Guest Blog: Scott Waldman – “Top Twenty Album Openers”

A good first song is crucial for an album to resonate… Here are my top twenty album opening tracks in “mix tape” form:

  1. The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night”

That chord. That song. SUCKED IN.

  1. The Get Up Kids – “Holiday”

Pick scrapes get me going.

  1. Weezer – “Tired of Sex”

Bass baby, bass baby. FEEDBACK.

  1. Boston – “More than a Feeling”

One acronym with three letters: M.I.T.

  1. Guster – “Great Escape”

Two guitars, two voices, & several sore fingers from hand drumming.

  1. Finch – “New Beginnings”

The polar opposite of Guster and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  1. Jimmy Eat World – “Bleed American”

Mainstream America, here’s Jimmy Eat World!

  1. Silverchair – “Across The Night”

The best song from the best live band I’ve ever seen.

  1. The Who – “Overture / It’s a Boy”

I’ve yet to see a broadway musical that I enjoy more than “Tommy”.

  1. IAmDynamite – “Where will we Go”

The video will make you dizzy, but the harmonies will make you smile.

  1. Sunny Day Real Estate – “Killed by an Angel”

Riff. Rock.

  1. I the Mighty – “The Dreamer”

I saw this band open for Armor for Sleep a few years ago and I was blown away by their musicianship.

  1. blink-182 – “Anthem, Pt. 2”

The best track from their best album.

  1. Billy Talent – “This is how it Goes”

Not. For. The. Faint. Of. Heart.

  1. Superdrag – “Keep it Close to Me”

The most underrated track from the most underrated band’s most underrated album.

  1. Something Corporate – “I want to Save You”

SoCo, you sure did.

  1. Acceptance – “Take Cover”

I still think that this track should’ve been the single.

  1. The Used – “Maybe Memories”

Scream, Dracula, Scream!

  1. Against Me! – “New Wave”

Come on and wash these shores away.

  1. Ben Folds Five – “Narcolepsy”

Epic album OPENER.

Thanks for reading this. Thanks for reading / listening to my opening song list. Xo.

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