Album Intro Track
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:
Albums That Contain An Intro Track:
- All Hail Bright Futures by And So I Watch You From Afar begins with a track called "Eunoia" which leads into 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.
Why is the world in love again?
Why are we marching hand in hand?
Why are the ocean levels rising up?
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 Book Ends, the last track is "Epilogue", which has the same piano and the same narrator, thanking the audience for listening.
- Modest Mouse's Good News For People Who Love Bad News starts with "Horn Intro", a 6 second track that has a horn section (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) playing a couple of sustained notes that lead right into "The World At Large", the album's first proper song. This turns out to be taken from the very beginning of "This Devil's Workday", which comes later on the same album, and is a full song collaboration with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
- Jars of Clay's The Long Fall Back to Earth begins with "The Long Fall", a mostly-instrumental track that starts quiet and builds up to a segue into "Weapons".
- Mudhoney's Piece Of Cake starts with an untitled 40 second parody of Orchestra Hit Techno Battle-style rave music (albeit performed solely with organ, guitar, drums, and distorted vocals). This is definitely in the "different genre from the rest of the album" category, because the other songs are primarily Grunge.
- Good Charlotte: The Chronicles of Life and Death ("Once Upon A Time: The Battle of Life and Death"), Good Morning Revival ("Good Morning Revival") and Cardiology ("Introduction To Cardiology").
- Every album by Bright Eyes has included an example of this, usually either spoken word (I'm Wide Awake It's Morning) or some sort of sample which could either be musical or some sort of speaking.
- Sakanaction, in three different albums: Kikuuiki starts with the aptly named "Intro=Kikuuiki", made of random noises and music snippets, DocumentaLy starts with "RL", which consists mostly of voices spelling the album name and typing sounds; Sakanaction starts again with a track named "Intro", which is mostly ambient noises.
- Morphine's Cure For Pain starts with "Dawna", a 44 second ambient instrumental mostly centered on Dana Colley's saxophone playing. Like Swimming starts with the minute-long "Lilah", which is similar, but based around Mark Sandman's bass instead.
- The 1975's self-titled album opens with "The 1975", a short track that sets the mood for the album. A reworked version serves the same role for their second album, I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
- Gorillaz included:
- "Intro" (Demon Days) uses a sample of background music from Dawn of the Dead to suggest the listener has been transported somewhere surreal.
- "Orchestral Intro" (Plastic Beach) is a short orchestral piece that starts off sounding melancholy and ends on a bright chord, displaying the range of tones that the album covers.
- "Intro: I Switched My Robot Off]]" (Humanz) is the first in a number of spoken interludes that pop up every few songs, each setting the tone for its given section of the album.
- 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. "The White Songbook", off the album The White Songbook, has an Epic Instrumental Opener making full use of the Boléro Effect, and ends with some spoken-word lyrics. The rest of the album is more conventional synthpop. "Hello Mannequin", off the album Hello Mannequin: a slow, spoken word piece on an album otherwise full of danceable synthpop. "And This No More", off Dwarf Mountain Alphabet, is the album's only instrumental track.
- Orbital's second album, Orbital II, opens with "Time Becomes..." which is just a looped vocal sample from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And Blue Album opens with "Transient"—a full song, but it's an ambient one with no percussion. The rest of the album is techno.
- 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).
- The KLF's The White Room opens with "What Time Is Love? (Live at Trancentral)", which begins with Black Steel singing a verse over some mellow keys. He then gets cut off by a sampled "Kick Out the Jams!" shout, and the album launches into frantic stadium house music. (The previously-released single version of "What Time is Love? [Live at Trancentral]" completely lacked the mellow intro.) Black Steel's verse shows up again at the end of the album, on the song "Justified and Ancient", and this time he gets to finish.
- Dr Israel's Inna City Pressure begins with "Inna City", a slow spoken-word piece. It segues seamlessly into the Lyrical Cold Open of the next track, the ragga jungle-influenced "Pressure".
- Figure's dubstep album Monsters Vol. 4 starts off with the three-and-a-half-minute "Death's Gospel", which sets the mood with (in order) creepy ambience, a Drone of Dread, an ominous Ethereal Choir coupled with a Lonely Piano Piece, and another drone, before wrapping things up with some Whispering Ghosts and Falling Bass.
- All of VNV Nation's albums have one of these. Transnational opens with "Generator", which is a Siamese Twin Song and Epic Instrumental Opener to "Everything."
- The title tracks of Covenant's Modern Ruin and Leaving Babylon.
- All of Hexode's albums have intro and outro tracks. As a general rule, the outros are absolutely terrifying.
- Todd Terje's It's Album Time begins with "Intro (It's Album Time)". It's a bit over a minute long, with a short tune that builds and repeats, while voices chant "It's album time!"
- Gotye's Like Drawing Blood has its 22-second title track play soflty before segueing into into the song "The Only Way".
- The appropriately titled Intro in OutKast's Stankonia.
- Wyclef Jean's "The Ecleftic" has a intro scene with spoken word.
- Both of noise-rap group clipping.'s full albums, Midciy and CLPPNG, have tracks named 'intro', which consist of their rapper Daveed Diggs rapping quickly over whining tones and blaring chaotic noise, serving to very quickly introduce the albums.
- The Hamilton Mixtape has the song "No John Trumbull (Intro)" which asserts that the following album would be nothing like Trumbull's famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was originally supposed to be used in the play proper but was quickly dropped in favor of the now-iconic song "Alexander Hamilton", and found a home on the Mixtape.
- Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The CD reissue of Moanin’ opens with a 30 second sample of a rehearsal, complete with Studio Chatter between trumpeter Lee Morgan and producer Rudy Van Gelder. (The original LP version of the album omitted this track.)
- Jaga Jazzist's One-Armed Bandit starts with "The Thing Introduces...", a 23 second track performed by a completely different band (The Thing).
- 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.
- Cult of Luna has "Inside Fort Meade", "Marching To the Heartbeats" and "The One".
- "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:
- "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.
- Nothing More's self-titled album opens with a song called "Ocean Floor", which is the lead-in to "This is the Time (Ballast)".
- "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."
- Demon Hunter. The Triptych opens with "The Flame That Guides Us Home", an a cappella piece sung by a women's choir, leading directly into the second track, "Not I". On True Defiance, the first twenty seconds of the first track are very lo-fi (as if they were recorded on cheap tapes in someone's garage) before abruptly switching to a louder and clearer studio recording. Extremist opens with "Death", featuring choral chanting and death metal, in contrast with the metalcore-influenced sound of the rest of the album.
- Showbread's No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical uses this for a joke at the listener's expense. The first track, "A Llama Eats a Giraffe (and Vice Versa)" begins with a quiet phone conversation between two people which lasts for about 30 seconds. An unsuspecting listener who turn up the volume to understand it will then get assaulted by a Metal Scream and blaring guitars when the song itself starts without any prior warning.
- Dream Theater's "Regression" from Metropolis, Pt. 2 and "False Awakening Suite" from Dream Theater. The intro to "Root of All Evil" from Octavarium also counts.
- Type O Negative's October Rust has the joke track "Bad Ground," which is just an amplifier hum, followed by introductory dialogue from the band members.
- They pulled a similar trick with the first track of their next album, World Coming Down: "Skip It" is an 11 second track of what sounds like a skipping CD, followed by a member of the band shouting "Sucker!" There was even a format specific version of this intro for the cassette edition, which sounded like a tape being eaten instead.
- Stryper's To Hell with the Devil started off with an ominous instrumental intro, titled "Abyss (To Hell with the Devil)". Listeners might expect it to lead into the title track, especially after the sudden clap of thunder, but instead it just fades out.
- V - Metal Machine Music by Die Krupps has "Die Verdammten (Prelude)" as its Epic Instrumental Opener.
- V from Bullet for My Valentine album Venom.
- Slipknot are quite fond of this.
- 742617000027 from their first album is an intro to (sic)
- (515) from Iowa is likewise into People=Shit
- .Execute from All Hope is Gone into Gematria (the killing name)
- XIX from the Gray Chapter would also qualify.
- Cormorant's album Earth Diver opens with "Eris", a short instrumental piece that contains sampling from later tracks on the album, opening to the song "Daughter of Void".
- Der fünfzehnjährige Krieg'' by Absurd has one (weirdly, it's actually longer than a couple of the actual songs.)
- SGNL>01 and SGNL>05 (Final Transmission) by Isis, taken from Celestial and SGNL>05, respectively.
- 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.
- 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".
- The album Goodbye Lullaby from Avril Lavigne starts with "Black Star", a piano track with one verse.
- Korean Pop Music quartet Mamamoo starts off their first album Hello with a song of the same name, which also introduces the group's members.
- Fun Boy Three's self-titled debut has the intro track "Sanctuary", 1:22 of Ominous Latin Chanting. Their second album Waiting begins with "Murder, She Said", a cover of the theme from the 1950s Miss Marple movies - an instrumental which acts as a showcase for their new backing group and their new sound.
- Hayley Kiyoko's first full album begins with the brief instrumental "Expectations/Overture".
- 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.
- On Fugazi's The Argument, the opening track is ambient noise intertwined with voices from a radio and the recording studio.
- Ixnay on the Hombre by The Offspring begins with "Disclaimer", and exceedingly sarcastic disclaimer (narrated by Jello Biafra) about its objectionable content. The following two albums, Americana and Conspiracy of One, follow suit, except with shorter intros: the former, "Welcome" in the form of For Inconvenience, Press "1" (fitting one of the album's themes, of automated life in America), and the latter, "Intro", sounding like an intro to a song in a concert.
- Green Day's album 21st Century Breakdown begins with the radio-staticed acapella "Song of the Century" later reprised for the song American Eulogy.
- Fastbacks compilation The Question Is No begins with the spoken word "Dear Mr. Oswald" refusing the request of an executive attempting to replace the singer.
- Channel Orange by Frank Ocean starts with the track "Start", which samples a sound of a PlayStation starting up, along with other electronic sounds.
- The soundtrack for the film Sing Street starts with Brendan's brief "Rock n Roll is a Risk" spoken word monologue
- 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.
- The Riven soundtrack's first track is called "Link." It's an 11-second track containing the "linking book" sound effect that's used in the game when the player travels between worlds.