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

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

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

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

I can play this on the guitar

Sweet Child O' Mine intro is the most cathchy intro

3 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

The Greatest song of all time!

I JUST WENT TO THE CONERT MAN THEY ARE REALLY GOOD THIS IS THERE NO. 1 SONG THEN SAD BUT TEUE GUITAR RIFF IS AWESOME

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

Should be #1
Whats with most recocnizeble? ?

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 The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art
8 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest Cover Art
9 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden Cover Art
10 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Cover Art

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

This one should be in the top 3 no doubt

The Contenders

11 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art
12 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".

I learned this song and I really liked it

13 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Cover Art
14 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art
15 Strike of the Beast - Exodus Strike of the Beast - Exodus Cover Art
16 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!

17 Layla - Derek and the Dominos Layla - Derek and the Dominos Cover Art

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

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

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

18 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream Sunshine of Your Love - Cream Cover Art

Amazing Great Song Great Guitar Riff Vote This One Up Higher

19 Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate Cover Art
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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