Top Ten Rock Songs That Start By Fading In

Gg2000
Many songs from the 1960s to the 1980s faded out as the song ended. The engineers would gradually pull the volume down as they mixed the song until it got completely quiet at the end. Today we're going to talk about the opposite; these are about songs that start quietly during the intro and fade in until they reach full volume.

The Top Ten

1 More Than a Feeling - Boston More Than a Feeling - Boston

The song fades in as the acoustic guitar plays the main chord progression. - Gg2000

One of my favourite songs from the 70s. - Userguy44

2 Eight Days a Week - The Beatles Eight Days a Week - The Beatles

The song fades in as George Harrison plays the opening riff. Apparently this was the first time that a fade in which is used on a pop song (and presumably, a rock song too). - Gg2000

3 Blue Orchid - The White Stripes Blue Orchid - The White Stripes

The song fades in over a short clip of noisy drums before the guitar riff kicks in. - Gg2000

4 Roundabout - Yes

You can hear a backwards piano slowly fade in, playing the first chord. - Gg2000

5 Space Oddity - David Bowie

The intro slowly fades in over the first two chords until David finally comes in. - Gg2000

6 Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd

The song fades in slowly with the first chord being played by a synthesizer. I put this at the bottom because the fade in itself is pretty uneventful, but the rest of the song is obviously top notch. - Gg2000

7 Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

How is this not number one or two?

8 Indian Summer Sky - U2

The whole thing slowly fades in. - Gg2000

9 Keep On Lying - Tame Impala

"All I give are little clues
Maybe one day I'll get through
There is nothing I can do
I'll just keep on lying to you" - LightningStrike

10 Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin

The Contenders

11 Columbia - Oasis

The intro fades in over a bunch of guitar feedback and pick slide noises. - Gg2000

12 To Live is to Die - Metallica

Another metal song that fades in during the beginning. I added this by the way. - PhoenixAura81

13 Turn to Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
14 Key to the Highway - Derek & The Dominos

The band members were in the studio jamming to this song and Tom Dowd had to tell the engineer to start recording it. This is why it fades in at the beginning. - Gg2000

15 Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
16 Born on the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Gotta go with my favourite band here. - truckturner

17 Red Barchetta - Rush

It fades in as Alex Lifeson slowly plays the main riff - Gg2000

18 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen
19 The Outlaw Torn - Metallica

This is a metal song, but it fades in during the beginning. I added this by the way. - PhoenixAura81

20 Station to Station - David Bowie
21 Orion - Metallica

The bass and drums fade in. First the bass and then the drums. - Userguy44

22 Bittersweet - Panic! at the Disco
23 Nephele - Animals as Leaders
24 The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - Traffic
25 Black Friday - Steely Dan
26 Light Up - Styx
27 King of Hollywood - Eagles
28 The Road to Utopia - Utopia
29 Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac
30 On the Air - Peter Gabriel
31 A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals
32 Suicide & Redemption - Metallica
33 Archetype - Middle Class
34 Black Star - Radiohead

The song fades in as the band plays the intro. - Gg2000

35 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
36 The Decline - Nofx

Fades in harshly at the beginning then cuts. Then the song starts. - JoLeKosovo

37 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) - Genesis

The song slowly fades in over the sound of a synthesizer playing an a note. They treated the synthesizer to make it sound like a lawn mower; they did this because the song is written from the perspective of a lawn mower, who watches his owner, the local gardener, fall in love with a girl. - Gg2000

38 Finding My Way - Rush

The song starts with a slow fade while the main riff plays. - Gg2000

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Best Songs on In Flames's Sounds of a Playground Fading Best Songs From Sandra's Fading Shades Best Songs From Switchfoot's Fading West Best Rock and Metal Songs that Start with the Letter A Best Rock and Metal Songs that Start with the Letter B

List StatsCreated 17 Mar 2019

38 listings
268 days old

Top Remixes

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd
2. Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
3. Keep On Lying - Tame Impala
LightningStrike
1. Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
2. Turn to Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
3. Blue Orchid - The White Stripes
JCHOW
1. Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
2. More Than a Feeling - Boston
3. Blue Orchid - The White Stripes
Gg2000

WRemix

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.