Top 10 Songs with the Most Famous Guitar Intros


The Top Ten

1 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

The title is "10 Most Famous Guitar Intros", and this is the best known guitar intro ever... it's great, but I hate that this riff is so commercial - rock2metal

probably the most legendary opening - moose4life19

First one I think of, a classic!

best riff till the date. very easy to play and awesome

2 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

Memorable - Userguy44

love the beginning to this song like everytime it comes on I'm like this is the snazz hahahahahahaha but yeah fav on here also this is like the most accurate list I've seen on here so far - ballaboi17

Sweet Child O' Mine has to be no. 1, it is the most noticable guitar intro easily

This should be the number one song on this particular list without a doubt! As far as guitar intros go, this is as good as it gets, period!

3 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica

The Greatest song of all time!


4 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

What a powerful intro

Should be #1
Whats with most recocnizeble? ?

5 Hells Bells - AC/DC

One of the best and easily the most famous. It gets you hooked on the song, and the bell adds a nice sound to it. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica tried to replicate this and make it their own (and I admit, it is amazing), but it's not as good as the song they got the idea from. - Songsta41

Incredible intro, absolutely unforgettable. Picture: slow-motion walking, smoke around your ankles, dark sunglasses, backlit... And this song.

#1 (Smoke on the Water) and #2 (Sweet Child O' Mine) are phenomenal riffs... But the greatest INTRO is Hells Bells. Let's be real.

Love the whole song. Great unique opening. Definitely deserves top 3 but I recon its #1

6 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
7 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
8 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
9 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
10 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

This one should be in the top 3 no doubt

That's the way you do it-play yer guitar on the M...T...V!

The Contenders

11 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
12 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
13 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Not only does this jump at you from the first note, but it scares you because it just says "anarchy to follow".

I learned this song and I really liked it

14 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
15 Strike of the Beast - Exodus
16 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
17 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Amazing Great Song Great Guitar Riff Vote This One Up Higher - mneilan

The best!

18 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

Wow clearly the most memorable intro by one of the greatest guitarist ever Eric Clapton

19 Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate
20 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

I would have thought Whole Lotta Love would be on this list instead, but I can see this.

The greatest intro and song ever.

21 Day Tripper - The Beatles

One of the earliest, and one of the best, opening guitar riffs. Ever.

22 Urgent - Foreigner


23 Black Metal - Venom
24 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
25 Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
26 Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce
27 My Curse - Killswitch Engage
28 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Really? People's here talking bout great intros, and stairway to heaven wasn't even listed?

This should be way higher in the list like at least top 10

29 In the End - Linkin Park

Guitar intro? - Userguy44

30 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Vote this higher! - Userguy44

31 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
32 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
33 Roundabout - Yes
34 The Ripper - Judas Priest
35 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
36 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
37 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
38 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
39 Raise Your Hands - Bon Jovi
40 The Bleeding - Five Finger Death Punch
41 Edge of the Earth - 30 Seconds to Mars
42 Attack - 30 Seconds to Mars
43 I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth
44 Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
45 California Girls - The Beach Boys
46 To End The Rapture - Avenged Sevenfold
47 One Last Breath - Creed

The best one! Mark Tremonti may be not the best one, like slash or Kirky or others, but he's a damn intro maker!
This intro is f****ng better even than Sweet child o' mine...

48 Hearts Burst Into Fire - Bullet for My Valentine
49 Wicked Game - Chris Isaak

What the woman said (and I’m a man, no apologies)

Any woman hears the opening few bars of this song...instant panty-dropper. (I can say that...I'm a woman.)

50 Painkiller - Judas Priest
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List StatsUpdated 2 Dec 2018

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Top Remixes

1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2. Enter Sandman - Metallica
3. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
1. Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
2. Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
3. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
3. Enter Sandman - Metallica


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