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

Yep, not even close!

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

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.

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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.

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6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne UListen to Sample
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.

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8 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

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

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10 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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The Contenders

11 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

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12 Layla - Derek & the Dominoes

This should be #1

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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

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14 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth UListen to Sample
15 What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin UListen to Sample
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.

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17 Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
18 Am I Evil - Diamond Head UListen to Sample
19 Hero - Skillet UListen to Sample
20 Live & Learn - Crush 40 UListen to Sample
21 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

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22 Crawl - Breaking Benjamin UListen to Sample
23 Battery - Metallica UListen to Sample
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

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25 Falls Apart - Thousand Foot Krutch UListen to Sample
26 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

? Only 32nd?

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

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27 Hotel California - Eagles UListen to Sample
28 Ropes - In Flames UListen to Sample
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

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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

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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

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


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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

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

Easily, the most original intro/opening of any classic Rock song.

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.

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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

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41 Closure - Asking Alexandria UListen to Sample
42 The End - The Doors UListen to Sample
43 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

It sounds so cool

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44 In the Light - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
45 King of Dreams - Deep Purple

Spooky, unusual and awesome. - Metal_Treasure

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46 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer UListen to Sample
47 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
48 Back in Black - AC/DC UListen to Sample
49 Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample
50 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (11)

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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