Top Ten First Songs on First Albums

Imagine this. You hear about this awesome new band and decide to check out their music. You end up with their first record and start by listening to the first track. I'm gonna try to rank these songs both on quality and their resulting impact. Feel free to add any other examples.

The Top Ten

1 Break On Through (To The Other Side) - The Doors

Popular music at the time had never sounded as dark and wild as this. It has a unique groove and texture, and Jim Morrison is on the top of his game. - Gg2000

2 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones

Considering this song was both their first single and the first track on their first album, it's amazing that they came out of the gate straightaway with such a classic. - Gg2000

3 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

I can honestly say without a doubt that I had never been creeped out by a rock song until I heard this one. It's so seismic and ominous; it still sounds fresh to this very day. - Gg2000

One of the greatest metal songs ever. - Merkwurdigliebe

4 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen

When I first heard that car horn in the intro, I knew the album wasn't gonna be an ordinary record. And it wasn't; it kicked open the floodgates for guitar shredding. - Gg2000

5 I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles

What a great rock and roll song. Lets you know that The Beatles had finally arrived. - Gg2000

What a great song to start the legacy of the biggest band in the world. - JCHOW

6 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

It has some really memorable drum fills. Just to remind us he was primarily a drummer. - Metal_Treasure

Oh yeah. I always air drum with Phil at the end (as long as I'm not driving, of course). - Gg2000

I like this one. Thanks for adding it. - Gg2000

7 Keep Yourself Alive - Queen

From the minute you hear Brian May's guitar for the first time, you know things are gonna be groovy and interesting. - Gg2000


8 Majesty - Blind Guardian
9 Reel Around the Fountain - The Smiths

I always find it amazing how they didn't open the album with something upbeat like This Charming Man or Hand in Glove; they chose a more downtempo song to open with. But at the same time, it works so well! - Gg2000

10 I Will Follow - U2

This song shows that from the beginning, U2 always had a lot of potential and they were able to use it to write strong tunes. - Gg2000

Not the biggest fan of U2 but I got to say, I love this song.(Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year's Day are also great.) - JCHOW

The Contenders

11 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
12 Over the Wall - Testament
13 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
14 Man on the Silver Mountain - Rainbow
15 Down to the Waterline - Dire Straits

The intro starts off very atmospheric-like and quiet, and you're not sure where exactly it's gonna go. Then the full band kicks in, and it sounds amazing. - Gg2000

16 Janie Jones - The Clash

Great song. I love this album; thanks for adding it. - Gg2000

This was just the first song on the UK version. On the US version, it was Clash City Rockers. - JCHOW

17 Don't Panic - Coldplay

Good should be #1

18 Hit the Lights - Metallica
19 Prowler - Iron Maiden
20 Davidian - Machine Head
21 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
22 Ulvetid - Kvelertak
23 Evil Has No Boundaries - Slayer
24 Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.

It was first released on the independent label Hib-Tone Records, and had a surprising amount of chart success for an indie label single. After they signed to IRS Records, they rerecorded it and put it on their first album, Murmur. And just like that, the seeds for alternative rock were sown. - Gg2000

25 Kick Out the Jams - Mc5

Update: I just submitted an error report for this listing in hopes that it will be removed. In the meantime, please don't vote for this song; I'm sorry for making this mistake and I hope it won't happen again. - Gg2000

Sometimes there's only one way to go out and make your mark, and that's with full guns a-blazing. - Gg2000

Ummm... it's the 2nd track on the album

No problem... I did similar things earlier, too
An advice: put this item to your dishonorable mentions in your remix, and add an other item to the top 10.

26 Grenade - Bruno Mars
27 Into the Barrens - Grizfolk
28 Fly from the Inside - Shinedown
29 Wake Me Up - Avicii
30 Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

To the person who added this, I understand your intention was to add Purple Haze, so don't worry about adding the wrong song. - Gg2000

31 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Really good

32 Say Amen (Saturday Night) - Panic! at the Disco
33 Infinite - Eminem
34 Trust in Me - Katy Perry
35 I Got Me Some Bapes - Soulja Boy
36 Battery - Metallica

Master of Puppets was their third album, not their first. Only Hit the Lights belongs on the list. - Gg2000

37 Stand Up and Shout - Dio
38 Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
39 Hate Song - The Haunted Hate Song - The Haunted
40 Romulus - Ex Deo
41 Papercut - Linkin Park
42 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Although it's an awesome song, it doesn't belong on this list. Deep Purple's first album was Shades of Deep Purple, and the first song on that album was an instrumental called "And the Address". - Gg2000

43 Baghdad - High on Fire
44 Lightning to the Nations - Diamond Head
45 Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
46 (She's in A) Bad Mood - Sonic Youth
47 Intolerance - Tool
48 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
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Top Remixes

1. Hit the Lights - Metallica
2. Prowler - Iron Maiden
3. Davidian - Machine Head
1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. Break On Through (To The Other Side) - The Doors
3. Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen
1. Majesty - Blind Guardian
2. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
3. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones


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