Hardest Songs to Play On Drums

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181Black Tongue - Mastodon
182Unsquare Dance - Dave Brubeck

I'm very surprised this is the only Jazz song on the list. Jazz and Swing are without a doubt the hardest types of music to play, followed by rock and metal. This song is all rimshots and hand claps, but being written in 7/4 time means that this thing is a beast. But if you're able to manage it, its extremely fun to play.

183Freezing Moon - Mayhem
18410000 Days - Tool
185Boiler - Limp Bizkit

This is a song that requires you to play every cymbal at once and the bridge with the toms is very hard especially with the hi-hat in between.
Some of the songs on the list are a joke compared to this.

186Cassandra Gemini - The Mars Volta

Why is this not on the list? WHY IS MARS VOLTA NOT ON THE LIST AT ALL? Easily the hardest drumming song I've come across and probably the longest one. There is a 2-kick mid tom last tom 2- kick snare rhythm (I have no idea what it's called) but you have to play it for two minutes. Also, it's 2 polyrhythms a SECOND. Jon Theodore is a true beast (why did he have to leave? Not saying Thomas Pridgen is bad or anything but still). Clocking in at 31 MINUTES this epic that was probably played with all parts consecutive, and there is about 2 minutes in total break time. So far from all the songs I've played, this is easily the hardest and I've played The Dance of Eternity. A long-shot second is To Forgive is to Suffer by Death but that still doesn't compare to the drumming landmark here. Listen to this song, then try to play it, to all of the drummers out there.

187High Horse - Oceans Ate Alaska

Hardest song to play right. This song is very difficult to play it has very complex parts and crazy double bass rythims and speed

188Kingborn - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Watch David Diepold's cover on YouTube and you'll see what I mean

189Twentythree - Yellowcard
190Facebreaker - Divine Heresy

The double bass in this song isn't really complex, just fast, which makes it hard to play.

191Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree

This song has 3 'movements' and is 18 minutes long. All three movements include insane rhythms, blistering double bass speed, and (surprisingly) a great time.

192Descending - Lamb of God
193Illumination Theory - Dream TheaterV1 Comment
194All Alone - Blind Witness

This song is SO hard. It has so many time changes and is really fast

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195Crimes Against Humanity - Sacred Reich
196R U Mine - Arctic Monkeys
197Gallows Pole - Led Zeppelin

I think Bonzo was trying to imitate a horse galloping for the getaway. Takes more practice than expected to reproduce.

198The Spiraling Void - The Faceless

Don't play drums myself, but this band is so technical on all instruments including different time signatures and a high speed that few can master.Technical and progressive death metal is not really my style of music but Alex Rudinger really deserves a spot on the list due to his extreme talent in my opinion

199Phobophile - Cryptopsy
200Master of Puppets - Metallica
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