Top Ten Guitar Riffs for Ukulele Roundup

Here’s the complete lineup of the top 10 (or 11 if you’re going to be pedantic about it):

1. Sweet Child O’ Mine.
1.5 Back In Black.
2. Whole Lotta Love.
3. Paranoid.
4. Seven Nation Army.
5. Smoke On The Water.
6. Sunshine of Your Love.
7. Le Freak.
8. Satisfaction.
9. Gay Bar.
10. Iron Man.

I had fun putting this list together and people seem to have enjoyed it so I’ve decided to do 20 – 10 in the near future. Get your nominations in now.

Next up is spooky Halloween songs. If you’ve got any suggestions, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

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  1. Thomas October 4th, 2007 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the funny list! It’s really a pleasure to visit this blog!

    Spooky Halloween songs?

    Hmm, what about Y.M.C.A. ?? ;)

    Keep on keepin’ on!! :)


  2. maduke October 4th, 2007 10:20 pm

    thanks for keeping up the good work!
    here’s my spooky recomendations by the misfits:
    -skulls (check out the acousic version by lemonheads!)
    i’ll send you the tabs if you want, but the are on chordie…

  3. indigo_jones October 4th, 2007 10:51 pm

    I’ll second the Misfits request!

  4. West October 4th, 2007 11:39 pm

    For your halloween specials (again apologise if they don’t translate to the uke)

    Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
    For whom the bell tolls – Metallica
    London Bridge is Falling Down – for the theme of Halloween 3

  5. Retrovertigo October 5th, 2007 4:15 am

    Thanks for these riffs, this has been great fun! Now I can run out and be the life of the party! (Or the laughing stock, I’m not sure which…)

    Spooky song suggestion – Spooky Uke by Michael Wagner!

    AND I’d like to second Ghostbusters!!

  6. Doug October 5th, 2007 6:59 am

    How about ” Goblin’ Girl” by Zappa?

  7. p9000 October 5th, 2007 1:14 pm

    Nice Riffs! TYVM!

    How about “Acid Police” by the boredoms? Or “Space Junk” by Devo? the theme from “The Munsters” has a GREAT guitar riff, eh?

    keep up the good work.

  8. Woodshed October 6th, 2007 11:29 am

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I’ll get to work on these.

  9. Minamin October 6th, 2007 11:04 pm

    For the new riff list, how about Something by the Beatles? I just play it as open, C, open, C7, Cmaj7, C, but I’m sure you could come up with something much more interesting.

    Roky Erikson did a lot of neat Halloween type songs. I suggest I Walked With a Zombie, or If You Have Ghosts.

  10. luckylarue October 7th, 2007 11:08 pm

    My traditional Halloween listening always includes Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.

  11. Woodshed October 7th, 2007 11:16 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions. I have no idea how to make Bela Lugosi’s Dead work on the uke but I’ll have some fun trying.

  12. edegoly November 6th, 2007 2:20 am

    I happened on this post by accident! Fun! I’d like to propose Blister in the Sun. That one translates to uke pretty easily.

  13. Woodshed November 11th, 2007 10:30 am

    That’s a good suggestion, edegoly. It’ll probably turn up in the next batch of riffs.

  14. Space November 17th, 2007 5:37 pm

    Hey. Awesome stuff, I had fun playing them.

    A suggestion for the 20-10 list: Come As You Are by Nirvana, it’s pretty simple and it sounds great (imo).

  15. Woodshed November 17th, 2007 10:48 pm

    Thanks, Space. I’ve just finished the 20. Come As You Are isn’t there. But it probably should be, Hmmm…

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  18. Poop March 12th, 2008 8:04 pm

    PLEASE translate scissor shock riffs!!!

  19. CountPancake February 25th, 2011 4:15 pm

    For the Halloween list do “this is Halloween” Marillyn manson cover style. Not original. even though they are kind of the same.

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