Best 1 2 3 4s

In terms of the traditional 1 2 3 4s screamed at the beginning of a song, I feel like Guitar Wolf has a good distinctive one:

This is one of the songs that most made me want to learn Japanese. I wanted to know why this sensei is the one he likes! It seems to skip the three though:

I guess this is the best Beatles 1 2 3 4:

A video game 1 2 3 4:

And that song made me think of this song, but unfortunately it's just a 1 2:

It‘s faint, but John Bonham’s contribution deserves recognition:

Another good one:

This one is a bit of a rule bend bit I think it's an interesting take on this theme…

I don't shut up about this band, I know, but this song alternates between 4/4 and 7/8 and they go "1 2 3" instead of "1 2 3 4" and I just think it's really neat.

not the beginning of a song but would be remiss not to include…


This one immediately came to mind for me

@milo#22432 King Gizzard bringing back that Virtual Boy aesthetic!

What springs to mind is the first song in Macross Flashback 2012. It was also used as the ending credits song for Macross: Do You Remember Love and whenever I watch that movie I'm usually in tears by the time Minmay starts counting…

I also like 1960s rock and am pretty partial to Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs' classic half-Spanish count in Wooly Bully

@Nemoide#22451 I've never watched Macross. These songs sure make me want to change that!

Also, of all the things Wooly Bully could have reminded me of, that half Spanish count made me think of the Spanish part from this thing by Kraftwerk:

lol clearly i know nothing, the part i was thinking of was actually italian

I have a very specific memory of a song where they start out saying onetwothreefour! as fast as possible and it has nothing to do with the beat, but I can't place it. It was like… Coachwhips or Hospitals or something. Aaaaah

@exodus#22466 i was actually thinking of this coachwhips song!

maybe it was the same one!

It wasn‘t but this one’s pretty good! Whatever I was thinking of was comically mismatched to the beat.

Big fan of The Equal's “Diversion”

The Modern Lovers count all the way up to 6 in theirs


@marlfuchs2#22472 Big fan of The Equal’s “Diversion”

first heard this long long ago on some local radio dj's "guess the theme" show when he was playing songs vaguely related to traffic (as in cars, not the band lol)

Suddenly remembered that dumb Anri song that starts with an immaculate 1 2 3 4:

I spent like 30 minutes trying to remember the name of the Leslie Cheung cover (which turns out to be "Sweet Forbidden Fruit") hoping that it also started with the count. It doesn't! But it's got one in the middle of the song, so as far as I'm concerned it qualifies:

I really like this one cause devendra quietly counts a 1 2 3 4 all to himself as it's just one guitar playing to start off

Maybe this one's cheating cause it's a live setting but the energy right off the bat stuck with me

@saddleblasters#22460 Macross is absolutely jam-packed with great mecha melodrama, and Lynn Minmay's songs are realllly good.

1:45 here is my favorite that hasn't been mentioned. (Wire and Modern Lovers already mentioned round out my top 3)