What are the best song intros of all time?

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Hannah Jane Parkinson writes: It's one of the most important elements of a piece of music; it can raise a good track to a great one, and a great one to a sublime one. If you hear the intro to a much-loved track in a club it'll raise heartbeats and hands; if you're drinking coffee in some corner of France and the opening chords of a song you heard years ago start drifting from a jukebox, they'll act as a Proust's madeleine; and the tinkle of a piano can send chills up your spine if it was the first dance at your wedding.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/jun/19/what-are-the-best-song-intros-of-all-time-van-halen-new-order

5 thoughts on “What are the best song intros of all time?

  1. OK, there are hundreds of intros that grab my attention during the first few seconds. But were I to list, say, the top 50 (though I don’t intend to do this), I would hazard a guess that the band with the most entries in this top 50 would be….(Great British Bakeoff/Masterchef/Pop Idol pregnant pause)…AC/DC.
    Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Hells Bells, Problem Child, Whole Lotta Rosie, Shot Down in Flames, Shoot to Thrill, If You Want Blood, It’s a Long Way to the Top, Walk All Over You, You Shook Me All Night Long…..and many more, all courtesy Angus and/or Malcolm Young, Glaswegian-born brothers who emigrated down under at a very early age.

    Does anyone else have a contender with as many memorable intros? (I appreciate I’m biased towards the guitar riff !)

  2. Agree all three, Howard….all exceptional intros. However, what I was really after was the name of bands with multiple exceptional intros. Having said that, I guess Led Zep, The Who, and G’n’R will all be up there (‘I Can’t Explain’?)…..yeah, too many to contemplate. There is a covers band comprising men of a certain age called ‘Gums and Noses’. My favourite band name will always be ‘Ken Dodd’s Dad’s Dog’s Dead’ however!

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