You only need to hear that one synthesizer lick of “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” to know that you're listening to Come On Over.
Those few o
minous guitar strings of “Time of the Preacher” set up Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger perfectly.
“Inside the pocket of a clown. Ooh waa. Ooh waa. Ooh waa. Ooh waa.” Dwight Yoakam's This Time.
My favorite opening track is tough to pick, but I'm going with Todd Snider's “Age Like Wine”, from his East Nashville Skyline album. “Old timer, old timer, too late to die young now.” In under two minutes, he says more than some singer-songwriters do on a whole album. Love it.
What do you think is the best album opener?