Over my past almost 30 years as a dj, i have heard a lot of songs, some are run of the mill, but there are some that grab you by the balls as soon as you hear the intro kick in.
This is my top 10 intro’s over the past 30 years. You may not agree with some of them, but when you hear them, you’ll go “OH SHIT YEAH”. These are in no particular order, as it’s hard to determin which is my all time favorite.
1. Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water “Smoke on the Water” is a song by the British hard rock band Deep Purple. It was first released on their 1972 album Machine Head. In 2004, the song was ranked number 426 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed “Smoke on the Water” at number twelve in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
2. Rammstein – Du Hast.
“Du hast” (German, “you have/thou hast”) is a song by German rock band Rammstein. The song was released as the second single from their second album Sehnsucht. It is also arguably the band’s most well known song, with “Feuer frei!” also being said to be their most well known song. The song has appeared on numerous soundtracks for films, most notably The Matrix, and is featured in the video game Guitar Hero 5.
The main guitar riff of the song shows a strong resemblance to Ministry’s song “Just One Fix”; the band themselves have stated Ministry as one of their primary influences.
3. Pantera – Walk. “Walk” is a song by Pantera, the song is released as the fourth single from their sixth album, Vulgar Display of Power. “Walk”‘s 12/8 time signature creates a distinctive “walking” rhythm and it contains one of guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s most famous riffs and solos
4. Metallica – One “One” is a song by heavy metal band Metallica. The song is released as the fourth single and fourth track of their fourth album …And Justice for All. “One” was also the band’s first Top 40 hit single, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is one of their most popular songs
5.Guns and Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” is the third single by American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, and the third from their 1987 debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction. Released on August 18, 1988, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band’s first and only number-one single, and reached number six on the UK Singles Chart.
6. Pearl Jam – Alive.
“Alive” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. “Alive” was Pearl Jam’s first single, and appeared on the band’s debut album, Ten (1991). Written by guitarist Stone Gossard, “Alive” originated as an instrumental titled “Dollar Short” and was included on a demo tape circulated in hopes of finding a singer for the group. Vocalist Eddie Vedder obtained a copy of the tape and wrote lyrics that describe a fictionalized account of the time when he was told that the man he thought was his father was not actually his biological parent.
“Alive” charted at number 16 in the UK (the single was available only through import in the US). Remixed versions of the song were included on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003), and the 2009 Ten reissue. Although the song was not a huge hit upon its release (peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart), it has endured as a fan favorite and a staple of rock radio since then, as well as one of the most requested songs at the band’s concerts.
7. AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie.
“Whole Lotta Rosie” is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the eighth and final track on the band’s fourth Australian album, Let There Be Rock, released in Australia in March 1977, and was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. It is also the eighth and final track on the international version of the album, released in June the same year.
It was also released as a single in 1978, with Let There Be Rock album track “Dog Eat Dog” as the B-side.
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird.
“Free Bird” is a song by the American southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was first featured on the band’s debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) in 1973, and has been included on subsequent albums released by the band.
Released as a single in November 1974, “Free Bird” became the band’s second Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1975, where it peaked at No. 19. A live version of the song also reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977, peaking at No. 38. Free Bird also achieved the No. 3 spot on Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
It is used as a finale by Lynyrd Skynyrd during their live performances, and is their longest song, often going well over 14 minutes when played live.
9. Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love.
“Whole Lotta Love” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It is featured as the opening track on the band’s second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was released in the US and Japan as a single. The US release became their first hit single, it was certified Gold on 13 April 1970, when it sold one million copies. As with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the UK, but singles were released in Germany (where it reached number one), the Netherlands (where it reached number four), Belgium and France.
In 2004, the song was ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed “Whole Lotta Love” at number three in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was placed 11 on a similar list by Rolling Stone. In 2009 it was named the third greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
“Whole Lotta Love” was recorded at various studios in New York and Los Angeles during the band’s second concert tour of the United States and assembled by Jimmy Page at Olympic Studios in London. Already part of their live repertoire, it saw its first official release on the LP Led Zeppelin II on 22 October 1969 (Atlantic LP #8236).
10. Slayer – Raining Blood. “Raining Blood” is the final track from thrash metal band Slayer’s 1986 album, Reign in Blood, and is the band’s signature song. It has become a live staple, played at every Slayer show since its release, and is featured on every Slayer live album and DVD.
Well, i hope you agree with my list, chances are you wont. Add comments below, and you never know, you might get a listeners list soon. Pitbull