10 Most Famous Guitar Intros


The Top Ten

1 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!

By far the Best Riff of All Time! It's like the first chords of Beethoven'd Fifth! A Classic!

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2 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

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!

This song is great. Never gets old. Guns and roses only have one bad quality. All does not like his bandmates. Anyway I love this band. " 🌹 - RyanAmos

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3 Enter Sandman - Metallica


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

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6 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
7 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
8 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest
9 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
10 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

The Contenders

11 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
12 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
13 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
14 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
15 Strike of the Beast - Exodus
16 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

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

17 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

18 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

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

The best!

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.

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Top Remixes

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



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