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  • Top 10 Iommi Riffs

    Since there is a top solos topic I thought it might be fun (although insanely hard) to rank Tony's best riffs....

    The riff master has created brilliant riffs for over 40 years...listing only the top 10 is pretty much a mission impossible I know, but lets all try anyways...Some explanations are more than welcome!

    Here's my list:

    10. Evil Eye (I just love the groove of this one!)
    9. The Mob Rules (Pure magic, the best concert opener ever!)
    8. Children Of The Grave (So simple, yet so powerful)
    7. Follow The Tears (Probably the heaviest riff he ever made!)
    6. Supernaut (Simple but strong!)
    5. Lonely Is The Word (One of my all time favourite songs and riffs!)
    4. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Easily recognised and instantly enjoyable)

    Wow this was tough...so many awesome ones had to be left out, like Computer God, Neon Knights (it was pretty much either this or The Mob Rules but went with the latter one instead), Symptom Of The Universe, Country Girl, Voodoo, Wicked World, Falling Off The Edge Of The World and so on...but the ones I listed just stood up right now, if I would be doing the 10 to 4 list again tomorrow totally different songs might be there!

    Then to the top 3....now this is where it got really hard...but I think these ones put and instant smile on my face and I start to hum them instantly, to me these are the best riffs ever made! Well these and Smoke On The Water and The Man On The Silver Mountain!

    3. N.I.B (Best love song riff EVER!)
    2. Heaven And Hell (Seriously...one of the greatest heavy metal anthems in the world, instantly recognizable!)

    And then the best one for me is.....drum roll.....

    1. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
    This just simply kills all other riffs! The sheer power of this one is above anything anyone has ever done.

    Wow...this was harder than I thought....so let's see your picks people!

  • #2
    Iron Man and H&H are the 2 greatest riffs in metal history.. here's a shot at top ten:

    1. Iron Man
    2. Heaven & Hell
    3. N.I.B.
    4. Into The Void
    5. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    6. A National Acrobat
    7. Symton Of The Universe
    8. Sign Of The Southern Cross
    9. Follow The Tears
    10. Supernaut (can be moved up as far as #3)
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    • #3
      hmmm hard one... I will have to go through all the songs to make sure I don't miss anything...

      here we go:

      1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (main riff, aka the first one)
      2. Heaven and Hell (main riff)
      3. Megalomania
      4. Seventh Star (after 2nd chorus)
      5. Lord of this World (intro riff)
      6. Nightwing (after 2nd chorus)
      7. Wheels of Confusion
      8. N.I.B.
      9. Cross of Thorns
      10. Letters from Earth

      I feel bad for leaving out songs like Lady Evil, Voodoo, I, Headless Cross, Black Sabbath (wtf? rly I left that one out???), Anno Mundi, etc etc etc...
      Last edited by Josef_K; 05-15-2011, 05:07 AM.
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      • #4
        These aren't in order of preference, just in order of when they popped into my head:

        1. Iron Man (main riff)
        2. War Pigs (the riff the sandwiches the second solo)
        3. Sign of the Southern Cross (main riff)
        4. Country Girl (main riff)
        5. Falling Off the Edge of the World (main riff of the meat and potatoes of the song)
        6. Into the Void (intro riff)
        7. A National Acrobat (main riff of the first half of the song)
        8. Electric Funeral (verse/outro riff)
        9. Shock Wave (outro riff)
        10. Children of the Grave (bridge riff)

        Wow, three from the Mob Rules album, and none from any other Dio era album. Though the main from Children of the Sea and intro to After All (The Dead) could have made it too.

        Also, I think people need to be more specific, like I have done here. Many songs have many riffs, so it's hard to know which one you are talking about.
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        • #5
          I agree with a lot of the choices above! How hard to rank them though (so I won't). Here's ten I can think of right now but classic Iommi riffs are more than plentiful so difficult to narrow down:

          Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (intro and end riffs)
          Into The Void
          Heaven and Hell
          The Mob Rules
          Black Sabbath
          Wheels of Confusion (that opening lick, almost more lead than a riff but it rules)
          Children of the Sea (intro clean riff)
          Sweet Leaf
          Sympton of the Universe
          Paranoid (obvious but shouldn't be denied!)

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          • #6
            tough....

            in no particular order,

            1.N.I.B (main riff)
            2.warpigs (the epic outro riff bit)
            3.sweet leaf (both main riffs)
            4.into the void (the intro riff and the verse riff)
            5.a national acrobat (the main riff and the wah wah riff)
            6.heaven and hell (main riff)
            7.zero the hero (main riff)
            8.the shining (main riff)
            9. supernaught (both riffs)
            10. the shining (main riff)

            theres loads more of course, id like a few more from the tony martin era but i ran out of room
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            • #7
              This task is simply overwhelming, but I'll try. And I don't list any acoustic pieces or clean chord progressions, because I don't see them as riffs per se.

              1. Heaven & Hell (main riff) - The Greatest Riff. Ever.
              2. The Sign of the Southern Cross (main riff) - Very similar to H&H. Makes me pound my fist in the air every single time.
              3. Country Girl (main riff) - it's just great.
              4. Bible Black (verse riff) - This riff rolls like a thunder. A stomper.
              5. Iron Man (main riff) - An iconic riff which everyone knows.
              6. Falling Off The Edge of the World (the short passage before the main riff and the main riff itself) - First one is one of the heaviest Iommi riffs and the second an outstanding galloping one.
              7. Voodoo (main riff) - One of the grooviest Iommi penned riffs.
              8. N.I.B. (main riff) - No wonder Ozzy sang along with the riff.
              9. Into The Void (intro riff) - It's like a nuclear fallout nearing you from the speakers. Heaviest thing I've ever heard! But it still has that groove that makes you tap your foot
              10. Supernaut (main riff) - groovy riff, could well be higher on the list.


              I feel so guilty for leaving plethoras of mind blowing riffs out from the list. How can one man create such amount of great riffs? Snowblind, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Children Of The Sea, Immaculate Deception, Under The Sun, Killing Yourself To Live, Dirty Women, Black Sabbath, Computer God, Letters From Earth, Fairies Wear Boots the list goes on and on on...(pun intended)

              EDIT: Deleted A National Acrobat (main riff) and added Supernaut to the list, 'cause IRON-Man reminded that it was actually written by Geezer. Shows that he certainly can create amazing riffs, one of his children ended up on my list of top 10 Iommi riffs after all. Not an easy task if you ask me It's instantly recognizable and the harmony compliments it well.

              EDIT 2: Replaced "Immaculate Deception" with "Deathmask"
              Last edited by -E5150 StarWanderer-; 02-21-2013, 05:40 AM.
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              • #8
                lets see if I can do this- (albeit without ranking them)

                Iron Man
                Computer God
                Heaven and Hell
                Electric Funeral
                Children of The Grave
                The Mob Rules
                The Sign of The Southern Cross
                Dopamine
                What Your Living For
                Out Of My Mind (new but fucking awesome)
                Bible Black

                eh, I put 11. There is just so much.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by crazy ivan View Post
                  tough....

                  in no particular order,

                  1.N.I.B (main riff)
                  2.warpigs (the epic outro riff bit)
                  3.sweet leaf (both main riffs)
                  4.into the void (the intro riff and the verse riff)
                  5.a national acrobat (the main riff and the wah wah riff)
                  6.heaven and hell (main riff)
                  7.zero the hero (main riff)
                  8.the shining (main riff)
                  9. supernaught (both riffs)
                  10. the shining (main riff)

                  theres loads more of course, id like a few more from the tony martin era but i ran out of room
                  Actually you have room for one more Martin era song, you wrote "the shining" twice, on nr 8 and 10. So go ahead and look up one more :D
                  "I am the crazy man who lives inside your head, but I think I'm breaking through the wall... You are the innocent convicted of the crime, no one was ever there to catch you when you fall" (1992)
                  -Ronnie James Dio, Rest in Peace

                  "In the summer days we flew to the sun, on melting wings, but the seasons changed to fast, leave us all behind... Blind..." (1969)
                  - Jon Lord, Rest in Peace

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Josef_K View Post
                    Actually you have room for one more Martin era song, you wrote "the shining" twice, on nr 8 and 10. So go ahead and look up one more :D
                    well it is a good riff!

                    okay im adding the riff from nightwing after the 2nd chorus, thats also one of my fave sab tunes
                    the zombie apocalypse is coming!

                    my phiosophy in life..... just wing it

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                    • #11
                      Zero The Hero
                      Sign of the Southern Cross
                      Falling Off the Edge of the World
                      Neon Knights
                      Air Dance
                      Buried Alive
                      Fear
                      Double the Pain
                      Turn of the Night
                      Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
                      Kill in the Spirit World
                      The time it is coming when all life will end,
                      With doomsday approaching to hell we'll descend.
                      Religion won't save me, the damage is done.
                      The future has ended before it's begun.

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                      • #12
                        (In no particular order)
                        Children of the Sea.
                        Iron Man.
                        Supernaut.
                        Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
                        The Sign of the Southern Cross.
                        Country Girl.
                        Megalomania (The "Feel it slipping away, slipping in tomorrow" one)
                        N.I.B.
                        Heaven and Hell.
                        Children of the Grave.
                        Note: This changes daily as Mr. Iommi makes so many awesome riffs.
                        Last edited by Ochlocracy; 05-16-2011, 12:13 AM.
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                        No I donít want no one to tell me where Iím gonna go when I die
                        I wanna live my life, I donít want people telling me what to do
                        I just believe in myself, ícause no one else is true

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by crazy ivan View Post
                          well it is a good riff!

                          okay im adding the riff from nightwing after the 2nd chorus, thats also one of my fave sab tunes
                          nice to know someone else also thinks Nightwing is worthy to be a part of this list :D I'm still alone with Seventh Star though haha, not a surprise though ^^
                          "I am the crazy man who lives inside your head, but I think I'm breaking through the wall... You are the innocent convicted of the crime, no one was ever there to catch you when you fall" (1992)
                          -Ronnie James Dio, Rest in Peace

                          "In the summer days we flew to the sun, on melting wings, but the seasons changed to fast, leave us all behind... Blind..." (1969)
                          - Jon Lord, Rest in Peace

                          My first album!!!:
                          http://open.spotify.com/album/60jv1AdlWvi1KlcR8JhG4b

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                          • #14
                            To thee whom hath made'th selections above, give'th I praise most heartfelt! For not only hath thee chosen immortal riff'ages of magnitudes beyond calculation, but ye very act of selecting ten riff'ages from Iommi's canon be'ith a challenge only for the most discerning of palettes and reckless'ness of courage! One must peer into both Iommi's infinite power, as well as thine boundless soul for even but a hint on how to solve this enigma!

                            Forgive this humble knight, for upon days hath I ruminated upon this query, cannot I pare mine list to fewer than 13 Riffs!

                            Behold, for ye order of this list be'ith not in mine affections, yet in order of chronology from whence unleashed into our trembling world!

                            13. Fear
                            12. Zero the Hero
                            11. Disturbing the Priest
                            10. Mob Rules
                            9. Children of the Sea (first electric riff'age)
                            8. Lonely is the World
                            7. Heaven and Hell
                            6. Dirty Women
                            5. Wheels of Confusion
                            4. NIB
                            3. Electric Funeral
                            2. (Ye) Wizard
                            1. Black Sabbath
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                            • #15
                              'A National Acrobat' main song riff was actually written by Geezer not tony !

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