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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:06 PM   #1
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Best rock song intro?

I was just listening to Dire Straits' Money for Nothin' and I thought to myself, this has got to be one of the greatest intros to a rock song there is. The building synths, the drum beats that add a little bit more each loop, the building crecendo, all the way to the ultimate climax: a rocking solo guitar riff. The rest of the song I think is okay, but that intro is awesome.

So what do you guys think? What are some of the greatest intros in rock history?

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:09 PM   #2
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Baba O'Riley..best intro ever!
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:11 PM   #3
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Hot For Teacher by Van Halen has the best drum intro ever!

Here's the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6HFaLdU6JA
(skip that first minute of intro)
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:15 PM   #4
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Michael Jackson's "Bad" is pretty good.
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:15 PM   #5
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from the top of my head:

ac/dc - thunderstruck
deep purple - smoke on the water
the jam - town called malice ( you hear about 3 notes of the intro and you KNOW your foot is going to gain its own life)
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:15 PM   #6
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It's just too bad that I have no way of listening to some of these and future ones that will be posted. iTunes previews are usually in the middle of a song.

Another one to salivate over: Foreplay/Long Time by Boston or Renegade by STYX

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Either "Down With The Sickness" by Disturbed or "Demonheart" by Luca Turilli...
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:17 PM   #8
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and I second Baba O'Riley.
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:22 PM   #11
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Good idea livingfortoday. This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7IEQZSdDf0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmQyIamtRCY

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Hot For Teacher by Van Halen has the best drum intro ever!

Here's the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6HFaLdU6JA
(skip that first minute of intro)
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For best rock intro there are many good ones, Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Child" (or 'Chile' if you prefer), then there's Kiss with "I want to Rock and Roll all Night", and Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirt" comes to mind...

My favorite is the intro to Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend". He's actually really good at writing good rock intro's. Other good ones from him are "Sick of Myself", "Holy War", and "Ugly Truth Rock" to name a few.
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:26 PM   #13
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Money - Pink Floyd
Oh God, yeah... Those cash registers just set my heart a-flutter.

Another one i love the intro for is the Who - Won't Get Fooled again...

why is that the newer bands don't seem to register as having great intros like some of the older rock bands?
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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:26 PM   #14
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ozzy - crazy train
I second that one. That intro made the song famous.

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 07:33 PM   #15
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Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody To Love"....one of my fav song intro's.
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Baba O'Reilly is good, I agree.

Sunday, Bloody Sunday comes to mind as well.
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ozzy - crazy train
Best intro ever!
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Sunday, Bloody Sunday comes to mind as well.

Agreed...plus the video of Sunday Bloody Sunday by Bush on Youtube was great
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Thunderstruck is the first that came to mind
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I had an avalanche of awesome rock song intros as soon as I read the title for this thread!

"Betrayal" - Apocalyptica
"Root Of All Evil" - Dream Theater
"The Glass Prison" - Dream Theater
"Master Of Puppets" - Metallica
"Wishful Thinking" - John Petrucci

That's all... for now
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Ray Charles, What'd I Say
Spinal Tap, Stonehenge
Throwing Muses, Honeychain
Deep Purple, Lazy
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Spinal Tap, Stonehenge
But only because they turn it up to 11.

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Old Dec 11, 2006, 08:24 PM   #23
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"Bat out of Hell" - Meatloaf
"Hotel California" Eagles
"Hounds of Love" - the Futureheads
"With a Little Help from my friends" - Joe Cocker
"Sympathy for the Devil" - Rolling Stones
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - The Beatles

I guess I better stop there! Everytime I type one down, I think of a new one!
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down with the sickness, by disturbed (personally my favorite rock song overall, if you ignore the bit at the end where he's screaming about his mother...)
or Crawling in the Dark, by Hoobastank. Just the first 10 or 15 seconds are so awesome.
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  • Thunderstruck - AC/DC
  • Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N' Roses
  • Holy Grail - Hunters and Collectors
  • Khe Sanh - Cold Chisel
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • Baba O'Reilly - The Who
  • You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
  • Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
  • Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
  • Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
  • Wind of Change - The Scorpions
  • We Will Rock You - Queen

All top openings, from classic riffs to classic opening lines these are some top notch rock anthems.
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