Best Album Opening Songs


The Top Ten

1 Back In The U.S.S.R. - The Beatles

It opens with a lot of a plane in the sky and then the energy kicks in with Paul doing his absolute best with vocals and then George doing a blazing guitar solo with background vocals adding more to the song then it needed to have and then but makes it even better and then the plane goes off while a few instruments come in while the plane goes and transitions into Dear Prudence! Deer Prudence is a slow song but has amazing and soothing vocals by John and background vocals by the other members! It stays the same for most of the song but later slows up at the near end and gets more of a psychedelic sound with the background vocals then singing with John and different instrument sounds and then goes back to the guitar and ends! Genius and I love how the album opens so much!

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2 Baba O'Riley - The Who UListen to Sample
3 Black Dog - Led Zeppelin

Second best Led Zeppelin song only to When The Levee Breaks. And a great way to start out the greatest classic rock album of all time. - Beatlesboy9

Led Zeppelin IV (1971) - PinkFloyd99

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4 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Appetite For Destruction (1987) - PinkFloyd99

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5 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana UListen to Sample
6 Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin

Pink Floyd is my favorite of all time, and I can't stand Zep, but I really like this song.

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7 Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here (1975) - PinkFloyd99

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8 In the Flesh? - Pink Floyd

18? Are you kidding me?

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9 We Will Rock You - Queen

News Of The World (1977) - PinkFloyd99

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10 A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

A Hard Day's Night (1964) - PinkFloyd99

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The Contenders

11 Enter Sandman - Metallica UListen to Sample
12 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

Highway 61 Revisited (1965) - PinkFloyd99

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13 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera UListen to Sample
14 Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
15 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
16 Angel of Death - Slayer UListen to Sample
17 Changes - David Bowie UListen to Sample
18 Suzanne - Leonard Cohen UListen to Sample
19 Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...) - Queen UListen to Sample
20 Come Together - The Beatles

This is legendary

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21 Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
22 Help! - The Beatles UListen to Sample
23 Hells Bells - AC/DC UListen to Sample
24 South of Heaven - Slayer UListen to Sample
25 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel UListen to Sample
26 Astral Weeks - Van Morrison UListen to Sample
27 Roundabout - Yes UListen to Sample
28 Holy Wars... the Punishment Due - Megadeth UListen to Sample
29 Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen UListen to Sample
30 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
31 My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) - Neil Young
32 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2

The Joshua Tree (1987) - PinkFloyd99

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33 The Post War Dream - Pink Floyd

The Final Cut (1983)
Really underrated - PinkFloyd99

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34 Hotel California - Eagles

Should be higher, much higher.

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35 Aces High - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
36 You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra UListen to Sample
37 Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs UListen to Sample
38 Cave In - Owl City UListen to Sample
39 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater UListen to Sample
40 Them Bones - Alice In Chains

Surprised this isn't at least Top 10. This and Dam That River are one of the best one-two punches to begin an album that I've ever heard.

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41 Dead Flowers for Her - Skywatchers UListen to Sample
42 So F*****g Rock (Live) - Tim Minchin UListen to Sample
43 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
44 What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction

It's probably the best debut song within the past decade...
One Directions made thousands their fans with their debut album...

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45 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons UListen to Sample
46 We are All Made of Stars - Moby UListen to Sample
47 Everything That Rises - Moby UListen to Sample
48 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
49 Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins

The beginning drum roll, the guitar rifts and badass lyrics... The most perfect way to start an famous and awesome album from the 90s.

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50 Keep Yourself Alive - Queen UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Baba O'Riley - The Who
2. Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
3. Changes - David Bowie
1. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
2. Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
3. Back In The U.S.S.R. - The Beatles
1. Back In The U.S.S.R. - The Beatles
2. Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
3. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

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