What's the best first 10 seconds of any song?


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Lonely is the Night by Billy Squier

11 seconds, but close. What I think sets it apart from other lead ins is that it's basically self-contained and not actually done by Billy Squier even, just a short starting guitar riff that is awesome but has little to do with the rest of the song.
I actually think the opening horn riff to YMCA is one of the most propulsive pieces of music ever written. Gets me pumped up every time.


It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan.
As much as I hate myself for saying it, given everything that happened after:

Shinobi vs. Dragonninja
There could be tons of choices from Metallica: Master of Puppets, Battery, Sanitarium, Blackened, Moth into flame, Unforgiven, Wherever I may roam and so on and so on. The band is THE definition of cool intros.

Wait what? no Judas Priest yet?? what the hell

Judas Priest - Painkiller

I like you sir. A lot. I'll add Hell Patrol from the same album, it's insane.
Ain't it Funny by Danny Brown. Love how it kicks into full gear IMMEDIATELY.
Ya all agree didn't like the album that much but man it has some really good songs and this one just throws you right in.

I also love "Jeopardy" by run the jewels begging becuase we going to bang this shit up!!!!

Gets you pumped as hell for the spectacular album coming up


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- Prince - Take me With U
- Van Halen - Ain't Talkin About Love
- Metallica - Ride The Lightning
- Mastodon - March of the Fire Ants
- Mastodon - Iron Tusk
- Iron Maiden - The Trooper
- RTJ - Oh My Darling Don't Cry
- High on Fire - Rumors of War (I'm cheating, but Pike's grunt at the 14 sec mark makes me want to kick things)
- The Ronettes - Be My Baby
- Heart - Barracuda
- Dandy Warhols - Get Off
- Muse - Plug in Baby
- Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
- Nine Inch Nails - Last
- Biggie - Kick in the door
- Blue Oyster Cult - Don't fear the reaper
- Titus Andronicus - Dimed Out
- Nirvana - Smells like Teen Spirit (most obvious choice, probably why no one mentioned it)

QuantumSquid said:
Ain't it Funny by Danny Brown. Love how it kicks into full gear IMMEDIATELY.
This is a good pick because it's the moment where the album gets very experimental with its instrumentals. It's the song that got me hooked on AE
Took way too long for someone to mention Sweet Child of Mine. Also second All Along the Watchtower.

Another I'll mention: Domino the Destitute by Coheed and Cambria. A but longer than but when the guitar oivks up, guh.
Incoming overlong list based on my playlist

Holland, 1945 is the best song in ITAOTS in my opinion because of that initial impact of the 10 seconds.

BOB's incredible. Best song in the Outkast discography, and such a stunning intro.

Miami Disco - Perturbator

Let's Go Crazy - this speech goes for longer than the first 10 seconds but holy shit this song is perfect this album is perfect fuck Sgt. Pepper this is the GOAT album

Tennis Court - This is such a great thesis statement for why Pure Heroine is a modern masterpiece

DNA, Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe, Alright, King Kunta

All Of The Lights, Power, Monster, Hell of A Life, Runaway, Touch the Sky, Bring Me Down, On Sight, Gorgeous, Black Skinhead (the best 10 seconds of air drumming ever), Bound 2, Father Stretch My Hand Pt. 1, Famous, Wolves, Fade, Love Lockdown, We Don't Care, All Falls Down, Jesus Walks


Ziggy Stardust, Life On Mars

One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love, hell every song in Discovery

Edit: HOW DID I FORGET RUN AWAY WITH ME AND EMOTION AND BOY PROBLEMS AND HIGHER? I shall listen to Emotion 5 times and Side B 3 times in penance for my missed opportunity to shill Godly Rae Jepsen.