So What Are Your Favourite First tracks off Albums...


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Hi all,

I think that the first track on an album is very important as they set the scene for the rest of the album.

Here are a few recent favs of mine:

Killers – Jenny Was A Friend of Mine
Lykke Li – Youth Know No Pain
Santigold – LES Artistes
Santigold – Go !
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
Kills – Future Starts Slow
MGMT – Time To Pretend
TV on the Radio - Halfway Home

What are your favourites?


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A few that I noticed scanning my playlists

Slayer - Hell Awaits, Angel Of Death, South Of Heaven
Iron Maiden - Aces High, The Wickerman, Different World
Metallica - Blackened, maybe 'Hit The Lights' aswell
Lostprophets - Everyday Combat
Papa Roach - To Be Loved
System Of A Down - Suite-Pee
Foo Fighters - Bridge Burning
Nofx - Soul Doubt, Linoleum

I guess the first song is heard the most so you end up liking it even if it's not very good. I like Iron Maiden's 'Invaders' but it's a weak song, I've listened to it so much I don't even noticed the jarring key change in the chorus anymore.

Can you remember cassette tapes and vinyl, it was almost like having 2 first tracks.
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A few more that spring to mind

Kate Bush - Running Up The Hill
The The - Infected
Lone Justice - I Found Love


1) janie jones - by the clash from the clash
2) let's get it on - by marvin gaye from let's get it on
3) smells like teen spirit - by nirvana from nevermind
4) white light/white heat - by velvet underground from white light/white heat
5) radiation ruling the nation - by massive attack vs mad professor from no protection


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War Pigs - Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Break on Through - Doors - S/T
Baba O'riley - The Who - Who's Next
Question - The Moody Blues - A Question of Balance
School - Supertramp - Crime of the Century
21st Schizoid Man - King Crimson ITCOTCK
Whole lotta Love - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Ghosts of Perdition - Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Here to stay - Korn - Untouchables
The Lamb Lies down Broadway - Genesis - Lamb Lies down on Broadway
More than a Feeling - Boston - S/T
Under my Wheels - Alice Cooper - Killer


Made a list but with about 30-40 songs and lots of multiples from the same band/artist, I'll try to cut it down and then lost it.


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I think generally first tracks are good tracks. Unless of course the first track is "Intro".

A few that come to mind...

John Mayer - No Such Thing
John Mayer - Queen of California
Keith Urban - Put you in a song
Keith Urban - Kiss a Girl
Kenny Chesney - The Boys of Fall

BT Bob

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I guess anything by Pink Floyd - but that's how their albums work.

As a one-off? Laundromat by Rory Gallagher...


Let's have the lot ! :)
This is my thinned out list ;):

David Bowie - Five Years
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - Born Too Loose
Julian Casablancas - Out Of The Blue
Little Joy - The Next Time Around
Lou Reed - Vicious | Berlin
Love - Alone Again Or
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
Pulp - Mis-shapes
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Love Comes in Spurts
T. Rex - Mambo Sun
Television - See No Evil | Glory
The Cars - Good Times Roll
The Clash - London Calling | The Magnificent Seven
The Doors - Break On Through (to the Other Side) | Strange Days | The Changeling
The Hives - Hate to Say I Told You So
The Kinks - David Watts
The Libertines - Vertigo
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter | Paint It, Black
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
The Stooges - Down on the Street | Raw Power
The Strokes - Is This It | What Ever Happened | You Only Live Once | Macchu Picchu
The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning | White Light/White Heat | Candy Says | Who Loves the Sun
The White Stripes - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground | Seven Nation Army | Icky Thump
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof | Horchata
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A few off the top of my head:

Welcome to The Jungle - Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction
Hells Bells - AC/DC, Back in Black
Where the Streets Have No Name - U2, Joshua Tree
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors, Morrison Hotel

....will think of a few more and edit this post


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Great idea for a thread! Some of these kick off some of my favourite albums but I think they're all a great first song. So many remind me of playing an album for the first time and thinking "Whoa!" :)

Ghost - Slash, Slash
Let It Rock - Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet
Lay Your Hands On Me - Bon Jovi, New Jersey
It's My Life - Bon Jovi, Crush
I Wanna Be Adored - Stone Roses, Stone Roses
Rock n Roll Star - Oasis, Definitely Maybe
Hello - Oasis, What's The Story Morning Glory
F***in' In The Bushes - Oasis, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
Riverboat Song, Ocean Colour Scene, Mosely Shoals
Hundred Mile High City - Ocean Colour Scene, Marchin' Already
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve, Urban Hymns
The Changingman - Paul Weller, Stanley Road
Jailbird - Primal Scream, Give Out But Don't Give Up
Place Your Hands - Reef, Glow
Come Together - The Beatles, Abbey Road
Back In The USSR - The Beatles, White Album
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles, Sgt Pepper
All I want To Do Is Rock - Travis, Good Feeling
Baba O'Riley - The Who, Who's Next
Welcome To The Jungle - GnR, Appetite For Destruction
Monkey Business - Skid Row, Slave To The Grind
Club Foot - Kasabian, Kasabian
Forever - Charlatans, Us and Us Only
Twice As Hard - Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker
Reverend Black Grape - Black Grape, It's Great When you're Straight
The Fun Lovin' Criminal - FLC, Come Find Yourself
Jenn Was A Friend Of Mine - The Killers, Hot Fuss
Slash and Burn - Manic Street Preachers, Generation Terrorists
Enter Sandman - Metallica, Black Album
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way
Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs, Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA
Gettin' High - Ian Brown, Golden Greats
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? - REM, Monster
Airbag - Radiohead, OK Computer
Alright - Cast, All Change
Leave Home - Chemical Brothers, Exit Planet Dust
Ashes - Embrace, Out Of Nothing


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Arctic Monkeys - View From The Afternoon
Strokes - Is This It/What Ever Happened?
Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
Tame Impala - It Is Not Meant To Be

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