Top 10 Metallica Songs with the Best Intros

From the moment they burst onto the scene in the early '80s, Metallica has been renowned for their ability to kick off their tracks in a way that grabs your attention and never lets go. We're talking about those initial seconds, or even minutes, of a song that set the stage for everything that's about to unfold.

Maybe it's a slow, brooding buildup that sends chills down your spine before it explodes into uncontrolled mayhem. Perhaps it's a sudden, furious onslaught of riffs that hits you like a punch to the gut right from the get-go. Or it could be a mesmerizing guitar solo that weaves an intricate web of sound, slowly drawing you into its grasp.

Regardless of the approach, Metallica's intros are often masterpieces in their own right, showcasing the band's musical prowess and their knack for creating an atmosphere. Each intro is like a portal, pulling you into the world of the song, setting the mood, and hinting at the sonic journey that lies ahead.
The Top Ten
1 For Whom the Bell Tolls

Anybody here should vote for this song. The bass of Cliff sounds perfect, and his variations of the intro during live performances (for example, the Oklahoma concert of 1985) make it one of the best songs of this band.

The intro is long and intimidating! This should be #1 without a doubt!

What Cliff is playing on the bass in the intro. The riffs are powerful, and Kirk's playing is good. The best.

2 One

Awesome collaboration between Hetfield and Hammett. The intro solo by Hammett is especially memorable.

3 Master of Puppets
4 Fade to Black

The best! It is amazing. I get lost when I listen to it. It is so well-written and beautiful, just astonishing. Wonderful music.

One of the best of Metallica, and the best intro.

5 Enter Sandman
6 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

In my personal opinion, I think Welcome Home (Sanitarium) has the best riffs and lyrics of all Metallica songs.

I play that song on guitar. For me, it's the best song in the world. Just listen to the whole song every day. You will understand me.

7 Ride the Lightning

Such a classic thrash metal intro. The high-pitched guitars are the lightning, and the pounding tom drums are the thunder - perfect! The harmonies are such a great touch, and the bass crunches through! Incredibly clever. Then the headbanging chugging riff begins!

Ride the Lightning has the best intro. You'd be crazy not to think so.

Such an unexpected and awesome intro!

8 Seek & Destroy
9 Battery

This 30-second acoustic intro symbolizes the entire thrash genre! If I were to make a film on thrash, this intro would be the first thing played. As soon as I hear this, it instantly reminds me of the greatness that was to follow.

Deserves to be #2 after For Whom the Bell Tolls.

10 Creeping Death
The Contenders
11 All Nightmare Long
12 Nothing Else Matters

I want to say about this song that nothing else matters. I also play this intro on my guitar, and this is the first intro my teacher taught me.

13 The Four Horsemen
14 The Call of Ktulu
15 The Unforgiven III

Not very Metallica-like, but I can't help liking the beautiful piano/orchestral intro.

16 Blackened

A guitar track that was written in reverse. Then they recorded the reverse of that and reversed it for the album. Genius. It should be higher than 15.

Best Metallica intro. Should be in the top ten. Battery is second.

Amazing guitar part in the intro.

17 Sad But True
18 Bleeding Me
19 ...And Justice for All

How can this not be in here? It has an amazing intro that starts slow and beautiful and gets heavier as the intro goes on. One of my favorite intros.

20 Leper Messiah
21 The Struggle Within

Cool! I love the drum intro to this song. It sounds so awesome. It sounds like a war is about to start in the intro, which is pretty cool! It should be higher.

22 The Frayed Ends of Sanity

This intro riff is from The Wizard of Oz, but Metallica's twist on it makes this intro amazing. It totally pumps me up.

23 Fight Fire With Fire

How could anyone forget the acoustic intro to this song? It is so deceptive to non-metal fans. They will think, "Aw, that's so nice!" But when the thrash kicks in, it will be different.

24 Wherever I May Roam
25 The Day That Never Comes
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