Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros


The Top Ten

1 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart

Ugh, this spam voter now has hot legs at 28% and smoke on the water is 11%. - galaxyfox

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

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

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2 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Let's spam vote this to the top - galaxyfox

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

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3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

Is this the real life? is this a fantasy?

Of course - iliekpiez

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

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4 We Will Rock You - Queen

Stomp stomp clap - Misfire

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

A sports anthem... Classic one. - Kevinsidis

The intro is like the whole song - Userguy44

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

I can dream the intro! - Userguy44

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7 Back in Black - ACDC UListen to Sample
8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

The intro is so iconic and bad ass - Randomator

All aboard! - Userguy44

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9 Echoes - Pink Floyd

That one note... - galaxyfox

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10 Iron Man - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample

The Newcomers

? Fast as a Shark - Accept

A very deceiving intro. When hearing this for the first time, for a second I thought I got the song wrong because I was expecting some brutal speed metal stuff, but instead what I heard was a nursery rhyme-like intro. But only after progressing more into the song, did I realize that "Oh boy... am I wrong" - Joeljohns249

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? Bleed - Meshuggah UListen to Sample

The Contenders

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

So iconic! - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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13 Come Together - The Beatles

I love this soft intro.

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14 One - Metallica UListen to Sample
15 Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye UListen to Sample
16 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger UListen to Sample
17 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
18 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

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

Should be in the top 20 - Randomator

How is this not number one - Jukeboxhero

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19 Extreme Ways - Moby UListen to Sample
20 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
21 Fallen - Electus
22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
23 Roundabout - Yes UListen to Sample
24 Tom Sawyer - Rush UListen to Sample
25 Avaritia - Deadmau5 UListen to Sample
26 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

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27 Blue - Gemini UListen to Sample
28 I Want You Back - Jackson 5 UListen to Sample
29 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses UListen to Sample
30 Don't Stop - The Loops of Fury UListen to Sample
31 Paradise Circus - Massive Attack UListen to Sample
32 Imagine - John Lennon UListen to Sample
33 Painkiller - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
34 Save My Night - Armin Van Buuren UListen to Sample
35 In the End - Linkin Park UListen to Sample
36 Careless Whisper - George Michael UListen to Sample
37 Thunderstruck - AC/DC UListen to Sample
38 Jump - Van Halen UListen to Sample
39 Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder UListen to Sample
40 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

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41 Some Chords - Deadmau5 UListen to Sample
42 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
43 Paranoid - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
44 Megalovania - Toby Fox

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

45 Time - Pink Floyd

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

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46 Creep - Radiohead UListen to Sample
47 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Drums! - Userguy44

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48 Blind Faith - Chase & Status UListen to Sample
49 Master Exploder - Tenacious D UListen to Sample
50 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

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Top Remixes (9)

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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