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!

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

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2 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Memorable - Userguy44

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!

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

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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 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

The Contenders

11 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
12 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

13 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

14 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
15 Strike of the Beast - Exodus
16 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
17 Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate
18 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

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

19 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

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

The best!

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 - Jimi Hendrix
26 My Curse - Killswitch Engage
27 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
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 All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
30 In the End - Linkin Park

Guitar intro? - Userguy44

31 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Vote this higher! - Userguy44

32 Roundabout - Yes
33 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
34 The Ripper - Judas Priest
35 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
36 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
37 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
38 Raise Your Hands - Bon Jovi
39 The Bleeding - Five Finger Death Punch
40 Edge of the Earth - 30 Seconds to Mars
41 Attack - 30 Seconds to Mars
42 I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth
43 Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
44 California Girls - The Beach Boys
45 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
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 Painkiller - Judas Priest
50 Crawling in the Dark - Hoobastank
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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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