The Internet Is Arguing Over The Greatest Opening Lyrics Of All-Time


At some point on Friday night, I fired off a tweet with a picture asking ‘What is the greatest opening lyric of all time?’ and then didn’t look at my phone again until Saturday morning. When I got around to opening Twitter, my mentions were moving a mile a minute and there were thousands and thousands of responses, more than I could ever keep track of.

My choice for the greatest opening lyric of all time is Warren Zevon’s “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand”, the opening lyrics to ‘Werewolves of London.’ I didn’t expect this tweet to blow up with 15 million impressions (according to Twitter’s analytics) and tens of thousands of responses but it’s led to some really excellent choices.

Since we just launched the new commenting system here on BroBible I thought I’d include some of the best responses in this thread and you gentlemen could also respond down below in the comments with what you think the greatest opening lyric of all time is.

I think the most popular responses I’ve seen in my mentions are Prince’s ‘Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life’, countless songs from The Beatles, several songs from Queen, and a few wild cards that are also excellent choices.

This one’s a no-brainer to be in the discussion.

Seeing all of these responses keeps reminding me of how much I miss going to concerts. It’s probably tied with Travel as one of the things I’m looking forward to most this year.

At least a few thousand people have tweeted these ‘pretty woman’ lyrics at me since Friday night. This is definitely one of the most popular choices:

This was another extremely popular choice that I probably wouldn’t have ever considered:

This one, “In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection”, was probably the one I saw the most that weren’t just the replies. For whatever reason, people were quote tweeting with those lyrics the most.

I think what makes this so great is there is no perfect answer. My answer, as I stated, was Warren Zevon’s opening lyrics from ‘Werewolves of London’. The BBC agrees with me as they named this the best opening lyric in music history a few years back. But music is always subjective and I’m curious what you guys think are the best opening lyrics. Just drop into the comments below and login via email, Facebook, or Twitter. It will only take you two seconds to get logged in and start commenting!