• Опубліковано 2 гру 2020
  • In this video I countdown my Top 10 Drop D Songs of All-Time.
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  • Rick Beato
    Rick Beato  Рік тому +98

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    • e grytznr
      e grytznr 3 місяці тому

      All those songs are great, and I know it doesn't really fit with the other songs, but if I'm picking best drop D songs of all time Blind Faith 'Can't find my way home' would be in there for sure. Love the content though 👍🤘

    • Long Beach
      Long Beach 5 місяців тому

      AIC Sunshine Dropped D standard.

    • xBrodieGx
      xBrodieGx 5 місяців тому

      You should have had Black Mountain side by Led Zeppelin on the list. Such a wonderful finger picked Drop D song!

    • Brown Westmoreland
      Brown Westmoreland 5 місяців тому

      @StevieRay I think mine was death blooms by mudvayne.

    • StevieRay
      StevieRay 5 місяців тому

      My first drop D song was The Wizard by Uriah Heep!
      Still one of my alltime most favorite drop D tunes!

  • GTOger
    GTOger Рік тому +4735

    Rick releases a Drop D video and I'm all "Hello! I've waited here for you everlong."

    • Rich White
      Rich White 3 місяці тому

      Me too

    • Michael Longo
      Michael Longo 5 місяців тому

      Hey guys, just gotta mention…………
      FOO fighters songs suck ass. Now TOOL, Nirvana those are great songs.

    • Michael Longo
      Michael Longo 5 місяців тому

      I’ve been crawling on my belly,
      Clearing out what could’ve been,
      I’ve been wallowing in my own confused & insecure delusions.

    • SMOBY44
      SMOBY44 6 місяців тому

      Now he needs to do one on Drumbeats!😁

    • Yonache Marcinevich
      Yonache Marcinevich 7 місяців тому


    KYPAKY 5 місяців тому +320

    01:54 Filter "Hey Man Nice Shot"
    02:30 Marilyn Manson "The Beautiful People"
    03:35 Avenged Sevenfold "Nightmare"
    04:27 Ratt "Lay It Down"
    05:36 King's X "It's love"
    07:24 Foo Fighters "Everlong"
    09:00 Nirvana "On A Plain"
    11:15 Rage Against The Machine "Killing In The Name"
    12:55 Tool "Forty Six & 2"
    13:52 Soundgarden "Spoonman"

  • Matthew White
    Matthew White 6 місяців тому +153

    The first song that always comes to mind for me is "My Own Summer" by Deftones. Fun song to play to.

    • Paul Jenkins
      Paul Jenkins 20 годин тому

      @The Reaper ha ha, thats a guitar tuned half a step down, and then they decided to go drop d

    • Paul Jenkins
      Paul Jenkins 20 годин тому

      yep love my own summer

    • JPC Designs
      JPC Designs 3 дні тому +1

      @Preston Ray I believe the acoustic version is drop D but not the original.

    • The Reaper
      The Reaper 17 днів тому

      @Josh Duarte thx xD

    • Josh Duarte
      Josh Duarte 18 днів тому

      @The Reaper dope avatar

  • Jarrett Gorin
    Jarrett Gorin 6 місяців тому +39

    Love this vid!! Surprised not to see VH “Unchained” on this list. One of the best Drop-D guitar riffs of all time.

    • Fuccough Udic
      Fuccough Udic 5 місяців тому +4

      @Mark Markley I used to go raving in dropped E 🤣

    • Mark Markley
      Mark Markley 5 місяців тому +9

      It's not drop-D, since Eddie is turned down a half step. It's drop-C#. But your assertion that it is the best riff is spot-on.

    • anthony pulliam
      anthony pulliam 6 місяців тому +6

      It is the best

  • Eric Martinson
    Eric Martinson 7 місяців тому +30

    First drop D song I ever really went "whoa!" to was Unchained by VH. It was so percussive.

    • Redhotlugnut
      Redhotlugnut 4 місяці тому +1

      @Jon Johan Yeah but all of Van Halen were drop D flat (this was my edit) except a few tracks (Drop Dead Legs would be one).
      I don't think it's the fact that it's in 'D' its the fact that the lowest string is tuned to the same note as the 4th string only an octave lower. This way you could just play with one finger on the lowest 3 strings and get a power chord.
      But you could also be right. If in D then Drop Dead Legs for sure.

    • Jon Johan
      Jon Johan 4 місяці тому +1

      @Redhotlugnut unchained is in drop d flat. Ticks doing drop d only

    • Redhotlugnut
      Redhotlugnut 5 місяців тому +1

      That was the one song I was certain would be on here. But for some reason Rick is in a 90's phase?

  • SD-Bassist
    SD-Bassist Рік тому +969

    Fun fact: Tom Morello came up with the Killing In The Name verse riff while teaching a student about Drop D tuning.

    • Bubblehulk
      Bubblehulk 2 місяці тому

      @John Tomasik idk man the sounds he makes with a guitar are fucking ridiculous. Are there Tom Morello doubters out there?

    • justin ross
      justin ross 4 місяці тому

      That’s a cool factoid

    • Ryplay
      Ryplay 5 місяців тому

      I knew that

    • Guyinpajamapants
      Guyinpajamapants 5 місяців тому


    • Mr. Coach Beaulieu
      Mr. Coach Beaulieu 5 місяців тому

      Fun fact you made that up

  • Chris Knapman
    Chris Knapman 7 місяців тому +62

    Velvet Revolver Slither, crazy riff that goes back on itself. Gotta love a bit of drop D

  • Hunter Homistek
    Hunter Homistek 4 місяці тому +9

    Every time I tune from standard to Drop D, I automatically play "Outshined" for a second. I thought FOR SURE that was going to be number one. Right band, wrong song. So close. haha Super solid list, especially considering how difficult it had to be to narrow down.

  • ladiesman0124
    ladiesman0124 5 місяців тому +45

    Ty Tabor is such an unsung guitar genius. It's a crime that King's X wasn't more popular.

    • St. Dedaelus
      St. Dedaelus 3 дні тому +1

      Dogman is an incredible riff. First time I heard it I almost OD'd on serotonin

    • Redhotlugnut
      Redhotlugnut 4 місяці тому +2

      @DoctorPatient Haha, good call Doc. That track gets stuck in my head a ton.

    • DoctorPatient
      DoctorPatient 4 місяці тому +5

      sure, the screaming, shredding solos get the lion's share of attention, but take some time to appreciate Ty's outstanding rhythm support work in so many of King's X's excellent catalog ... I think his rhythmic playing in "Lost in Germany" is tremendous

    • Redhotlugnut
      Redhotlugnut 5 місяців тому +1

      I've heard stories about the record company saying they were easily the most requested band by all the other artists that wanted their albums. I'm guessing they could get them for free?
      Ty is definitely a player's player

  • Hamburgers
    Hamburgers 18 днів тому

    Nice list Rick, I love playing Hey Man Nice Shot. One of my first drop D riffs I ever learned so fun to play. Idn if you have tried it before, but Rosetta Stoned by Tool is super fun and satisfying to play the 11/8 part great Drop D riff!

  • MetalJesusRocks
    MetalJesusRocks Рік тому +1030

    Shallow by Porcupine Tree
    Israel’s Son by Silverchair
    Room a Thousand Years Wide by Soundgarden

    • Gaven Needham
      Gaven Needham 3 місяці тому

      @John Johnson absolutely

    • The Jolly Sloth
      The Jolly Sloth 7 місяців тому

      Turned Out by Helmet

    • Jeff Grant, PhD
      Jeff Grant, PhD 8 місяців тому

      Silver hair - excellent call

    • josh flint
      josh flint Рік тому +1

      Israel’s Son was freaking amazing or Undecided

    • kainehero
      kainehero Рік тому +1

      Metal Jesus likes Silverchair??? HELL YEAH!

  • adamthemute
    adamthemute 16 днів тому +6

    The looping riff of The Beatles - "I Want You She's So Heavy"! I remember in grade 4 I heard it for the first time. I never heard a looping and ominous riff like that before and it put me in a trance, and I thought that the CD player was actually broken at first. After telling my Dad, he gave me some Black Sabbath albums.

    • Daniel Bones
      Daniel Bones 9 днів тому +1

      That’s the coolest, darkest riff of all time

  • anthiondel
    anthiondel 5 місяців тому +13

    My favorite is Home, by Dream Theater. Absolute masterpiece

    • Yann
      Yann 18 днів тому

      Thank you! I was looking for that one, it's a beast in its genre!

  • Roberto Flavio Pignatelli
    Roberto Flavio Pignatelli 6 місяців тому +12

    Two of my favourites Drop-D riffs are "She builds quick machines" by Velvet Revolver and "Laid to rest" by Lamb of God. Two different things but great riffs both ✌️

  • Piehole One
    Piehole One 5 місяців тому +29

    I'm partial to Outshined by Soundgarden. Never been a fan of Spoonman (I mean, it's ok, but not compared to many other Soundgarden songs). Outshined is also fun to play, although I'm no expert at it. This top 10 necessarily has to leave out so many great ones. So overall, not really a complaint.

    • Jeramy Furr
      Jeramy Furr 4 місяці тому

      I think outshined is in a double octave tunning if I remember

  • StevieSobek
    StevieSobek Рік тому +124

    3 things I want to say:
    1. What a killer list!
    2. What a great sound of that Gibson.
    3. What a beast Rick is.

  • Zack Mano
    Zack Mano 20 днів тому +1

    You're the greatest, Rick! 🙌🏼🤘🏼
    BUT (🤣😉) as a Nirvana geek I have to critique one thing: In On A Plain, you have to slide up to that last chord in the chorus, not lift up and play open notes between. Sounds much better and the chord structure is basically begging for it.

  • LC King 000
    LC King 000 8 місяців тому +31

    King’s X Rocked so hard and heavy with almost sensually melodic harmonies and vocals. They were so far ahead. Faith Hope Love changed my world when it came out.

  • gic sternad
    gic sternad 7 місяців тому +15

    Ten years gone by Led Zeppelin is also a great drop d song with an awesome intro !!

    • Agustín Díaz • hace 2 años
      Agustín Díaz • hace 2 años 12 днів тому

      @Diamond Lou drop D is dropping only the low E

    • Nick Marra
      Nick Marra 17 днів тому +2


    • Diamond Lou
      Diamond Lou 17 днів тому

      I usually do ten years in standard or only drop the low E. Just because it makes the lead a bit easier. But you are 100% correct that he did it that way.
      I was going to say Dancing Days ,or going to Cali. Which are my favorite drop D zep to play.
      Then another song I would mention as an “ALL TIME GREAT DROP D “ as Rick says.
      Is Ol’ Black Water by The Doobie brothers. That’s a great one. But you know Rick’s a 90’s guy.

  • chris fazio
    chris fazio 5 місяців тому +42

    Adam Jones is no joke! No screaming solos just technical artistry!

    • idn
      idn 8 днів тому

      @colm ivers The live version of Pushit that starts out mellow with the alternate "bridge" is insane!

    • colm ivers
      colm ivers 4 місяці тому +2

      @seminole17910 jesus yes! The tone in pushit on that lstverse that's not on the live version was out of this world!

    • seminole17910
      seminole17910 5 місяців тому +6

      The guitar tone on the Aenima album is my favorite. That solo near the end of "Third Eye" and the tone on "Pushit" is just incredible. I can't even describe it.

  • DW 17
    DW 17 6 місяців тому +5

    A song I learned to play in a band I was once in was Slither by Velvet Revolver. I never expected a song with Slash in it to be Drop D. I was singing the song long before we were short a guitar so I started pulling double duty and that was one of the first ones I got down. Tons of fun to play!

  • Ethan Bartlett
    Ethan Bartlett 5 місяців тому +10

    Rick, the fact that you paid homage to King's X in this video makes you even cooler (as if that was possible). What about getting Doug, Ty, and Jerry in the studio for a special interview?

  • RawJamTracks
    RawJamTracks 6 місяців тому +6

    I love it that King's X is on the list, what a great band. Would love to see one of the guys in your show!

  • Rob Zambrana
    Rob Zambrana 4 місяці тому +5

    King’s X!! Hell yes! Ty Tabor is one of the most underrated guitarists ever!!

  • ridethelightning
    ridethelightning Рік тому +598

    1:54 - Hey Man Nice Shot (Filter)
    2:30 - The Beautiful People (Marilyn Manson)
    3:35 - Nightmare (Avenged Sevenfold)
    4:26 - Lay It Down (Ratt)
    5:37 - It's Love (King's X)
    7:24 - Everlong (Foo Fighters)
    9:00 - On A Plain (Nirvana)
    11:15 - Killing In The Name (Rage Against The Machine)
    12:55 - Forty Six & 2 (Tool)
    13:52 - Spoonman (Soundgarden)
    Honourable mentions:
    0:32 - Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

    • KujoB6
      KujoB6 7 місяців тому

      I would put Slither by velvet revolver on there somewhere

    • Bruno Hébert-Brassard
      Bruno Hébert-Brassard 8 місяців тому

      Why would someone put ratm on this kind of list. They sucks so bad.

    • anthony green
      anthony green 9 місяців тому

      Outshined- Soundgarden is one of my favorite dropD's to play. Right after nice shot as a warm up of course.

    • Michael Palermo
      Michael Palermo 9 місяців тому +1

      No Unchained! Eddie Van Halen is The Godfather of alternate tunings! 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Roger Harris
      Roger Harris 9 місяців тому +1

      Absolutely love this compendium

  • Adechio
    Adechio 3 години тому

    You know, Rick, this is such a cool video it made me start thinking about great Drop D's. Since you've clearly got an affinity for 90's era heavy alternative and grunge you might check out Jane's Addiction's True Nature from the 2003 Strays album. Drop D. Nice and heavy and fun to play. And a great solo.

  • Lucas Simpson
    Lucas Simpson 7 місяців тому +7

    Here are a few of my favorites: What it is to burn - Finch, Outshined - Soundgarden, Pure Massacre - Silverchair, Echo - Incubus, Be quiet and drive - Deftones

  • Christoph Jansen
    Christoph Jansen 6 місяців тому +14

    The first drop D song I ever became aware of is pretty tame in comparison - it's Overkill by Men at Work. Also gives it a certain flavour.

    • ozknight
      ozknight 4 місяці тому

      And Lazlo Bane's cover is definetly not tame.

    • Brad Raymer
      Brad Raymer 6 місяців тому +3

      It’s a freakin masterpiece of a song though

  • bob zane
    bob zane 5 місяців тому +5

    That was awesome, Rick. Interesting that three of the 10 drop-ders had formative exposure to Buzz from (the) Melvins. Kim even credits Buzz for showing him the drop-d. I'm not a guitar player, except in my mind, so I need things explained to me.

  • ontojune
    ontojune Рік тому +431

    “Outshined” by Soundgarden is the most Drop-D song ever, imho. Really love the inclusion of “It’s Love” by King’s X, btw.

    • dylan adams
      dylan adams 5 місяців тому

      @Davin Rusty Cage isn't drop D - it's some crazy wierd ass tuning. the bottom string is tuned all the way down to B, can't remember the rest.

    • Anthony Jones
      Anthony Jones 6 місяців тому

      For sure #1

    • Chuck Cassidy Music
      Chuck Cassidy Music 9 місяців тому

      Agree, can't believe it didn't make this list.

    • I'd Rather Get AIDS Than Get Woke - the 3rd
      I'd Rather Get AIDS Than Get Woke - the 3rd Рік тому

      Helmet Albums severely disagree

    • Michael Carr
      Michael Carr Рік тому +1

      That was my exact same thought and then It occurred to me,
      There can only be One and it’s
      THE METAL by Tenacious D

  • Cole Scott
    Cole Scott 8 місяців тому +5

    It's great how happy Rick gets when playing On a Plain

    RAMON GARCIA 18 днів тому

    There are so many examples in grunge and alternative, a great list though; I was thinking of ‘Piece of Pie’, the simplest and heaviest song in the STP’s debut album, constructed mostly on D drop tuning.

  • Dave
    Dave 7 місяців тому +4

    I'm so glad Rick gives time to King's X, and here we see the awesome riffage of "It's Love". Wow, you can really see the work that goes into playing that song. All these years I've just been so sucked in by the guitar in this song, and now I see a bit of why. Although Ty Tabor's guitar tone can be a bit shrill in the solos, his drop D riffing is killer.

  • Gabriel Raymond
    Gabriel Raymond 7 місяців тому +5

    Omg. I had never heard of King's X before this but that verse riff is SO good. Loving this song

    • katskillz
      katskillz 5 місяців тому +1

      check out their albums from 88 to 91... they're this soulful / metal / hard rock / prog / Beatles-esque wonder that also accidentally invented much of the 90s grunge sound and never hit the big time themselves

  • Nate Sylvester
    Nate Sylvester Рік тому +166

    Rick likes everything. He's like the Mr Rogers of rock 'n' roll

    • dylan adams
      dylan adams 5 місяців тому

      he used to play in a metal band. AND be that jazz guy.

    • Ken Kinter
      Ken Kinter 9 місяців тому

      That is the funniest 💩 I heard all day. Also true. Where’s the drop D “won’t you be my neighbor?”

    • βud Small
      βud Small 10 місяців тому

      I think we need a Mr. Rogers style tour of Rick's STUDIO, guitars and gear...Candy Store Rock time! 🎸😁

    • Bruce Parson
      Bruce Parson Рік тому +1

      Describes him perfect his videos make me happy lol

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      Don Cribb Рік тому


  • gcsoulsurfer
    gcsoulsurfer 6 місяців тому +13

    Song 10 by Filter.
    " Hey man, nice shot" is so sick !
    The song expresses what my anger feels like.
    Truly, underrated band.

    • CountryLapi
      CountryLapi 20 днів тому +1

      Hey man nice shot was just legendary

  • Onur Çaksu
    Onur Çaksu 10 днів тому

    great stuff! love your presentation as well

  • Collin Clark
    Collin Clark 5 місяців тому +3

    As a bass player Spoonman is so much fun to play, and the chorus and breakdown riffs are good practice for speed, strength and consistency. Outshined is probably more fun though, coz that riff is mean as hell.

  • Ray Fisher
    Ray Fisher 7 місяців тому +1

    "World Turning" by Fleetwood Mac is probably my favorite drop-D song. I think Lindsey Buckingham is a highly under-rated guitarist.
    BTW - just discovered your channel, and I love it! I've learned more about theory and using inversions in a week than in 40 years of playing guitar! Great job, and THANK YOU!

  • The Musical Schizo
    The Musical Schizo Рік тому +79

    King's X could be all the Drop D songs on this list, IMO. So many brilliant Drop-D songs. Glad he included them.

    • Kylie Is Over It
      Kylie Is Over It 3 місяці тому +1

      Totally. They could (should) have been half of this list.

    • Brandon Adkins
      Brandon Adkins Рік тому +1

      @By-Tor of Michigan Bear
      Cool. I've been a drummer for years, but never really picked on guitar tech. It's fascinating.

    • By-Tor of Michigan Bear
      By-Tor of Michigan Bear Рік тому +2

      @Brandon Adkins Pretend is standard tuning

    • Shelby Avant
      Shelby Avant Рік тому +2

      @Brandon Adkins Some of Ty's best solos ever! 🤘🏻🎸

    • Brandon Adkins
      Brandon Adkins Рік тому +6

      I don't know if "Pretend" and "Black the Sky" is in Drop D, but those songs rock.

  • MCLooyverse
    MCLooyverse 2 дні тому

    My first experiences in Drop D (actually, D standard. I go back and forth between liking my consistent fourths, and having that fifth) were playing some RWBY music by Jeff Williams.

  • Willis Doe
    Willis Doe День тому

    Rick, when I was 19 I briefly lived with Ty Tabor of King’s X and his roommate/Sound&Light man, Galen Greer. The reason was that Galen and I were forming a “positive force” Top 40/Classic Rock cover band called “The Ryde.” We played all across the Midwest but mainly Kansas - from one side of the state to the other. One day, Ty and I got out our electric guitars (unplugged) and we were playing “Fat Bottom Girls” with huge smiles on our faces. Ty was a much better player than I was but I knew FBG by Queen like the back of my hand. I reached up and tuned that E down to D and Ty said, “Whoa!!!” He was familiar with dropped D from playing bluegrass and I had used it for years on acoustic guitar for Dan Fogelberg songs such as “Tullamore Dew” the lead in track on the Phoenix album. He used it on other songs as well but on acoustic. Ty took that FBG jam we had and 5-6 years later moved from that little apartment in Springfield, MO to Houston, TX and after a quick album and tour with CCM artist, Morgan Cryer, the guys got with Sam and made those classic King’s X albums including FHL with “It’s Love.” So question, if I helped (innocently) Ty remember dropped D (as w/FBG by Queen)….did I have a hand in inventing Grunge in a 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way? I don’t want to attempt to steal any of Ty’s credit but that jam session did happen in that little Springfield apartment in 1983-84, as I recall. Smiles were had all around - just as when I watched your video on dropped D fav songs! It was “Shake -N- Bake”….but did I help????? 😂🤪😂

  • Hugh Ganis
    Hugh Ganis 5 місяців тому +1

    The thing I love about Tom Morello is his unique style of tapping with the pickup selector on his telecaster. you can definitely see the Eddie Van Halen Influence in that.

  • M S
    M S 9 місяців тому +5

    Helmet (Page Hamilton) is a master of drop D tuning, heard Meantime and was wondering how the hell was he playing those rhythmic riffs, then i tried drop turnings and never looked back.

    • The Jolly Sloth
      The Jolly Sloth 7 місяців тому

      I was hoping something from Meantime would be on the list, Turned Out would be my choice.

  • Miss Unreason
    Miss Unreason Рік тому +238

    The way Rick smiles happily in anticipation before he actually plays the riffs makes ME happy. That love for music is so relatable even though I can't even play the electric guitar.

    • Glamosapien
      Glamosapien 8 місяців тому

      Ya know even people who dont smile whilsts playing feel an extreme amount of passion for it xD

    • Daisy Rothschild
      Daisy Rothschild Рік тому +1

      IKR? He's so into the zone, you can see 'Young Rick' appear before your eyes. Especially on #4.

    • paulo f
      paulo f Рік тому +1


  • Arcade Music Tribute
    Arcade Music Tribute 4 місяці тому

    I've always loved Exodus riff from "only death decides" song. I believe it's in drop D :D

  • Paul Hurtubise
    Paul Hurtubise 4 місяці тому

    Loved this. Following now, because I'm as stuck in drop-d now as you used to be :). Have you covered acoustic drop D classics (i.e. Harvest Moon)?

  • KoRnFlake
    KoRnFlake 5 місяців тому

    Ok I'll accept "killing in the name" (one of my all time favorites) at 3 and "Fourty Six & two" (another all time favorite) as 2 but I would put "spoonman" (still a favorite but I like "show me how to live" by audioslave more) at 4, but my number 1 would have to be anything from Lamb of God.

  • Joshua Willis
    Joshua Willis 5 місяців тому

    All great riffs. Higher by creed has a special place in my heart. Love how Mark plays both rhythm and lead in one riff.

  • J+
    J+ Рік тому +94

    I always loved playing Hum's "Stars". All the riffs are killer in that song.

    • J+
      J+ Рік тому

      @lawnshark025 that's a great song!

    • Drew Lucey
      Drew Lucey Рік тому +1

      "Stars" and "Green to me" were always my favorite Hum songs to play.

    • Strange_Daze
      Strange_Daze Рік тому +2

      Beat me to it. This is always the first song that pops in my head when someone says play a drop d riff/song.

    • Brendan Stupik
      Brendan Stupik Рік тому

      Absolutely classic!

    • Peter Martin
      Peter Martin Рік тому +1

      New album kills, it's fantastic!

  • Nick Mcnellis
    Nick Mcnellis Місяць тому

    Great collection of songs and there are so many more in drop d from that era including Shelf In The Room by Day's Of The New.

  • Brian Seneca
    Brian Seneca 10 днів тому +2

    Fat Bottom Girls?! Probably the first Drop D song I ever learned. It may not have signature "riff" but it definitely makes it heavier and fuller. I played for years in clubs and it always KILLED!!

  • Ben The Builder
    Ben The Builder 4 місяці тому +1

    This list brought me back in time. NOSTALGIA! The 90s sure did give us some amazing music. Too bad it also gave us massive amounts of alcoholism and drug addiction.

  • Ryan Scarborough
    Ryan Scarborough 8 місяців тому +1

    Alice in Chains song Died is a great drop d riff. Outshined by Soundgarden is a monster too.

  • Brandon Tadday
    Brandon Tadday 9 місяців тому +1

    My favorite drop d riff of all time has to be the pre-verse riff to Lateralus

  • GrindingBricks
    GrindingBricks 4 місяці тому +1

    Great collection of song to show how great Drop D tuning is. Two songs that where not featured here but i think could have easily made it i guess... ...probably biased since they're a big reason why i was drawn to this tuning, "Israel Son" by Silverchair and "My Own Summer" by Deftones.

  • Stephen Zanowick
    Stephen Zanowick 5 місяців тому +1

    Great video, Rick, but I have to say that Bodysnatchers by Radiohead should have been on your list somewhere. It gives me chills down the spine every time I hear it. Keep up the great work!

  • Matt McPeek
    Matt McPeek 5 місяців тому

    been playing guitar for 20 years now - I think the first drop D song I ever learned was Velvet Revolver "Slither"

    SIXSTRING63 Рік тому +240

    Slither from Velvet Revolver is my ultimate drop D tune. The licks, bends and pull offs Slash pulls from that main riff make the whole song.

    • The Bureaucrat
      The Bureaucrat Рік тому

      @Tom Milley Music If VR is anything like GnR, their music would probably result in the video getting demonetized, but Rick could have at least mentioned the song.

    • Tom Milley Music
      Tom Milley Music Рік тому +2

      I was just about to say, why is that song not here? One of the best drop D riffs I've ever heard, or just riffs.

    • Cletus Kasady
      Cletus Kasady Рік тому

      @Gary Johnson No

    • WhiskeyShots
      WhiskeyShots Рік тому +2

      Came to suggest exactly this song. It and Nice Shot are my two favorite drop D songs to play. 🤘

      SIXSTRING63 Рік тому

      @Gary Johnson No! It is not. Tune to 440, drop the E to D and play to the original recording. Watch the video and watch what he plays. Troll away! I’ve been playing as long as Rick and have been gigging 40 years. I think I know what key the song is in. 174 people agree.

  • WallyMpls
    WallyMpls 6 місяців тому +5

    Ok I have to say Unchained by Eddie Van Halen should have made it in there. 🤘🏻🙏🏻

  • Yann
    Yann 18 днів тому

    For me, "Scene six: Home" by Dream Theater. This song is insane, from start to finish, amazing heavy drop D bars, oriental-ish solos, great structure and instruments, etc. As said in another comment below, it's a masterpiece, I love it! (and a rare song in which you can hear a women moaning from pleasure, that's storytelling!)

  • Richard E
    Richard E 4 місяці тому

    Those opening chords/riffs for Spoonman...then Chris rips in with his vocals; gives me chills!
    And, love Ty Tabor of King's X!

  • Riaining
    Riaining 5 місяців тому +1

    You are absolutely right! Spoonman is #1. When I was dabbling with guitar, it is one of the very few songs I ever learned to play. IT IS SO GOOD!
    But then you have, In Flames - Zombie Inc., and that masterpiece of a solo that hardly anyone has ever heard of... :)

  • Attic Hatch Sound - Bob Kowal
    Attic Hatch Sound - Bob Kowal Рік тому +77

    Queen had same good drop D songs. The most well known is "Fat Bottom Girls".
    But two of their most powerful tracks: "Prophet's Song" and "White Man" are also drop D.

    • Pere Bou
      Pere Bou Рік тому +5

      Yesss Prophet's Song 😍 heavy as fuck

    • zaraak323i
      zaraak323i Рік тому +4

      White Man is in my Top Ten songs, such a brilliant song, musically and lyrically.

  • Brandon Echavez
    Brandon Echavez 2 місяці тому

    First two songs that come to mind would have to be "heart shaped box" by nirvana and "torn" by creed...the latter having some awesome mark tremonti's playing 😎

  • Aaron Kai Mcdonald
    Aaron Kai Mcdonald 5 місяців тому

    Funnily enough, the first song I played in drop D wasn't even a Metal song, nor a super hardcore rock song, first Song I learned to play on Drop D was Take Me Somewhere Nice by Mogwai, the most non-hardcore song you can think of to play in Drop D.

  • Scott Whitlow
    Scott Whitlow 5 місяців тому +1

    I’m thinking “Lost in Germany” by King’s X could have easily been in there as well. Although, that could be part of a “Top 10 Tricky Riffs to Play” video instead. ;)

  • Daniel Gregory
    Daniel Gregory 13 днів тому

    Glad Warren D Martini made the list! One of my favorites!

  • Mr. Dalliard
    Mr. Dalliard Рік тому +74

    Great selections. I'm glad to see "Everlong", "Spoonman" and especially "Forty Six & 2" made it . The opening riff to
    "Forty Six & 2" always sends chills up my spine. :)

    • Eric Hansen
      Eric Hansen Рік тому

      @Zeke Taney ah. I probably heard that as a teen in the aenima era, and had no way to check.

    • Zeke Taney
      Zeke Taney Рік тому +2

      @Eric Hansen No, Adam Jones plays 6-string Gibson Les Pauls almost exclusively. The low string on a 7-string is B, it would actually be more difficult to play these songs that way.

    • Eric Hansen
      Eric Hansen Рік тому

      @Zeke Taney IDK, but don't Tool play almost exclusively on odd stringed instruments?

    • Zeke Taney
      Zeke Taney Рік тому

      @Eric Hansen Who plays Drop D on a 7-string? That's kind of a waste.

    • Eric Hansen
      Eric Hansen Рік тому

      Is it really 'drop d' if they're playing on 7-strings?

  • Dan Pearce
    Dan Pearce 9 місяців тому +6

    I love the Ty Tabor trick were you can play any Drop D chord with open G string, its so cool. I'm doing Lost In Germany with my students after the New Years. Great Video!!!!

    • katskillz
      katskillz 5 місяців тому +1

      Lost in Germany has such an interesting, evasively pleasing riff

  • Max Monaco
    Max Monaco 5 місяців тому +1

    First of all I thought about “Sad But True”. I was sure and waited to see this song in this top-10. Just because I think it’s one of the first drop D songs by Metallica and one of the most famous songs by them.

  • 62vespa
    62vespa 5 місяців тому

    Great list !
    I wouldhave thrown, Outshined, and Holy Water also by Soundgarden ( not sure they were drop D but most Soundgarden songs were, and last but not least, Honeybucket - Melvins

  • Interstellar Racer Sloth
    Interstellar Racer Sloth 4 місяці тому

    My first drop D song was Sober by Tool, then I learned Shine by Collective Soul.

  • Chuck Miller
    Chuck Miller Рік тому +300

    “Outshined” by Soundgarden is absolutely KILLER drop-D riffage. As well as “Unsung” by Helmet.

    • Ed Biller
      Ed Biller Рік тому +3

      I'd definitely have picked that over spoonman. spoonman's "poppiness" (not a bad thing inherently -- it's a great jam) i think takes away from the punch/impact of the drop D. Outshined, every note in that main riff/chorus riff hits hard

    • mg
      mg Рік тому

      @Luke Yup, agree. Would have liked to See any other song on the list by them though over SpoonMan. That and Black Hole Sun are my least favorite and lost me at that point.

    • DustyNebulus
      DustyNebulus Рік тому +4

      @pbozymowski Exactly. Every song on that album is in drop-d. How does one totally ignore this band in this conversation?

    • Jaymz B.
      Jaymz B. Рік тому

      @Luke I totally agree. I do believe that every Soundgarden song is in drop D. Beyond The Wheel, Flower, Gun, yep they're all dropped D. So why Spoonman instead of Outshined? Only Rick knows. lol

    • Albert Madariaga
      Albert Madariaga Рік тому +2

      "Outshined" was one I thought he'd pick.

    BULL BOOM - BEAR BUST 5 місяців тому

    Wow, this made me realize how amazing of a decade the 90's was for great rock music.

  • Anthony Breeding
    Anthony Breeding 4 місяці тому

    Mildly ashamed to admit yellowcard's ocean avenue was the first drop d song I learned lol I don't know if it belongs on your list but I love coheed and cambria's no world for tomorrow because the sound and timing it's just fun to play

  • Scott Gudal
    Scott Gudal 9 місяців тому +3

    Dude, I have always said Kings'X were so underrated. I've been a fan since "Out of the Silent Planet". I saw them and heard Dream Theater for the fist time.

  • SergiOP
    SergiOP Місяць тому

    I play Pneuma and Invincible almost every day !! My two flavourite drop D songs by the master himself Adam Jones

  • J2theB
    J2theB Рік тому +213

    This guy is the most musically inclined person I’ve ever seen. True musician 🎼

    • phil B
      phil B 7 місяців тому


    • Wes Wall
      Wes Wall 7 місяців тому

      U ever see him testing his kids perfect pitch...that kid is a a good way

    • Tristan Tristan
      Tristan Tristan 8 місяців тому +1

      @KStebleton nail - head

    • KStebleton
      KStebleton 10 місяців тому +2

      His ability to play isn’t what makes him unique, although he’s darn good. It’s the ability to teach you and me, either to play or just enjoy the music even more.

    • OberstHulmbug
      OberstHulmbug 11 місяців тому +1

      Prince: Hold my guitar :)
      That said, I love Rick´s amazing musical skills and that he takes the time to explain it all to us mortals. Wish Prince would have made videos like this while he could, but I guess he was busy doing what he did.

  • Gabriel Lucas
    Gabriel Lucas 5 місяців тому

    I just have to mention You're Gonna Break My Heart Again by Whitesnake, when John Sykes was their guitarrist. Killer tune, lots of great riffs permeated with Sykes' signature thundering palm-mutes.

  • Morkel Erasmus
    Morkel Erasmus 6 місяців тому +1

    Great list, Rick! I would have loved to see "Higher" by Creed on there, such an iconic late 90s riff in drop D, and Tremonti really is a fine exponent of the tuning

  • John Van Brunt
    John Van Brunt 18 днів тому +1

    Jeff Buckley's Grace utilizes drop D in an original and fun way. I love playing it.

    BETEL GEUSE 6 місяців тому +1

    All super songs & riffs (expecially "It's Love"), but N.1 is "Unchained" by Van Halen!

    CHAD OFFICIAL Рік тому +79

    2:01 "Hey man nice shot" Filter
    2:44 "The beautiful people" Marilyn Manson
    3:50 "Nightmare" Avenged Sevenfold
    4:43 "Lay it down" RATT
    5:58 "It's love" King's X
    7:43 "Everlong" Foo Fighters
    9:41 "On a plain" Nirvana
    11:31 "Killing in the name" Rage against the machine
    13:21 "Forty six & 2" Tool
    14:10 "Spoonman" Soundgarden
    15:69 not primal concrete sledge for some reason lmao

    • ermguitar
      ermguitar Рік тому

      Unleash the Archers primarily plays in Drop D, they have some masterpieces

    • Paul
      Paul Рік тому

      Hey, thanks, Chad

    • Steven Brown
      Steven Brown Рік тому +2

      Good list! Outshined by Sound Garden good drop D song, too.

    • Shoe Chew
      Shoe Chew Рік тому +2

      I wish there was a "STFU" button that toggled vocals from any song on/off.

    • Clayten Costen
      Clayten Costen Рік тому

      First drop d riff mine was sledge

  • Taylor Wyatt
    Taylor Wyatt 7 місяців тому

    I recently purchased your book, huge fan of yours, i love your passion and the way you explain and break down things. The real reason thing I wanted to comment about is the stunning blue les paul. Personally, I would put white uncovered pickups in it, food for thought. Keep up the awesome content, i wish i could support you more somehow, but hey, I got the book right?

  • Peter Nusch
    Peter Nusch 8 місяців тому

    Hi Rick, ... there are three drop-D-songs I missed, we're playing in our band: PSYCHO by Muse, BLOW by Ed Sheeran & Friends ... and SLITHER by Velvet Revolver

  • 3 Dart Studios
    3 Dart Studios 5 місяців тому

    This is something ya don't get anywhere else. A countdown with the riffs shown in their true form. Two thumbs up!

  • gcsoulsurfer
    gcsoulsurfer 6 місяців тому +1

    So glad you picked Spoonman.
    I'm up to 3rd and, I'm like " Surely, you're not leaving out Spoonman!!!"

  • Christopher Brooks
    Christopher Brooks Рік тому +155

    "Outshined" by Soundgarden is in Drop D. That was their killer riff for me in the early 90's.

    • Kraig Johnson
      Kraig Johnson Рік тому +3

      Funny, from the start of the video, I was thinking 'Outshined' the whole way through...

    • Michael Fischer
      Michael Fischer Рік тому

      Right band, right album, WRONG SONG!!! Give me "Rusty Cage" and "Jesus Christ Pose." I believe these were both Drop D songs, I know I tuned my bass down to D to play them.

    • Casey
      Casey Рік тому +3

      I was waiting for Outshined, but was just as happy that Soundgarden made #1 with Spoonman. Yeah, surprised it wasn't Outshined.

    • Elliot the Dissident
      Elliot the Dissident Рік тому +2

      Hell yeah! "Dun dun der ner ner ner ner naaah den ner duuuh!"

    • Peter Hillman
      Peter Hillman Рік тому +5

      Yep. Outshined has to be top 10. Every day of the week. Who doesn't play that when they pick up a guitar in D?

  • Steve G
    Steve G 5 місяців тому +1

    I saw Van Halen at the House Of Blues in Orlando and they opened up with Unchained. What a kickass opener that was. Best opening to any show I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot. I started learning that one as soon as I got home and my ears were only ringing about 2/3 as loud.

  • Kevin Whammy
    Kevin Whammy 5 місяців тому

    Great Riffs! In my opinion one song is missing: Devil on my shoulder from Billy Talent. I love to play the intro riff of this song! Generally speaking Billy Talent songs are missing in your show ;)

  • terrysteward
    terrysteward 8 місяців тому

    Hey Rick,some great stuff there,I’d never heard,,I thought I was gonna hear,Queen Fat bottomed girls,Reef Place your hands,Bowling for soup Girl all the bad guys want,,,and one I’d only recently realised had a drop D was Bad co Feel like making love,,right at the end of the chorus before the verses and or solo kicks back in,i thought I’d heard that low D,,,,had to use my ol £65 secondhand Squire Tele,as my other guitars are all floyd equipped Vai Jems and an RG,,,

  • Raven Laurendine
    Raven Laurendine 8 днів тому

    I LOVE Drop D. One of my favorite songs I've written is in Drop D.

  • Ron Raptr
    Ron Raptr Рік тому +26

    I think Helmet's unsung was when I first started taking notice to drop tuning.
    That power groove type sound still gets me today

  • Snavels
    Snavels 8 місяців тому

    My First Drop D song that I Learned was "In the Belly of a Shark" by Gallows, then I learned Bat Country by Avenged Sevenfold

  • Long John
    Long John 7 місяців тому

    I originally learned Dropped D tuning from Outlaw Country songs such as Hank Jr.'s "A Country Boy Can Survive", there are a couple of Waylon Jennings songs that use it (I can't think of which they are off hand) .... I just took it from there and used it in Rock songs mainly for a combination of regular fingering with some slide (on the pinky finger) thrown in because you can do some great sounding power chords on the low strings and then finger the riffs on the high strings. What I think I liked about it best is you didn't have to change guitars since all you are retuning is one string and it's really easy to tune down and back up again quickly whereas other open tunings usually means you have to switch guitars

  • Jason McKinney
    Jason McKinney 15 днів тому

    Forty Six & Two is such a great compilation of heavy riffs and licks. Especially in the outtro when there is so much thick chunky sound in the riffs. Great nod to a great Tool song.

  • Ryan Martinson
    Ryan Martinson 5 місяців тому

    "Your Disease" by Saliva. One of my favorites to play.

  • Tom Baddley
    Tom Baddley Рік тому +21

    Always love it when Ty gets credit, where credit's due. Even Jerry Cantrell said he was inspired to DropD because of King's X.