterical crowd's reaction when it's played live.
What are you favourite Hooks or Riffs in Pop, Rock music?
I will start with a few examples of my personal favourites.
The "Woo-Hoo" in Blur's song "Song 2". I have heard it in concert several times and it always makes the crowd becoming crazy.
The Guitar Riff in the song "Smoke On the Water" by Deep Purple. Generations of wannabee guitarists got their fingers bleeding trying to play it.
The Oboe phrase in the sixties' song "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher. Song deeply in the collective memory.
Your turn now 😉
And don't hesitate to explain your choice... It's even recommended for the well being of the Community.
Not sure if it’s Hook or Riff (or neither 🙈) but the theme in The Final Countdown is the first thing that comes to mind. It’s just epic ✨
Juan Daniel's Con Un Pedacito de Tu Corazon is the best I've encountered so far. I'm about to release it in English but it's hard to do it justice.
Please, could you explain more clearly what Hook or Riff you talk about ? Posting the song you are supposed to mention would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
The Synth phrase in the intro and along the track is clearly a Hook making the song directly recognizable. 😉
Great question, @Soundofus!
Here are some of my favorite hooks and riffs in rock music that I thought of today:
I know I'm late to this, but I love talking about this stuff so I'm gonna comment anyway 😄 Personally, riffs are some of my favourite aspects of metal music, it's the meat and potatoes of the song, the foundation upon which everything is built, the first and main thing I often remember about my favourite tracks.
There's a lot to talk about in these, but I have chosen to focus on one band - German metal titans Accept. They are icons of the genre, Wolf Hoffman is an underraten God of guitar and they have some of the best riffs ever recorded.
Princess of the Dawn is an instant classic an one of my favourites. It's riff is exceptionally simplistic, but it's so punchy and catchy that, despite it being repeated for almost he entire song, you never get bored of it
Balls to the Wall is an evergreen classic too and it's intro riff is just a big ball of testoterone and coolness:
And their newer tracks keep up this standard too, Bucket Full of Hate has an appropriately bold, meaty, in-your-face riff to suit it's title and content:
On a side note, this track not only has an excellent riff, but it has the best guitar solo ever.
And even now with original singer Udo Dirkschneider focusing exclusively on his solo band, the music he puts out still has that same iconic power and bravado behind it that fans know and love. Udo proves that regardless of who he's in a band with, he will always make some of the best heavy metal songs ever. Here are just some examples:
Cheers and happy headbanging!
I ask my coworkers this same question! They suck at answering, though.
Here are a few of my favorites:
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