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, 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.

ACapella songs don't count, nor does StudioChatter.

Contrast with EpicInstrumentalOpener.
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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime ]]

* The first opening theme of ''[[{{Amagami}} Amagami SS]]'', "i love."
* Television version of the ending theme of ''[[{{Anime/Angelbeats}} Angel Beats!]]'', "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 ''CasshernSins'' opening, "Aoi hana" by color bottle.
* The ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' ending, "Dear My Friend."
* ''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 ''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 ''NegimaSecondSeason'' ending theme renditions (sung by different sets of character cast), "A-LY-YA!"
* Opening of ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' tv-series, "Zankoku na Tenshi no These."
* The ending/credits theme of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' leads with 25 seconds of vocals.
* The opening of ''{{Sankarea}}'', "Esoragoto" by nano.Ripe.
* The opening of ''SeitokaiNoIchizon'' first season, "Treasure."
* The closing theme of ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' second season, "Mirai Night."
* The opening theme of ''SerialExperimentsLain'', "Duvet" by UK indie band Boa.
* The ending theme of ''[[{{Manga/Upotte}} Upotte!!]]'', "Himekuri."
* "Stray", opening theme from ''WolfsRain''.
* Both opening and closing themes of ''{{Working}}'' first season, "Someone Else" and "Heart no Edge ni Idomou Go to Heart Edge" respectively. Second season opening, "Coolish Walk."
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[[folder: 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".
* ''{{Hairspray}}'': "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now".
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'': "I Feel Pretty", "Maria", "Somewhere".
* ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'': "Matchmaker".
* ''TheSoundOfMusic'': "My Favorite Things".
* ''HelloDolly'': "So Long Dearie".
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'': "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
* ''Oliver!'': "Who Will Buy?"
* ''GuysAndDolls'': "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat"

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[[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/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".
* ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'': "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah".
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvGs7LumhIo No Way Out]]"

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

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

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''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 ''{{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''

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[[folder: Music - Alternative ]]

* Music/TheAllAmericanRejects - "My Paper Heart" and "Believe"
* Music/AllTimeLow - "Dear Maria Count Me In"
* Music/{{Chevelle}} - "Tug-O-War"
* Music/CobraStarship: "The City is at War" and "Guilty Pleasure"
* TheDresdenDolls: "Delilah" and "Bad Habit"
* Heavily used by alternative/indie band 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).
* {{Hole}} - "Doll Parts" and "Miss World"
* "Mexican Wine" by FountainsOfWayne
* Gotye - "Eyes Wide Open" (listen very closely and you'll hear it)
* MyChemicalRomance: "Famous Last Words" and "Teenagers"
* Music/PearlJam: "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town"
* Music/{{REM}}: "New Test Leper", "Wake Up Bomb", "King Of Comedy"
* 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".
* 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", "Thunderbird", "You're On Fire"
* Music/ThreeDaysGrace - "Pain"
* "Pennyroyal Tea" by {{Nirvana}}
* Marianas Trench: "Say Anything"
* JimmyEatWorld - "The Sweetness"
* Enter Shikari -"Gandhi Mate, Gandhi"

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[[folder: Music - Country ]]

* Music/{{Alabama}} - "Roll On Eighteen Wheeler" (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."
* Bill Anderson: "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.
* The Buffalo Club: Short-lived 1990s country group whose "Heart Hold On" invoked this trope; the radio edit had the first half of the chorus edited into the open.
* Carl and Pearl Butler – "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."
* 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 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."
* Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers – "All the Gold in California."
* Crystal Gayle – "Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For."
* 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.
* Little Texas — "Life Goes On"
* Love and Theft - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doBK9Zv9rsw Don't Wake Me]]"
* Music/TimMcGraw — "Last Dollar (Fly Away)"
* 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/DollyParton - "Why'd You Come In Here Looking Like That"
* Johnny Paycheck – "Take This Job and Shove It."
* 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."
* Charley Pride – "I'll Be Leaving Alone."
* Collin Raye – "My Kind of Girl."
* Music/RascalFlatts' "Bob That Head" begins with a TitleScream.
* Jim Reeves – "I Guess I'm Crazy" (which went No. 1 shortly after his 1964 death).
* Restless Heart — "Let the Heartache Ride"
* MartyRobbins – "Among My Souvenirs."
* Johnny Rodriguez – "Love Put a Song In My Heart."
* 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."
* TheStatlerBrothers – "Elizabeth."
* Wynn Stewart – "It's Such a Pretty World Today."
* 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 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, her top 10 hit "[[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 (The Tune in Dan's Cafe)."
* Kitty Wells – "Heartbreak U.S.A."
* Music/HankWilliamsJr – "Mind Your Own Business"
* Tammy Wynette - "Run, Woman, Run" and "Bedtime Story."
* Dwight Yoakam – "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" (the remake of the 1951 Lefty Frizzell hit).

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[[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 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 {{Covenant}}'s ''Modern Ruin'', "Kairos" is a cold open to "The Beauty and the Grace".
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[[folder: Music - Metal ]]

* Music/{{Delain}} - "The Gathering"
* Music/IronMaiden - "Can I Play With Madness" (the TitleDrop, no less)
* 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}} does this for "The Memory Remains."
* 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"
* Architects (UK)- "Dethroned"
* {{Sabaton}} - "Night Witches"
* {{Behemoth}} - "Slaves Shall Serve

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[[folder: Music - Pop ]]

* 3OH!3 - "Don't Trust Me"
* 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...")
* Cher Lloyd - "Want U Back" and With Ur Love"
* The Corrs - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aR3W9t9Q6I Breathless]]"
* 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"
* Harry Belafonte - "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"
* Nena - "99 Luftballons"
* OneHitWonder Nine Days and their hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)", which launches right into the hook/chorus. ToddInTheShadows called this "a damn good move" because of how strong the hook is.
* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds: "Numb" and "Primadonna".
* Music/{{Maroon 5}}: "Daylight", "Payphone", "Won't Go Home Without You" and "One More Night".
* Music/{{Nickelback}} - "How You Remind Me" and "Rockstar"
* *Music/{{NSYNC}}: "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "I Want You Back"
* Music/PatBenatar: - "Shadows of the Night"
* 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]]"
* 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"
* [[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"

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[[folder: Music - Punk ]]

* Music/TheClash: "London's Burning", "Know Your Rights", "The Sound of Sinners"
* GreenDay, "Basket Case"
* 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 Def Leppard'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"

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[[folder: Music - Rap ]]

* BeastieBoys: "Paul Revere", "Slow And Low", "Time to Get Ill", "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn"
* [[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"
* U.T.F.O. - "Roxanne, Roxanne" and the AnswerSong "The Real Roxanne"
* WillSmith - "Will 2K"
* Music/{{Eminem}} - "Who Knew?", "I'm Back", and "Not Afraid".
* Big Daddy Kane - "Set It Off".

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[[folder: Music - R&B ]]

* Betty Everett - "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
* Music/{{Beyonce}} - "If I Were a Boy"
* Clarence "Frogman" Henry - "Ain't Got No Home"
* Four Tops - "Standing in the Shadow of Love"
* Otis Redding - "These Arms of Mine"
* Music/RKelly - "Bump N' Grind"

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[[folder: Music - Rock ]]

* "Banana Co." by Music/{{Radiohead}}
* Music/TheBeachBoys - "Barbara Ann"
* Music/TheBeatles were fond of this trope, doing it in "All My Loving", "Eleanor Rigby", "Girl", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", "Help!", "Hey Jude", "I'm a Loser", "Julia", "The Long and Winding Road", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "No Reply," "Nowhere Man", "Wait", and "Yellow Submarine".
** And solo as well: Paul [=McCartney=] on "Another Day", "Bluebird", "Junk", and "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey". John Lennon on "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", "How?", and "(Just Like) Starting Over".
* Music/BonJovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"
* 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"
* "Gold Soundz" and "Stop Breathin'" by {{Pavement}}
* Music/JeffersonAirplane - "Somebody To Love"
* Music/{{Journey}} - "Any Way You Want It"
* Kansas - "Carry on Wayward Son"
* Lita Ford - "Kiss Me Deadly"
* 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/OzzyOsbourne - "Crazy Train"
* Papa Roach - "Last Resort"
* Music/PinkFloyd - "Mother", "Young Lust", "A New Machine" parts 1 and 2.
* Music/QuietRiot - Their version of "Cum on Feel the Noize"
* Music/TheRollingStones - "Ruby Tuesday"
* 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...'''''").
* RoxyMusic - "Do the Strand"
* Sparks - both halves of the medley "Propaganda" and "At Home, At Work, At Play"
* Music/BruceSpringsteen - "Atlantic City"
* [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Starship]] - "We Built This City"
* Music/{{Styx}} - "Renegade"
* VanHalen - "Tattoo"
* 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).
* 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.
* The Guess Who - "Star Baby"
* Music/CheapTrick's version of "California Man" by The Move, where Robin Zander sings the first four words of the song acapella before the rest of the band comes in. The original song, however, is not an example.

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[[folder: Music - Other ]]

* Kristen Chenowith - "Taylor the Latte Boy"
* The version of "Sally's Song" by Amy Lee (lead vocalist of Music/{{Evanescence}})
* Music/WithinTemptation - "Forsaken"
* 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."
* J.S. Bach'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.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic - "The Saga Begins"
* Undead Corporation's 天涯 - It also has a karaoke version, which sounds rather strange opening with 20 seconds of silence.

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* ''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 ''Franchise/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".

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The television adaption of ''TheAnnoyingOrange''.

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