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At number 80 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This song was released in 1982, but the song was actually written and released in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, but Jett’s version is much better known. It reached number 4 in the Disunited Kingdom, and number 1 in the US and many other countries.



At number 80 in BBC Radio 2's 100 best guitar riffs is "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

At number 80 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts



The song is taken from the Jett and the Blackhearts’ second studio album, also called “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”. As far as I’m aware, this was Jett’s only hit single in the DUK.


I saw him dancing there by the record machine
I knew he must have been about seventeen
The beat was going strong
Playing my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long till he was with me, yeah me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long till he was with me, yeah me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow!

He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name
But that don’t matter, he said, ’cause it’s all the same
He said, “Can I take you home
Where we can be alone?”
And next we were moving on, he was with me, yeah me
Next we were moving on, he was with me, yeah me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow!

He said, “Can I take you home
Where we can be alone?”
Next we’re moving on, he was with me, yeah me
And we’ll be moving on and singing that same old song, yeah with me

Singing I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





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At number 89 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran. This song was released in October 1958 and got to number 6 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, and to number 35 in the US. Cochran sadly died in England in 1960 in a car crash at the age of only 21 whilst on tour; most of his songs were released after his death.



At number 89 in BBC Radio 2's 100 greatest guitar riffs is "C'mon Everybody" by Eddie Cochran.

At number 89 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran.




Ah well, c’mon everybody and let’s get together tonight
I got some money in my jeans and I’m really gonna spend it right
Well I’ve been a-doin’ my homework all week long
And now the house is empty and the folks are gone
Ooo C’mon everybody

Ah well my baby’s number one but I’m gonna dance with three or four
And the house’ll be a-shakin’ from my bare feet slappin’ on the floor
Well, when you hear that music you can’t sit still
If your brother won’t rock then your sister will
Ooo C’mon everybody

Well we’ll really have a party but we gotta put a guard outside
If my folks come a-home I’m afraid they’re gonna have my hide
They’ll be no more movies for a week or two
No more runnin’ round with the usual crew
Who cares C’mon everybody

C’mon everybody
C’mon everybody


Here is a video of this song. Enjoy!




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At number 55 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 best guitar riffs is “Walk this Way” by American rock group Aerosmith. This song was originally released in August 1975, getting as high as number 10 in the US singles charts. It was re-released in November of 1976, but actually didn’t come to my attention until it was covered by the rap group Run DMC in July 1986. The Run-DMC version became a World-wide hit, reaching number 4 in the US singles charts, and it got to number 8 in the Disunited Kingdom.



At number 95 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 best guitar riffs is "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith

At number 95 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 best guitar riffs is “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith



In the Run-DMC version, Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry also feature, making the song more of a cross-over between rock and rap. The video features Run DMC practicing and being disturbed by Tyler and Perry also practicing the other side of a wall. After some banging on the wall, Run-DMC decide to carry on with their practice of what turns out to be a rap version of “Walk this Way”. After rapping the first two verses, just as the chorus is about to begin, Tyler’s head bursts through the wall to sing the chorus. In short measure the two bands are performing the song together live in front of an ecstatic audience. It is a funny and memorable video, and was most probably a factor in the song’s huge chart success. Both versions feature the guitar riff by Joe Perry which has made this song so well-liked.



The Run DMC cover of , released in 1986, was a much bigger hit than the original version

The Run-DMC cover of <em"Walk this Way", released in 1986, was a much bigger hit than the original version




backstroke lover always hidin’ ‘neath the covers
till I talked to your daddy, he say
he said “you ain’t seen nothin’ till you’re down on a muffin
then you’re sure to be a-changin’ your ways”
I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder
oh, the times I could reminisce
’cause the best things of lovin’ with her sister and her cousin
only started with a little kiss
like this!

seesaw swingin’ with the boys in the school
and your feet flyin’ up in the air
singin’ “hey diddle diddle”
with your kitty in the middle of the swing
like you didn’t care
so I took a big chance at the high school dance
with a missy who was ready to play
wasn’t me she was foolin’
’cause she knew what she was doin’
and I knowed love was here to stay
when she told me to

walk this way [8x]
just gimme a kiss
like this!

schoolgirl sweetie with a classy kinda sassy
little skirt’s climbin’ way up the knee
there was three young ladies in the school gym locker
when I noticed they was lookin’ at me
I was a high school loser, never made it with a lady
till the boys told me somethin’ I missed
then my next door neighbor with a daughter had a favor
so I gave her just a little kiss
like this!

[repeat second verse, substitute this at the end]
when she told me how to walk this way, she told me to

walk this way [8x]
just gimme a kiss
like this!


This is a video of the original Aerosmith version.





Here is the video of the Run DMC / Aerosmith cover version.





Which is your favourite version of this song?

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At number 27 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs is “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes. This song also has one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time, in fact it was number 5 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 best guitar riffs.

“Layla” was co-written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, and released in 1971 by Clapton and his then band, and reached number 4 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, and number 10 in the US.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 27 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes.




What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long.
You know it’s just your foolish pride.

[Chorus:]
Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.

[Chorus]

Let’s make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane.
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain.


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!




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