What is the best instrumental opening to a rock song?

Earnest Farr writes ...

What a great question. I don’t know if there’s a definitive answer to this question, but there are certainly some tunes that can’t be left out of the list of greatest rock intros ever. In no particular order, and from the perspective of an old fart, I submit….

“Threshold”, the intro to Steve Miller Band’s “Jet Airliner”

The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”

Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”

Boston’s “Foreplay / Long Time”

Heart’s “Crazy on You”

Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”, one of the most indelible bass lines ever

Al Stewart’s minute-long piano solo intro to “Year of the Cat”

James Gang’s “Funk #49”

Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath”

Pink Floyd’s “Money”

Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

“Eruption”, the intro to Van Halen’s cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” (my vote for best ever)

Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon”

Grateful Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower”

Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla”

Blue Oyster Cult’s “Burning for You”

Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion”

Primus’ “Tommy the Cat”

Yes’s “Roundabout”

Led Zep’s “When the Levee Breaks” (my second pick after “Eruption”)

Outlaws’ “Green Grass and High Tides Forever” (my third place pick)

That’s enough for now. Hope you enjoyed it.

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