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 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

"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.

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

2 Supper's Ready - Genesis Supper's Ready - Genesis Cover Art

"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.

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

3 Nowhere Man - The Beatles Nowhere Man - The Beatles Cover Art

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

Wonderful!

4 Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones Cover Art

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

5 What is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin What is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Contenders

11 Mother - Pink Floyd Mother - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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

12 Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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

13 Thank God It's Christmas - Queen Thank God It's Christmas - Queen Cover Art
14 Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas Cover Art
15 I've Seen All Good People - Yes I've Seen All Good People - Yes Cover Art

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

16 Fuel - Metallica Fuel - Metallica Cover Art

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

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

One of the best Metallica songs.

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

17 All Star - Smash Mouth All Star - Smash Mouth Cover Art

Somebody once told me!...

18 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Cover Art

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!

"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.

19 Think About Us - Little Mix Think About Us - Little Mix Cover Art
20 Hey Jude - The Beatles Hey Jude - The Beatles Cover Art
21 We are the Champions - Queen We are the Champions - Queen Cover Art
22 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Cover Art

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

23 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston Cover Art
24 Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance Cover Art
25 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art
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