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Generally I find the first song to be a road rocking, or sometimes quite heavy song, that is pretty average.
Most of the time I find myself skipping it pretty quickly and starting the album from track 2

Having said that, I've decided to make a playlist of openers.

Decadance Dance - Extreme
Monkey Business - Skid Row
Detroit Rock City - Kiss
Wild Side - Motley Crue

Throw 'em at me
What other songs should I whack on?

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Yeah, I tend to use the first song and also the title track as a rough guide when checking out albums, although it's not always a good indication. Interesting topic though. I'm sure if I went through them there'd be heaps of stunning openers. Here's a few i've loved over the years.

Europe - All Or Nothin'

XYZ - Face Down In The Gutter 

Valentine - Runnin' On Luck Again

Talisman - Break Your Chains

Roxy Blue - Too Hot To Handle.

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Similar to Darkstone I often find the first song to be a good indicator of what I can expect from the rest of the album.  I actually have two playlists made of only opening tracks.  Here is one of those playlists, leaving off songs you've already listed.  

21 Guns – Knee Deep

Alien - Brave New Love

Black ‘n Blue – Rockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Bon Jovi - Runaway

Bonfire – Ready 4 Reaction

Brett Walker – Hard to Find an Easy Way

Casanova – Don’t Talk About Love

David Lee Roth – Yankee Rose

Danger Danger – Naughty Naughty

Dare – Abandon

Dirty Looks – Blue Tequila

Dokken – Kiss of Death

Europe – Superstitious

Eyes – Callin’ All Girls

FM – That Girl

Great White – Lady Red Light

Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

H.E.A.T - Point of No Return

Harem Scarem – Hard to Love

Honeymoon Suite – Bad Attitude

Hurricane – Over the Edge

Icon – Right Between the Eyes

Kane Roberts – Wild Nights

L.A. Guns – Over the Edge

Le Mans – Love Lies

Lillian Axe – All’s Fair in Love and War

McAuley Schenker Group – Gimme Your Love

Night Ranger – Don’t Tell Me You Love Me

Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon

Ratt – You’re In Love

Savatage – Edge of Thorns

Shark Island – Paris Calling

Shy – Emergency

Stage Dolls - Still In Love

Strangeways – Where Are They Now

TNT – Everyone’s A Star

Treat – Sole Survivor

Tyketto – Forever Young

Unruly Child – On the Rise

Vain – Secrets

Von Groove – Once is Not Enough

W.A.S.P. – Wild Child

W.E.T. – Walk Away

Whitesnake – Slide It In

Wig Wam – In My Dreams

Wildside – Hang On Lucy

Winger – Madalaine



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What craziness about skipping the first song most the time, lol. Many times I find it one of, if not the best song on an album. Any album worth a grain of christmas beetle turd starts with a ball cracker.

I'm thinking 'Reach for the sky' - Firehouse, 'Rockin' with the radio' - Blue Tears, 'Wild Nights' - Kane Roberts, 'Ready for the Taking' - Treat, 'Hard to love' - Harem Scarem, 'Saviours never cry' - HS, 'Wonderland' - Amaze Me, 'Pedal to the metal' - Bang Gang, 'Angel in black' - Bangalore Choir, 'Don't wait up' - Blind Date, 'Miracles' - Blonz, 'Abandon' - Dare, 'Wild child' - Heart, 'Wild young and crazy' - Hericane Alice, 'Give me all your love' - Masquerade, 'Young & wild and free' - Hotboy, 'One step closer' - Newman, 'Face in the mirror' - PC69, 'Rock n'roll nights' - Roxus, 'I don't wanna be the fool' - Rio, 'Arms of a stranger' - Signal, 'Forever young, - Tyketto... for example. ;)

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10 iconic lead tracks -

Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Journey - Don't Stop Believin / Separate Ways

Asia - Heat of the Moment

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger

Bon Jovi - Runaway

GnR - Welcome to the Jungle

Van Halen - Jump

Whitesnake - Cryin in the rain

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath


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5 hours ago, Geoff said:

What craziness about skipping the first song most the time, lol. Many times I find it one of, if not the best song on an album. Any album worth a grain of christmas beetle turd starts with a ball cracker.


Yeah, I am confused by this as well.

Any album that does not lead off with one of its best tracks is just asking to be turned off.

An opening track is the hook, the rest of the tracks then lead on from that.

If the lead track doesn't hook me, then quite often I will just zone out and the rest of the album ends up washing over me.


As for picking a list, nah, this would take wayyyyyyy too long.

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3 hours ago, Darkstone said:

Great list Mr.AOR! A couple i hadn't heard before. Thanks for taking the time to post the clips. It must've taken you ages.


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On ‎2017‎-‎10‎-‎26 at 3:34 AM, Geoff said:

What craziness about skipping the first song most the time, lol. Many times I find it one of, if not the best song on an album. Any album worth a grain of christmas beetle turd starts with a ball cracker.

Agree. When it comes to first song off an album, I always have in mind Illusions by Westworld. Not a single song from that album can come close to that first song. Also, Reaching for the Sun from Break It Up by Hurry Scuary, too is a very strong song that I don't care listening to the rest of the album.


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3 hours ago, GeorgeRendon said:


This is one example IMO of a killer opening track that's let down by a very poor album. I remember playing this album for the first time, hearing the opener and thinking i was in for a treat with the rest of it, then being hugely disappointed.


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