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Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang: 25-21

I’m a guitarist and have been playing for over 14 years now. So when I hear a guitar riff that makes me want to snap my neck whilst headbanging, it’s a special moment for me. So I decided that I wanted to share my Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. Keep in mind that these are guitar RIFFS and not SONGS. I’m going to put down the album and the exact time that the riff I’m thinking of comes in.

Another theme you’ll notice running through this list is the idea of the “build up”. You see, for me, a headbang worthy guitar riff rarely comes at you straight off the bat. Instead, the music builds and builds until that crushing moment when you can’t help but throw you head back and forth, straining the very tendons and ligaments that keep you whole.

So join me below as I begin a full week of guitar riffs that will make you headbang like a madman!

Tenacious D – “Master Exploder”
Album: The Pick Of Destiny Soundtrack
Start of the riff: 1:13

Starting off with a fast-paced acoustic guitar and some blues soloing, this doesn’t seem like the type of song to make one headbang. Suddenly, 1:13 into the song, after a big drum fill, electric guitars, bass, and drums all coalesce together to create one helluva guitar passage that simply rocks. No, correction. It simply RAWKS! Tenacious D is a master at exploding my spine!

Sepultura – “Ratamahatta”
Album: Roots
Start of the riff: 0:34

Tribal drums? Yeah, that’s always a good sign on my end. Toss in some ethnic drums and I’m ready to throw myself about like I’m in my own mosh pit. Throw in Max Cavalera’s frantic “OI!”s and this is a riff that has me seeing red.

Rob Zombie – “Demonoid Phenomenon”
Album: Hellbilly Deluxe
Start of the riff: 0:22

The perfect intro for any horror fan, this song immediately throws itself into the realm of heavy with blistering staccato guitar chugging. However, the riff 0:22 seconds in is all the more intense because of how open it is. Four sustained chords that are just undeniably evil, this is a moment that inspires the most Satanic of headbanging.

Symphony X – “Wicked”
Album: The Odyssey
Start of the riff: 0:05

It’s the simple drums here that make this guitar riff so damn effective. Sticking to the modern rock beat, the guitars have full opportunity to shine with a syncopated riff that is just so damn deliciously heavy and groovy. This song comes on and I feel like I need to strut throughout town like a totally badass.

Deadlock – “Virus Jones”
Album: Bizarro World
Start of the riff: 0:16

Sometimes it’s not what the guitar does that makes a riff so heavy and catchy but the open spaces in between the notes that cause such chaos in the mosh pit. This is a perfect example of one such riff.

Tune in tomorrow for riffs 20-16!

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  • Joe-Banger

    Cool list but you might want to add Sepulturas cover of Motorheads “Orgasmatron”. That is a great one too. And where is Pantera?!

    • Jonathan Barkan

      Remember, this is only five out of 25. There’s going to be another five each day this week.

  • Raze55

    I’m glad they got a decent actual musician for their music articles. Yours tend to be some of the best I read on any site content wise. Keep it up man look forward to the rest of the list.

    • Jonathan Barkan

      Thank you very much! I really appreciate that!

  • doomas10

    Demonoid Phenomenon – such an underrated song! This is a very intriguing list. I wanna see what are you going to publish next ^_^

  • crow454

    Not. Horror. This belongs on a bad music site.

    • doomas10

      BD also reports on music. And most rock and metal music tend to be associated with darker themes and horror inspired videos. It belongs here under the tag of MUSIC

      • crow454

        Oh yeah, Tenacious D is horror. Terrifying. Guitar licks are horrific. Scary stuff. A horror site for horror fans. A link between horror and someone croaking into a mic is tenuous at best. That would almost insinuate that horror fans are metal fans. Some are, and some like other music, that does not get reported on, even if the vids and lyrics and themes are dark.

        • Jonathan Barkan

          Such as? I’m genuinely interested to know what music isn’t reported on that has videos/lyrics/themes that are dark. I’m always up for looking at new stuff!

          • crow454

            Jonathon, I don’t think I’ve ever read a retrospective on the Goth movement like Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Siouxie and the Banshees (and those are mainstream bands). Dead Can Dance, steeped in gothic overtones just released a new album yesterday. Newer bands like VAST and Black Angels are dark and nasty, but don’t SOUND dark. “I Hung My Head” by Johnny Cash is about a guy who blows away an innocent man for absolutely no reason then goes on the run before getting caught and hung. The Beautiful South sound like a reallly cheesy pop band but if you listen to their lyrics they are always singing about different ways to kill your wife or praising gore in video violence. Depeche Mode in the 80s has plenty of songs about dark themes like suicide. Concrete Blonde’s Bloodletting album has horror and dark imagery aplenty. And that’s just content, haven’t even touched videos. Music is diverse and just about any band can have a dark side, even when its not yelling. Not 1 genre can be pigeonholed and associated with horror or horror fans is all I’m saying. Thats like having a Food section on a horror site.

  • doomas10

    *most of the…tends

  • Joe-Banger

    I thought so Johnathon, Im looking forward to the next 5! If you need inspiration Im the man to see! : ) I know plenty of songs and bands you may never heard of.

    • Jonathan Barkan

      I’m always open to hearing about new bands and new songs! Feel free to shoot me a message with some recommendations!

  • Joe-Banger

    OK! Here it goes! Shovel Barn, King Snyder, Boiler, Brand New Sin, J.A.C.K., Autumn Grave Yard, Stemm, (These band arent really new just under ground) and so many more I cant think of all the names right now! I have seen them all live and they all kick so much ass!

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