The most fantastic music intros

You know what they say. First impressions can go a long way, something musicians know quite a bit about. When it comes to songwriting, here are the best examples of artists who knew how to hook us straight from the off. Take it away, folks.

You Really Got Me - The Kinks

Doo doo doo doo doo. Doo doo doo doo doo. 

See, already, you are hooked. This 1964 No.1 track may be getting on a bit, but that opening, razor-sharp guitar riff has been running through our heads for near 50 years now. 

Although this was Ray Davis and co's third single release, it was certainly their career milestone - soaring to the top of the charts and inventing a whole new sound of rock n' roll. When we said before that intro is razor sharp, we weren't joshing. Dave Davies sliced up his guitar amplifier with a razor blade and poked it with a pin to create the famous fuzziness of the riff.

How soon is now? - The Smiths 

Like the noise of a dying freight train, these opening few moments from The Smiths' 1985 single have haunted us for years. 

Alongside the music, it also contains some of the most stunning opening lyrics. 

"I am the son, and the heir, of a shyness that is criminally vulgar. I am the son and heir, of nothing in particular." (The lyrics are a re-working of the classic lines from George Eliott's Middlemarch.) 

The self deprecation is exquisite. The song is instilled in pop culture forever as a result, a handy accolade. Russian pop duo TATU liked it so much, they did a cover. 

Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols

Thrashing drums, thrashing guitar, thrashing everything. The Sex Pistols 1976 punk rock storm of a record was very much a rutting whale of a song. 

Alongside the heavy thumping staccato hits - the song is another frontrunner for best opening lyrics EVA. Opening lyrics that would pretty much define the band's entire mythology, in fact. 

Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren described the song as: "a call to arms to the kids who believe that rock and roll was taken away from them."

I am an antichrist. I am an anarchist. 

The Modern Age - The Strokes

Instantly recognisable at indie clubs for the next two million years, the New York ragamuffins sure made a good impression when they sent their demo LP to recently revitalised UK label Rough Trade. 

Those oh, so memorable fizzy guitars paved the path for a maelstrom of hype - with the label reportedly signing up The Strokes after hearing 30 seconds of this track. 

"Up on a hill is where we begin/This little story a long time ago"

Smells like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Another utterly memorable guitar riff that could give the game away in a battle of Name That Tune within mere moments. 

The track, dubbed an "anthem for apathetic kids" catapulted Kurt Cobain's grunge band into unwanted fame. Cobain himself said he wrote the track trying to rip off The Pixies. 

It is frequently cited as one of the best songs of all time. 

Doo doo doo doo doo! 

Tell us some of your favourite song openers. 


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