Top Ten Best Metallica Intros

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The Top Ten

1 For Whom the Bell Tolls

The best and no1 can replicate it and even Metallica can't do it what cliff has done - amitcornelius1

The intro is long and intimidating! This should be #1 without a doubt!

Its cliff how can't it be 1st

What Cliif is playing bass on the inro. Riffs are power and kirk's playing good. The best...

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2 One

Awesome collaboration between hetfield and hammett. the intro solo by hammett is specially memorable

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3 Fade to Black

One of the best of Metallica, and the best intro... - doodad

The best! It is amazing, I get lost when I listen to it. It so well written and beautiful and amazing, just astonishing. Wonderful music.

Greatest Metallica song ever

Well this is the best along with master of puppets

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4 Enter Sandman

Love the acoustic intro that transforms into an awesome metal riff, LOVE PLAYIN! METALLICA RULES

I don't want to live on this planet anymore

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5 Master of Puppets

the intro is perfect and so is the entire song

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6 Ride the Lightning

Ride the lightning has the best intro, you'd be crazy not to think so. - Crash

Not my favorite but voted it just because I think it should be higher this and fade to black and master of puppets and battery are my 4 favorites

Such a classic thrash metal intro, the high pitched guitars are the lightning and the pounding tom drums are the thunder, perfect! The harmonies are such a great touch and the bass crunches through! Incredibly clever, then the headbanging chugging riff begins!

Such an unexpected and awesome intro!

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7 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

I play that song on guitar.
For me it's the best song in the World, just listen to the whole song every day, you will understand me..

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8 Creeping Death

A great intro - Spyrofan35

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9 Battery

This 30s acoustic intro symbolizes the entire thrash genre! If I were to make a film on thrash this intro would be the first thing played! As soon as I hear this it instantly reminds me of the greatness that was to follow... - Cmf97351

the acoustic part is the best part of the entire song and sets up the whole song to make one there greatest songs ever

Deserves to be #2 after For Whom the Bell Tolls. - Vinitsky

The acoustic Intro is epic.

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10 St. Anger

While the song itself isn't very good, the intro is badass. If they kept the aggression flowing from the intro throughout, this could've been one of Metallica's best songs. - MKBeast

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11 Seek & Destroy UListen to Sample
12 Nothing Else Matters

I want to say about this song just nothing else matter.. I also play this intro in my guitar & this is the 1st intro which my teacher taught me..

One of the best intro by Metallica... Hammet you rock

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13 All Nightmare Long

Its defenetly better than the Unforgiven 1,2, and 3

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14 Sad But True

I think about this intro all the time

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15 Blackened

Why is it 17?

Hell yeah! - Userguy44

Best metallic a intro should be on the top ten. Battery is second

Best intro

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18 The Struggle Within

Cool! I love the drum intro to this song. It sounds so awesome. It sounds like a war is about to start in the intro which is pretty cool! Should be higher.

It is really cool, the snar,... Like on a parade. Really cool. - patschyie

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19 The Frayed Ends of Sanity

This intro riff is from the Wizard of Oz but Metallica's twist on it makes this intro amazing and it totally pumps me up.

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22 Fight Fire With Fire

How could anyone forget the acoustic intro to this song? It is so deceptive to non metal fans. They will think, "aw that's so nice! " but when the thrash kicks in, it will be different.

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23 Wherever I May Roam

Love the ancient souning music at the start. - dragon13304

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25 Some Kind of Monster

Descent song with a build up to an awesome intro - christangrant

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26 The Unforgiven UListen to Sample
27 Fuel

It is the best

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28 The Unforgiven II

Still awesome

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29 Damage, Inc.

Cliff recorded this on multiple bass guitars. It's quiet impressive. - Userguy44

It is like a bolt of lightning hit the tip of my penis

Personally, I think "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is the best intro, but "Damage, inc."'s is also an amazing one. While "Battery" also has a similar start, something strikes me about "Damage, inc." It's so beautiful, like "Orion"'s middle solo by Burton. I love the ambient sound that plays in the background until the first minute passes. It's so soothing and pumping at the same time. Add in the effect that this is Cliff Burton's final song and that kinda makes the song sad :(. Heck, I'm listening to it right now :).

Also, Kerry King has said this is his favorite Metallica song. And it definitely is one of my favorites too (And in my opinion, the most underrated Metallica song ever).

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30 My Friend of Misery

The intro is just so awesome! This should easily be in the top 10's. I love the intro to this song! The whole song is just so damn good! MFOM! MFOM! Vote! - johnpaularguelles

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32 The Unforgiven III

Not very metallica-like, but can't help liking the beautiful piano/orchestral intro. - petrucci75hammet

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33 Orion UListen to Sample
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35 To Live Is to Die

Amazing, and difficult to replicate.

Just... nice and soft and soothing. I love this intro.

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36 Better Than You UListen to Sample
37 The Shortest Straw UListen to Sample
38 Sweet Amber

I do, admittedly, like this song, but the intro is its strongest asset; there are many Metallica songs that are superior overall, but I really like the intro to this one.

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39 Eye of the Beholder UListen to Sample
40 Through the Never

Through The Never? It's so epic!

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43 ...And Justice For All

So epic

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1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. Enter Sandman
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1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. One
3. St. Anger
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1. Creeping Death
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
3. Master of Puppets
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