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

This was actually the first Pink Floyd song I remember hearing. - allamassal

2 We Will Rock You - Queen

Another One Bites the Dust did it for me. Having said that, it's not their best work by any means. - Gg2000

For me I can't remember if it was this or Bohemian Rhapsody. - allamassal

true - BreakFastBeast2005

No, it was We are the Champions thanks to two kids having fun together back at Covington summer camp. It's rather hell in Covington... - Kevinsidis

3 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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

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

This song got me into metal - Neonco31

4 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

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

5 Knife Party - Deftones
6 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Mine was actually Karma Police

Mine was Street Spirit - Userguy44

Lol mine was creep

7 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

8 The Final Countdown - Europe

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

Yes, that was the 1st song by them I ever heard. - Metal_Treasure

9 Buddy Holly - Weezer

Mine was Beverly Hills. - galaxyfox

Mine was Say it Ain't So. - Gg2000

10 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

Mine was Child in time - Userguy44

My first song of DP. - zxm

The Newcomers

? Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death
? Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

My 1st PF song, it blew my mind. Still love it. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Back in Black - AC/DC

Mine was Thunderstruck - Userguy44

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

12 Lunar Wilderness - Between the Buried and Me
13 Take on Me - A-Ha
14 Alison Hell - Annihilator

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

15 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.

I think my first Metallica song was the unforgiven - InsertCleverName

Mine was Fuel! - awesomedp900

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16 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

17 The Talisman - Iron Maiden
18 Sober - Tool
19 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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

Ramble On for me. - galaxyfox

20 It's My Life - Bon Jovi

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

21 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

22 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

This was my favorite song when I was 5 years old, and likely the first Evanescence song I heard. - allamassal

I heard My Immortal and then this. It's a pretty nice song. - Userguy44

23 Honey Bucket - Melvins
24 Seek & Destroy - Metallica

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

25 Loser - Beck
26 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth

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

Mine was peace sells - InsertCleverName

27 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
28 Cemetery Gates - Pantera
29 Cheri Cheri Lady - Modern Talking
30 Africa - Toto

I heard this followed by Hold the Line. - Userguy44

31 Ocean Man - Ween
32 Lizzie - Melvins
33 Forever Young - Alphaville
34 Wind of Change - Scorpions

Yup. - Userguy44

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
39 Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
40 Really Doe - Danny Brown
41 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

I think it was my first song by them - Metal_Treasure

This was my second AIC song - Userguy44

42 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
43 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

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

44 Limelight - Rush

My first Rush album was 2112, and so 2112 was my first Rush song I ever heard. And this is still my favourite! - Merkwurdigliebe

Mine was YYZ. This is a fun list. - galaxyfox

Mine was Tom Sawyer. - Gg2000

45 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC

Not their best song but it was good enough to make me like this band. A friend played the video for me. - Metal_Treasure

46 War Ensemble - Slayer

The first Slayer song I heard - christangrant

47 Little Sister - Queens of the Stone Age
48 Everyday - Bon Jovi
49 House of the Rising Sun - Animals

I still like it, but I prefer Don't Bring Me Down and We Gotta Get Out of This Place. - Gg2000

50 I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls
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Top Remixes (11)

1. Knife Party - Deftones
2. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
3. Buddy Holly - Weezer
1. Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
2. We Will Rock You - Queen
3. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
1. The Talisman - Iron Maiden
2. Enter Sandman - Metallica
3. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth

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