Today’s email from NPR included a link to this blog post asking readers to submit their choice for best opening track of an album. I can think of a few. My number one choice is:
“Gloria” on Patti Smith’s debut album Horses. Not only is that song the best opening track, it also has the best opening line. The very first words you hear on the very first album by Patti Smith are, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.” With that line and that song on that album with one of the greatest covers ever, she became an iconic rock ‘n roll figure that has inspired thousands of young punks and poets to express themselves through music.
Number two would be “Like a Rolling Stone” from Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited.
Number three is “London Calling” from the Clash album of the same name.
What are your favorites? Leave a comment here and/or go to the NPR page and submit your choice before they close it down.