Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros

The Top Ten

1 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart

Wait what the heck? I know this song but I don't even recognize the intro - KillerQueen1774

It was spam voted. I am 100% sure because I've seen the spam voting. I even know who did it. - Metal_Treasure

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

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

Is this the real life? is this a fantasy?

Of course - iliekpiez

4 We Will Rock You - Queen

The intro is like the whole song - Userguy44

A sports anthem... Classic one. - Kevinsidis

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

Stomp stomp clap - Misfire

5 Master of Puppets - Metallica

I can dream the intro! - Userguy44

6 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood
7 Back in Black - ACDC
8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

The intro is so iconic and bad ass - Randomator

All aboard! - Userguy44

9 Echoes - Pink Floyd
10 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

The Contenders

11 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
12 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

So iconic! - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

13 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
14 One - Metallica
15 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
16 Come Together - The Beatles

I love this soft intro.

17 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

How is this not number one - Jukeboxhero

Should be in the top 20 - Randomator

Oof should be higher. Top 15 at least. - Misfire

18 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
19 Extreme Ways - Moby
20 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
21 Fallen - Electus
22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
23 Jump - Van Halen
24 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
25 Roundabout - Yes
26 Enter Sandman - Metallica
27 Tom Sawyer - Rush
28 Avaritia - Deadmau5
29 Battery - Metallica

One of the greatest Metallica intros. I love how it starts soft and then kicks into the distortion. I like it more than Master Of Puppets. - Userguy44

30 Blue - Gemini
31 I Want You Back - Jackson 5
32 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
33 Don't Stop - The Loops of Fury
34 Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
35 Imagine - John Lennon
36 Painkiller - Judas Priest
37 Save My Night - Armin Van Buuren
38 In the End - Linkin Park
39 Careless Whisper - George Michael
40 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
41 Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
42 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A

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

43 Some Chords - Deadmau5
44 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
45 Megalovania - Toby Fox

Now that’s what I like on these lists. - MistystreamtheWarrior

46 Light My Fire - The Doors
47 Time - Pink Floyd

This wasn't already on the list? The intro of this song is beautiful and very recognizable. - Userguy44

48 Creep - Radiohead
49 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Drums! - Userguy44

50 Blind Faith - Chase & Status
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