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Best Opening/Closing Tracks

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Benjamin Lee, May 13, 2016.

  1. Benjamin Lee


    Death Cab for Cutie's Title Track came on shuffle today, and I got to thinking about great opening songs. What are some of your favorite opening tracks? I figured I'd tac closing tracks here too since the discussion is in the same vein.
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  2. Anti-Counter-Culture


    Ziggy Stardust has a great opener/closer duo. I'd say the same for London calling, MBDTF, Mt. Eerie, Captain Fantastic off the top of my head.
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  3. Supernova May 13, 2016
    (Last edited: May 13, 2016)

    Prayers/Triangles Prestigious

    Some personal stand out favorites for openers:

    Chevelle - Family System
    Silversun Pickups - There's No Secrets This Year
    Alexisonfire - Accidents
    Circa Survive - Living Together
    Opeth - Ghost of Perdition
    Reliant K - Plead The Fifth/Come Right Out and Say It
    Deftones- Feiticeira
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  5. CoffeeEyes17 May 13, 2016
    (Last edited: May 14, 2016)

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    Favorite openers:

    The Cure- Plainsong
    American Football- Never Meant
    Bon Iver- Perth
    Brand New- Sowing Season
    Bruce Springsteen- Thunder Road
    Converge- Dark Horse
    Counting Crows- Round Here
    The Dangerous Summer- Catholic Girls
    Deftones- Hexagram
    Death Cab For Cutie- New Year
    Every Time I Die- Romeo A Go Go
    Fall Out Boy- Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes
    Fun- Be Calm
    The Gaslight Anthem- Great Expectations
    The Hotelier- An Introduction To The Album
    Jimmy Eat World- Table For Glasses
    Kanye West- Say You Will
    Manchester Orchestra- Wolves At Night
    The Menzingers- Good Things
    MewithoutYou- Messes Of Men
    Mineral- lovelettertypewriter
    Minus The Bear- Burying Luck
    Motion City Soundtrack- Worker Bee
    Moving Mountains- Aphelion
    My Chemical Romance- Helena
    The National- Secret Meeting
    Pedro The Lion- Options
    Pianos Become The Teeth- Ripple Water Shine
    Sleater Kinney- The Fox
    Taking Back Sunday- Set Phasers To Stun
    Thrice- Kill Me Quickly
    Thursday- For The Workforce, Drowning
    Titus Andronicus- A More Perfect Union
    The Weakerthans- Everything Must Go!
    Weezer- Tired Of Sex

    ill edit in my closers after work tomorrow
  6. Benjamin Lee May 13, 2016
    (Last edited: May 14, 2016)
    Benjamin Lee


    All of the ones listed I've heard are great answers. I'll have to look into some of the bands I've been sleeping on for awhile. Haha

    Some of my favorite opening songs are: (if an artist has multiple devided with a "/")
    Aaron Sprinkle - Heatstroke
    Brand New - Sowing Season/Vices
    Brandon Flowers - Dreams Come True
    Circa Survive - Holding Someone's Hair Back/Living Together/Strange Terrain/Birth of the Economic Hitman/Schema
    Copeland - No One Really Wins/Where's My Head/Should You Return/Have I Always Loves You
    Dance Gavin Dance - We Own the Night
    David Bowie - Sunday/Blackstar
    The Dear Hunter - Don't Let Me Bring You Down
    Death Cab For Cutie - Bend to Squares/Title Track/Stedier Footing/New Year/Marching Bands of Manhattan/Bixby Canyon Bridge/No Room In Frame
    Eisley - The Valley
    Emery - Cutthroat Collapse
    Fair - Disappearing World
    I the Mighty - Speak to Me
    Jimmy Eat World - Heart is Hard to Find/Appreciation
    Kevin Devine - Ballgame/Cotton Crush/Off-Screen
    Lydia - This is Twice Now
    mewithoutYou - Torches Together/Messes of Men/February, 1878
    Of Monsters and Men - Dirty Paws/Crystals
    Panic! At the Disco - This is Gospel
    Passion Pit - Lifted Up (1985)
    Petal - Camera Lens
    Relient k - The One I'm Waiting For/Forget and Not Slow Down
    Saves the Day - Head For the Hills/Daybreak/Remember
    Say Anything - Belt/Skinny, Mean Man/John Mcclane
    Secret & Whisper - Youth Cats
    Switchfoot - Needle and Haystack Life

    That's a long list. And some bands I obviously think are just really really good at starting am album off.haha
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  7. Benjamin Lee


    I feel like my closers list would be longer even, I think more bands get how to end an album than how to start one.
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  8. DesolateEarth May 14, 2016
    (Last edited: May 14, 2016)


    Some of my favorite openers:
    Alkaline Trio - Time To Waste
    The Ataris - So Long, Astoria
    Bayside - Big Cheese
    Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
    Blink-182 - Feeling This
    Boston - More Than A Feeling
    Emery - Cutthroat Collapse
    Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot
    Filter - You Walk Away
    Filter - We Hate It When You Get What You Want
    Foo Fighters - Bridge Burning
    Foo Fighters - All My Life
    Four Year Strong - It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now
    Gatsby's American Dream - Theatre
    Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy
    Incubus - Megalomaniac
    Incubus - Privilege
    Ivoryline - Day's End
    Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum
    Jimmy Eat World - Futures
    Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
    Korn - Here To Stay
    Led Zeppelin - Achiles' Last Stand
    Mastodon - Oblivion
    Matchbook Romance - You Can Run, But We'll Find You
    Meshuggah - I Am Colossus
    Motion City Soundtrack - Circuits And Wires
    Motion City Soundtrack - Fell In Love Without You
    Muse - Uprising
    Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Poison The Well - Ghostchant
    Porcupine Tree - Blackest Eyes
    Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
    Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
    Protest The Hero - Clarity
    Rush - The Spirit Of Radio
    Rush - Subdivisions
    Saosin - It's Far Better To Learn
    Third Eye Blind - Faster
    Tool - Vicarious
    Underoath - In Regards To Myself
    Yellowcard - The Sound Of You And Me
    +44 - Lycanthrope
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  9. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    We Own the Night by DGD, Helena by MCR, Vicarious by Tool and This is Gospel by P!ATD were already mentioned but I wanna second those opinions. Here are my favorites.

    Attention - the Academy Is
    About a Girl - the Academy Is
    Drain the blood - distillers
    Grind - Alice in chains
    She loves me so - Anthony green
    Thought it was a drought- future
    Our lawyer made us change the name of this song - fall out boy
    Thriller - fall out boy
    The queen and I- gym class heroes
    Plague - crystal castles
    Break on through to the other side - the doors
    Hello I love you - the doors
    American idiot - green day
    Honey this mirror isn't big enough - my chemical romance
    Victorious - panic! at the Disco
    Everything in its right place - radiohead

    Honorable mention: we're so starving - panic! at the disco. Memorable but also weird and unnecessary.
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  10. SpyKi May 14, 2016
    (Last edited: May 14, 2016)

    You must fix your heart Supporter

    Gonna try and limit myself to ten of each, might double up on some artists just because they're that fucking good.

    My Chemical Romance - Helena
    Fightstar - To Sleep/Grand Unification Pt 1
    Kamelot - Prologue/Center of the Universe
    The Birthday Massacre - Kill the Lights
    fun. - Be Calm
    Frou Frou - Let Go
    The Used - Maybe Memories
    Infinity Crush - Tiny Souls in My Eyelashes
    American Football - Never Meant
    Chad Perrone - Blinded

    My Chemical Romance - I Never Told You What I Do for a Living and Demolition Lovers
    Motion City Soundtrack - Even if It Kills Me and Hold Me Down
    Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack
    La Dispute - You and I in Unison
    Chad Perrone - Keep Us Around
    The Used - Pieces Mended
    The Hotelier - Dendron
    Charlie Simpson - Riverbanks and Lost
    Imogen Heap - Half Life
    The Early November - Call off the Bells

    Really hard to leave some stuff off here but if I didn't limit myself it would have gone on forever. I probably missed something but I think these are my favourites.
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  11. SpyKi

    You must fix your heart Supporter

    Listening to those now and I love them all so much. I think I prefer the closers though, ha.
  12. cherrywaves


    @SpyKi had I not checked this thread I would not have realized I have been listening to Kid A in alphabetical order for a solid 6-7 years now haha. Thank you
  13. SpyKi

    You must fix your heart Supporter

    what the fuck, haha. I can not imagine listening to that album of all albums out of order.
  14. cherrywaves


    Yeah it's an egregious oversight all things considered. Maybe they were onto something with A Moon Shaped Pool's track listing.

    FWIW "Everything in its Right Place" works quite well as an opener
  15. the rural juror

    carried in the arms of cheerleaders

    My Name is Jonas
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  16. CoffeeEyes17

    Reclusive-aggressive Prestigious

    I totally spaced and forgot to add my closers

    Jimmy Eat World- Goodbye Sky Harbor, Dizzy, 23
    The Cure- Untitled
    Arctic Monkeys- A Certain Romance
    Against Me- Black Me Out
    Manchester Orchestra- Colly Strings
    Cursive- The Night I Lost The Will To Fight
    Coheed & Cambria- God Send Conspirator
    The Dangerous Summer- Never Feel Alone
    Death Cab For Cutie- A Lack Of Color
    Deftones- What Happened To You?
    The Format- If Work Permits
    Fun- Stars
    The Gaslight Anthem- The Backseat
    Gatsbys American Dream- Counterfeit Language
    The Hotelier- Dendron
    mewithoutYou- In A Sweater, Poorly Knit
    Mineral- Parking Lot
    Motion City Soundtrack- Even If It Kills Me, Hold Me Down, The Weakends
    My Chemical Romance- Famous Last Words
    The National- Mr November, Gospel, Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
    Thrice- The Beltsville Crucible
    Thursday- You Were The Cancer
    The Weakerthans- Slips & Tangles
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  17. Benjamin Lee


    I needa get around to looking at closing songs, but I got super busy the past few days. Hardly slept even. A Sweater Poorly Knit is definitely on there though, weirdly the only closing song I really liked as a closing song from Death Cab is The Ice Is Getting Thinner, even though I think they basically start every album perfectly.
  18. Benjamin Lee May 15, 2016
    (Last edited: May 15, 2016)
    Benjamin Lee


    For some reason I just have never liked it. I usually don't like when albums just end with an acoustic song. Haha It's really weird. I should revisit Transatlaticism again soon, I feel like I would connect with it now more with how my life currently is than when I got it. Maybe Lack of Color will finally connect too.
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  19. inwaves

    the ships have all sailed to the sea

    Alkaline Trio - Cringe
    Alkaline Trio - Keep 'Em Coming
    Alkaline Trio - Private Eye
    Alkaline Trio - Time To Waste
    Alkaline Trio - Calling All Skeletons
    Alkaline Trio - She Lied To The FBI
    Brand New - Sowing Season
    Deftones - Feiticeira
    Deftones - Hexagram
    Deftones - Swerve City
    Every Time I Die - No Son of Mine
    Every Time I Die - Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space
    Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors
    The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
    He Is Legend - Dicephalous
    Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
    Jimmy Eat World - Futures
    Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino
    The Lawrence Arms - The Devil's Takin' Names
    Motion City Soundtrack - Attractive Today
    Motion City Soundtrack - Worker Bee
    Nirvana - Serve the Servants
    Queens of the Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire
    Thrice - Kill Me Quickly
    Thrice - Cold Cash and Colder Hearts
    Thrice - All the World is Mad
    Weezer - My Name is Jonas
    Weezer - Tired of Sex
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  20. elphshelf

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    The National - Terrible Love
    Motion City Soundtrack - Attractive Today, Worker Bee
    Jimmy Eat World - Futures
    The Helio Sequence - Harmonica Song, Lately
    Third Eye Blind - Anything
    Thrice - Yellow Belly
  21. Steve_JustAGuy


    Classic Rock Openers:
    U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name
    Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
    Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love/Black Dog
    Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

    And tons of other bands
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  22. Lucas27


    Anberlin - Debut/Godspeed, Self-Starter
    Andrew Peterson - Come Back Soon
    Bon Iver - Perth
    Brand New - Sowing Season
    Circa Survive - Strange Terrain
    The Classic Crime - The End/Just a Man
    Copeland - Should You Return
    Eisley - Memories
    Emery - Cutthroat Collapse
    Falling Up - Circadian
    From Indian Lakes - Come In This Light
    House of Heroes - A Man Who Is Not Afraid/Out My Way
    John Mayer - Clarity
    Julien Baker - Blacktop
    Levi the Poet - Harsh Men
    Mae - Prologue/We're So Far Away
    Manchester Orchestra - The Only One
    Mew - New Terrain
    mewithoutYou - Messes of Men
    MuteMath - Odd Soul
    My Epic - Arise
    Nickel Creek - Smoothie Song, When In Rome
    Oh, Sleeper - Endseekers
    Paramore - Careful
    Penny & Sparrow - Jeffrey Alan/Serial Doubter
    Sufjan Stevens - All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands, Death With Dignity
    Switchfoot - Meant to Live
    twenty one pilots - Ode to Sleep
    U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
    Underoath - In Regards to Myself
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