Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings

Great Starts

Sometimes songs make a strong, memorable statement from the very first note. This week, to start off the new year, Jim and Greg share songs with iconic starts.

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Great Starts

The first few bars of a song can make it or break it! Jim and Greg share tracks they think have great starts. They also share one song each that has an iconic ending.


  • The Temptations, "Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone"
  • New Order, "Blue Monday"
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Maps"
  • N.W.A., "Express Yourself"
  • Ending: Beta Band, "Dry the Rain"


  • Rolling Stones, "Rocks Off"
  • John Cale, "Hallelujah"
  • Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
  • X-Ray Spex, "Oh Bondage Up Yours!"
  • Ending: The Flaming Lips, "The Magician Vs. The Headache"


This week, Greg takes us all on a trip to the desert island to put a quarter in the jukebox. He chose the track "Let’s Start The Dance" by Hamilton Bohannon. Bohannon is a legendary drummer who provided the sound for many classic Motown songs by artists like Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. Greg wanted to ring in the new year by giving some love to Bohannon and hitting the dance floor!

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