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 Cover Art

Instantly at the top because easiest to play even most of beginner played it wrong at start, anyone who pick a guitar automatically know this riff, and at the very least every pro musician no matter what's the genre they played they know this.

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

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

A staple for every budding guitarist...a little too popular but definitely well known

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

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!

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

3 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

The Greatest song of all time!

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

Played a lot at sports games and events etc., it's catchy as hell too!

What a powerful intro

5 Hells Bells - AC/DC Hells Bells - AC/DC Cover Art

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.

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 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art
7 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest Cover Art
8 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art
9 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Cover Art
10 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Cover Art
12 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art
13 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Cover Art
14 Strike of the Beast - Exodus Strike of the Beast - Exodus Cover Art
15 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

I knew this intro without even having ever heard the rest of this song. To be honest, it is better than the rest of the song!

16 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

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

17 Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate Cover Art
18 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream Sunshine of Your Love - Cream Cover Art
19 Layla - Derek and the Dominos Layla - Derek and the Dominos Cover Art

Because the intro riff goes throughout the song, it's incredibly memorable!

As classic as it gets, a staple of the classic rock community.

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

20 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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 Day Tripper - The Beatles Cover Art

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

22 Urgent - Foreigner Urgent - Foreigner Cover Art
23 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

Top of the Pops helped make this incredibly well known in the UK.

24 Black Metal - Venom Black Metal - Venom Cover Art
25 Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art
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