Best Rock Song Intros

Song intros are what makes you want to listen to the song even more.
Here are the Top 10 greatest Song Intros.

The Top Ten

1 Stay with Me - Faces

The roughest, loudest and most fun Rock band of the late 60's early 70's. - phr

Iron Maiden covers this, FooFighters covers this, Van Halen, Guns & Roses, Pearl Jam, even the Sex Pistols covered this song live.

2 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

Lovely intro. That bassline played by Cliff sounds amazing. - Userguy44

The best intro ever. The bass intro makes the song more energetic and I think this is the best Metallica song with the great bass lines of cliff and the guitar work of kirk, vocals by james and yes the crazy drumming of Lars - amitcornelius1

I get goosebumps every time I hear this song. It's by far the greatest song intro ever written! The awesome bass guitar riff is just the best and Lars absolutely nailed the drumming rhythm! The intro is just the right length to build suspense and the energy is just exploding. Best... Song Intro... Ever!

Heard this song during the hockey playoffs & it just pumps the arena wild!

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3 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses

THE reason I did this Google search. This is, in my humble opinion, THE BEST rock intro. I don't even like Slash, but he killed it here.

Beautiful, intense... it's got the complete package.

Song intro... Oh come on?
Without a doubt.. Best ever..

Gotta love this one. When I was first getting into rock music this was my favorite! - Donut

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4 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

A very catchy intro, its what attracted me to the song... But Sweet Child O' Mine is better. I'm surprised master of puppets intro isn't on the list

The Ultimate "pump up the crowd" song. The Riff... The Chant... It's legendary - VADERtheIMPALER

The best ever.

Catchy from the start!

5 Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine

This intro is definitely badass, but it should be #2 and For Whom the Bell Tolls should be #1 all by itself.

6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
7 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

I wouldn't call it an intro, it's just the main riff. - Alkadikce

The most legendary intro in rock history and the most obvious winner on this list.

8 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Oh my gosh. It's my favorite part of the song. I close my eyes whenever that starts playing, and then Robert Plant starts singing with his heavenly voice. Beautiful. - galaxyfox

The intro to this legendary song, transcends any form of human greatness.

Instantly known, even for those who don't like Metal. - Kolobanov

He outro was the best part - zxm

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9 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
10 Enter Sandman - Metallica

This Intro Is The Most Hardest Rock Intro I've Ever Heard, I Gotta Say It Should be Either 1 or 2 But I Guess 5 Is Still OK, But This Metallica's Hardest Intro Ever

this intro makes you more and more excited... its the perfect intro

The Contenders

11 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

The intro just gets you to the mood; it gets you so high that you can reach the sky. I love Dire Straits. MARK KNOPFLER IS THE BEST GUITARIST EVER! SAY WHAT YOU SAY

There's nothing much to say except this is one rocking intro!

No intro to any song, ever, has ever, or will ever, come close to this beauty.

Awesome song greatest guitar intro I ever heard

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12 Layla - Derek & the Dominoes
13 Baba O'Riley - The Who

Definitely of the best intros, should be at least in the first 5

The Who - Masters of epic song intros.

Nabbed off 1 direction

14 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
15 What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin
16 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

The intro is absolutely amazing and the song itself is even better. 1: Money for Nothing 2: Hell's Bells 3: Wish You Were Here.

17 Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
18 Hero - Skillet
19 Am I Evil - Diamond Head
20 Live & Learn - Crush 40
21 Crawl - Breaking Benjamin
22 Time - Pink Floyd

Brilliant intro. - Userguy44

I absolutely love the intro in this song. It's meant to take you on a journey. - Gg2000

Not only a great intro, but also the greatest drum solo

23 Battery - Metallica
24 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

Come on people... have you ever listened to FEAR OF THE DARK? and where's BOSTON - FOREPLAY/LONGTIME

25 Falls Apart - Thousand Foot Krutch
26 Hotel California - Eagles
27 Ropes - In Flames
28 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

? Only 32nd?

Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?

29 Ghost Love Score - Nightwish

Nightwish is the my favorite band of all time and Ghost Love Score is my favorite song. I hope others agree with me and this song stays number 1 forever!

Very upbeat

30 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

Awesome intro and it's so unique that can't be described. It just slides into your head like nothing else.
Try the song sample below (only part of the intro guys). - Metal_Treasure

31 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

Guns N Roses was one of the most talanted Bands of our time. Axle viocals were off the charts! Slash could play anything. What a shame they couldn't work out there def.

Slash was supreme on this piece. The music he played was perfect. Axles vocals were frightening, as they should have been. - mgenet

32 The Bleeding - Five Finger Death Punch
33 Eruption - Van Halen


34 Knocking at Your Back Door - Deep Purple

The most unique intro ever! Knock, knock...
Give a listen to this - amazing and funny. You won't be sorry. - Metal_Treasure

35 Poison - Alice Cooper
36 Love at War - While She Sleeps
37 Discord - After Forever
38 Hell's Bells - AC/DC

BEST INTRO EVER! So AMAZING! Especially with the bell going at the start

This should be #1 not for whom the bell tolls by metallica

How this isn't number two is beyond me.

How can this possibly be below one?!?!?

39 Evil Angel - Breaking Benjamin
40 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

65 really?! I honestly believe this song has the greatest rock intro of all time. So many different layers of music in this intro help create one of the most epic and intense feelings ever. The intro has the listener excitedly anticipating what's next, this intense build up could be down to the subtle "oooh"s or the piano key that sets the song in motion and more but either way there is no denying that this has one of the greatest introduction sequences ever!

Every time I hear this I feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Definitely my favorite. So soothing and relaxing. - MontyPython

41 Closure - Asking Alexandria
42 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

It sounds so cool

43 The End - The Doors
44 In the Light - Led Zeppelin
45 King of Dreams - Deep Purple

Spooky, unusual and awesome. - Metal_Treasure

46 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
47 Back in Black - AC/DC
48 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
49 Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
50 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

Intro makes me pumping! The guitars! - Userguy44

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Top Remixes (10)

1. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
2. Am I Evil - Diamond Head
3. Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
1. Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath
2. Prayer for the Weekend - The Ark
3. Lost for Words - Pink Floyd
1. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses
2. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
3. The Trooper - Iron Maiden

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