What's the best track one to open up an album

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An absolute master lead off track to a masterpiece album is Arcade Fire with "the suburbs" which is also the name of the Grammy winning album. Truly great album that starts off great and goes right through.
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bagger05 said:

My Name is Jonas was a great opener for the Blue Album.

Always thought Helena Beat did a great job setting the tone for Torches by Foster the People.


Spot. On.

Great album. Wife and I spent many a start to a road trip with Helena Beat kicking things off.
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"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" - Hangin' Tough album, New Kids on the Block
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Plant?
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Nirvana - Nevermind - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Metallica - ...and justice for all - Blackened
Metallica - Metallica - Enter Sadnman
Metallica - Master Of Puppets - Battery

I may be a little biased
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Tool - Aenima - stinkfist
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captainsubtext said:

Rocks Off - Exile on Main Street, Rolling Stones
That's my favorite Stones opener.

Intro on XX sets the mood of that album perfectly. I never would have expected it to be so widely used later on.

Some more of my favorites:

Meatplow - STP
Turtles All the Way Down - Sturgill Simpson
Awake - Tycho
Rock 'n' Roll Star - Oasis
Magheetah - My Morning Jacket
Immigrant Song - Led Zepp
Never Meant - American Football
You On The Run - The Black Angels
The Trip - Still Corners

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Plainsong - Disintegration (The Cure)
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62strat said:

Junkhead said:

chris93 said:

Wouldn't It Be Nice -- Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

For an opening combo of tracks: Sailin' Shoes/Hey Julia/Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley from Robert Plant's "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley" album back in the early 70s is pretty strong.

I think he meant this guy.. Robert Palmer




Wait a minute...The guy who sang "Stairway to Heaven" isn't the guy who sang "Addicted to Love"?!?!
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I know it's tough to come to grips with, but you might as well face it.
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Israel's Son-Silverchair Frogstomp album

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Ghost91 said:

Detroit Rock City - Destroyer
Let It Go - High & Dry
Good call on both!

Other nominations:

Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil on the Shout at the Devil album
Molly Hatchet's Whiskey Man on Flirtin with Disaster album
YES Owner of a Lonely Heart on 90125
Van Halen And the Cradle Will Rock - Women and Children First album
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Max Power said:

Master of Puppets - Battery
And Justice For All - Blackened

BAH TAH RAY!!!!!
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KISS -- Duece -- Alive...
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Gimme All Your Lovin'--Eliminator
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BourbonAg said:

Gimme All Your Lovin'--Eliminator
Synthesizer era ZZ Top is the WORST.
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Some more selections, picked mainly because I like the tone they set for the album.

Windfall (Son Volt - Trace)
Garden Grove (Sublime - ST)
Homebrew (311 - Grassroots)
Run The Jewels (Run The Jewels - RTJ 1)
Definition (Black Star - ST)
Speed Trials (Elliott Smith - Either/Or)
Head Like a Hole (NIN - Pretty Hate Machine)
E-Pro (Beck - Guero)
Frank Sinatra (Cake - Fashion Nugget)
Dry The Rain (The Beta Band - 3 EPs)
Flume (Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago)
My Own Summer (Deftones - Around the Fur)
Farewell Transmission (Songs: Ohia - Magnolia Electric Co.)
Near to the Wild Heart of Us (Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Us)
Halfway Home (TV On the Radio - Dear Science)
Black Mirror (Arcade Fire - Neon Bible)
3rd Planet (Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antartica)
Intro (The xx - ST)
World In My Eyes (Depeche Mode - Violator)
Big Beast (Killer Mike - RAP Music)
Long Live A$AP (A$AP Rocky - LONG.LIVE.A$AP)
Crawlersout (Purity Ring - Shrines)

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MW03 said:


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A lot of good answers so far. Just to throw a few new ones into the mix (off the top of my head) . . .

The One Thing - INXS' Shabooh Shoobah
What you need - INXS' Listen Like Thieves
Suicide Blonde - INXS' X

Precious Declaration - Collective Soul's Disciplined Breakdown

Separate Ways - Journey's Frontiers
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I know it is a live album but I still think it should count...




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MW03 said:


An absolute gem.
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