Top 10 Songs with a Guitar Solo in the Intro

Usually the guitar solo is somewhere in the middle of the song but not in the songs on this list.
As a rule, solos in the intro aren't very long but there are exceptions.

What you hear in the intro to Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses isn't a solo - it's just a melodic riff that creates a stand-alone melody.
There are many other songs where one may confuse a melodic riff with a solo.

The Top Ten Songs with a Guitar Solo in the Intro

1 Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5 - Pink Floyd

Both the song and the solo are just awesome. - Metal_Treasure

2 Fade to Black - Metallica
3 The Sails of Charon - Scorpions

The song starts with a great and catchy riff, and then comes the incredible solo by Uli Jon Roth. And then the first verse.
Awesome and unique song by the Scorpions, mostly for the guitar work and its unusual composition. I guess there weren't many songs with solos in the intro circa 1977. - Metal_Treasure

4 Captor of Sin - Slayer

Long and crazy solo...and after it comes the riff. It's pretty unusual.
An underrated Slayer song that I love. It's great for headbanging.
On the sample you can hear the end of the solo and beginning of the riff. - Metal_Treasure

5 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest

The song starts with a solo! (and not just a solo in the intro) - Metal_Treasure

6 The Trend - Annihilator

There are two very good solos in the intro by Jeff Waters - not very long but are fast and technical, and overall, impressive. There's also a regular solo in the middle of the song that is longer than the intro solos.
A song of 2010. - Metal_Treasure

7 Hall of the Mountain King - Savatage
8 Good Mourning/Black Friday - Megadeth

You can hear part of it if you play the song sample - Metal_Treasure

9 Legions - Savatage
10 Towards Dead End - Children of Bodom

A very pleasant death metal song with a short yet cool solo in the intro - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Children of Bodom - Children of Bodom
12 Rising from Ruins - Judas Priest

Guardians - #1 Intro for Rising from Ruins

13 Augment of Rebirth - Between the Buried and Me
14 Somebody Calling - Robin Trower
15 March of Time - Helloween
16 Wake Up Dead - Megadeth

There are several spoken words before the solo but it's still part of the intro - Metal_Treasure

17 Devil's Island - Megadeth
18 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
19 Deadhead - The Devin Townsend Band
20 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
21 Parker's Band - Steely Dan

This one's different from the rest of the stuff on here, but it does qualify. It has a neat guitar solo that takes the space of a whole verse. - Gg2000

22 Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan

A common trope among slow blues songs in general is to kick off the song with a solo before the first verse. - Gg2000

23 Illusive Golden Age - Augury
24 I Live for the Weekend - Triumph

Rik nailed that song - Metal_Treasure

25 Plug in Baby - Muse
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