Top 10 Songs that Were the First Song You Heard by a Music Artist

This is if you remember what was the first song you ever heard by an artist. From my experience, not always the first song is their best song.

You can also tell us how it happened - whether you heard it on the radio, somebody gave you a CD, sent you a link, and so on. Did you like this first song? Did this song remain your favorite song by this artist or later you discovered songs you liked better?

The Top Ten

1 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

When I first got into metal, and I heard the riffs, that riff was the most complicated riff I had ever heard. And things like this took my attention towards Iron Maiden. - zxm

Hallowed Be Thy Name was my first, I think. But this song is good also. - Lucretia

Mine was Flash of the Blade, followed by Hallowed Be Thy Name. - Metarock

A friend played this song for me. Then gave me the album. Love for life. Later I liked better HBTN but The Trooper is still maybe my #2. - Metal_Treasure

2 Knife Party - Deftones
3 Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd

This actually was the first Pink Floyd song I heard, my grandma sang it to us fro not eating our food. - Lucretia

4 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Mine was actually Karma Police

5 Painkiller - Judas Priest

I think Breaking the Law was my first by these guys, but Painkiller is definitely better in my opinion. - Metarock

I think it was Behind The Realm Of Death or something, don't remember the exact title, but this was the second. - Lucretia

When I first heard this song I loved Judas Priest Forever - christangrant

This song got me into metal - Neonco31

6 We Will Rock You - Queen
7 Buddy Holly - Weezer
8 Walk - Pantera

I believe this was the first Pantera song I heard and I really liked it and the rest is history as a lot of people know Pantera is my favorite band - christangrant

This was my second Pantera song. Cowboys From Hell was my first. - Metarock

9 Lunar Wilderness - Between the Buried and Me
10 Sober - Tool

The Newcomers

? Creep - Radiohead

The Contenders

11 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Of course, it's their only well known song. - Lucretia

My first song of DP. - zxm

12 Alison Hell - Annihilator

A friend told me about this song and band. Still in my top 5 favorite Annihilator songs. - Metal_Treasure

13 Honey Bucket - Melvins
14 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Still #1 Deep Purple track for me. Later discovered many songs - to me Perfect Strangers is probably #1, too. - Metal_Treasure

15 The Talisman - Iron Maiden
16 Enter Sandman - Metallica

I heard this for the first time several years ago, I can't remember how, though. Yes, it was my first. - Metarock

The first Metallica song I heard. - SteelCity99

First I heard, when I was 7 I think. it was this or seek and destroy. - EliHbk

17 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

For me, Black Dog, I used to like this band a lot more. - Lucretia

I think Kashmir was my first Led Zeppelin song. - Metarock

18 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

My first Whitesnake song I heard. I heard it on the radio one day going to school...I actually didn't get to hear half the song because my mom changed the station because she didn't want to hear the song. But I liked what I heard so much, I immediately went and found the song and listened to it...ever since then I've loved the song, probably one of my favorite songs ever. After that, I started listening to other Whitesnake songs, which I also loved (Whitesnake is probably my second favorite hard rock band), and while Here I Go Again is probably my favorite of theirs still, other Whitesnake songs come very close to a favorite as well. - Element119

One of the first songs I heard on the radio, which was around 10-11 years ago. Still nostalgic to this day. - wrests

This song really moved me. Currently my favorite Whitesnake song is Crying In The Rain. - Metal_Treasure

I have heard this song on my moms car radio sense I was a little kid. - Lucretia

19 It's My Life - Bon Jovi

Made me check out their discography, still one of my favorite songs by them. - Metal_Treasure

20 Seek & Destroy - Metallica

This was the first Metal and Metallica song I heard after that I fell in love with the band - christangrant

21 Back in Black - AC/DC

First AC/DC song I heard on the radio and still a favorite of mine. - SteelCity99

22 Loser - Beck
23 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth

I heard Hangar 18 first, and then this. - Metarock

24 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
25 Cemetery Gates - Pantera
26 Cheri Cheri Lady - Modern Talking
27 2112 - Rush
28 Ocean Man - Ween
29 Really Doe - Danny Brown
30 The Final Countdown - Europe

I eventually realized they had other great songs. But this is still great. - jrodz

31 Octavarium - Dream Theater
32 Madhouse - Anthrax
33 Lizzie - Melvins
34 Forever Young - Alphaville
35 Spirit Crusher - Death

The song that got me into death metal - christangrant

36 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

This was my first maiden song too. The intro drum beats were great. - zxm

I think this was the first Maiden song I heard - christangrant

37 Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
38 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Actually no, it was a different song, not this one, I don't remember the name. - Lucretia

39 Wind of Change - Scorpions
40 Practice What You Preach - Testament
41 Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
42 The Red - Chevelle
43 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
44 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
45 Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth
46 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

Heard it on the radio. Later liked other songs, too, especially Dream On. - Metal_Treasure

47 War Ensemble - Slayer

The first Slayer song I heard - christangrant

48 Little Sister - Queens of the Stone Age
49 Limelight - Rush

Freewill, I think it was for me. - Lucretia

50 Everyday - Bon Jovi
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Top Remixes (9)

1. Knife Party - Deftones
2. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
3. Buddy Holly - Weezer
1. The Talisman - Iron Maiden
2. Enter Sandman - Metallica
3. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
3. Back in Black - AC/DC

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