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181 Of The Best Opening Lyrics In A Song You'll Ever Read

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181 Of The Best Opening Lines In A Song You'll Ever Read

I asked a bunch of songwriters to dish their favorite opening lyrics…

I've read through the list a few times and out of the opening lines that struck me, these are some elements I believe make them memorable:


These opening lyrics pique your interest without giving away too much information so you want to keep listening:

  • I heard there was a secret chord
  • There must be some kind of way out of here
  • I read the news today, oh boy

Open Loops

An open loop is a thought that doesn't get completed, leaving you wanting to close the loop:

  • Please allow me to introduce myself
  • Dig if you will the picture
  • A man walks down the street

Places, Weather, and Environments

A fast way to make an impression is to describe the details of the environment in your lyric:

  • It was raining hard in 'Frisco
  • On a dark desert highway
  • Mind if I sit down?

Unique and Unusual

These lyrics draw your attention toward objects and ideas that stand out:

  • Jeremiah was a bullfrog
  • Hello darkness, my old friend
  • Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream


Lyrics that have action are more engaging than passive opening lines:

  • The screen door slams
  • the name of love
  • Take the ribbon from your hair

Universal Suffering

We all know suffering and these opening lyrics acknowledge your pain:

  • When you try your best but you don't succeed
  • When I find myself in times of trouble
  • Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
  • And now, the end is near
  • We're caught in a trap

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The Most Popular Opening Lyrics In Songs

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3 Responses to 181 Of The Best Opening Lyrics In A Song You'll Ever Read

  1. Scott E Jensen November 16, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

    1- One more day could have passed me by
    2- I knocked on your window at 8:00am on a Saturday
    3- for a third of my life, you made laugh, made me smile
    4- we all wake up everyday can we improve, can we get better

  2. Aaron January 4, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

    I remember when I lost my mind. There was something so pleasant about that place.

  3. Gary daniels January 9, 2016 at 11:57 PM #

    On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turn back time,
    She comes strolling along like Peter Lorre, contemplating a crime.
    She comes out of the sun in a silk dress, running like a water color in the rain
    Don't bother asking for explanations she'll just tell you that she came
    In the Year of the Cat

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