The World’s Best Opening Lines Ever (Song Lyrics)

Posted in: Musicouching by Anne Lyken Garner on April 9th, 2008 | 15 Comments

A countdown of the best opening lines past and present. How many do you easily recognise?

Here are the best opening lines to songs that I’ve ever heard. I’ve listed the opening lines first, so that you can play along and test yourself to see how many you can actually recognise. The names of the songs and their artists are below.

10. “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips”

9. “Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go!”

8. “At first I was afraid I was petrified, kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.”

7. “Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, makes you wanna move your dancing feet.”

6. “In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came … that voice which calls to me and speaks my name.”

5. “Many rivers to cross, but I can’t seem to find my way over, wandering I’m lost as I travel along.”

4.“You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain.”

3. “The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you.”

2.“I’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day.”

1.“Wake up Maggie, I think I got something to say to you.”

My personal favourite of all time is

“I am not in love, but I’m open to persuasion.”

The Answers

(Note: I’m listing the most popular artiste to have sung the particular song, as many of the ones listed below have been done by various singers.)

10.“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” – the Righteous Brothers

9. “Blue Suede Shoes” – Elvis Presley
8. “I will survive” – Gloria Gaynor

7. “Sun is shining – Bob Marley

6. “Phantom of the Opera – (Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber)

5. “Many rivers to cross – UB40

4. “Great Balls of Fire” – Jerry Lee Lewis

3. “I say a little prayer for you” – Aretha Franklin

2. “My Girl” – The Temptations

1.“Maggie May”- Rod Stewart

My personal favorite:

“Love And Affection” – Joan Armatrading

How many did you guess right?

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15 Responses to “The World’s Best Opening Lines Ever (Song Lyrics)”
  • Dee Huff April 9th, 2008 at 5:57 am

    What a fun article. What about Nine to Five by Dolly Parton: “Tumble Out of Bed and Stumble to the Kitchen;
    Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition”. I think this is one of the best opening lines ever.

  • Judy Sheldon April 9th, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Anne, I loved this one! I remembered most, and alternate singers also, but if you had listed newer songs, I’d been lost.

    It must have been hard to chose just 10. There are so many great songs. Thanks for the memory jog.

  • valli April 9th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I have heard some of them and some are new to me.

  • IcyCucky April 9th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    I remember most of these songs too. Great job!

  • nobert soloria bermosa April 9th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    …i love music,,i know half of them,,
    thanks Anne, nice article

  • Darlene McFarlane April 10th, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I loved this one,Anne! This must have taken some time to put together.

    Bravo! Great job.

  • ANDY - N April 11th, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Great line up.

    How about Jeremiah was a bull frog ………

    Three Dog Night – Joy to The World

  • quiet voice April 14th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    …Hey, neat you made me start
    singing. especially, My Girl, “I’ve
    got so much honey the bees envy me”.
    Love the song. Thanks for bring
    back memories.

  • Anne Lyken-Garner April 15th, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Thanks everyone. The first lines in the comments are equally brilliant. I suppose we all have reasons to like particular lyrics. I’m still sticking with ‘I’m not in love, but I’m open to persuasion’ because I think it’s extremely clever. It’s something I wouldn’t have thought of putting together.

    Maybe I could collect all the first lines mentioned here and put together an article with the most popular first lines as voted for, by Triond contributors and readers.

  • Alexa Gates April 18th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    my favorite would have to be the one from Phantom of the Opera :) We’re playing it in band for our Spring concert :)

  • R.B. Parsley April 25th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I remembered all these great songs. But you should’ve added one more to your fine outstanding list. It goes like this: There is a house in New Orleans,”
    House of The Rising Sun- By The Animals. Bands around Connersville still play this song. Its one of the greatest Icons of famous songs This ranks right up there with Wipe Out. Great article. I’m glad I got to read it.


  • C. Churchill March 9th, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I cannot believe that, on all the lists for this topic I have seen the following two were missed.

    “With only fear and good judgment holding us back….”

    “The silicon chip inside her head got switched to overload…”

  • bronxrob May 20th, 2011 at 3:19 am

    “I woke up in a SoHo doorway, a policeman knew my name”

  • bronxrob May 20th, 2011 at 3:25 am

    + He said “You can go sleep at home tonight
    If you can get up and walk away”

  • Dianne March 29th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Jefferson Starship – “did you have any bad dreams? did you break any glass?”

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