Top 10 Most Instantly Recognizable Song Intros

The Top Ten
1 Hot Legs - Rod Stewart

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...

SoldierOfFortune I agree, Stairway to Heaven; that nice river of acoustic guitars intro is magic but to say you never heard this song is just popycock. The intro to Hot Legs is more melodic than any other "Rock" song intro, it is maybe to hard for most ears but have a good listening to it. And Bohemian Rhapsody? Come on that cliché of a song, nicely put together but so to the taste of mediocrecy...

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?

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

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
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.

I know it from the first sound.

A sports anthem... Classic one.

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

I can dream the intro!

7 Back in Black - ACDC

Back In Black is iconic

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

8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
9 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

Should be in the top 20

10 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
The Contenders
11 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
12 Echoes - Pink Floyd
13 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
14 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
15 Come Together - The Beatles

I love this soft intro.

16 One - Metallica
17 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
18 Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
19 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
20 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
21 Extreme Ways - Moby
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 Fallen - Electus
25 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
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