A very good morning. I know we seem to say this every other week, but this week’s #TopTenSunday really has been the most difficult one to whittle down so far. We’re looking at the best opening tracks to an album, encompassing the quality of the track in context to the quality of the album, so naturally, we’re looking at 10 absolutely belting albums in the process. These are tracks that have you at hello, and raise a proverbial curtain to reveal something pretty fucking special. It’s worth noting as well, that this week’s accompanying Spotify playlist is one of the best yet, and you can find it at the bottom of this page! As per, let us know how very very wrong we are!
10. Radiohead – Planet Telex (The Bends)
The track that submerged you in Radiohead’s unchartered blueprint, and signalled the arrival of one of Britain’s greatest bands.
9. Death From Above 1979 – Turn It Out (You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine)
Regular readers of Reviewcaster will know how much we love YAWIAM. Turn It Out set the breakneck tone for a frantic, hugely influential debut record.
8. Sun Kil Moon – Carissa (Benji)
The tragic tale of Carissa ushers you in to Mark Kozelek’s penetrating brand of storytelling with painstaking intimacy, and alarming sincerity.
7. Pixies – Bone Machine (Surfer Rosa)
Kim Deal’s gift for delivering basslines hookier than Peter Pan’s main adversary has you by the navel after a second or two here. And that riff…
6. Queens Of The Stone Age – You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire (Songs For The Deaf)
One of Josh Homme’s very best riffs bursts out of the blocks in brutal fashion, punishing you headfirst into Songs For The Deaf in the process.
5. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (Elephant)
An iconic track on its own, Seven Nation Army serves to bookend an album that houses quality in abundance with pulverizing precision.
4. Kasabian – Club Foot (Kasabian)
One of a number of entries on this list that could be a ‘Riff of the Century’ candidate in its own right. Not a bad way to open your debut LP…
3. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nevermind)
Nevermind that Kurt grew to loathe it – this track popularized alternative rock, and opened one of the most influential albums to ever have dropped.
2. Pixies – Debaser (Doolittle)
Kim was at it again with another superb bass hook to raise Doolittle’s curtain, providing the perfect foil for Black Francis to be his nonsensically frenetic best.
1. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (The Stone Roses)
This is a track that ushers a band beautifully into their own. Every second of the growing, bass-driven intro is essential, and Ian Brown’s gutsy but hushed vocals are felicitous in their delivery. A sublime debut, opened up with a marvellous, rallying shot of defiance. This week’s #1.