Created By: chihuahua0 on June 3, 2013 Last Edited By: reub2000 on June 20, 2013
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Album Intro Track

A shorter, more unusual track that begins an album before the songs proper.

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Some albums start off with a sort of prelude before the rest of the "proper" songs. The Album Intro Track is a short track or sometimes a short section of the first track, usually less than three minutes, that is meant to be an introduction to the rest of the album.

Some common types of intros:


Alternative
  • "All Hail Bright Futures" by And So I Watch You From Afar begins with a track called Eunoia which leads in to the first proper track.
  • "Hey Everyone" by Dananananaykroyd begins with an instrumental intro track which is also called "Hey Everyone".
  • "Theme from Flood" from They Might Be Giants' Flood. A 27 second choral piece introducing the album. (Alternative music)
    It's a brand new record for 1990: They Might Be Giants' brand new album... Flooooood
  • fun.'s Some Nights kicks off with "Some Nights (Intro)", which pretty much highlights the musical and thematic elements of the rest of the work.
  • Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish at the Hot Dog Flavoured Water" and "Significant Other" both have intro tracks lasting roughly 30-40 seconds.
  • The xx's Self-Titled Album xx starts with the instrumental "Intro". Ironically, due to being sampled for Rihanna's "Drunk On Love", along with some usage on national television, it's one of their more famous songs.
  • Spiritualized's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light begins with "Huh?", a brief instrumental track that segues into the first proper song, "Hey Jane". The melody from "Huh?" reappears at the end of the album as the chorus to "Life Is a Problem".
  • Mae's The Everglow begins with "Prologue", which features a simple piano melody and narration welcoming the listener and encouraging them to read the liner notes as the music plays. As Bookends, the last track is "Epilogue", which has the same piano and the same narrator, thanking the audience for listening.

Electronic
  • 18 Months by Calvin Harris has "Green Valley", a short instrumental that fades right into lead single "Bounce".
  • #willpower by Will.I.Am has "Good Morning". It's his way of saying "hello" to the listeners.
  • Joy Electric's "Hello Mannequin", off the album Hello Mannequin: a spoken word piece on an album otherwise full of danceable synthpop.
  • Orbital's second album, Orbital II, opens with "Time Becomes..." which is just a looped vocal sample from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Hybrid's album Wide Angle begins with "Opening Credits", a brief orchestral piece followed by a single drum machine fill. The rest of the album is progressive house (with prominent orchestral bits on several tracks).

Hip Hop
  • The appropriately titled Intro in Outkast's Stankonia.
  • Wyclef Jean's "The Ecleftic" has a intro scene with spoken word.

Jazz
  • Jaga Jazzist's One-Armed Bandit starts with "The Thing Introduces...", a 23 second track performed by a completely different band (The Thing).

Metal
  • Many Bathory albums have an intro track, consisting mainly of keyboard parts.
  • "Det Som Engang Var" and "Fallen" by Burzum
  • Cradle of Filth is fond of these, and they often overlap with Epic Instrumental Opener.
  • "Generation Why?" by Diamond Plate starts of with various soundbites.
  • Dragonforce's first album, Valley of the Damned, begins with "Invocation of Apocalyptic Evil", which is generally an instrumental lead-up to the title track.
  • "Slainia" and "Helvetios" by Eluveitie start off with bits of spoken word.
  • "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" by Emperor starts with Al Svartr (The Oath) a slow atmospheric piece.
  • On "Frost" by Enslaved the album starts out with the Title Track, a keyboard piece.
  • Gamma Ray's No World Order begins with "Induction", a calling out of the Illuminati and those who would seek to control others, which leads up to "Dethrone Tyranny."
  • "Tunes Of War" by Grave Digger starts off with the track The Brave a song played on bag pipes.
  • Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism by ''Immortal
  • Linkin Park's "Meteora" has a short track leading up to the first song.
  • "Paranoid Circus" by Lyriel starts out with spoken word.
  • Metallica starts off both "Ride The Lighting" and "Master Of Puppets" with an acoustic guitar part.
  • "Annihilation Of The Wicked" by Nile starts off with Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On The Mount Of Sunrise an instrumental.
  • "Shout At The Devil" by Mötley Crüe starts with the track In The Beginning with highly distorted spoken word.
  • "Mezmerize" by System of a Down begins with an intro version of the song Soldier Side, the full version of which isn't heard until the last track of the sister album "Hypnotize".
  • Sabaton's album Carolus Rex begins with a short track titled "Dominium Maris Baltici", which is also the Epic Instrumental Opener for the second track on the album, "Lion from the North".
  • "Ascendancy" by Trivium begins with an instrumental track titled "The End of Everything."

Mixed
  • Strife, from Homestuck, opens with "Stormspirit", a 46-seconds long piano piece in contrast to the mix of electronic and rock music of the other songs.

Pop
  • Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics begins with a short, mellow, midtempo track intended to summarize the purpose of the album; namely, paying homage to the legendary jazz and blues artists of the early 20th century.
    So here I stand today, in tribute I do pay, to those before me who laid it down and paved the way
  • Rated R by Rihanna starts with "Mad House", which incorporates a Vincent Price-like speech "warning" uneasy listeners and inviting those "who can take it".

Punk
  • The self-titled debut album by Bad Brains inverts this trope by having a 45 second track called "Intro" appear as the last song on the album.
  • Ixnay on the Hombre by The Offspring begins with "Disclaimer", and exceedingly sarcastic disclaimer about its objectionable content.

R&B
  • Channel Orange by Frank Ocean starts with the track "Start", which samples a sound of a PlayStation starting up, along with other electronic sounds.

Rock
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is presented as a concert by the eponymous band, with the first song an intro track. (2:02 per The Other Wiki, with a reprise at the end of the record @ 1:08, followed by an Encore song.)
  • The Jimi Hendrix album Axis: Bold as Love begins with a track depicting a British-accented talk show host, with a slightly sped-up "chipmunk" voice, talking skeptically about U.F.O.s and aliens, with his guest revealing himself to be an alien (with guitar noises depicting his ship picking him up)--the track is called "EXP", and segues into "Up From the Skies", a song from the point of view of an Ancient Astronaut returning to Earth.
  • "Son et lumiere", the first track of The Mars Volta's "De-Loused in the Comatorium", provides an ambient rise to the first song.
  • The Moody Blues' 1969 album On The Threshold Of a Dream begins with a short spoken playlet that riffs on the idea of computer intelligence and Descartes' famous axiom "I think, therefore I am". This was an idea they first used on the preceding album In Search of the Lost Chord. A subsequent LP Every Good Boy Deserves Favour also begins with an off-beat spoken piece.
  • Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon begins with a cacophony of ringing clocks, cash registers, voices, and screams called "Speak to Me". Many of the sounds occur individually on subsequent tracks on the album (such as the cash registers from "Money", the clocks from "Time", and the high arias from "The Great Gig in the Sky").
  • J Rock band Donutman's album Start Up To Get Over begins with a 30 second track that's a mellow guitar riff with a spoken word sample of an English conversation. The rest of the album is standard rock, albeit sung in wonderful Engrish.

Soundtrack
  • The original soundtrack for Super Mario 64 begins with a track called "It's a me, Mario!", which is Mario saying exactly that. Unlike the game, it has no echo effect.

Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • June 3, 2013
    reub2000
    • Many Bathory albums have an intro track, consisting mainly of keyboard parts.
    • "Det Som Engang Var" and "Vallen" by Burzum
    • "Generation Why?" by Diamond Plate starts of with various soundbites.
    • "Slainia" and "Helvetios" by Eluveitie start off with bits of spoken word.
    • "Tunes Of War" by Grave Digger starts off with the track The Brave a song played on bag pipes.
    • "Paranoid Circus" by Lyriel starts out with spoken word.
    • "Shout At The Devil" by Motley Crue starts with the track In The Beginning with highly distorted spoken word.
  • June 4, 2013
    AgProv
    The Moody Blues' 1969 album On The Threshold Of a Dream begins with a short spoken playlet that riffs on the idea of computer intelligence and Descartes' famous axiom "I think, therefore I am". This was an idea they first used on the preceding album In Search of the Lost Chord. A subsequent LP Every Good Boy Deserves Favour also begins with an off-beat spoken piece.

    There is also the looped coughing that kicks off Black Sabbath's Master of Reality album - this segues into a track called Sweet Leaf and explains the nature of the cough...
  • June 4, 2013
    Buraindo

    Linkin Park's "Meteora" has a short track leading up to the first song. "Son et lumiere", the first track of The Mars Volta's "De-Loused in the Comatorium", provides an ambient rise to the first song. Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish at the Hot Dog Flavoured Water" and "Significant Other" both have intro tracks lasting roughly 30-40 seconds. Wyclef Jean's "The Ecleftic" has a intro scene with spoken word.
  • June 4, 2013
    chihuahua0
    Can any of you (or somebody else) sort your examples by music genre? It'll make things easier for me.
  • June 4, 2013
    reub2000
    All of my examples are Heavy Metal.
  • June 5, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Psychedelic Rock

    • The Jimi Hendrix album Axis: Bold as Love begins with a track depicting a British-accented talk show host, with a slightly sped-up "chipmunk" voice, talking skeptically about U.F.O.s and aliens, with his guest revealing himself to be an alien (with guitar noises depicting his ship picking him up)--the track is called "EXP", and segues into "Up From the Skies", a song from the point of view of an Ancient Astronaut returning to Earth.
    • Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon begins with a cacophony of ringing clocks, cash registers, voices, and screams called "Speak to Me". Many of the sounds occur individually on subsequent tracks on the album (such as the cash registers from "Money", the clocks from "Time", and the high arias from "The Great Gig in the Sky").
  • June 5, 2013
    Duncan
    • "Theme from Flood" from They Might Be Giants' Flood. A 27 second choral piece introducing the album. (Alternative music)
      It's a brand new record for 1990: They Might Be Giants' brand new album... Flooooood
  • June 6, 2013
    reub2000
    Does it have to be a separate track? What about something like this or this? Can a track be an example for simply being an instrumental track on an album filled with singing?

    Also a few more examples:

    R&B
    • "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean.

    Metal
    • "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk" by Emperor starts with Al Svartr (The Oath) a slow atmospheric piece.
    • On "Frost" by Enslaved the album starts out with the Title Track, a keyboard piece.
    • "Annihilation Of The Wicked" by Nile starts off with Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On The Mount Of Sunrise an instrumental.
  • June 7, 2013
    snecko
    Alternative
    • "All Hail Bright Futures" by And So I Watch You From Afar begins with a track called Eunoia which leads in to the first proper track.
    • "Hey Everyone" by Dananananaykroyd begins with an instrumental intro track which is also called "Hey Everyone".

    Punk
    • The self-titled debut album by Bad Brains inverts this trope by having a 45 second track called "Intro" appear as the last song on the album.

    Metal
    • "Ascendancy" by Trivium begins with an instrumental track titled "The End of Everything."
    • "Mezmerize" by System Of A Down begins with an intro version of the song Soldier Side, the full version of which isn't heard until the last track of the sister album "Hypnotize".
  • June 7, 2013
    snecko
    Also, can we change Heavy Metal in the description to just Metal? Heavy Metal and Metal aren't really interchangeable, and Metal covers a wider base.
  • June 7, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Not sure how Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix (my examples above) are supposed to be classified--I never was big on sorting out all those musical genres and subgenres. Just "classic rock" for those, maybe?

    Edit: Or I guess, from the site's list of music genres, "Psychedelic Rock" might fit them both. Ah, I remember the days when it was all just called "rock"....
  • June 7, 2013
    snecko
    ^ I think Rock would suffice. Keeping it to an "Umbrella Genre" is probably a good idea to avoid pickiness/infighting, hence my comment above about metal/heavy metal. That's also why I used the term Alternative despite it being a pet hate genre name of mine.
  • June 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is presented as a concert by the eponymous band, with the first song an intro track. (2:02 per The Other Wiki, with a reprise at the end of the record @ 1:08, followed by an Encore song.)
  • June 11, 2013
    reub2000
    Just edited some examples in.
  • June 11, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Metal
    • Dragonforce's first album, Valley of the Damned, begins with "Invocation of Apocalyptic Evil", which is generally an instrumental lead-up to the title track.
    • Gamma Ray's No World Order begins with "Induction", a calling out of the Illuminati and those who would seek to control others, which leads up to "Dethrone Tyranny."
  • June 12, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    The Schoolhouse Rock cover album "Schoolhouse Rock Rocks" starts not with a cover, but with the original SHR intro. That is, this song. It's only fifteen seconds, but it's a nice way to get the nostalgic Gen-Xers in the mood.
  • June 13, 2013
    MetaFour
    Edited some examples into the OP.
  • June 13, 2013
    AP
    • The appropriately titled Intro in Outkast's Stankonia.
  • June 13, 2013
    MetaFour
    Is Ra supposed to be Rap? If so, Hip Hop would be the more inclusive label.
  • June 13, 2013
    reub2000
    My mistake. Also I was trying to list entries in alphabetical order by artist.

    I'm thinking that some of the examples listed are too detailed.
  • June 13, 2013
    MetaFour
    I'm not entirely sure if this example fits, so I'm posting here for the OP to decide. It would go under Alternative:

    • Havalina Rail Co's America opens with "Bovine Stomp", a brief instrumental with acoustic guitar and cows mooing. The rest of the album has longer songs in a bunch of different genres, but also has a lot of short tracks (similar to the intro) serving as interludes.
  • June 13, 2013
    chihuahua0
    I did some alphabetization rearrangement.

    By the way, a lot of albums also have an outro track. Should I incorporate that aspect into this page proposal, or should I keep it separate?
  • June 14, 2013
    NESBoy
    The original soundtrack for Super Mario 64 begins with a track called "It's a me, Mario!", which is Mario saying exactly that. Unlike the game, it has no echo effect.
  • June 14, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I think Outtros can stay on this page, but in a separate section.

    What about a song named "Intro" but... isn't very "Intro Track"-y? Or would that be something of an aversion?
  • June 14, 2013
    reub2000
    I think outros should be a seperate page.

    To expand on my point from my last post: Examples of songs should be limited to 40 words. It should give a vague idea of what is on the recording, if someone needs more detail they can listen to it.
  • June 15, 2013
    Surenity
    Metal Cradle Of Filth is fond of these, and they often overlap with Epic Instrumental Opener.
  • June 15, 2013
    Kesar
    Metal
    • Sabaton's album Carolus Rex begins with a short track titled "Dominium Maris Baltici", which is also the Epic Instrumental Opener for the second track on the album, "Lion from the North".
  • June 15, 2013
    Someoneman
    Strife, from Homestuck, opens with "Stormspirit", a 46-seconds long piano piece in contrast to the mix of electronic and rock music of the other songs.
  • June 16, 2013
    reub2000
    Who's in charge here?
  • June 16, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    • Ixnay on the Hombre by The Offspring begins with "Disclaimer", and exceedingly sarcastic disclaimer about its objectionable content.
    • Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics begins with a short, mellow, midtempo track intended to summarize the purpose of the album; namely, paying homage to the legendary jazz and blues artists of the early 20th century.
      So here I stand today, in tribute I do pay, to those before me who laid it down and paved the way
  • June 16, 2013
    reub2000
    What's the genre for the school house rock one?
  • June 19, 2013
    reub2000
    This is about ready to launch, I think I'll launch it tomorrow.
  • June 19, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Still only has three hats, and I think that culling more examples in YKTTW is a good idea. But there are enough examples and I doubt anyone's going to complain if you do.

    Plus, I'd really like to get people's opinion on my question up above.
  • June 19, 2013
    reub2000
    Can link to an example on youtube of an intro track that isn't very "Intro Track"-y?

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