Top 10 Song Intros Longer Than 2 Minutes

Songs with long intros take you to a long journey even before the singers start singing. Usually these songs are progressive rock or metal but there are exceptions.

Just to remind you, there are many songs that are shorter than 2 minutes, i.e. the entire songs are shorter than the intros to these songs. Songs with long instrumental intros require more work by the listener to fully appreciate.

The Top Ten

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

The intro is basically a bunch of space sounds. This makes me feel really comfortable and relaxed. I love it!

8:40 minutes. This was the first Pink Floyd song I ever heard and it blew my mind. I played it like 15 times in a row.
This intro is great and pretty long - there aren't many bands who played such intros. One of the songs with a longer intro is Deep Purple's April (8:50 min) which was released in 1969, before the Pink Floyd's song (1975). - Metal_Treasure

2 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

One of my favorite metal intros, 2:07 minutes. Just epic with that bell. - Metal_Treasure

I don't think that's too long

3 Time - Pink Floyd

This intro used to freak me out as a kid. - phillysports

Love this intro (2:15) and the whole song. - Metal_Treasure

Phillysports, I can understand you - basically the songs on this list aren't for kids. - Metal_Treasure

4 2112 - Rush

Iconic song and the intro is 4:25 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

5 April - Deep Purple

Vocals start at 8:50 into the song! And this is a song of 1969...
Deep Purple were so ahead of their time that this song never became popular and only their diehard fans know it. I heard this song for the first time in 2016 and I feel guilty...
Deep Purple deserve much more credits than they get. - Metal_Treasure

6 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris

The intro to this song of 2012 is pretty unique and I love it - extreme progressive metal with violins (2:50 minutes). Play the song sample to hear it.
I love these Aussies. - Metal_Treasure

7 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian

@visitor - I love Wheel Of Time intro but it is under 2 minutes (1:45) and it can't be on this list, which starts from 2 minutes. - Metal_Treasure

Wheel of time is a bit better in my opinion but this is amazing as well

Powerful, flawless and impressive symphonic metal intro (2:10 min long).
A song of 2010. - Metal_Treasure

8 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

A Change of Seasons, but also: Home, Octavarium and The Glass Prison as well

Such a beautiful song

9 Echoes - Pink Floyd

It's about 3 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

10 The Art of Dying - Gojira

Pretty unique and heavy sound (2:15 min long) - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Weltseele - Obscura

I love the dynamics of this intro (2:05 min). While the intro is pretty soft and melodic, the song after it is progressive death metal. This song came out in 2016. - Metal_Treasure

12 Lazy - Deep Purple

4:20 minutes - the whole song is 7:20 so the intro is over 50% of the song - Metal_Treasure

13 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
14 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Very, very long - EliHbk

15 The Mincer - King Crimson

It's over 3 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

16 Cygnus X-1: Book II Hemispheres - Rush

Absolutely sublime.

17 I Will Possess Your Heart (Album Version) - Death Cab for Cutie
18 Song for America - Kansas
19 Funeral Hymn - Exodus

I like this intro (2:05 min) and I basically listen to this song for the intro. Let the headbanging begin! - Metal_Treasure

20 Touching Tongues - Steve Vai

Length - 3:15. Steve Vai basically plays instrumental pieces so this long intro isn't a surprise. - Metal_Treasure

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Top Remixes

1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd
2. Echoes - Pink Floyd
3. Time - Pink Floyd
1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
3. Time - Pink Floyd



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