->'''''[[Music/BarenakedLadies It's been...]]'''''

Most songs start with an instrumental intro before heading into the first verse or chorus. Some even have a fade-in. A Lyrical Cold Open is the musical equivalent of a ColdOpen, where the vocalist jumps in with lyrics at the very beginning, either before the music starts or at the same time it does, often adding an element of surprise or impact. Makes the song instantly recognizable to anyone who's heard it before, with the first line often becoming one of the most memorable parts.

ACappella songs don't count, nor does StudioChatter, nor do songs that segue immediately from previous music in longer works. Contrast with EpicInstrumentalOpener.


[[folder: Anime]]
* The first opening theme of ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}} SS'', "i love."
* Television version of the ending theme of ''Anime/AngelBeats'', "Brave Song." Album version from the split single (OP/ED) has an intro and slightly different arrangement.
* The fourth opening of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' first season, "Ren'ai Circulation."
* The ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' ending theme "Daidai" by Chatmonchy.
* The ''Manga/{{Btooom}}'' opening, "No pain, No game."
* The ''Anime/CasshernSins'' opening, "Aoi hana" by color bottle.
* The ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' ending, "Dear My Friend."
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' opening, "Shiny Tale" by Mix Speakers, inc.
* The first closing theme of ''Manga/DeathNote'', "Alumina" by Nightmare.
* The first opening theme of ''Manga/FairyTail'', "Snow Fairy."
* The English closing of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPDOT2GEBRg Little Prayer]]".
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'''s first ending theme "Uso" by Sid, and its second "Let It Out" by Miho Fukuhara, though not in the latter's full version.
* The opening to ''LightNovel/KyoukaiNoKanata'' anime, "Kyoukai no Kanata."
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'''s ending, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyEOS8buYWY Little Wish]]".
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''' opening and ending, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3U6UtDysBE Eternal Blaze]]" and "Spiritual Garden", respectively.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' second ending, "Beautiful Amulet."
* All openings of ''Manga/MinamiKe''.
* The variety of ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'' ending theme renditions (sung by different sets of character cast), "A-LY-YA!"
* Opening of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' tv-series, "Zankoku na Tenshi no These."
* The ending/credits theme of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' leads with 25 seconds of vocals.
* The opening of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', "Connect."
* The opening of ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'', "Esoragoto" by nano.Ripe.
* The opening of ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'' first season, "Treasure."
* The closing theme of ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' second season, "Mirai Night."
* The opening theme of ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', "Duvet" by UK indie band Boa.
* The ending theme of ''Manga/{{Upotte}}'', "Himekuri."
* "Stray", opening theme from ''Anime/WolfsRain''.
* Both opening and closing themes of ''Manga/{{Working}}'' first season, "Someone Else" and "Heart no Edge ni Idomou Go to Heart Edge" respectively. Second season opening, "Coolish Walk."
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'''s third season opening EXTERMINATE starts with Creator/NanaMizuki's powerful voice ringing within silence before the powerful instruments kick in.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'': "A Barber and His Wife", "Epiphany".
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': "Dancing Through Life", "Defying Gravity", "One Short Day", "What is This Feeling?", "The Wizard and I".
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'': "Feed Me".
* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'': "Magical Mister Mistoffelees", "Memory".
* ''Theatre/{{Hairspray}}'': "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now".
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'': Tony begins singing "Maria" on the first bar of music.
* ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'': "Matchmaker".
* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'':
** "My Favorite Things" has only quiet E minor chords on a few downbeats before Maria starts singing, and not even that in the film version, where the number begins as dialogue (though the context is quite different). The second act reprise begins with the children singing unaccompanied for eight bars, though one of the children is allowed to secretly pluck the E string of the guitar on the table to get the starting pitch.
** The reprise of the title song has the children begin harmonizing offstage without any musical cue, so as to surprise the audience as well as the Captain.
** "Maria" features the typical ploy of speaking the first line of the verse ("She climbs a tree and scrapes her knee") over music and only starting to sing on the second.
* ''Theatre/HelloDolly'': "So Long Dearie".
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'': "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
* ''Oliver!'': "Who Will Buy?"
* In ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', "I'll Know" and "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat" begin with a pitch-setting tone, and "Sue Me" and "Marry The Man Today" have the first few lines spoken rather than sung while a pizzicato accompaniment sneaks in. The original cast recording averts this trope with all the aforementioned songs.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'':
** "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" has an opening vamp in the song's softshoe tempo, but the original cast recording deletes it to begin with the ACappella verse.
** "With A Little Bit Of Luck," on the other hand, has no opening vamp in the show, but the original cast recording adds one.
** "A Hymn To Him" pulls the typical trick of seamlessly transitioning from dialogue by having the actor speak instead of sing the first few bars of the verse as the accompaniment discreetly comes in. It's written that way in the score, even though most actors playing Higgins will talk their way through every song.
* ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', aside from several ACappella quartets and one spoken-word number:
** "Ya Got Trouble" opens cold from dialogue (as does its reprise), though most of it is spoken or half-sung.
** "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl" takes the dialogue-to-spoken-word-to-song transition to an extreme, discarding the music entirely for the first six bars of the first refrain and continuing with six more bars spoken over a few pizzicato chords before full accompaniment sets in.
* ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'' pulls off the speech-to-singing transition rather cleverly with "You Are Woman, I Am Man":
-->'''Nick''': I'll be much more direct! You! ''(Beat with chord)'' ''(Sings)'' Are woman, I am man...
* "That Was Yesterday" from ''Milk and Honey'', but only on the original cast recording--the show version includes an 8-bar intro. Likewise, "Like a Young Album" gets this treatment on the cast album only.
* ''Theatre/{{Company}}'': "You Can Drive A Person Crazy" begins on the original cast recording with close-harmony {{Scatting}}. However, in the show, this is preceded by a dozen or so bars of vamp.
* ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon'': "Whoop-ti-ay!" begins immediately after Ben wins Elizabeth in the aution, with the former shouting out the opening line. (On the original cast recording, James Barton's contribution to the number ends right there, with the chorus singing the rest.)

[[folder: Film - Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Hakuna Matata", and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX07j9SDFcc Circle of Life]]".
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': "He Mele No Lilo" and "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride".
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': "Kiss the Girl".
* ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree'': "Take My Hand Paree".
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': "Trust in Me".
* ''Disney/PeterPan'': "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me".
* ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah".
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'': "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvGs7LumhIo No Way Out]]"

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'': "The Beautiful Briny Sea".
* ''Film/DirtyDancing'': "I've Had the Time of My Life".
* The ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' version of "Why Don't You Do Right?"

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/PushingDaisies'' version of "Morning Has Broken". "Birdhouse in Your Soul" does this as well, although it's also true of the original version.
* "Philosopher's Song" in one of the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketches.
* "Heart of Gold Montage" from the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' soundtrack, which starts with Arabic vocals.
* The second theme song from ''Series/UltramanLeo'', used from Episode 14 forward.
* The first theme song from ''Series/UltramanEighty''

[[folder: Music - Alternative]]
* Music/TheAllAmericanRejects - "My Paper Heart" and "Believe"
* Music/AllTimeLow - "Dear Maria Count Me In"
* Music/{{Chevelle}} - "Tug-O-War"
* Music/{{Cake}} - "The Distance"
* Music/CobraStarship: "The City is at War" and "Guilty Pleasure"
* Music/TheDresdenDolls: "Delilah" and "Bad Habit"
* Heavily used by alternative/indie band Music/BlueOctober, in tracks like "Blue Skies", "Calling You", "Sound of Pulling Heaven Down", "X-Amount of Words", and hidden bonus track "It's Just Me".
* Music/{{Evanescence}}: "Going Under," "Call Me When You're Sober" and "Exodus"
* Music/FranzFerdinand: "Do You Want To", "Lucid Dreams" (album version), "Fresh Strawberries".
* Music/{{Hole}} - "Doll Parts" and "Miss World", from ''Music/LiveThroughThis''.
* "Mexican Wine" by Music/FountainsOfWayne
* Gotye - "Eyes Wide Open" (listen very closely and you'll hear it)
* "Glad Girls" by Music/GuidedByVoices.
* "Sublet" by Music/LifterPuller.
* Music/MyChemicalRomance: "Famous Last Words, "Teenagers" and "Boy Division"
* Music/PearlJam: "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town"
* Music/{{REM}}: "New Test Leper", "Wake Up Bomb", "King Of Comedy", "Supernatural Superserious"
* Heavily used by Saves The Day: in some songs like "Certain Tragedy" and "Firefly" they launch into the vocals instantly, while in others like "At Your Funeral" and "See You" they come in after just a single note.
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings".
* Music/StoneTemplePilots - "Dead and Bloated"
* The Summer Set: "Jukebox (Life Goes On)" and "Boomerang".
* Music/TheUsed - "The Taste of Ink"
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants - "Bangs", "Birdhouse in Your Soul", "Narrow Your Eyes", "On The Drag", "Thunderbird", "You're On Fire"
* Music/ThreeDaysGrace - "Pain" and "The High Road"
* "Pennyroyal Tea" by Music/{{Nirvana}}, from ''Music/InUtero''
* Marianas Trench: "Say Anything"
* Music/JimmyEatWorld - "The Sweetness"
* Enter Shikari -"Gandhi Mate, Gandhi"
* Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence have a hell of one on “Witness,” opening not only the song but their entire fifth album.
* Several from Music/TheWhiteStripes: "The Denial Twist," [[LongTitle "Forever for Her (Is Over for Me)"]], "I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman."
* Music/BuiltToSpill - "Big Dipper"

[[folder: Music - Christian]]
* John Elefante - "Where Does Our Love Go"

[[folder: Music - Country]]
* Music/{{Alabama}} - The No. 1 hits "Roll On" (the single/radio edit), "Southern Star," "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6slibTD9MF0 I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)]]" and "Reckless." Their top 5 hit, "The Maker Said Take Her," also was a lyrically cold open.
* Music/BillAnderson: "Still" and "For Loving You" (with Jan Howard). Both had backing vocalists do the honors.
* Eddy Arnold: "Make the World Go Away."
* David Ball: "Thinkin' Problem," which starts off cold with a "Yes, I admiiiiiiiit…"
* Music/TheBandPerry — "If I Die Young"
* Music/GarthBrooks – "Longneck Bottle."
* Jim Ed Brown and the Browns – "The Three Bells (Les Trois Cloches)," the No. 1 country and pop smash. Solo, Jim Ed had "Pop a Top," which in its 1999 remake by Alan Jackson had an instrumental opening.
* The Buffalo Club: "Heart Hold On". In an inverse of how this is usually handled for radio edits, the album version did not have one, but the radio edit (also used in the music video) dubbed the first half of the chorus into the intro as a cold open.
* Carl Butler and Pearl – "Don't Let Me Cross Over"
* Music/JohnnyCash - "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (backing vocalists) and "Folsom Prison Blues" (the live 1968 recording where he says, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"). Also, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGMpc5bCpFY Get Rhythm]]."
* Mark Chesnutt – "Brother Jukebox", "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man".
* Dave & Sugar – "The Door is Always Open" and "Golden Tears."
* The Davis Sisters – "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know." Notable as the only chart topper in the career of Skeeter Davis, one half of the Davis sisters, and only single release in their short career (as the other half of the duo [[AuthorExistenceFailure died in a car accident]] shortly after the song was released and became a hit).
* Jimmy Dean – "Big Bad John" (the backing chorus singing the title lyrics) and "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (and the Last Thing Ev'ry Night)."
* John Denver - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPHTQgj1t2E Follow Me]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSY_sitExdQ Goodbye Again]]"
* Joe Diffie – "Third Rock from the Sun" (album and dance mixes only, which open with an electronic-voiced "Welcome to Earth, third rock from the sun!")
* Emerson Drive — "Fall into Me", although it was edited out of the radio version.
* Sara Evans - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6jkyTkc50A Big Cry]]"
* Donna Fargo - "Superman."
* Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine — "Cruise" and "Stay." The latter is a cover of Black Stone Cherry, whose original version features a couple guitar chords first.
* Janie Fricke - "Please Help Me I'm Falling." This was a ballad remake of a No. 1 country and top 10 pop smash (from 1960) by Hank Locklin, which had a standard opening.
* Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers – "All the Gold in California."
* Crystal Gayle – "Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For", "Straight to the Heart".
* Mickey Gilley – "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time" (his spoken word, "Ah 1, ah 2, ah 1-2-3-go!" before the rollicking piano opening).
* Gloriana - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxN7SHF86ws If You're Leavin']]"
* Jack Greene – "There Goes My Everything," "All the Time" and "You Are My Treasure."
* Lee Greenwood – "Hearts Aren't Made to Break (They're Made to Love)"
* Music/MerleHaggard – "Natural High."
* Emmylou Harris – "Together Again" (where she takes a very audible deep breath before opening) and "Beneath Still Waters." Also, her 1984 top 10 hit "Pledging My Love."
* Freddie Hart - "My Hang-Up Is You" and "Bless Your Heart."
* Bobby Helms – "My Special Angel" (backing vocalists).
* Johnny Horton – "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)" and "North to Alaska," both with backing vocalists doing the honors.
* Ferlin Husky – "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove" (his country gospel No. 1 smash from 1960).
* Music/AlanJackson – "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and "Someday."
* Sonny James - "You're the Only World I Know," "Behind the Tear," "Need You," "Only the Lonely" and "Empty Arms." Also, the backing vocalists on "I'll Keep Holding On (Just to Your Love)."
* Music/GeorgeJones: "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Also his 1961 top 10 hit "The Window Up Above."
* Cristy Lane: "One Day at a Time," the perennial country gospel No. 1 hit. The original Marilyn Sellars version, which was a No. 37 pop and No. 19 country hit, also had a cold open.
* Little Texas — "Life Goes On" (begins with an {{a cappella}} rendition of the chorus)
* Love and Theft - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doBK9Zv9rsw Don't Wake Me]]"
* Music/TimMcGraw — "Last Dollar (Fly Away)". Also cut from the radio edit.
* Music/WillieNelson – "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" (his spoken word, "1, 2, 1-2-3-4" before the opening guitar chord) and "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground."
* Music/TheOakRidgeBoys - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H_rr9m9jaE Trying To Love Two Women]]"
* Music/BuckOwens - "My Heart Skips a Beat," "Together Again," "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail," "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line" and "Your Tender Loving Care."
* Music/DollyParton - "Why'd You Come In Here Looking Like That?"
* Johnny Paycheck – "TakeThisJobAndShoveIt"
* Danielle Peck - "Findin' a Good Man". Edited out of the radio edit, which instead began with a guitar solo.
* Kellie Pickler - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP77BVLE-0o Best Days Of Your Life]]"
* Webb Pierce – "In the Jailhouse Now."
* Music/ElvisPresley – "Heartbreak Hotel." Other remakes -- including one done in 1979 as a duet by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell -- have a standard instrumental opening.
* Charley Pride – "I'll Be Leaving Alone."
* Collin Raye – "My Kind of Girl."
* Music/RascalFlatts' "Bob That Head" begins with a CarefulWithThatAxe-level TitleScream.
* Jim Reeves – "I Guess I'm Crazy" (which went No. 1 shortly after his 1964 death).
* Restless Heart — "Let the Heartache Ride"
* Music/MartyRobbins – "Among My Souvenirs"
* Johnny Rodriguez – "Love Put a Song In My Heart"
* Music/KennyRogers - "Sweet Music Man". Most covers of the song omit the opener entirely ("I wouldn't listen / But I couldn't see / That all I have left now / Are words you sang to me.").
* Runaway June - "Lipstick"
* Carl Smith – "Hey Joe." When redone in 1981 by Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley as a duet ("Hey Joe (Hey Moe)"), it had a standard instrumental opening.
* Joe Stampley - "Soul Song" and "All These Things"
* Music/TheStatlerBrothers – "Elizabeth"
* Wynn Stewart – "It's Such a Pretty World Today"
* Marty Stuart - "Burn Me Down"
* Tanya Tucker - "What's Your Mama's Name" and "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)"
* Pam Tillis - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NLjcWH6v6I Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)]]"
* The Tractors — "Baby Likes to Rock It" (album version only; the single and radio edits go into a standard instrumental opening).
* Music/RandyTravis - "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-dX3yFkLVE&ob=av2e I Told You So]]"
* Trick Pony's 2005 cover of Bonnie Tyler's "It's a Heartache" uses one, although the original doesn't.
* Music/ShaniaTwain - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrcsKfM7RaU No One Needs To Know]]." Also "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZRA-Dwv86E&ob=av2e Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?]]."
* Music/ConwayTwitty - "Hello Darlin'" and "I Can't Stop Lovin' You."
* Jerry Wallace - "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"
* Kitty Wells – "Heartbreak U.S.A."
* Music/HankWilliamsJr – "Mind Your Own Business"[[note]]featuring Music/RebaMcEntire, Music/WillieNelson, Music/TomPetty, and Reverend Ike[[/note]]
* Tammy Wynette - "Run, Woman, Run" and "Bedtime Story."
* Yankee Grey - "All Things Considered"
* Music/TrishaYearwood - "Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love"
* Music/DwightYoakam – "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" (the remake of the 1951 Lefty Frizzell hit). Incidentally, while his original 1951 hit version had an atomic guitar opening, Frizzell's 1959 stereo remake had a cold lyrical opening. (At the time of the Yoakam remake of 1988, Frizzell's remake the only version in print and was the far more played version on radio as an "oldie.")

[[folder: Music - Electronic]]
* Music/CalvinHarris - "Feel So Close" and "I'm Not Alone".
* Music/DaftPunk - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoPplpBPQxQ Technologic]]", "Doin' It Right" and "Daftendirekt" (The "Da funk, back to the punk, c'mon" MadnessMantra is repeated several times at the beginning of the song, going from heavily distorted to really easy to hear).
* "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," "Watch the Tapes," "Drunk Girls," and "Sound of Silver" by Music/LCDSoundsystem
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZQ50Qa9h9M "Expialidocious"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCr0YoXUDrE "Jiminy"]] by Music/{{Pogo}}.
* Music/JoyElectric: “The Otherly Opus”, “The Memory of Alpha”, “Red Will Dye These Snows of Silver”. All three of these come from the album ''The Otherly Opus'', which has more of a focus on vocal harmonies than any other JE album.
** Also "Whose Voice Will Not Be Heard" from ''Dwarf Mountain Alphabet''.
* On Music/{{Covenant}}'s ''Modern Ruin'', "Kairos" is a cold open to "The Beauty and the Grace".

[[folder: Music - Metal]]
* Music/{{Delain}} - "The Gathering"
* Music/IronMaiden - "Can I Play With Madness" (the TitleDrop, no less)
* Music/JudasPriest - "Ram It Down", even if it's just a MetalScream.
* Music/{{Rammstein}} has several songs that use this trope:
** Herzeleid off of Herzeleid.
** Ich Will of Mutter
* "All Guns Blazing" by Music/JudasPriest
* Music/{{Metallica}} has both "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains." (both off the same album)
* Music/{{Nightwish}} does it in "I Wish I Had An Angel."
* Music/{{Manowar}} - "Sleipnir"
* Music/DragonForce - "Soldiers of the Wasteland"
* Music/{{Lamb of God}} - "Boot Scraper"
* White Lion: "Wait"
* Black Sabbath: - "Valhalla"
* Architects (UK)- "Dethroned"
* Music/{{Sabaton}} - "Primo Victoria" and "Night Witches"
* Music/{{Behemoth}} - "Slaves Shall Serve"
* Music/EdgeOfSanity - "Crimson"
* Music/TheOcean for their whole Anthropocentric album. Happens again on "Heaven TV" on the same album.
* {{Music/Slipknot}} - ''Lech''
* Music/VanCanto - While technically every song qualifies (van Canto being an a Capella band), their cover of the aforementioned "Primo Victoria" is the only one to follow the spirit of the trope.
* The Kennedy Veil - "Ad Noctum"

[[folder: Music - Pop]]
* 3OH!3 - "Don't Trust Me"
* America - "I Need You"
* Music/AnnaNalick - "Breathe (2 AM)"
** Anna does this again in "Shine" and in "Car Crash" with one of her characteristic unusual metaphors ("I think I love you like a car crash, dear")
* Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven is a Place on Earth"
* Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - "I've Had the Time of My Life" (as mentioned under Film above)
* Music/BillyJoel - "The Longest Time"
* Music/CelineDion - "Because You Loved Me"
** Also "The Power of Love" ("The whispers in the morning...")
** From Celine Dion's early French-language days, "La Religieuse" (The Nun), which starts with "Même à genoux, même en prière..." (Even kneeling, even in prayer...), a line repeated at the start of every verse in the song.
* Charlie Dore - "Pilot Of The Airwaves"
* Cher Lloyd - "Want U Back" and With Ur Love"
* The Corrs - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aR3W9t9Q6I Breathless]]"
* Music/DemiLovato - "Heart Attack"
* Music/DonMcLean - "American Pie"
* Music/DReam - "Things Can Only Get Better"
* Music/EricClapton's version of "I Shot the Sheriff"
* Music/FleetwoodMac - "Monday Morning"
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine: "Kiss with a Fist", "I'm Not Calling You a Liar", "Cosmic Love", "Falling", "Addicted to Love", "Bird Song", and "Shake it Out".
* Music/{{Fun}} - "Some Nights", "At Least I'm Not as Sad as I Used to Be" and "Benson Hedges"
* Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - "Young Girl"
* Music/GeorgeMichael - The album version of "Fastlove" from ''Music/{{Older}}'' begins with "Got to get up to get down".
* Music/HarryBelafonte - "Banana Boat Song", better known by its first line "Day-o, day-O, daylight come and me wan' go home..."
* B'coz I Love You by HitomiYaida
* ''Gonna be here'', by Creator/JunkoNoda
* ''Kitto Wasurenai'', by ZARD
* Music/{{Kerli}} - "Chemical".
* Music/{{Kesha}} - "[=TiK ToK=]".
* Lucky Soul - "Could It Be I Don't Belong Anywhere"
* OneHitWonder Nine Days and their hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)", which launches right into the hook/chorus. WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows called this "a damn good move" because of how strong the hook is.
* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds: "Obsessions", "I am Not a Robot", "Hollywood", "Numb", "Teen Idle" and "Primadonna".
* Music/{{Maroon 5}}: "Daylight", "Payphone", "Won't Go Home Without You", and "One More Night", "Maps", and "Animals."
* Music/MeghanTrainor's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMTAUr3Nm6I "No"]].
* Music/{{Nickelback}} - "How You Remind Me" and "Rockstar"
* Music/{{NSYNC}}: "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "I Want You Back"
* Music/{{Oasis}}: "I'm Outta Time"
* Music/PatBenatar: - "Shadows of the Night"
* Music/PeterSchilling - "Only Dreams" and its German counterpart "...Dann Trugt Der Schein"
* Music/PhilCollins - "One More Night" and "Separate Lives"
* Plain White T's - "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)"
* The Playmates - "Beep Beep"
* Music/{{Pink}} – "Perfect" (and its [[ClusterFBomb f-worded variant]]).
* The Righteous Brothers: "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" and "Unchained Melody"
* Music/{{Rihanna}} - "Where Have You Been", "[=S&M=]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e6wE8UnJJs Don't Stop The Music]]"
* Music/SavageGarden - "Promises"
* Music/{{Seal}} - "Future Love Paradise", which launches straight into its distinctive opening verse:
-->But if only you could see them, you would know from their faces, there were kings and queens, followed by princes and princesses...
* Serena Ryder - "Stompa" (the radio version, however, cuts out the opening lines)
* Music/SmashMouth - "All Star"
** This one has [[MemeticMutation become an internet meme.]] (see [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/somebody-once-told-me Somebody Once Told Me on Know Your Meme]])
* Music/{{Squeeze}}'s "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)"
* [[Music/{{tatu}} t.A.T.u.]] - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDpU536W-FM Stars]]"
** Also, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaM7U5P9o8g Loves Me Not]]".
* Tegan and Sara - "Closer"
* Troye Sivan - "BITE"

[[folder: Music - Punk]]
* Music/TheClash: "London's Burning", "Know Your Rights", "The Sound of Sinners"
* Music/GreenDay, "Basket Case"
* FEAR - "I Love Livin' In the City"
* Music/TheOffspring, "Self-Esteem", "All I Want" (though it's {{Scatting}} in both cases), "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" (a bubbly-voiced man saying "Gunter glieben glauten globen", sampled from Music/DefLeppard's "Rock of Ages") and "Why Don't You Get A Job?"
* "I Went Out With A Hippy" & "Now I Love Everyone Except For Her" by FrenzalRhomb
* "Killing Away" and "Panic Attack" by OFF!
* Music/MotionCitySoundtrack:
** Delirium
** Stand Too Close by
* Rancid - "Roots Radical"
* Descendents - "Suburban Home"

[[folder: Music - Rap]]
* Music/BeastieBoys: "Paul Revere", "Slow And Low", "Time to Get Ill", "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" (all from ''Music/LicensedToIll''), "Intergalactic" (though it's heavily distorted)
* [[Music/KRSOne Boogie Down Productions]] - "Criminal Minded"
* Music/KanyeWest - "Gold Digger" (albeit it's JamieFoxx doing the singing), "Dark Fantasy", "All of the Lights" (if not counting the album's interlude)
* Music/LLCoolJ - "Rock the Bells"
* Music/NickiMinaj - "Roman Holiday", "Pound the Alarm".
* Music/{{Pitbull}} loves this trope. "Give Me Everything", "Feel This Moment", "Don't Stop the Party", "[[Film/MenInBlack Back in Time]]", etc.
* Music/PublicEnemy - "Rightstarter"
* Music/RunDMC was fond of this trope early on. To wit: "My Adidas", "Peter Piper", "Run's House", "King Of Rock", "It's Tricky"
* Music/TupacShakur - "California Love" (Although sung by Roger Troutman.)
* U.T.F.O. - "Roxanne, Roxanne" and the AnswerSong "The Real Roxanne"
* Music/WillSmith - "Will 2K"
* Music/{{Eminem}} - "Kill You", "Who Knew?", "I'm Back", "Not Afraid", "Asshole", "The Monster", "Desperation", and "Wicked Ways".
* Big Daddy Kane - "Set It Off".

[[folder: Music - R&B]]
* Betty Everett - "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "If I Were a Boy"
* Bill Withers - "Ain't No Sunshine" [[note]]when she's gone. Its not warm when she's away[[/note]]
* The Coasters - "Searchin' ", "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown".
* Clarence "Frogman" Henry - "Ain't Got No Home"
* Four Tops - "Standing in the Shadow of Love"
* Music/OtisRedding - "These Arms of Mine"
* Rotary Connection - "Silent Night Chant"
* Music/RKelly - "Bump N' Grind"

[[folder: Music - Rock]]
* "Banana Co." by Music/{{Radiohead}}
* Music/TheBeachBoys - "Barbara Ann"
* Music/TheBeatles were fond of this trope, doing it in "There's a Place", "All My Loving", "It Won't Be Long", "No Reply", "If I Fell", "I'm a Loser", "Help!", "You're Going to Lose That Girl", "Wait", "Nowhere Man", "Girl", "Eleanor Rigby", "I'm Only Sleeping", "Paperback Writer", "Yellow Submarine", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "The Long and Winding Road".
** And solo as well: Music/PaulMcCartney on "Another Day", "Bluebird", "Junk", and "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey". Music/JohnLennon on "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", "How?", and "(Just Like) Starting Over".
* Music/BonJovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"
* Music/BruceSpringsteen - "Atlantic City"
* Bullet - "White Lies Blue Eyes"
* Music/CheapTrick's version of "California Man" by The Move, where Robin Zander sings the first four words of the song ACappella before the rest of the band comes in. The original song, however, is not an example.
* Music/ElvisPresley - "Heartbreak Hotel"
* Music/FatsDomino - "Ain't That a Shame"
* Music/FooFighters - "Best of You", "Breakout", "This Is a Call", and "Lonely As You"
* Music/{{Genesis}} - "Looking for Someone", "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" and "Supper's Ready"
* The Guess Who - "Star Baby"
* Music/JeffersonAirplane - "Somebody To Love"
* Music/{{Journey}} - "Any Way You Want It" and "Anytime"
* Music/{{Kansas}} - "Carry On Wayward Son"
* Music/{{KISS}} - "I Just Wanna". Also, when performed live, "Lick It Up" (as heard on Alive III).
* Music/LitaFord - "Kiss Me Deadly"
* Music/LittleRiverBand: "Lonesome Loser" opens by asking if you've heard about the titular loser.
* Music/{{Marillion}} - "Script for a Jester's Tear"
* Music/TheMarsVolta - "Inertiatic ESP" (aside from the four split second guitar chords),"Cassandra Gemini", and "The Widow".
* Music/NickCave has "And No More Shall We Part", "Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow", "Oh My Lord", "Sweetheart Come", "The Sorrowful Wife", "Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere?", "Train Long-Suffering", "Black Crow King", "The Good Son", "Sorrow's Child", "Brother, My Cup Is Empty", "Loom of the Land", "Loverman", "Lay Me Low", "The Lyre of Orpheus", "There Is a Town"... He sure loves this trope.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne - "Crazy Train"
* Papa Roach - "Last Resort"
* Music/{{Pavement}} "Gold Soundz" and "Stop Breathin'"
* Music/PeterGabriel - "Big Time"
* Music/PinkFloyd - "Mother", "Young Lust", "A New Machine" parts 1 and 2.
** "[[BookEnds ...we]] [[HereWeGoAgain came in?]]"
* Many Music/{{Queen}} songs have this. Some [[IncomingHam loudly announce themselves]] with an opening chorus ("Bohemian Rhapsody", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Bicycle Race", "It's A Hard Life", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pm4fQRl72k&ob=av2n I Want It All]]") while others open with a quiet fade in of Freddie's vocals ("We are the Champions", "Save Me", "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"). "Somebody to Love" does a bit of both ("Can...''any-bo-'''dyyyy...'''''").
* Music/TheRollingStones - "Ruby Tuesday"
** "You Can't Always Get What You Want" starts with the London Bach Choir singing the first verse.
* Music/RoxyMusic - "Do the Strand"
* Music/SavingAbel - "Addicted"
* Sparks - both halves of the medley "Propaganda" and "At Home, At Work, At Play"
* [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Starship]] - "We Built This City"
* Music/{{Styx}} - "Renegade"
* Music/TwistedSister - "I Wanna Rock" [[CallAndResponseSong (ROCK!)]]
* Music/VanHalen - "Tattoo" and the IncomingHam intro of "Good Enough" ("HELLO BABY! YEEEEEAAAAH!")
* Music/{{Yes}} - "I've Seen All Good People", "Leave It", and "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)" (although the last of these averts this trope on the 2003 remaster, which adds an instrumental intro that wasn't present on any previously released version of the song).

[[folder: Music - Other]]
* Creator/KristinChenoweth - "Taylor the Latte Boy"
* The version of "Sally's Song" by Amy Lee (lead vocalist of Music/{{Evanescence}})
* Music/WithinTemptation - "Forsaken", "Silver Moonlight"
* Mr. Bungle - "Squeeze Me Macaroni"
* Used by Japanese all-girl J-Rock Chatmonchy in their hit songs "Hana No Yume", "Renai Supirittsu", and "Daidai" (which was a ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' ending theme) as well as in several others ("Mayonaka Yuuenchi", "Joshi Tachi ni Asu wa Nai", "Weekend no Maboroshi").
* Rednex - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qUk94eSu2c Cotton Eye Joe]]"
* The Black Ghosts - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COtNnZM5VZs Full Moon]]"
* Music/CelticWoman - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoSSkuevdWE Mo Ghile Mear]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKXFX-xXY8c Over the Rainbow]]"
* Jim Brickman - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnNK4Alwbsw Never Alone]]"
* Bay City Rollers - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjI6SXFFPc Saturday Night]]"
* Music/{{ABBA}} - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BshxCIjNEjY&ob=av2e Super Trouper]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-crgQGdpZR0&ob=av2e Take A Chance On Me]]"
* Vitamin C - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG7x2vDLnGw Volare]]"
* Hemoglobin by BebornBeton
* Music/FiveIronFrenzy's "Anthem."
* The Honeydrippers - "I Get A Thrill" (with [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]] on lead vocals)
* Music/JohannSebastianBach's sacred cantata ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn4zEYWjejA Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott]]'' (BWV 80) starts right away with the vocals instead of the traditional instrumental beginning.
** He also does it several times in his B minor mass: The opening ''Kyrie'' (both of them), the opening of the ''Credo'', the ''Sanctus'', the ''Osanna'', and the finale (''Dona Nobis Pacem''). The most jarring example comes as a fantastic MoodWhiplash in the middle of the ''Credo'' sequence, when a five part chorus and a full orchestra goes from the depressing "funeral" part to the optimistic resurrection, ''without giving the choir any break at all'' - they have to instantly skip one and a half octaves up!
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic - "Melanie" and "The Saga Begins"
* Undead Corporation's 天涯 - It also has a karaoke version, which sounds rather strange opening with 20 seconds of silence.
* Folk-rock group Music/DeltaRae - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeR7zo2zfKM "Bottom of the River"]].
* Toshiki Kadomatsu - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PDH2KCaaoM&t=40s "Tokyo Tower"]]
* Music/TheFourFreshmen would often begin their songs that way. Examples include "It's a Blue World", "After You" and "Poinciana".
* New wave band Music/OingoBoingo - Weird Science

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''s credits song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI Still Alive]]", which opens immediately with [=GLaDOS=] singing the unexpected line "This was a triumph..."
* The ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series, being very prolific in terms of vocal songs, has a few songs of that kind.
** "Yokan", one of Saki Nijino's {{Image Song}}s, sung by Creator/SachikoSugawara
** "Sweetest Love", one of Mei Ijuin's Image Songs, sung by Creator/YukariTamura
** "ADVENTURE", second opening of ''Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Dancing Summer Vacation'', sung by Creator/JunkoNoda
* [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Tekken 5]]'s opening song, "Sparking".
* ''ThousandArms'' opener "Depend on You".
* The remix of the main theme of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', "Burn My Dread", [[spoiler:used for the final battle]], opens with Yumi Kawamura singing the first couple words of the refrain acapella. It syncs nicely with the on-screen action, as the acapella part is displayed on a black screen with the game coming back into view when the instruments kick in.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* "Shine" from the [[{{WebAnimation/RWBY}} RWBY]] soundtrack.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The television adaption of ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange''.