Top Ten Songs That Start With a Lyrical Cold Open

What on earth is a lyrical cold opening? I stole it from the website TV Tropes, who call it a Lyrical Cold Open (I decided that the word "opening" sounded better). Basically, this list is about songs where the lyrics come in at the very beginning of the song. No intro, no riff, no fade in, nothing. These songs don't have to start off acapella (though they can); it's okay if an instrument plays along with the vocalist at the very beginning. Feel free to add to this list; if you do, tell me more about how each song starts.

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Gg2000, I have an idea. About 3 years ago I made a list with a similar idea so you can go to that list and choose songs to add to your list, I don't mind. Currently there are 42 songs on my list so you have many songs to choose from. List - Top 10 Songs With No Instrumental Intro.
I worked independently (I didn't use T.V. Tropes or other sites) and my top 10 is different, the only song that appears in the top 10 of both lists is Bohemian Rhapsody, at #1. - Metal_Treasure

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? " I think it's fair to say that all of you just recognized that and probably sang along too. - Gg2000

One of the best songs of all time. - RadioHead03

Phenomenal song with phenomenal acapella opening, possibly one of the most famous ones of all time. Screw Lil Meerkat's cover by the way. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

2 Supper's Ready - Genesis

"Walking across the sitting room, I turn the television off." I find it interesting that one of the best 70s prog songs starts with the vocals coming in straightaway. - Gg2000

One thing's for sure, this exquisite song should rank above Overemian Ratedapsody.

3 Nowhere Man - The Beatles

John, Paul, and George sing the intro acapella, in harmony. - Gg2000

Wonderful! - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

4 Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones

The song starts with Mick Jagger singing "She would never say where she came from". It makes you wonder where he's going next. - Gg2000

5 What is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin since he has four of the if not the greatest musicians of all time.
If you listen to John bottom, it's almost abandon itself. Any drummer would agree that he is the best.
John Paul Jones is one of the most underrated magicians ever, he can and still does play any instrument he wants to.
Jimmy page was and still is considered one of the best guitarist in the world. And finally who else has the range, emotion and the ability to write mystical and mind altering lyrics. " all that lives is born to die" "what is and should never be" " to find a queen without a king", " as sure as the dust floats high in June" And how about finishing off with if the sun refused to shine I would still be loving you. That's the short version

Robert Plant sings the line "And if I say to you tomorrow" right before the band comes in. - Gg2000

6 Basket Case - Green Day
7 Please, Please, Please - James Brown & The Famous Flames

The song starts with James singing "Please, please, please, please! " at the top of his lungs. Way to get people's attention. - Gg2000

8 Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
9 The Crystal Ship - The Doors

Jim Morrison sings the first two words by himself and finishes the phrase with the rest of the band. - Gg2000

10 Sky's the Limit - The Notorious B.I.G.

You missed a lot of rap hits for this list...
"Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
(***Instrumental sample starts***)
How's everybody doing tonight? " - Joeljohns249

The Contenders

11 Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
12 Mother - Pink Floyd

The song starts with Roger Waters and his acoustic guitar, asking "Mother, do you think they'll drop the bomb? ". - Gg2000

13 I've Seen All Good People - Yes

The band sings the intro acapella. This was the first Yes song I ever heard; the harmonies blew my mind. - Gg2000

14 Fuel - Metallica

Why was this not on the list...
"Gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme double which I desire! " - Joeljohns249

Gimme food, Gimme fries, Gimme salad on the side! - Userguy44

One of the best Metallica songs.

Gimme 2 gimme 5 gimme salad on the side! - TheDarkOne_221b

15 Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas
16 Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd

No, this has a few notes before the vocals start, it's not a lyrical cold opening.

17 All Star - Smash Mouth

Somebody once told me!... - Userguy44

18 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis

This is the first one that came to mind, which I was going to add if it wasn't already here. I should have known you'd already have it covered. Ha! - Britgirl

"Well since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell". That's probably one of the most iconic song intros from the 50s. - Gg2000

19 Think About Us - Little Mix
20 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

Are you gonna take me home tonight?
Ah, down beside that red firelight
Are you gonna let it all hang out?
Fat bottomed girls
You make the rocking' world go 'round - Userguy44

21 We are the Champions - Queen
22 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
23 Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance


24 Hey Jude - The Beatles
25 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
26 Somebody to Love - Queen
27 Stan - Eminem
28 Buddy Holly - Weezer

The most brutal opening ever. The vocals are utterly perfectly synchronized with the singing. - JoLeKosovo

29 Not Afraid - Eminem

You missed another great hit on the list...
" I'm not afraid (I'm not afraid)
(***Melody starts***)

To take a stand (to take a stand)
Everybody (everybody)
Come take my hand come (come take my hand)..." - Joeljohns249

30 Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley

How could anyone forget this classic...
"Well, it's one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, cat, go" - Joeljohns249

31 Natural - Imagine Dragons
32 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

Every time they play it on the radio, I jump when I hear Carl Wilson sing the first note. - Gg2000

33 Renegade - Styx
34 The Memory Remains - Metallica
35 The Pot - Tool
36 Voices - Rev Theory
37 Get Rhythm - Johnny Cash
38 Delicate - Taylor Swift
39 Burn the House Down - AJR
40 All My Loving - The Beatles

"Close your eyes and I'll kiss you..." - Gg2000

41 Idiot Wind - Bob Dylan

"Someone's got it in for me; they're planting stories in the press." - Gg2000

42 Demons - Imagine Dragons
43 Some Nights - Fun.
44 Hippy Hippy Shake - Georgia Satellites
45 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
46 Get Busy - Sean Paul

Goes straight into “SHAKE DAT TING”.
- TheDuttyGyal

47 Jazzman - Carole King
48 Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons

Demons counts. This does not. - Gg2000

49 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane

"When the truth is found to be lies..."
Queen's "Somebody to Love" also counts. - Gg2000

50 The Sky is Crying - Stevie Ray Vaughan

"The sky is crying! " What a way to kick off a song. - Gg2000

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1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Somebody to Love - Queen
3. Hey Jude - The Beatles
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2. Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
3. Supper's Ready - Genesis
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