Random Music List: Top 20 Opening Tracks


From time to time I make other lists not pertaining to film, and I figured there is no harm in putting them on my film blog. I doubt I have many consistent readers, so I reiterate over and over again the subjectivity of my lists rather than risk any readers getting annoyed with my insistence. Its not that I don’t take the idea of what I think is ‘best’ into consideration; I just hate proclaiming any list as such. Here are some of the criteria taken into consideration for this list; first, having heard the entire album was required. How the song functions as an ‘opening track’ was more important than the song itself. Yes, most of these rank among my endless list of songs I love, but I didn’t simply list my favorite songs that happened to open an album and put them in order. Sometimes, how it introduces what is to come came into play. Mostly, it was the way the song either immediately kicks off or gradually builds into a brilliant entrance into an album. No reasons for music lists; I don’t pretend to be able to write about music.

  1. Everything in its Right Place – Kid A – Radiohead
  2. Mr. Clarinet – The Birthday Party – The Birthday Party/The Boys Next Door
  3. Planet Claire – Play Loud – The B-52s
  4. Wordy Rappinghood – Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club
  5. Gotta Get Up – Nilsson Schmilsson – Nilsson
  6. Born Under Punches – Remain in Light – Talking Heads
  7. Fear is a Man’s Best Friend – Fear – John Cale
  8. The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness – Crazy Rhythms – The Feelies
  9. Wouldn’t it Be Nice – Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  10. London Calling – London Calling – The Clash
  11. One Hundred Years – Pornography – The Cure
  12. I Was a Lover – Return to Cookie Mountain – TV on the Radio
  13. Human Behavior – Debut – Bjork
  14. Five Years – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
  15. Hanging on the Telephone – Parallel Lines – Blondie
  16. Like a Rolling Stone – Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
  17. Elephant Woman – Misery is a Butterfly – Blonde Redhead
  18. Dance Yrself Clean – This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
  19. Voodoo Wop – Internal Wrangler – Clinic
  20. Avalanche – Songs of Love and Hate – Leonard Cohen
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