Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros


The Top Ten

1 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart

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? - SoldierOfFortune

There's a spam voter on this site who votes for Rod Stewart on several lists every day. I made a list 'Top Ten Music Lists on TheTopTens Where the Number One Items are Number One Items Thanks to Spam Voting'

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

Who's that knocking on m door...

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...

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2 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Voting this to keep the obviously spam-voted Rod Stewart song from the #1 spot - IronFist13

3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

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

Of course - iliekpiez

"Is this the real life... is this just fantasy
caught in a landslide...
no escape from reality..." - Kolobanov

4 We Will Rock You - Queen

You can hear the clapping making it an instant hit. - iliekpiez

The intro is like the whole song - Userguy44

I know it from the first sound.

A sports anthem... Classic one. - Kevinsidis

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

I can dream the intro! - Userguy44

7 Back in Black - ACDC
8 Echoes - Pink Floyd
9 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
10 Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye

The Newcomers

? Bennie and the Jets - Elton John

Best song intro. - marmaduke100

The Contenders

11 Come Together - The Beatles
12 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
13 One - Metallica
14 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
15 Extreme Ways - Moby
16 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
17 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
18 Fallen - Electus
19 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
20 Tom Sawyer - Rush
21 Avaritia - Deadmau5
22 Battery - Metallica
23 Blue - Gemini
24 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
25 Don't Stop - The Loops of Fury
26 I Want You Back - Jackson 5
27 Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
28 Painkiller - Judas Priest
29 Save My Night - Armin Van Buuren
30 In the End - Linkin Park
31 Careless Whisper - George Michael
32 Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
33 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A

"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." - LizardKing99

BACKZ INZ the HUUD I Think You'll Understand That Lizard - FettiMC

34 Some Chords - Deadmau5
35 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
36 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
37 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
38 Blind Faith - Chase & Status
39 Master Exploder - Tenacious D
40 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
41 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd

"We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Teacher, leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall" - christangrant

42 Epic - Faith No More

More like the outro. - Userguy44

43 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

How is this not number one - Jukeboxhero

44 Once Upon a Time In New York City - Huey Lewis

Now it's always once upon a time in New York City
It's a big old, bad old, tough old town, it's true
But beginnings are contagious there
They're always setting stages there
They're always turning pages there for you

Love this song!

45 Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica
46 Vision One - Royksopp
47 Megalovania - Toby Fox
48 Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
49 Wake Up Dead - Megadeth
50 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Extreme Ways - Moby
2. Fallen - Electus
3. Echoes - Pink Floyd
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
3. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Back in Black - ACDC

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