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

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!

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

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3 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses

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

The way all the instruments gradually come in is amazing!

Most recognisable into - Singer4Freedom

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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

Catchy from the start!

The best ever.

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 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
8 Am I Evil - Diamond Head
9 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

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

10 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden

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

The Contenders

11 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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

Heartbreaker by Led Zep a much better intro. It should be top ten!

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12 Battery - Metallica
13 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

14 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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15 Layla - Derek & the Dominoes
16 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

17 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
18 What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin
19 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.

20 Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
21 Hero - Skillet
22 Live & Learn - Crush 40
23 Crawl - Breaking Benjamin
24 Time - Pink Floyd

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

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

Brilliant intro. - Userguy44

25 The Hellion / Electric Eye - Judas Priest
26 Falls Apart - Thousand Foot Krutch
27 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

28 Hotel California - Eagles
29 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

? Only 32nd?

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

30 Ropes - In Flames
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 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

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


36 Poison - Alice Cooper
37 Discord - After Forever
38 War Pigs - Black Sabbath
39 Love at War - While She Sleeps
40 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?!?!?

41 Hangar 18 - Megadeth
42 Evil Angel - Breaking Benjamin
43 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

44 Closure - Asking Alexandria
45 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

It sounds so cool

46 King of Dreams - Deep Purple

Spooky, unusual and awesome. - Metal_Treasure

47 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
48 The End - The Doors
49 In the Light - Led Zeppelin
50 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
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Top Remixes (9)

1. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
2. Am I Evil - Diamond Head
3. Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
1. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses
2. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
3. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
1. Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine
2. Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
3. What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin

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