Greatest Opening Lines on Debut Albums

The Top Ten

1 "You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge" Straight Outta Compton, 'Straight Outta Compton', (N.W.A.) - Dr. Dre
2 "This is dedicated to the n*ggas that was down from day one", The Chronic (Intro), 'The Chronic' (Dr. Dre)
3 "I ain't no joke, I used to let the mic smoke", I Ain't No Joke, 'Paid in Full',(Eric B. and Rakim) - Rakim
4 "I looked out this morning and the sun was gone", More than a Feeling, 'Boston', (Boston)

To be honest I am not a fan of several of these lines but this one is great.

5 "Don't you think that it's boring how people talk", Tennis Court, 'Pure Heroin' (Lord)
6 "Hard like an erection", Young Black Male, '2Pacalypse Now', (2Pac)

Haha, 2Pac... sounds like poetry... - Metal_Treasure

7 "Well I'm a-runnin' down the road try'n to loosen my load" Take It Easy, 'Eagles', (Eagles)
8 "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man, Play a Song for Me", Mr. Tambourine Man, the Byrds (Mr. Tambourine Man)

This is the song that proved that you could blend folk and rock music together without being tacky. - Gg2000

9 "Why does it feel like night today?", Papercuts, 'Hybrid Theory', (Linkin Park)
10 "What is this that stands before me?", Black Sabbath, 'Black Sabbath', (Black Sabbath)

The Contenders

11 "I was told a million times of all the troubles in my way", Keep Yourself Alive, 'Queen', (Queen)
12 "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine.", Gloria, 'Horses' (Patti Smith)

I'm shocked this wasn't on here already. - JoLeKosovo

13 "Walking Through the City, Looking Oh So Pretty", Prowler, 'iron Maiden' (Iron Maiden)
14 "I Live My Life in the City, but There's No Easy Way Out", Rock N' Roll Star, Oasis (Definitely Maybe)

They made it clear from the very beginning that they had big intentions. - Gg2000

15 "Hey, Ho, Let's Go!", Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones (Ramones)

The perfect way of getting the listener's attention. What a great way to begin your career. - Gg2000

16 "Well It's One for the Money, Two for the Show...", Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley)

The album starts off with a bang. That's part of the reason why I enjoy it more than most of the others. - Gg2000

17 "in the Days of My Youth, I Was Told What It Means to Be a Man", Good Times Bad Times, Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin)

Love them or hate them, you gotta admit that they kicked off their career with a bang. This song rocks. - Gg2000

18 "You Know the Day Destroys the Night, Night Divides the Day", Break on Through (To the Other Side), the Doors (The Doors)

Many 60s bands had lackluster debuts and needed to do some polishing to make better songs. The Doors got it right the first time. - Gg2000

19 "What if Christmas didn't come this year?", To Defy The Laws of Tradition, 'Frizzle Fry' (Primus)
20 "Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games", Welcome to the Jungle, 'Appetite for Destruction' (Guns'n Roses)
21 "I live my life like there's no tomorrow", Runnin With the Devil, 'Van Halen' (Van Halen)
22 "Cat's foot, Iron claw, Neurosurgeons scream for more, At paranoia's poison door, 21st century schizoid man!", 21st Century Schizoid Man, 'In the Court of the Crimson King' (King Crimson)

This band opened with a bang. - JoLeKosovo

23 "Well She Was Just Seventeen, and You Know What I Mean...", I Saw Her Standing There, 'please Please Me' (The Beatles)
24 "Aaaaarre... Youuu... Ready?!", Blind, 'korn' (Korn)

Such a cool vocal delivery before the riff. - JoLeKosovo

25 "Mr America, walk on by, your schools that do not teach", Hungry Freaks Daddy, 'Freak Out!' (Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention

Great song and album, by the way. - JoLeKosovo

26 "Brothers and sisters, I want to see a sea of hands out there, let me see of hands. I want everybody to kick up some noise.", Ramblin' Rose, 'Kick Out The Jams' (MC5)

Full intro speech : Brothers and sisters, I wanna see a sea of hands out there, let me see a sea of hands. I want everybody to kick up some noise, I want to hear some revolution out there brothers, I wanna hear a little revolution. Brothers and sisters, the time has come for each and every one of you to decide whether you are gonna be the problem or whether you are gonna be the solution. You must choose brothers, you must choose. It takes five seconds, five seconds of decision, five seconds to realize your purpose here on the planet. It takes five seconds to realize that it’s time to move, it’s time to get down with it. Brothers, it’s time to testify and I want to know, are you ready to testify, are you ready, I give you a testimonial … The MC5! - JoLeKosovo

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