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

Till 8:40 I thought it was instrumental :-)

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 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 2112 - Rush 2112 - Rush

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

4 Time - Pink Floyd

I haven't even noticed the intro was so long, I thought it was around half a minute. It's so good time flies while listening to it. - Alkadikce

One of the best intros ever. Roger Waters makes that clock ticking with his bass I believe. - Userguy44

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

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

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5 The Art of Dying - Gojira

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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
10 A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater

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

Such a beautiful song

The Contenders

11 Echoes - Pink Floyd

It's about 3 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

12 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

13 The Architect - Haken

Probably one of my favorite intros to a song in recent years. It starts with a low synth that builds up to this chaotic riff, afterwards is some great guitar playing and drumming which all ends at the 3:00 minute mark to open us with the first verse.
Amazing song and the intro is more than enough to get you hooked. - cjWriter1997

14 I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab for Cutie

Nearly 5 minutes of intro! I was wondering what was up when I first heard the full version of this song. - willvberry

15 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
16 The Mincer - King Crimson

It's over 3 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

17 Lazy - Deep Purple

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

18 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Very, very long - EliHbk

19 Cygnus X-1: Book II Hemispheres - Rush

Absolutely sublime.

20 Song for America - Kansas
21 The Trend - Annihilator

2:30. And in the intro there are TWO solos by Jeff Waters - Metal_Treasure

22 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations

The full album version is almost 12 minutes long. The vocals come in at the 4:02 mark. Four straight minutes! - Gg2000

23 Rush - Xanadu

The intro to this song is absolutely fantastic and clocks in at exactly 5 minutes. I don't know how you guys forgot about this song or posted it sooner

24 Urn, Pt. I: And Within the Void We Are Breathless - Ne Obliviscaris
25 Intra Venus - Ne Obliviscaris

Singer starts at 2:12 - Metal_Treasure

26 Freezing Moon - Mayhem
27 Fool's Overture - Supertramp

Intro is 5:25 long, whole song is 10:53, intro is basically half of the song. One of my favorite of all time too.

28 Knights of Cydonia - Muse

Vocals kick in at around 2:10, which is surprising for a 6-minute song.

It is very tasty : it starts with sound effects, then harmonized ahs kick in over a rythmic acoustic riff. This then switches into a very distorted guitar solo over a synth riff and a galloping bassline. Later, a trumpet kicks in, with guitar arpeggios on top. Very agreeable. - JoLeKosovo

29 Faith & Decision - Versailles

Probably the most epic 7 minute intro I have ever heard from a metal band. It has symphonic elements, great drumming, a bass solo and some of the most craziest, fastest, tastiest, mind-blowing but melodic guitar solos. The rest of the song maintains its epicness with the brilliant musicianship this band offers.

30 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

31 Touching Tongues - Steve Vai

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

32 Never a Word - Deep Purple

2:30 (a song from the album Bananas, 2003) - Metal_Treasure

33 Swalla - Jason Derulo

Note, an intro is a part of a song without vocals.

It more than two minutes and I love that song

34 Lazy Song - Bruno Mars

It really is sad no one read the title. It's not "Songs longer than 2 minutes," it's "Song INTROS Longer than 2 Minutes."

It's ok that song

35 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

Rock ballad with a duration of 9:08

I don't think you understand what a song "intro" is. The intro has no vocals. The vocals start here 1 second in.

36 Foreplay / Long Time - Boston
37 Child in Time - Deep Purple

I didn't add this - intro is under 2 minutes. - Metal_Treasure

38 Hospital for Souls - Bring Me the Horizon
39 Home - Dream Theater
40 Vincent - Car Seat Headrest
41 Fixxxer - Metallica
42 Empire of the Clouds - Iron Maiden

This is a song where I don't define intro in the traditional way: I consider the first 7 minutes an intro, although it contains singing. - Alkadikce

43 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
44 Visions - Haken Visions - Haken
45 Forget Not - Ne Obliviscaris

The singer starts at 6:20 into the song - Metal_Treasure

46 Bring the Sun / Toussaint l'ouverture - Swans

If I had to describe the intro in one word it would have to be "explosive"

It's hits you with the same riff throughout but each time it plays it gets even more and more intense it seems. Not to mention it all "explodes" unexpectedly from the beginning, sure to leave quite the impact. The rest of the song that follows is amazing as well too - cjWriter1997

47 Close to the Edge - Yes

The introduction is 4:00 long. It takes you on several twists before you hear the main melody. - Gg2000

48 Sorrow - Pink Floyd

Extremely underrated. One of the best Pink Floyd post-Waters songs. - Merkwurdigliebe

49 I Need a Lover - John Mellencamp

The vocals come in around 2:30. It's different from the other stuff on the list because it's not even a metal or prog song! - Gg2000

50 Damage, Inc. - Metallica
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List StatsCreated 26 Oct 2017
Updated 16 Aug 2019

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Top Remixes

1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd
2. The Art of Dying - Gojira
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
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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