Under my Thumb and Out of Time.
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I don't know if these are the best but off the top of my head here are some favorite songs where I really love the intros.
Guns N Roses: You Could Be Mine
Metallica: Disposable Heroes
Rolling Stones: Paint It Black
Blind Guardian: Sacred Worlds
Warning you will feel epic after the first 2 mins of this song.
Yes I woke up very angry this morning.
Higher and Higher by The Moody Blues.
In addition to the rocket launch at the beginning of the song, Higher and Higher also features one of my favorite lead guitar riffs performed by Justin Hayward. It is also the lead song on the the album "To Our Children's Children's Children", which is a classic Moody's theme album about space and children inspired by the events of its time (1969).
Somewhere Over the Rainbow when performed by Eva Cassidy. Very, very, moving I think.
Judy Garland's version, a classic, is too romantic for my taste. I find that Eva's intro, and her whole treatment as well takes this out of the childhood fantasy of Garland, converting it to an adult expression of hope and desire.
That's how I feel it anyway.
Mapmans nomination about Higher & Higher is good. I never realized it was a rocket taking off. I gotta go listen again tonight on vinyl. The Moodys certainly had a few great albums with cool intros. " ...and now to suit our great computer you're magnetic ink".
But I've got to say "School" by Supertramp is pretty cool. Hearing the kid scream in a good system brings chills to the spine.
It is, of course, impossible to name a "best" in any definitive way. But a song with an excellent beginning that I've enjoyed hearing recently is The Seekers' "Love Is Kind, Love Is Wine" .
That its solo segments feature Judith Durham's angelic and incredibly pure voice adds to its appeal that much more.
Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith
In the Light - Led Zeppelin
Over Under Sideways Down - Yardbirds
Somebody Call me a Doctor - Van Halen
War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Do It Again - Steely Dan
Join Together - The Who
Can You Hear the Music - Rolling Stones
Welcome to the Club - Joe Walsh
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns and Roses
Getaway - Earth Wind and Fire
Thankyoufalletinmebemiceelfagin - Sly and the Family Stone
I could go on
Back in '72/'73 there were three albums that came out with a heart beat as the first song/intro.
Tull's "Passion Play"
Floyds, "Dark Side of the Moon"
I quite often wondered how they all came about to be released around the same time with the same intro. I figured the producers were out slamming ales somewhwere in Great Briton and got to talking about music production. I could hear them in the morning, " Ive gah' a brilliant eye-deeya. We'll star' wih' an arhbeyt."