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Published on July 19th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Another Side One Track One Challenge

This is right out of High-Fidelity: the ever-popular side one track debate.

NPR has rekindle this game of the best side one track one in the history of rock albums. Here’s their lists of the greatest album-openers ever.

Me?  Here’s my top ten in chronological order. Pardon the obviousness of any of these selections.

  1. Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”/Let It Bleed (1969)
  2. Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love”/Led Zeppelin II (1968)
  3. Rush, “2112 Overture”/2112 (1976)
  4. Clash, “London Calling”/London Calling (1979)
  5. Dire Straits, “Telegraph Road”/Love Over Gold (1982)
  6. Guns ‘N Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”/Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  7. Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”/Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
  8. Stone Roses, “I Wanna Be Adored”/The Stone Roses (1989)
  9. Tragically Hip, “Courage”/Fully Completely (1992)
  10. Oasis, “Rock’n’Roll Star”/Definitely Maybe (1994)

I’m sure there plenty of younger albums worthy of this list, but you know how it is with old favourites, right?They just become more special with each passing year.

What’s your top ten opening tracks?




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6 Responses to Another Side One Track One Challenge

  1. Paul says:

    Arcade Fire – Black Mirror – Neon Bible
    Beastie Boys – Rhymin’ & Stealin’ – License to Ill
    Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock – Siamese Dream

    There are just sooooo many!

  2. Tom McGaffin says:

    Here is my own personal Top 10 List of what I think should be on that list.
    And yes, I am a tad biased in my choices, but, who isn’t?
    In chronological order, from #10 – #1, with #1 being my personal favorite, here is the list with the band, song name & studio record…

    10) Iron Maiden – Aces High (Powerslave)

    9) Battery – Metallica (Master of Puppets)

    8) Copperhead Road – Steve Earle (Copperhead Road)

    7) Clenching The Fists of Dissent – Machine Head (The Blackening)

    6) Freewheel Burning – Judas Priest (Defenders of the Faith)

    5) If I Should Fall From Grace With God – The Pogues (If I Should Fall From Grace With God)

    4) War Pigs – Black Sabbath (Paranoid)

    3) London Calling – The Clash (London Calling)

    2) Blitzkreig Bop – The Ramones (Ramones)

    1) Angel of Death – Slayer (Reign In Blood)

  3. Ray says:

    Only Shallow – Loveless (My Bloody Valentine)

  4. Shane Smith says:

    Many indeed, off the top of my head the first 2 Weezer albums (My Name Is Jonas, Tired of sex), Metallica–And Justice for All (Blackened), Slayer’s Hell Awaits and Reign in blood.

  5. Mike says:

    You have to give mention as well to Hells Bells from AC/DC Back In Black.

  6. anon says:

    Planet Claire – B-52s
    Phasors On Stun – Black Noise
    Back In The Saddle – Rocks
    Roadrunner – Modern Lovers
    I Will Follow – Boy
    Bridges and Balloons – Milk Eyed Mender
    Caribou – Come On Pilgrim

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