Top Ten Songs with Unnecessarily Long Intros

I just think this song intros are too long,not bad.And when a intro is to long or not it depends on the length of the song.
The Top Ten
1 Spirit Horse of the Cherokee - Manowar Spirit Horse of the Cherokee - Manowar Cover Art

It's a bizarre song start to finish so...

2 Aces High - Iron Maiden Aces High - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Other Iron Maiden songs with unnecessarily long intros:
El Dorado (the first 25 seconds are just noise and than the same thing for another 35 seconds)
The Talisman (the first two minutes are a self-ripoff of The Legacy from the previous album, and that country-metal style doesn't fit the rest of the song)
If Eternity Should Fail (speaks for itself)
Judgement of Heaven
Flash of the Blade

3 Into the Crypts of Rays - Celtic Frost Into the Crypts of Rays - Celtic Frost Cover Art
4 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer Cover Art

I noticed that in the 70s and 80s, many rock and metal bands used long intros with sounds. Maybe it was well accepted back then but I agree with you in general - I also wanna go straight to the music.

I actually kind of like it, it is a pretty effective build up to what's to come, but I don't like that the outro is the same as the intro and just feels pointless and it is longer

5 Eagle Fly Free - Helloween Eagle Fly Free - Helloween Cover Art
6 Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

For me the intro is the best part of the song and I play only the intro on a loop, haha. This is my favorite metal intro even though this isn't my favorite metal song and Megadeth aren't my favorite metal band. Just shows how different people are but I'm not saying that being different is a bad thing.

The intro is the best part of this song though and the reason I like Megadeth

7 Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf Cover Art
8 Sails of Charon - Scorpions Sails of Charon - Scorpions Cover Art

I agreed again - I would gladly skip 50 seconds of wind sound.

9 Holy Diver - Dio Holy Diver - Dio Cover Art
10 I Need a Lover - John Mellencamp I Need a Lover - John Mellencamp Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat Bohemian Rhapsody - Lil Meerkat Cover Art

Justin Bieber hate got old? No problem, we've got our next scapegoat!

Is the intro that long?

12 Speed King - Deep Purple Speed King - Deep Purple Cover Art

This song was written to be an opener to their live shows and has that improvisation air to it meant to get the crowd into the mood. But I would shorten the intro a little bit.

It is a pretty good intro even though it is pretty long the only thing I don't like is their so much static to the sound, like he was playing too close to the mic

13 Baba O'Riley - The Who Baba O'Riley - The Who Cover Art

It's about one minute long and the first 40 seconds are very repetitive - because the melody is pretty simple, it quickly gets annoying, at least to me.

14 Witching Hour - Venom Witching Hour - Venom Cover Art
15 Tarot Woman - Rainbow Tarot Woman - Rainbow Cover Art
16 Octavarium - Dream Theater Octavarium - Dream Theater Cover Art

This should be #1. The song starts off with a pre-intro (yes, that's a thing) which is a filler that lasts for 4 minutes. Then that is followed up with another acoustic portion (the main intro) that again lasts for another 4 minutes pushing the total intro length to 8 minutes. Can you believe that? 8 minutes. On average, most songs barely even lasts for 4 minutes.

I listened to this song while doing homework because I failed not to switch to something else in other situations.

The intro is the reason that I think this song is one of the most overrated songs of all time

17 Will You Be There - Michael Jackson Will You Be There - Michael Jackson Cover Art
18 Anime Narrator (Caw Caw) - Lil Mosquito Disease Anime Narrator (Caw Caw) - Lil Mosquito Disease Cover Art
19 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

The intro is pretty long because of the bass solo and guitar riffs following after, but I like it.

Takes up half the song.

20 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys Cover Art

The version on the "Greatest Hits" album has an unnecessarily long instrumental intro with just the beat. The one on the "Backstreet's Back" album has it edited out.

21 Feeling Blue - Big Baller B & Lil Mosquito Disease Feeling Blue - Big Baller B & Lil Mosquito Disease Cover Art
22 Pay Day - Lil Flexer Pay Day - Lil Flexer Cover Art
23 Orion - Metallica Orion - Metallica Cover Art

Sometimes I think the fading in part feels too long.

24 I Caught Myself - Paramore I Caught Myself - Paramore Cover Art
25 Blackwater Park - Opeth Blackwater Park - Opeth Cover Art

While I won't deny that Opeth is really good, they can be pretty boring to go through as I feel like their pacing can be really sluggish. And while "Blackwater Park" is a fantastic song, the two-minute intro and the first acoustic solo after the first verse go on far longer than they really should have In my opinion. I'm fine with the rest of the song, but those two sections can get pretty monotonous and boring at times.

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