31 Songs With Outrageously Epic Intros


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1. The Rolling Stones, ‘Start Me Up’

This is the sonic equivalent of a song revving.

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2. Arctic Monkeys, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor’

An intro that barrels in with the youthful energy of a bucket of puppies.

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5. Guns N’ Roses, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

Warning, epic riff ahead. Locate air guitar.

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7. The Arcade Fire, ‘Wake Up’

Layered like a ten-stack intro sandwich.

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9. ABBA, ‘Dancing Queen’

Entering on the wooooosh of a piano slide!

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10. Rage Against The Machine, ‘Killing In The Name’

30 seconds of deadly tension before BOOM!

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11. Baauer, ‘Harlem Shake’


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12. Dr. Dre, ‘The Next Episode’ ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg

Did the motherfucking D-O-Double-G even need an intro?

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14. Sweet, ‘Ballroom Blitz’

This soundoff intro was such rock & roll gold it’s been repurposed in other songs by bands like The The and My Chemical Romance.

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15. Beyoncé, ‘Crazy In Love’ ft. JAY Z

So joyous, so upbeat. Just like their love, yo.

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17. Dire Straits, ‘Money For Nothing’

Sting with an ethereal falsetto rising on a building wave of sound.

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18. Europe, ‘The Final Countdown’

So bad, it’s good. Same for the perms.

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20. Sir Mix-A-Lot, ‘Baby Got Back’

“Ah Mah Gawd, Becky look at her butt.”

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21. Lady Gaga, ‘Bad Romance’


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22. The Whites Stripes, ‘Seven Nation Army’

Here’s a song that knows how to strut in strong and sexy.

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24. Van Halen, ‘Hot For Teacher’

Difficulty rating 10 on that opening drum solo.

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25. Deep Purple, ‘Smoke on the Water’

Great riff? Or the greatest riff?

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29. INXS, ‘Never Tear Us Apart’

So chilling and sad it was used in Donnie Darko.

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30. Gerry Rafferty, ‘Baker Street’

Proof the sax needs to come back.

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31. Ludwig Van Beethoven, ‘5th Symphony in C Minor’

The world’s most famous four notes.

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