Top 10 Rock Songs with the Best Intro

Song intros are what make you want to listen to the song even more. Here are the top 10 greatest song intros.
The Top Ten
1 Stay with Me - Faces

Iron Maiden covers this, Foo Fighters cover this, Van Halen, Guns & Roses, Pearl Jam, even the Sex Pistols covered this song live.

The roughest, loudest, and most fun rock band of the late '60s and early '70s.

2 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

I get goosebumps every time I hear this song. It's by far the greatest song intro ever written. The awesome bass guitar riff is just the best, and Lars absolutely nailed the drumming rhythm. The intro is just the right length to build suspense, and the energy is just exploding. Best song intro ever.

The best intro ever. The bass intro makes the song more energetic, and I think this is the best Metallica song with the great bass lines from Cliff and the guitar work from Kirk. Vocals by James and yes, the crazy drumming of Lars.

3 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses

For children of a certain generation, this was the song that made us want to learn to play the guitar. It was the first riff that was difficult enough to teach us the value of practice until we nailed it. Iconic. Inspirational. Seminal.

THE reason I did this Google search. This is, in my humble opinion, THE BEST rock intro. I don't even like Slash, but he killed it here.

Gotta love this one. When I was first getting into rock music, this was my favorite.

4 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Just raw, fist-pumping, crowd-baiting rock 'n' roll. The purest distillation of everything AC/DC stood for.

A very catchy intro. It's what attracted me to the song. But Sweet Child O' Mine is better. I'm surprised Master of Puppets' intro isn't on the list.

The ultimate "pump up the crowd" song. The riff. The chant. It's legendary.

5 Your Betrayal - Bullet for My Valentine

This intro is definitely badass, but it should be number 2, and For Whom the Bell Tolls should be number 1 all by itself.

6 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
7 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

The most legendary intro in rock history and the most obvious winner on this list.

8 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Never heard something as amazing as this. The intro is absolute perfection. It's out of human reach. And I love how Jimmy Page improvises it on stage.

The intro to this legendary song transcends any form of human greatness.

Instantly known, even for those who don't like metal.

9 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
10 Layla - Derek & the Dominoes

I'm sorry, have you listened to this song? Then you know it should be number one.

The Contenders
11 Enter Sandman - Metallica
12 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

There's just nothing that compares. I dare ANYBODY to listen to that intro and not completely lose their composure, rocking the air guitar like there will be no tomorrow.

No intro to any song ever has, or ever will, come close to this beauty.

There's nothing much to say except this is one rocking intro!

13 Baba O'Riley - The Who

The Who were the first true masters of the intro, and this was their best. Remarkable considering it was very experimental. The power required by the synth loop machine, very advanced for the time, was so great that once the other instruments kicked in, the electricity to the synth was sapped, forcing Bonham to change his beat ever so slightly.

The Who - masters of epic song intros.

14 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

The intro is absolutely amazing, and the song itself is even better. 1: Money for Nothing 2: Hell's Bells 3: Wish You Were Here.

15 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth
16 What Lies Beneath - Breaking Benjamin
17 Caught Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
18 Time - Pink Floyd

I absolutely love the intro in this song. It's meant to take you on a journey.

19 Hero - Skillet
20 Am I Evil - Diamond Head
21 Live & Learn - Crush 40
22 Crawl - Breaking Benjamin
23 Battery - Metallica
24 Hotel California - Eagles
25 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

It is simply the best and most hooking intro of all time. It should be right at number 1 on this list.

Only thirty-second? Is this real life, or is this just fantasy?

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