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The Greatest Openers Ever

Not much to explain, here are my favorite album openers of all time in order.(in my humble opinion)
1AFI
Sing The Sorrow


Miseria Cantare- The Beginning- An absolute masterpiece. This is the most frightening and chilling song I've ever heard, this is the definition of a good way to start an album.
2Radiohead
Hail To The Thief


2+2=5- This contains some of the best lyrics ever, And the guitar plug-in at the beginning sends the chills, and throughout the whole song until the abrupt ending do I feel intrigued.
3Thrice
The Alchemy Index: Vols. I and II...


Firebreather- The sirens at the beginning sets the tone for this angry and wonderful song. The melodic chanting that fades out affirms this as one of the great beginnings ever.
4Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation


Teenage Riot- A very emotionally connecting song, and is likely my favorite Sonic Youth song.
5Radiohead
Amnesiac


Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box- The percussion start is great, with the infectious beat that comes in over it starts in the wonder of the song.
6Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


Shine On You Crazy Diamond(Part One)- One of the most adorned songs of all time, I have to agree. From the guitar beginning to the saxophone ending, this song has classic written all over it.
7Smashing Pumpkins
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness


Mellen Collie And The Infinite Sadness- This simply wonderful piano piece is a grand starter for Mellen Collie.
8The Acorn
Glory Hope Mountain


Hold Your Breath- This is an epic opening track from some of indie's finest.
9Radiohead
In Rainbows


15 Step- This desolate track is masked behind its up-beat electronica pattern and Thom's cool delivery.
10AFI
Decemberunderground


Prelude 12/21- A very effective gang chant makes this interesting AFI song even better.
11Interpol
Our Love To Admire


Pioneer To The Falls- A sad and lonely song that is the only highlight off of the disappointing Our Love To Admire.
12The Mars Volta
Frances The Mute


Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus- 13 minutes of pwn, not much else to say.
13Muse
Black Holes And Revelations


Take A Bow- Politically charged and grand its scope. The song has a great feel of corruption and insight, which is what the lyrics capture as well.
14Nine Inch Nails
Year Zero


Hyperpower!- Hyperpower! is a brooding, violent instrumental that opens the album fantastically. It really represents the unsettling confusion and tension that's part of Year Zero.
15Foo Fighters
In Your Honor


Still- Despite my feelings on Foo Fighters being mediocre, the second disc of In Your Honor is quite remarkable, and this interesting and emotionally connecting song is excellent.
16Explosions In The Sky
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place


First Breath After Coma- Quite an opening to an album, this epic and slow building song really lets you know what you're in for.
17Gorillaz
Gorillaz


Re-Hash- Such a soothing and happy song. The very relaxed vocal delivery makes me smile every time.
18King Crimson
In The Court Of The Crimson King


21st Century Schizoid Man- Schizoid Man is a very abstract jazz song and is quite inventive for 1969.
19Queens Of The Stone Age
Era Vulgaris


Turnin' On The Screw- An un-conventional dance song but probably one of the best I've heard, the distorted guitar mixed with the rough sounding beat is quite pwn.
20Mute Math
Mute Math


Collapse- Short but sweet, the song is very powerful, the charging snare drum pattern along with Paul Meany's croons starts the album very well.
21Nine Inch Nails
The Fragile


Somewhat Damaged- A creepy but great acoustic guitar starts in until the pure anger of the song takes over.
22Radiohead
Kid A


Everything In It's Right Place- The main thing that excels about the song is Thom's wonderfully layered vocals, it really captured the mood that the song is after.
23Muse
Origin Of Symmetry


New Born- A desolate sounding beginning to Muse's masterpiece.
24Pink Floyd
Animals


Pigs On The Wing(Part One)- This is a sweetly sung ballad by the masters, nothing much to it but is quite excellent.
25Mastodon
Leviathan


Blood And Thunder- If I were to ever show someone a metal song, it would be this one. It is tightly wrapped and well compact.
26 Jane's Addiction
Ritual De Lo Habitual


Stop- A Jane's Addiction track by the books, rocking and fun.
27Gorillaz
Demon Days


Intro- A tongue-in-cheek gloomy track that doesn't last long, but sets the album up very well.
28Metallica
Ride The Lightning


Fight Fire With Fire- A rather carefree, melodic guitar part starts the song, which is quite rare for Metallica, then starts in the loudness and what we've come to expect from the band.
29Billy Talent
Billy Talent II


Devil In A Midnight Mass- One of the darkest and most violent songs ever in pop-rock, Devil In A Midnight Mass is a great song with a sinister guitar riff and some chilling vocal delivery.
30The Mars Volta
The Bedlam In Goliath


Aberinkula- This is a great sample of The Mars Volta: a loud, crazy almost bi-polar way of progressive.
31Faith No More
The Real Thing


From Out Of Nowhere- The title holds true to the song itself, it feels like a spontaneous combustion of rock.
32Nine Inch Nails
Pretty Hate Machine


Head Like A Hole- The classic Nine Inch Nails song that I couldn't not include, giving the world the classic line: "Bow down before the one you serve, you're going to get what you deserve."
33Massive Attack
Mezzanine


Angel- A mind-numbing bass riff fading in opens up this unsettling and heavy opener.
34Incubus
Light Grenades


Quicksand- Although this isn't a good sample of the general sound of Light Grenades, it's still as interesting as hell.
35Sonic Youth
Goo


Dirty Boots- A transforming song, going from the easy sleezy guitar riff to the angry chants at the end.
36Cream
Disraeli Gears


Strange Brew- A very soothing, mellow yet not mellow track. The falsetto vocals are quite catchy.
37 Jane's Addiction
Nothings Shocking


Up The Beach- The bass riff sets the tone for the song, and the album for that matter.
38Coldplay
Viva La Vida


Life In Technicolor- One of the only electronica infused songs by Coldplay, A rather epic tune to start off with.
39The Beatles
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band


Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band- A rocking track for the Beatles. It's the iconic opener to the classic album.
40Attack In Black
Marriage


Come What May- A refreshing starter to a refreshing album
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