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Track One, Side One

It's a term as old as the album itself: Track One, Side One. This week Jim and Greg release their inner music geek to tackle the question of what are the best Lead-Off Tracks in rock history. Tune in to hear their picks, as well as some of yours.

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Rock's Best Lead-Off Tracks

This week's show is dedicated to the true rock geeks out there. Continuing in the tradition of "Track 1, Side 1" Jim and Greg take the discussion into the post-vinyl age. What songs best kick-off an album? Here are their picks for the best Lead-Off Tracks of all time:

Featured Songs

  1. Aretha Franklin, Think, Aretha Now, Atlantic, 1968
  2. Beach Boys, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Pet Sounds, Capitol, 1966
  3. John Lennon, Mother, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Apple, 1970
  4. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man, In the Court of the Cimson King, Atlantic, 1969
  5. The Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop, The Ramones, Sire, 1969
  6. Van Morrison, Wild Night, Tupelo Honey, Warner Bros., 1971
  7. Bjork, Army of Me, Post, Elektra, 1995
  8. The Orb, Little Fluffy Clouds, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, Big Life, 1991
  9. NWA, Straight Outta Compton, Straight Outta Compton, Ruthless, 1989
  10. Patti Smith, Gloria, Horses, Arista, 1975
  11. Neil Young, Cinnamon Girl, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Reprise, 1969
  12. David Bowie, Five Years, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA, 1972
  13. The Flaming Lips, Fight Test, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Warner Bros., 2002
  14. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nevermind, DGC, 1991
  15. M.I.A., Jimmy, Kala, Beggars, 2007
  16. M.I.A., Boyz, Kala, Beggars, 2007
  17. Chris Cagle, Wal-Mart Parking Lot, Anywhere But Here, Capitol, 2005

Footnotes

allmusic.com“Think” salon.com Salon's Jamie Allen on“Smells Like Teen Spirit” allmusic.com“Five Years”