Top 10 Songs that Left You in Awe When You First Heard Them

Songs that blew your mind because you heard something that impressed you.
These are mine, please add yours.

The Top Ten

1 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

The very first Blind Guardian song I heard. It was so amazing and epic that I started listening to more. The song And Then There Was Silence is one of my favorite songs EVER! My other favorites by Blind Guardian are The Bard’s Song: In the Forest, Sacred Worlds, and Age of False Innocence. - PhoenixAura81

When I first heard this I was in shock... at how Amazing this was - christangrant

My jaw dropped when I first heard this song... - Metal_Treasure

@Say10 - not only the intro, everything. Composition, instrumental performance and the vocals, especially at 7:00-7:10 ("ah ah ah ah"), which sounds as if a female (soprano) sang it and not a baritone metal singer. Even though I knew Hansi can do everything with his voice and morph it like nobody else, this really surprised me. - Metal_Treasure

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3 Sacred Worlds - Blind Guardian

I will never be able to choose between this song and Wheel of Time (also by Blind Guardian). But I remember that this one impressed me more after the first listen. Currently both impress me equally. - Metal_Treasure

4 One - Metallica

This impressed me every single time I have listened this song. I thought, this is a metal masterpiece. - Userguy44

5 Stargazer - Rainbow

Dio’s vocals, enough said... - Userguy44

6 Floods - Pantera

It sent me to another world. That outro is breathtaking. - Userguy44

Badass - TheDarkOne_221b

That Guitar Solo and Outro left me speechless - christangrant

7 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris

Just when I thought nothing in music could surprise me... I heard this! It was Oh My God. Still is. - Metal_Treasure

8 Painkiller - Judas Priest
9 Voice of the Soul - Death

I was in shock, It was so jaw-dropping...Legendary! - Ananya

Yep, I was blasted with awesomeness - Arcxia

10 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Incredible song from start to end. - Userguy44

This song made Iron Maiden one of my favorite bands. - PhoenixAura81

Oh yes. No doubt about it. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Child in Time - Deep Purple

This song made Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden get interested in heavy/hard music and buy his first album. - Metal_Treasure

12 Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen

Outta this world. - Metal_Treasure

13 Un Amore Grande - Peppino Gagliardi
14 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

Absolutely. And I was hooked. - Metal_Treasure

15 Over the Wall - Testament
16 Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam
17 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
18 Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria
19 Bleed - Meshuggah

The time signatures got me. - Userguy44

I didn't know the full extent of djent until I heard this. I was instantly hooked, and I haven't looked back. - Zalazaar

This is djent baby! Drumming is incredible! - Metal_Treasure

20 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Yes, this song did leave me in awe - vocals are so emotional! And perfect. - Metal_Treasure

I love this song! - PhoenixAura81

21 I Am - Theocracy
22 Arc-Lite - Coroner
23 Square Hammer - Ghost
24 Idioteque - Radiohead
25 Paradise - Coldplay

I think this song actually did leave me in awe the first time I heard it. - allamassal

26 Sanageyama - Dat Adam

Imagine the following:

There is this new (German) band everyone talks about at the moment. You remember that two of the three members originally were well known YouTubers, but also that they deleted all their content. Most YouTubers-turned-musiciams get immediately panned, but not them, so there must be something special about them, right?. Their first hit is "Hydra 3D", which has an expensive music video set in a spaceship. The sound remotely resembles hip hop, but even more 90s electronica. And yeah, despite the Autotune, their raps are nice and awesome, and they actually criticize superficiality of modern day music, but in a light-hearted and easy going way. "Yeah that's cool" I thought and listened to all of the album. The first 4 tracks (including "Hydra 3D") are just what the single suggested: an experimental electronica/hip hop mix (what would later be called cyber rap or cyber hip hop, and their counterculture became cyber hippie) that ...more - Martin_Canine

27 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
28 Revolution - Tomorrow
29 Modane Train - Symphonic Slam
30 Chopped in Half - Obituary
31 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
32 Rise Like a Phoenix - Conchita Wurst
33 Kim - Eminem
34 Opera 2 - Dimash Kudaibergen

This is a live performance (2017, China) and is so fun to watch although it's bizarre and extremely difficult to sing. It's full with slides up (glissando) to very high notes. - Metal_Treasure

35 Morphine Child - Savatage
36 Mana - Equilibrium
37 Reptile - Nine Inch Nails

As I said in my remix of this list ~
"The song that made me a NIN fan. Incredibly impressive stuff and super fun to listen to. Feels like a horror movie soundtrack."

Best part about this song is that it's almost 7 minutes long, so there's plenty of great moments to fall in love with in this song. - cjWriter1997

38 Elite - Deftones
39 Lunar Wilderness - Between the Buried and Me
40 Arriving Somewhere but Not Here - Porcupine Tree
41 Right in Two - Tool
42 Demanufacture - Fear Factory
43 Halo - Machine Head
44 Valhalla - Blind Guardian
45 The Walk - Periphery
46 Pardon Me - Incubus
47 Blackbird - Alter Bridge
48 Mein Teil - Rammstein
49 Lateralus - Tool
50 5 Minutes Alone - Pantera
8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top 10 Songs You Played 5 or More Times in a Row After You First Heard Them Most Annoying Songs If You Have Heard Them a Million Times Top 10 Songs that Were the First Song You Heard in a Music Genre Music Artists You Probably First Heard on the Radio Top Ten Songs that Everyone Has Heard but Won’t Know Anything Else About Them

List Stats

100 votes
74 listings
2 years, 194 days old

Top Remixes

1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
2. Over the Wall - Testament
3. Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam
1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris
1. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Floods - Pantera
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.