Top 10 Rock Songs with the Best Intro

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 Stay with Me - Faces Cover Art

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

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

Yep, not even close!

Not even close! Where's Uncle Ted with Cat Scratch Fever or ZZ Top's Just Got Paid?

2 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

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!

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

Why is the best intro ever 22nd? I've actually heard this song live and the guitaring gives me chills down my spine

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

3 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses Cover Art

For children of a certain generation, this was the song that made us want to learn to play the guitar, and the first riff that was difficult enough to teach us the value of practice until we nailed it.

Iconic. Inspirational. Seminal.

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.

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

The way all the instruments gradually come in is amazing!

4 Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC Cover Art

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

Just raw, fist-pumping, crowd-baiting, rock n’ roll. The purest distillation of everything AC/DC stood for.

Catchy from the start!

5 Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine Cover Art

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

Badass drum solo to start

6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

I like Ozzy Osborn

7 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

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

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

8 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

Never heard something as amazing as this... The intro is absolute perfection
Its out of human reach
And I love how jimmy page improvises it on stage

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

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

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

9 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

I like Iron Maiden

10 Layla - Derek & the Dominoes Layla - Derek & the Dominoes Cover Art

I'm sorry have you listened to this song? Then you know it should be #1

This should be #1

The Contenders
11 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Cover Art

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

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

Awesome song greatest guitar intro I ever heard

By far the greatest guitarist

12 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

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

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

13 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

The Who were the first true masters of the intro, and this was their best.

Remarkable considering it was very experimental, and the power required by the synth loop machine (very advanced for the time) was so great that once the other instruments kicked in, the electricity to the synth was sapped, so it started slowing down, forcing Bonham to change his beat ever so slightly.

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 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.

16 What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin Cover Art
17 Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden Cover Art
18 Hero - Skillet Hero - Skillet Cover Art
19 Am I Evil - Diamond Head Am I Evil - Diamond Head Cover Art
20 Time - Pink Floyd Time - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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

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

Brilliant intro.

21 Live & Learn - Crush 40 Live & Learn - Crush 40 Cover Art
22 Crawl - Breaking Benjamin Crawl - Breaking Benjamin Cover Art
23 Battery - Metallica Battery - Metallica Cover Art
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 Falls Apart - Thousand Foot Krutch Cover Art
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