A Nonexhaustive List of the Best Opening Lines in Pop Music

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  1. Mariah Carey - "Fantasy"
    "Oh when you walk by every night, talkin street and lookin fine, I get kind of hectic inside." HECTIC. She's such a genius.
  2. Dolly Parton - "9 To 5"
    "Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition, and yawn and stretch and try to come to life."
  3. Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You"
    "A tornado flew around my room before you came. Excuse the mess it made, it usually doesn't rain."
  4. Doris Troy - "Just One Look"
    "Just one look, and I fell so hard hard hard!"
  5. TLC - "No Scrubs"
    "A scrub is a guy who thinks he's fly, but is also known as a busta." #iconic
  6. Fiona Apple - "Criminal"
    "I've been a bad bad girl. I've been careless with a delicate man."
  7. Lauryn Hill - "To Zion"
    "Unsure of what the balance held, I touched my belly overwhelmed by what I had been chosen to perform."
  8. Beyoncé - "Countdown"
    "Boyyyyyyyyyyyy!"
  9. Pat Benatar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
    Well you're a real tough cookie with a long history of breaking little hearts like the one in me.
    Suggested by   @mandi
  10. Mariah Carey - Always Be My Baby
    (Do do doop) (Do do doop do doop da dum) (Do do doop dum) (Do do doop do doop da dum)
    Suggested by   @chloewepper
  11. Lana Del Rey - "Cola"
    "My pussy tastes like Pepsi cola"
    Suggested by   @gaseous_clay