I need to take a small break from talking about my job (it’s been a looooooong week) and think about music for a bit. Album openers, specifically. I’ve always been a full album kind of gal more than one who goes for individual songs or singles (I’ve never used the “shuffle” setting on my iPod!), and there’s just something about a great opening track that’s so inspiring. The opener sets the stage for the rest of the album, fills you with anticipation, and lets you know what kind of listening experience you’re in for.
The Cure, “Plainsong”
Opening track from Disintegration (1989)
The Smiths, “The Queen is Dead”
Opening track from The Queen is Dead (1986)
Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”
Opening track from Off the Wall (1979)
The Psychedelic Furs, “India”
Opening track from The Psychedelic Furs (1980)
The Clash, “London Calling”
Opening track from London Calling (1979)
Joy Division, “Disorder”
Opening track from Unknown Pleasures (1979)
The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Opening track from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton”
Opening track from Straight Outta Compton (1988)
Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy”
Opening track from Purple Rain (1984)
Lou Reed, “Vicious”
Opening track from Transformer (1972)
Okay, that’s my top ten (in no particular order!). I always have a touch of regret after I name favorites of any kind, because five minutes later I remember a bunch of amazing things I forgot and get all crazy and mad at myself wishing I would have picked those other things instead and what if I can’t sleep tonight because my list is wrong and how can I ever repent for not getting it exactly right and what is wrong with me for leaving off so much awesome stuff (deep breath), but you know what? I’m just going to call this Good Enough and let it stand as-is.
Your turn! What are your favorite album openers?