Top Ten Songs with Guitar Riffs to Play on One String

The Top Ten

1 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

Not the whole rhythm part, but some of the riffs are based on only one string. Especially for the intro. Just down pick the low E string. And another good thing is, you don't have to hold any chord for it. No need to place your fingers on the frets. Just one hand is good enough. Right hand. - zxm

2 Highway Star - Deep Purple

As I saw, the opening two strings, Low E and A string were used for it. But you could play it on one string. Especially on Low E. It may not sound good, but I think it'll work too.

Including the solo. - zxm

3 Misirlou - Dick Dale

Dick Dale challenged one of his friends that he would play this song on one string. - zxm

4 Exciter - Judas Priest

A prominent part of the song could be played on one string. - zxm

5 Fast as a Shark - Accept
6 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

What, if you do this on one string, it's Rock Blasphemy. It must be done using power chords! - SoldierOfFortune

7 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

Good song

8 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
9 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

I am not sure, but I don't think it was played on one string. Cause I heard more than one strings playing. - zxm

@zxm you have right, It was play actually on 3 strings, but it still sounds awesome even on one string!

10 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

The Contenders

11 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
12 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
13 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple
14 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath
15 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

That awesome opening guitar riff you can play entirely on the B string. - SuperSonic17

16 Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
17 Walk Don't Run - The Ventures
18 I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones

The one note solo maybe but not the riff. Most punk rock riffs can't be played on one string. - zxm

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