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    39 Songs With Opening Lines That Are Legitimately Iconic

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    You know those songs with iconic opening lyrics, where your head snaps up and your ears perk? And you immediately know what song is playing as ya prep to jam along?

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    Well, Reddit user u/herecomesacandle recently asked Reddit, "What’s the greatest opening lyrics to a song that you’ve ever heard?" and got some epic and classic responses.

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    Here are some of the best — and if your favorite isn't on here, leave it in the comments! 🎼

    1. "I read the news today, oh boy..."

    album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club with the Beatles and other famous figures painted together
    Parlophone Records Limited

    "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)


    2. "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death / I take a look at my life and realize there's not much left..."

    album cover of Gangsta's Paradise showing Coolio with skyscrapers lit in the background
    Tommy Boy Entertainment / Warner Records Inc.

    "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio feat. L.V. (Gangsta's Paradise, 1995)


    3. "It's Britney, bitch."

    album cover of Blackout showing Britney Spears looking at the camera while wearing a fedora
    Jive Records

    "Gimme More" by Britney Spears (Blackout, 2007)


    4. "When I was a young boy / My father took me into the city..."

    album cover of The Black Parade with a skeleton in a marching in a military dress
    Reprise Records

    "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance (The Black Parade, 2006)


    5. "I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand..."

    album cover of Excitable Boy showing Warren Zevon
    Asylum Records

    "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon (Excitable Boy, 1978)


    6. "Old man, look at my life / I'm a lot like you were..."

    album cover of Harvest with an orange circle on a yellow background
    Reprise Records

    "Old Man" by Neil Young (Harvest, 1972)


    7. "Theodosia writes me a letter every day..."

    album cover of Hamilton with the silhouette of Hamilton standing on a star, making the top point of it
    Atlantic Recording Corporation

    "Wait for It" by Leslie Odom Jr. and the Cast of Hamilton (Hamilton, 2015)


    8. "There must be some kinda way out of here / Said the joker to the thief..."

    album cover of Electric Ladyland showing Jimi Hendrix sining
    Reprise Records

    "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan (John Wesley Harding, 1967); covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience (Electric Ladyland, 1968)


    9. "Somebody once told me / The world is gonna roll me..."

    album cover of Astro Lounge with a building sticking out of a planet in space
    Interscope Records

    "All Star" by Smash Mouth (Astro Lounge, 1999) (The song starts at 0:37.)


    10. "Marky got with Sharon / Sharon got Sherice / She was sharing Sharon's outlook / On the topic of disease / Mikey had a facial scar / And Bobby was a racist / They were all in love with dyin' / They were doing it in Texas..."

    album cover of  Electriclarryland showing a cartoon drawing of a pencil stuck in a boy's ear
    Capitol Records

    "Pepper" by Butthole Surfers (Electriclarryland, 1996)


    11. "Coming out of my cage / And I've been doing just fine..."

    album cover of The Killers' Hot Fuss showing a hazy blue sky over high-rise buildings.
    Island Records

    "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers (Hot Fuss, 2004)


    12. "Hello darkness, my old friend..."

    album cover of Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. showing Simon and Garfunkel at a train platform
    Columbia Records

    "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel (Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., 1964)


    13. "A long, long time ago / I can still remember how / That music used to make me smile..."

    album cover of American Pie with Don McClean giving a thumbs up, while his thumb has the American flag with one star painted on it
    United Artists Records / Liberty Records / Capitol Records

    "American Pie" by Don McLean (American Pie, 1971)


    14. "Now this is the story all about how / My life got flipped, turned upside down..."

    album cover of Yo Home to Bel-Air showing Will Smith doing a jumping split
    Jive Records

    "Yo Home to Bel-Air" ("Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme") by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Yo Home to Bel-Air, 1992)


    15. "Let's get down to business..."

    album cover of Mulan showing Mulan riding her horse
    Walt Disney Records

    "I'll Make a Man Out of You" by Donny Osmond (Mulan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, 1998)


    16. "The world is a vampire..."

    album cover of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness showing different people on stars or clouds in space
    Virgin Records Ltd

    "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by The Smashing Pumpkins (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995)


    17. "Look / If you had / One shot / Or one opportunity / To seize everything you ever wanted / In one moment / Would you capture it / Or just let it slip?"

    album cover of 8 Mile showing Eminem walking down a road passing under a sign that reads, "8 Mile Rd Mobile Court"
    Aftermath Entertainment / Shady Records / Interscope Records

    "Lose Yourself" by Eminem (8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture, 2002)


    18. "Please allow me to introduce myself / I'm a man of wealth and taste / I've been around for a long, long year / Stole many a man's soul and faith..."

    album cover of Beggars Banquet with the name of the album and band written in cursive
    Decca Records

    "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet, 1968)


    19. "Oh, Mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law..."

    album cover of Pieces of Eight with a woman facing the viewer while her right eye is covered by the profile of another woman's head
    A&M Records

    "Renegade" by Styx (Pieces of Eight, 1979)


    20. "I hate every ape I see / From chimpan-A to chimpan-Z..."

    album cover of Songs in the Key of Springfield showing the Simpsons family and other characters
    Rhino Entertainment Company

    "Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z" by Troy McClure (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) (Songs in the Key of Springfield, 1997)


    21. "Oh, my, God, Becky / Look at her butt..."

    album cover of Mack Daddy showing Sir Mix-a-Lot sitting with his legs out of the seat of a gull-winged car
    American Recordings / Reprise Records

    "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot (Mack Daddy, 1992)


    22. "Hello? Is there anybody in there?"

    album cover of The Wall showing a brick wall with the name of the band and album written over it
    Harvest Records

    "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd (The Wall, 1979)


    23. "I wanna be the very best..."

    album cover of Pokemon 2.B.A. Master showing Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu running forward
    Koch Records

    "Pokémon Theme" by Jason Paige (Pokémon 2.B.A. Master, 1999)


    24. "We come from the land of the ice and snow / From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow..."

    album cover of Led Zeppelin III with different drawings of zeppelins, countries, planes, butterflies, and other things with the name of the album in bubble letters
    Atlantic Record Corporation

    "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin III, 1970)


    25. "Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today / To get through this thing called life..."

    album cover of Purple Rain showing Prince standing with his motorcycle as Apollonia watches from an open door in the background
    Warner Records inc.

    "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince and The Revolution (Purple Rain, 1984)


    26. "Early in the morning, risin' to the street / Light me up that cigarette, and I'll strap shoes on my feet..."

    album cover of Sublime showing Bradley Nowell's back with 'Sublime' tattooed across it
    MCA Records

    "What I Got" by Sublime (Sublime, 1996)


    27. "At first I was afraid, I was petrified / Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side..."

    album cover of Love Tracks with Gloria Gaynor facing the side as she holds a mic
    Polydor Records Ltd

    "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor (Love Tracks, 1978)


    28. "I hurt myself today / To see if I still feel / I focus on the pain / The only thing that's real..."

    album cover of American IV: The Man Comes Around showing Johnny Cash's profile in black and white
    American Recordings / Universal Music Group Nashville

    "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails (The Downward Spiral, 1994); covered by Johnny Cash (American IV: The Man Comes Around, 2002)


    29. "Am I loud and clear, or am I breaking up? / Am I still your charm, or am I just bad luck? / Are we getting closer, or are we just getting more lost?"

    album cover of Siren Song of the Counter Culture showing a speaker hanging from a track blaring music
    Geffen Records

    "Swing Life Away" by Rise Against (Siren Song of the Counter Culture, 2005)


    30. "Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba / Sithi uhm ingonyama..."

    album cover of The Lion King with Simba looking up into the sky from Pride Rock
    Walt Disney Records

    "Circle of Life" by Elton John (with Lebo M. singing the opening Zulu vocals) (The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1994)


    31. "Tonight, I’m gonna have myself a real good time / I feel alive / And the world, I'll turn it inside out, yeah / I'm floating around in ecstasy..."

    album cover of Jazz with concentric circles and repeating figures on bicycles across the bottom
    EMI Records Ltd / Elektra Records

    "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen (Jazz, 1978)


    32. "Ooga-chaka, Ooga-ooga / Ooga-chaka, Ooga-ooga..."

    album cover of Hooked on a Feeling showing Blue Swede in fur coats in the clouds
    EMI Records Ltd

    "Hooked on a Feeling" by B.J. Thomas (On My Way, 1968); covered by Jonathan King, who added the 'ooga-chaka' chants (Hooked on a Feeling, 1971); then covered by Blue Swede (Hooked on a Feeling, 1974)


    33. "ARE YE READY, KIDS?"

    album cover of SpongeBob Squarepants with Spongebob's face blown up
    Nickelodeon Records / Epic Records / Sony Music Soundtrax

    "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme" by Painty the Pirate (SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights, 2001)


    34. "ALL ABOARD! (maniacal laughter)"

    album cover of Blizzard of Ozz with Ozzy Osbourne holding a cross as he sits on the floor
    Jet Records

    "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne (Blizzard of Ozz, 1980)


    35. "There is a house in New Orleans..."

    album cover of The Animals showing the band members standing in suits
    Columbia Graphophone

    "The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals (The Animals, 1964); though it is a traditional folk song


    36. "I said a hip-hop, the hippie the hippie / To the hip, hip hop you don't stop / Rock it to the bang bang boogie / Say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat..."

    album cover of Sugarhill Gang showing members of the group rapping with mics to a crowd of people
    Sugar Hill Records

    "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang (as a single in 1979; Sugarhill Gang, 1980)


    37. "Carry on my wayward son..."

    album cover of Leftoverture with an old man writing with a quill

    "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas (Leftoverture, 1976)


    38. "Do you have the time to listen to me whine..."

    album cover of Dookie showing a drawing of a bunch of people and a giant explosion in the center as a plane flies way
    Reprise Records

    "Basket Case" by Green Day (Dookie, 1994)


    39. "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me / Speaking words of wisdom, let it be..."

    album cover of Let It Be showing headshots of all four Beatles in four squares
    Apple Records

    "Let it Be" by the Beatles (Let It Be, 1970)