Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros

The Top Ten
1 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart

SoldierOfFortune, I agree. Stairway to Heaven's nice river of acoustic guitars in the intro is magic, but to say you've never heard this song is just poppycock. The intro to Hot Legs is more melodic than any other "Rock" song intro. It may be too hard for most ears, but give it a good listen. And Bohemian Rhapsody? Come on, that's a cliché of a song, nicely put together but catering to the taste of mediocrity...

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?

2 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

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

I'm just commenting to help get this above Rod Stewart.

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

3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide...
No escape from reality..."

4 We Will Rock You - Queen

What's funny is that people don't even know the lyrics that well. Just the iconic intro.

You can hear the clapping, making it an instant hit.

The intro is like the whole song.

5 Back in Black - ACDC

I'm surprised this iconic song isn't #1.
Almost everyone knows this song and its intro.

6 Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood
7 Echoes - Pink Floyd
8 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
9 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
10 Master of Puppets - Metallica
The Contenders
11 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
12 Come Together - The Beatles
13 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
14 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
15 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
16 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses
17 Extreme Ways - Moby
18 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
19 One - Metallica
20 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

The intro is so iconic and badass.

21 Fallen - Electus
22 The Final Countdown - Europe

No matter what genre of music you like, everyone knows the intro and main riff of this song.

23 Roundabout - Yes
24 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
25 Avaritia - Deadmau5
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