Best Rock Drum Performances


July 31, 2015 - The Drum Rock Performances. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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

5Space Truckin - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

6Moby 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.

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)
This should probably be the standard "10" to which other drumming performances could be compared.
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)

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This list was created 6 years, 195 days ago and has been voted on over 100 times. This top ten list has been remixed 2 times.

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