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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Just throwing this out there... but what timeless classic rock and metal songs do you guys think every guitar player needs to know?

You know... the obvious rock classics like Sweet Home Alabama, Tush, Cat Scratch Fever... or metal classics like The Trooper, Still Loving You, You Got Another Thing Comin'... etc.

What would you guys put on your "Must Know" list for a bar band or jam session?
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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen
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post #3 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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Tony MacAlpine - Tears of Sahara
Joe Satriani - Always with me, always with you
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post #4 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 07:49 PM
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Classic rock - Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven, All Along the Watchtower, and many Beatles and Stones songs

Metal - Crazy Train, Enter Sandman, Back in Black, Breaking the Law and (http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=77264) lots of stuff here

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post #5 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Have to agree with 63 here. Incidentally you've just listed every song that was banned in my local guitar store when I was a kid. The gruff middle aged owner (probably about 35, but ancient to my teenage eyes at the time) should have been on TV, some poor kid would get 3 notes in to Enter Sandman and a voice would yell "no more of that", then he'd go for Stairway to Heaven suddenly the amp would be unplugged, the guitar and plec ripped from his hands and the owner would yell "that's it! **** off! Buy that ****ing plec elsewhere, if you think I'm going to listen to you making a bollocks of my favourite songs for a 30p plec you've got another thing coming!"

For me the early songs that gave a real sense of accomplishment after I got over my Metallica phase were:
Crazy Train - great riff that taught me that rythm didn't have to be just power chords.

Sweet Child of Mine - I thought I could walk on water when I learned to play those solos

Sailing Ships (Slip of the Tongue) - That was my gateway album to Vai, Zappa, Satriani, Malmsteen, Becker, Friedman etc., Up to that point I had no idea of how to use anything else but the traditional chords, so it opened my eyes.

Dee - That became my party piece for a long time even though now I realise that some of the background noise wasn't my amp but Randy Rhodes spinning in his grave as I butchered his masterpiece.
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post #6 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Ha ha... I've seen music store with the "No Stairway to Heaven" signs. Made me want to pick up a 12 string and have at it... lol.

Crazy Train is a good one, so is Sweet Child of Mine. I need to learn more solid songs like those. I can play the riff and chords to Crazy Train, but never tackled the solo. just watched a show about Slash today... definitely need to learn more of his stuff! Good ol rock & roll.

The Beatles... yeah they have a couple worth learning. Here Comes the Sun... Day Tripper. I've sort of played both of those in the past.
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post #7 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-24-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Also add these 5 to the list:

Deep Purple - Black Night
Deep Purple - Highway Star
Kiss - Rock n' Roll All Nite
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
ZZ Top - La Grange
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post #8 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-24-2014, 09:45 AM
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Crazy Train

Livin After Midnight

Cold Gin
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post #9 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-24-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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Re: Rock/metal songs every guitar player needs to know

Bark at the Moon
Eruption
Walk (if you're into heavier stuff)
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post #10 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-27-2014, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Livin after midnight.... Yeah, thats mandatory!

Bark at the moon is beyond me... one of my favorite solos of all time too! Eruption would be a cool party trick, so recognizable.
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Twister Sister- Were not Gonna Take it. Easy to play, lots of energy.
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post #12 of 47 (permalink) Old 11-28-2014, 07:15 AM
 
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Master of Puppets - Metallica
Victim of Changes/Breaking The Law - Judas Priest
The Attitude Song - Mr Vai
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AC/DC: Highway to hell / back in black / hells bells / thunderstruck
Depp purlple: smoke on the water
Metallica: enter sandman / nothing else matters
The eagles: hotel california
Europe: final countdown
Iron Maiden: the number of the beast / iron maiden + 1000 others...
Led Zeppelin; stairway to heaven
Satch: surfin', flyin'
Vai: for the love of god
Vinnie Moore: the maze (at least to me)
Van Halen: running with the devil / panama

(btw: i don't know all the above listed songs...)
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The Ripper-Judas Priest.

Yeah I said it. AMAZING song, easy to play, easy solo, great for beginners but also one of the most iconic songs in their history
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Originally Posted by Bomanav View Post
Tony MacAlpine - Tears of Sahara
YES! YES! YES! I need to get back to learning this song, so amazing.

Also, Andy Timmons Electric Gypsy should be on that list as well.
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