Put Your Best Line Forward

Attention-grabbing openers stand the test of time
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Aug 24, 2007 12:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It's good to lead off with a bang, especially if your business is song lyrics. Spinner.com lists the 25 best opening lines:

  1. "She's a very kinky girl" (Rick James, "Superfreak")
  2. "I was born in a cross-fire hurricane" (The Rolling Stones, "Jumpin' Jack Flash")
  3. "Hey, ho, let's go!" (The Ramones, "'Blitzkrieg Bop")

  1. "Well, she was just seventeen—you know what I mean" (The Beatles, "I Saw Her Standing There")
  2. "Don't call it a comeback" (LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out!")
  3. "Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?" (The Carpenters, "Close to You")
  4. "In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey" (Beck, "Loser")
  5. "Well, it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go!" (Carl Perkins, "Blue Suede Shoes")
  6. "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine" (Patti Smith, "Gloria")
  7. "Tommy used to work on the docks" (Bon Jovi, "Livin' on a Prayer")

For the remaining 15, complete with acerbic commentary, check out the link below.