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!

Littiest intro ever besides back in black by AC/DC surprised that one isn’t on here but props to this riff

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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 Layla - Derek and the Dominos

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

15 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
16 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

17 Strike of the Beast - Exodus
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.

21 Day Tripper - The Beatles

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

22 Urgent - Foreigner


23 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
24 Black Metal - Venom
25 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
26 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
27 My Curse - Killswitch Engage
28 In the End - Linkin Park
29 Roundabout - Yes
30 All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
31 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

32 Seek & Destroy - Metallica
33 Master of Puppets - Metallica
34 The Ripper - Judas Priest
35 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
36 A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
37 Raise Your Hands - Bon Jovi
38 The Bleeding - Five Finger Death Punch
39 Edge of the Earth - 30 Seconds to Mars
40 I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth
41 Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
42 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
43 To End The Rapture - Avenged Sevenfold
44 One Last Breath - Creed
45 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
46 Crawling in the Dark - Hoobastank
47 Capricorn - 30 Seconds to Mars
48 From Yesterday - 30 Seconds to Mars
49 Attack - 30 Seconds to Mars
50 Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
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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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