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The Greatest Rock Intro

Throughout April thousands of you have been voting for the Greatest Rock Intro - and now we have the results.

In a not altogether surprising result, DEEP PURPLE'S SMOKE ON THE WATER has been crowned the Greatest Rock Intro - adding to its Greatest Riff crown that it picked up last year.

The simple four bar refrain that has been air-guitared to death since its release in 1972 is an undoubted winner in terms of beautiful simplicity. No other opening to a song is so recognisable, and that's why just under 7% of the votes won this particular accolade for Deep Purple.

Here's the top 40:


1. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

2. Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses

3. Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

4. Hells Bells - AC/DC

5. Layla - Derek & The Dominoes

6. Thunderstruck - AC/DC

7. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

8. Baba O Riley - The Who

9. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin

10. Speed King - Deep Purple

11. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

12. Stargazer - Rainbow

13. Spirit of Radio - Rush

14. Rock & Roll - Led Zeppelin

15. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

16. Back In Black - AC/DC

17. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

18. Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

19. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

20. Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf

21. Caroline - Status Quo

22. Enter Sandman - Metallica

23. Whatever You Want - Status Quo

24. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits

25. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

26. Whiskey In The Jar - Thin Lizzy

27. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses

28. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

29. Phantom Of The Opera - Iron Maiden

30. Doctor Doctor - UFO

31. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

32. Highway To Hell - AC/DC

33. Hotel California - Eagles

34. Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden

35. Highway Star - Deep Purple

36. Paranoid - Black Sabbath

37. Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull

38. Xanadu - Rush

39. Burn - Deep Purple

40. When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

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