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 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 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

One of the greatest metal songs ever. - Merkwurdigliebe

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

3 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones 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

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

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

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 Prowler - Iron Maiden
10 I Will Follow - U2

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

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

The Contenders

11 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

12 Man on the Silver Mountain - Rainbow
13 Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
14 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
15 Hit the Lights - Metallica
16 Stand Up and Shout - Dio
17 Over the Wall - Testament
18 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
19 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

20 Janie Jones - The Clash

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

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

21 Don't Panic - Coldplay

Good should be #1

22 Davidian - Machine Head
23 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

I like the fact that the itunes sample is only a bit of air, with just the opening chord at the very end. - JoLeKosovo

I just realized that this song is all the way on the bottom. Let's give it some votes. - Gg2000

24 Grenade - Bruno Mars
25 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
26 Ulvetid - Kvelertak
27 Evil Has No Boundaries - Slayer
28 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

29 Into the Barrens - Grizfolk
30 Fly from the Inside - Shinedown
31 Wake Me Up - Avicii
32 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

33 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Really good

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

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

39 Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
40 Hate Song - The Haunted Hate Song - The Haunted
41 Romulus - Ex Deo
42 Papercut - Linkin Park
43 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

44 Baghdad - High on Fire
45 Lightning to the Nations - Diamond Head
46 Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
47 (She's in A) Bad Mood - Sonic Youth
48 Intolerance - Tool
49 Evil - Mercyful Fate
50 Heroic Dose - Newsted
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
3. Prowler - Iron Maiden
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

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