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10 Greatest Hard Rock Album Openers

10. Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith

As Aerosmith reached the start of 1976, they were about to truly explode. After coming out with one of the best records of the era with Toys in the Attic, it was up in the air whether the band would be able to top it. From the first second Rocks starts playing though, you knew these guys would be sticking around for a while.

Starting off with a marching drumbeat and guitars fading in, "Back in the Saddle" starts things off feeling like a stampede of horses marching towards you. Continuing to build and build, the listener is finally let off the hook with Steven Tyler's wail, as we begin our journey through the lawless wasteland of Aerosmith's world. With Tyler right by your side, the song feels like you could get you into a bit of danger and fun all at the same time.

The song also features some of the best guitar work that Joe Perry would ever put on tape, from the bass opening to the agonized cries of his six-string in the solo. Toys in the Attic may have set everything up right, but once you took a listen to "Back in the Saddle," you realized that these Bad Boys in Boston had grown up into dangerous sonic troubadours.

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