Top 10 Rock Songs with the Most Recognizable Intros

There are many legendary classic rock songs which are still loved to this day. However, there are only a number of songs, which are instantly recognized from the first few seconds alone. Even if you are not a huge fan of rock music, you may still recognize these songs based on their intro.
The Top Ten
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

Even if you're not a huge fan of grunge rock, or Nirvana, you may have at least heard this widely popular song once. That intro alone, is memorable which says it all.

2 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple Cover Art

Ah, yes. That iconic riff that everyone knows. Everyone has heard this riff at least once in their lives, as it has been covered using different instruments.

Ah yes, also from Beavis and Butt-head.

3 Highway to Hell - AC/DC Highway to Hell - AC/DC Cover Art

One of AC/DC's most popular songs. Hearing the first few riffs in the beginning will instantly let you know.

4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

I'm kind of surprised this wasn't added before. This song's intro is iconic and instantly recognizable.

Yeah, the intro where Freddie, "Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?" is very recognisable indeed.

5 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

Talk about great way to be introduced to a band! The first thirty seconds of this memorable song are known to almost anyone, and this song also happens to my personal favourites. This song has also been used in Megamind towards the end of the movie.

6 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art

The song that nearly everyone of all ages has heard of from that rhythm alone. In fact, this most likely was the first rock song you've heard in your life. This classic song is regarded as a staple to play for almost any occasion. Along with "We Are The Champions" this song is played at commonly played at many sporting events. Seriously, you didn't go to a sporting event if you didn't hear this song.

7 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art
8 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

Also regarded as that song with that unnecessarily long intro, this song is heavily popular thanks to its usage in many films and television shows, the most notable one being in Family Guy, where Peter is singing karaoke.

9 Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey Cover Art

Another classic song that is instantly recognizable to everyone regardless of what music they listen to. The first few piano notes give away this song instantly and it's a perfect song to play almost anywhere.

10 Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art
12 Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen Cover Art
13 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

Considered one of Led Zeppelin's most legendary songs of all time. No matter how often or little you've heard this song, you can remember the opening of that soft playing guitar.

14 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

While this song is mostly known for being a meme about incest in Alabama, with the help of that, it has made this song a recognizable one. Also just like "Bad to the Bone" this song repeating the title kind of gives it away already.

15 Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cemetery Gates - Pantera Cover Art
16 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Cover Art
17 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Cover Art

Pretty much any song on The Black Parade album comes with its own recognizable intro, with this song being the most iconic one and is where the g note meme came from.

18 Hotel California - Eagles Hotel California - Eagles Cover Art
19 Roundabout - Yes Roundabout - Yes Cover Art
20 Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull Cover Art
21 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Cover Art
22 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Cover Art
23 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Cover Art
24 In the End - Linkin Park In the End - Linkin Park Cover Art
25 Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith Cover Art
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