In music, a riff is an ostinato; a repeated chord progression, pattern, or melody, often played by rhythmic instruments. The riff is the base of the musical composition. They are most common in rock music, funk, and jazz.
Some of the most famous riffs in rock music can be found in the following songs:
- Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"
- AC/DC - "Highway To Hell"
- Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
- Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
- Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
- Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode"
- The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
- Black Sabbath - "Iron Man"
- Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze"
- The Rolling Stones - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
- Guns n Roses - "Sweet Child O'Mine"