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Best Opening Riffs Ever

Who Are You
The Who (Who Are You [Bonus Tracks])

5. Who Are You-The Who


From the crash of that cymbal, to Pete's mad scientist obsession with keyboards, to that guitar sound that launched a million air guitar players, The Who's most famous song is hands down their greatest opening riff

Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run)

4. Born To Run-Bruce Springsteen


Bruce wanted to make a big sounding album, harking back to the Phil Spector days with his wall of sound; well he did it, all right. Max Weinberg's opening drum beat mixed with Clarence Clemmons sax, layered on top of the rest of the E Street Band's sound, make this opening riff feel like you walked into a hurricane.

Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones (Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2))


3. Jumpin Jack Flash-The Rolling Stone


Keith and Brian Jones guitars just melt your face away, as Bill Wyman's bass and Charlie Watts's drum beats make you want to jump out of your head, cue Mick, cue piano and bang, you are gone, as the greatest rock song ever made starts off.

Derek and the Dominos (Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs)

2. Layla-Derek And The Dominos

As Eric became Derek, his fingers became electric as the most famous opening in rock history starts and you realize, maybe the lord, did have a hand in Eric Clapton's talent

All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix Experience (The Ultimate Experience)

1. All Along The Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix version


The Experience take this Dylan track to a ridiculous level of insanity, as Jimi chimes in with his magic guitar riffs, this intro and song reach a spiritual level, That's why this is the greatest opening riff in the history of rock music....