Hardest Songs to Play On Drums


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181 Unsquare Dance - Dave Brubeck Unsquare 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.

182 Freezing Moon - Mayhem Freezing Moon - Mayhem
183 10000 Days - Tool 10000 Days - Tool
184 Boiler - Limp Bizkit Boiler - 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.

185 Cassandra Gemini - The Mars Volta Cassandra 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.

186 High Horse - Oceans Ate Alaska High 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

187 Kingborn - Fleshgod Apocalypse Kingborn - Fleshgod Apocalypse

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

188 Twentythree - Yellowcard Twentythree - Yellowcard
189 Facebreaker - Divine Heresy Facebreaker - Divine Heresy

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

190 Anesthetize - Porcupine Tree Anesthetize - 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.

191 Descending - Lamb of God Descending - Lamb of God
192 Illumination Theory - Dream Theater Illumination Theory - Dream Theater V 1 Comment
193 All Alone - Blind Witness All Alone - Blind Witness

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

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

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

197 The Spiraling Void - The Faceless The 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

198 Phobophile - Cryptopsy Phobophile - Cryptopsy
199 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica
200 Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess V 1 Comment
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