My top eleven favourite intros

Posted: January 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is a list of my favourite intros. I would love some feedback, but please bear in mind that I’m a young teenager. So don’t expect any Johnny Cash…

The key to a good intro is the variety of sounds it brings in the thirty seconds or so there is of it. If there is to be one part of a song to grab the listeners attention with emotions and a swing it’s the intro. I would also like to point out that I like all these intros equally, and I don’t have any particular preferences, the list is at a point where I couldn’t narrow it down any further.

My first in the list is an obvious choice- Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. A perfect example of range in sounds and the intro goes for thirty three seconds.

Hardest Button To Button by The Whites Stripes is the second in the list.  It lasts thirty seven seconds and is arguably the list’s most simple.

Kings of Leon’s The Bucket is up next. Whoo! And I love the drums in this one. Twenty seven seconds.

Now comes The Strokes and Reptilia. A very cool and catchy intro. Same as no. 2 on thirty seven seconds.

Everlong by Foo Fighters. Thirty one seconds and very rock and roll.

A Certain Romance can’t be forgotten and The Arctic Monkeys have held this one for a healthy minute and eighteen seconds. A very long, catchy and rock and roll intro.

Evening/Morning by Bombay Bicycle Club is possibly the most summer-like intro on the list. Thirty three seconds.

VCR by The XX is probably the only intro on the list with a song that has a xylophone. Thirty three again.

New York City Moves To The Sound Of L.A is, out of all the intros, the one that makes you most feel like you’re at a party. Forty eight seconds.

Last but by no means least is another ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ (Bombay Bicycle Club album) classic with Lamplight. Another thirty seven second intro.

Because ten is too mainstream (joking) I have to include Last Night by The Strokes. Twenty seven seconds.

Others that came close

I really love the Dinosaur Jr track ‘Almost Fare’. Just by Radiohead is great but too short. Sweet Sour by Band of Skulls is again great, but there just isn’t that much of it. It’s not really an intro, but the voice in Little Acorns is too good to leave out of the post. A White Stripes classic. The bit when they actually start playing is pretty hardcore.


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