The top 20 best song intros of all time

What’s the most incredible introduction to a song you’ve ever had the honour of hearing? See if it’s made the RouteNote team’s picks of the most iconic song intros of all time.

Writing music and want to start your track with a bang? From the bizarre to the fiendishly catchy, we’ve compiled twenty songs that the RouteNote team have decreed contain the best song beginnings of all time. Expect killer basslines and pure cheesy pop genius.

In the cut-throat world of digital music streaming, standing out means everything. Trigger-happy listeners on Spotify are just waiting to hit the skip button, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. Listen to these iconic song introductions and get inspired to write a killer intro to your own song.


Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love”

Charles Mingus – “Moanin'”

Thundercat – “Them Changes”

Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”

Screaming Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You”

Tame Impala – “The Less I Know the Better”

The Beatles – “Come Together”

Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”

Muse – “Uprising”

Pink Floyd – “Money”

Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams (Come True)”

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Europe – “The Final Countdown”

Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

Men At Work – “Down Under”

Gwen Stefani – “Rich Girl”

Meat Loaf – “Bat Out of Hell”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Zephyr Song”

My Chemical Romance – “Welcome to the Black Parade”

There you have it, the RouteNote team have spoken. But what would you say is best beginning to a track? Let us know your favourite song intro in the comments.

I write about music for RouteNote, sharing fun stuff, news, and tips and tricks for musicians and producers. Also a saxophonist and hater of marmalade.

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2 comments

    Ok, this is a pretty subjective list.
    I’m gonna add my 2cents.

    Stairway to Heaven – Iconic guitar intro learned by every guitarist
    Ticket to Ride
    Day Tripper – first use of feedback on record
    Whole Lotta Love –
    Brown Sugar
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash
    You Really Got Me (V.H. or the Kinks)
    Thunder Road
    Born to Run
    Free Fallin’
    Sunshine of Your Love
    Foxey Lady
    Purple Haze
    Voodoo Chile

    etc, etc, etc

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