Top 10 Rock Songs With the Greatest Beginning Guitar Pieces


The Top Ten

1 Layla - Derek & the Dominos

Eric Clapton and Duane Alman do a great job performing the beginning of this rock masterpiece. - Draco

2 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

Slash does an amazing job working a great beginning piece for this song. No doubt it is #1 - Draco

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3 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jimi Hendrix puts his electric guitar skills to his finest in this rock song. - Draco

4 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
5 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Brian May does a phenomenal job in this epic rock track. - Draco

6 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
7 Panama - Van Halen

It was pretty obvious a beginning piece from Eddie Van Halen was going too be here - Draco

8 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Just wow - one of the most mindblowing guitar intros of all time. - Metal_Treasure

9 Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II - Annihilator

This piece is from a guitar virtuoso (Jeff Waters). It's insanely fast and technical. A must hear. - Metal_Treasure

10 Enter Sandman - Metallica

One of the best ever. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 How Much Love - Vixen
12 Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith
13 Aqualung - Jethro Tull
14 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

This is way better than Run to the Hills. - Metal_Treasure

15 Sails of Charon - Scorpions

The best guitar intro riff from Uli and also the solo is in the intro! Awesome. - Metal_Treasure

16 Mistreated - Deep Purple

Just find on YouTube the live version from California 1974, to fully enjoy this guitar intro - heavy and jaw-dropping. - Metal_Treasure

17 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Angus Young does a good job playing the beginning piece for Highway To Hell. That is why it is #9. - Draco

18 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
19 Hells Bells - AC/DC

The best ACDC intro. - Metal_Treasure

20 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

How this wasn't on the list? - Metal_Treasure

21 Marquee Moon - Television

How come I never see Television mentioned on this site? Their debut album is one of the best albums to be released in the entire 70s, and this song is the absolute peak of their (sadly, shorter than they deserved) career. If you're a rock fan, I highly recommend you check these guys out. They were a HUGE influence on the alternative and indie movements of the 80s, as well as guitarists lik John Frusciante.

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22 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
23 Cosmic Egg - Wolfmother

This riff is so catchy. - Metal_Treasure

24 Every Breath You Take - The Police
25 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
26 Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth

Kurt Cobain loved this band. Why don't you?

27 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
28 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
29 Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
30 Eruption/You Really Got Me - Van Halen
31 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
32 Revolution Radio - Green Day
33 Longview - Green Day
34 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
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Top Remixes

1. Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Layla - Derek & the Dominos
3. Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1. Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Layla - Derek & the Dominos
3. Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
2. Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II - Annihilator
3. Enter Sandman - Metallica


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