Best Rock Drum Performances


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The Top Ten

La Villa Strangiato - Neil Peart (Rush)
My number one. Ticks And Leeches is great, but La Villa Strangiato is a true masterpiece. The use of the hi-hat is genius and the mini-drum solos are spectacular. It is Neil Peart, the greatest drummer ever, at his best so it has to be number one and where the heck is 21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson!


Rush is awesome. And Peart's skills showed in this masterpiece are amazing.
Peart has refined drumming to an art, and if people paid for a drum solo like they did a painting, Van Gohs would be obsolete because of this piece.

2Ticks and Leeches - Danny Carey (Tool)
Danny Carey is pretty insane to take this on, but he does it perfectly!


the solo in the beginning is amazing an very difficult throughout the siong


danny hits the toms over 1000 times in this song and thats a fact.


3Won't Get Fooled Again - Keith Moon (The Who)
This is a great example of Keith Moon's extraordinary stle of play and exemplifies the energy and style that emulates rock. It is simply unreproducable!

4Painkiller - Scott Travis (Judas Priest)
The best drum intro ever probably - the way Travis plays it throughout the 6-minute song with such intensity, also the double-kicking is impressive!


The best drum performance ever very few people can play this song especially the intro

5Moby Dick - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
This is such a great drum solo. It's just unbelievable


John Bonham is best drum ever. I can't imagine he is 8th in the list.

6Space Truckin - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

7Haunted - Mike Mangini (Annihilator)

82112 - Neil Peart (Rush)
2112 is a masterpiece! All instrument are awesome in this song, I mean Rush is awesome!

9Hot for Teacher - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)

10Dance of Eternity - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

The Contenders

11Fire - Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

12Burn - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

13O' Baterista - Neil Peart (Rush)

14YYZ - Neil Peart (Rush)
Most insane drum solo ever. An all around amazing song period

15XXX for YOU - Tetsu Kikuchi (D'ERLANGER)
very fast and complex beat of drums, the true metal sound


16A Light In The Black - Cozy Powell (Rainbow)

17My Generation - Keith Moon (The Who)

18Shinshoku ~lose control~ - Awaji Yukihiro (L'Arc~en~Ciel)
... And many more, including all dead and white feathers (15 L'anniversary)

19Overkill - Phil Taylor (Motörhead)

20Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Nick Menza (Megadeth)

21Hocus Pocus - Hans Cleuver (Focus)

22Good Times Bad Times - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

23Message In a Bottle - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

24In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)

25Liar - Roger Taylor (Queen)

26Toad - Cream (Ginger Baker)

27Battery - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

28Xanadu - Neil Peart (Rush)

29Dummy Blue - Tetsu Kikuchi (D'erlanger)

30Dyer's Eve - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
The double bass in each verse is incredible and unbroken. I could play it for about 5 seconds, then I have to go to the hospital.

3121st Century Schizoid Man - Michael Giles (King Crimson)
one of my personnal favorite song

32Karn Evil 9 - Carl Palmer (ELP)
Just awesome, Palmer's jazz-rooted drumming soars through the sky and anchors the music to the ground.

33Heart of the Sunrise - Bill Bruford (Yes)

34By-Tor And The Snow Dog - Rush (Neil Peart)

35To Defy the Laws of Tradition - Tim Alexander (Primus)

36Achilles Last Stand - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Simply epic. Pounding beat, crisp fills, and perfect time and intensity. Classic rock drumming never got better than this. Rest in peace John Bonham.

37Ace of Spades - Phil Taylor (Motörhead)

38Born to Raise Hell - Mikkey Dee (Motörhead)

39Run to the Hills - Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)

40All Along the Watchtower - Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

41Cygnus X-1 - Neil Peart (Rush)

42One - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

43Car-Chase City - Dave Grohl (Tenacious D)

44Voodoo Chile - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)

45Tom Sawyer - Neil Peart (Rush)

46Bargain - Keith Moon (The Who)

47Lazy - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

48Next to You - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

49My Hero - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

50La Grange - Mike Beard (ZZ Top)

51Whole Lotta Love - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

52Getting In Tune - Keith Moon (The Who)

53Walking On the Moon - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

54Barracuda - Mike Derosier (Heart)

55Paint It Black - Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)

56O'Baterista - Neil Peart (Rush In Rio/Rush)

57Rat Salad - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

58Tripping Billies - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)

59A Quick One - Keith Moon (The Who)

60Soundchaser - Alan White (Yes)

61Rosanna - Jeff Porcaro (Toto)

62Reggatta De Blanc - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

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