Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros

The Top Ten
1 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart Hot Legs - Rod Stewart Cover Art

It's a simple fact of live, if you make lists where people can vote; they will vote what they like. For instance the list of best albums of all time; clearly Sgt Peppers and Exile On Main Street are up there with Blond On Blond, but you find they are not on top of that list. other people do think other albums are better ad that fine, they are maybe to young to know about the Beatles, The Stones or Dylan. I recently met a young guy who never heard of Elvis. Come one...I mean what. That people vote for Rod Stewart means only one thing; he's well known and he still has a large fanbase, nothing wrong with that. I personally like Nirvana but I do not see them in many lists, not even in the top 10 of this one, and tell me Smells everybody knows from note one. But I can live with that...

SoldierOfFortune I agree, Stairway to Heaven; that nice river of acoustic guitars intro is magic but to say you never heard this song is just popycock. The intro to Hot Legs is more melodic than any other "Rock" song intro, it is maybe to hard for most ears but have a good listening to it. And Bohemian Rhapsody? Come on that cliché of a song, nicely put together but so to the taste of mediocrecy...

What? I've never even heard of this song, and it's above classics like Stairway to Heaven, Smoke on the Water, and Bohemian Rhapsody?

Only #1 because of the Rod Stewart spam voter. I have never heard this song, so of course I wouldn't recognize the intro.

2 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

This is a clear number one I would think even people who don't know the song would still recognize the opening riff.

Voting this to keep the obviously spam-voted Rod Stewart song from the #1 spot

3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

EVERYBODY knows the intro even if they don't know the actual song.

Almost everyone knows this one. "Is this the real life... is this just fantasy..."

Is this the real life? is this a fantasy?

Of course

4 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art

The intro is like the whole song

A sports anthem... Classic one.

You can hear the clapping making it an instant hit.

Stomp stomp clap

5 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood Cover Art
6 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

I can dream the intro!

7 Back in Black - ACDC Back in Black - ACDC Cover Art
8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

The intro is so iconic and bad ass

All aboard!

9 Echoes - Pink Floyd Echoes - Pink Floyd Cover Art
10 Iron Man - Black Sabbath Iron Man - Black Sabbath Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art
12 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

So iconic!

13 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art
14 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

How is this not number one

Should be in the top 20

Oof should be higher. Top 15 at least.

15 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye Cover Art
16 Come Together - The Beatles Come Together - The Beatles Cover Art

I love this soft intro.

17 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art
18 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger Cover Art
19 Extreme Ways - Moby Extreme Ways - Moby Cover Art
20 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art
21 Fallen - Electus
22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden Cover Art
23 Roundabout - Yes Roundabout - Yes Cover Art
24 Tom Sawyer - Rush Tom Sawyer - Rush Cover Art
25 Avaritia - Deadmau5 Avaritia - Deadmau5 Cover Art
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