Top Ten Songs with Guitar Riffs to Play on One String


The Top Ten

1 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
4 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! - somekindofaguy

5 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
6 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
7 I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
8 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple
9 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

10 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. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Walk Don't Run - The Ventures
12 Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
13 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath
14 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

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

15 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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