Top 10 Songs With the Best Drum Solos

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The Top Ten

Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
I'm torn between Tom Sawyer and Beast and the Harlot, I've been a Rush fan for a long time but only recently started listening to Avenged Sevenfold and I have to say that both drummers Jimmy and Neil are just amazing in their own ways and no comment can justify why one solo is better than the other, however I would like to see people try.
I love neil and rush I've known them sice I'm like 5 and I'm 14 now I love rock metal and these kind of thing and I think this is the best drum solo because it is just sick and it seems they just threw a badass solo in a badass song and I don't know why but this the argument for rush fans to say that tom sawer is the best one! But it is just a matter of taste The Rev and Neil Peirt are my personnal favorite drummer;) don't hate and by the way (completely out of context) up the irons
I didn't come here expecting to vote for this, I actually had "One" by Metallica in mind, but after hearing "Beast and the Harlot", I gotta give them the vote...
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2Tom Sawyer - Rush
Neil peart is a genius! I've heard beast and the harlot and it's not as epic as this. It seems like Avenged Sevenfold just decided at the last minute to just shove a drum solo randomly in the middle of the song. Its got some crazy drumming in it but Tom Sawyer is better. I actually had "Ted, Just Admit It. " by Janes Addiction in mind when I looked at this page.
I like Avenged Sevenfold, but the drum solo for Beast and the Harlot is not that good. I don't judge solos by who played them. I don't even think Beast and the Harlot qualifies as a drum solo. It's just a double bass accompanied by a couple of toms and a snare. Tom Sawyer on the other hand, is a complex, creative masterpiece that blows any other drum solo except Moby Dick out of the water (no pun intended).
Tom Sawyer is one of Neil's best solo's but, if you have never heard his solo Off the All The "World's A Stage" album during Working Man, that one you really have to hear. I saw him play that in Lakeland FL. in 1977 and it was incredible to say the least. It's not just hearing the solo it's watching it live and his precision on the kit... That is why he is the Professor of the Drum Kit.
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3Painkiller - Judas Priest
I still don't know how Beast and the Harlot is before this metal masterpiece!


The song starts and ends to withan epic drumming solo...
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4Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
No one can beat bonzo big bear's amazing moby dick! Solid half hours worth of mind blowing power with a mega 26" bass drum huge toms and a tight hell snare on a 5 piece kit in the 70's whereas now all the drummers have poncy custom made gold plate drums custom made with 100's gongs, gong drums toms bass drums and cymbals but bonzo just 2 floor toms 70's recording quality 4 cymbals, a gong a couple of congas and 2 timpanis a true legend. AND ONLY 1 BASS DRUM!
Nothing can be better than Bonham's Moby Dick. The artistic variety of rhythms coming out of his mind, his drumsticks and even hands is really awesome and creative. This drum solo has been awarded as no. 1 in Rolling Stone's top 10 drum solos of all time. So this must be no. 1.
Makes me sick that this is number 3...
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5Hot for Teacher - Van Halen Listen to sample

6The End - The Beatles
Well unlike Moby Dick, it sounds brilliant. Moby Dick might be technical and heavy, which heavy metal fans will like because you know, it is heavy. But this drum solo sounds really good. Ringo is as talented as his band members who is highly underrated, and this drum solo should be at top 5 because it sounds good, which Moby Dick obviously doesn't. And what is Rock and Roll doing there?
Are You Kidding Me? This Song Has The Greatest Drum Solo Ever, I Love It, Ringo Is My Favorite Drummer, Not 'Cause he's The Best, He's My Favorite 'Cause He's The First AWESOME Drummer Of Rock Music!
When people call Ringo a weak drummer, always, always, ALWAYS, point them to this song. While it is not long, unorthodox, and mind-blowingly radical like Moby Dick, It does get you in the groove and hyped up to this amazing ending to a perfect rock album.
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7Toad - Cream
There is no way you can compare THIS to some of the other solos's listed here, this is supreme! A true drum SOLO. What a gifted drummer.
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8YYZ - Rush
One of the best solo's in all of rock&roll
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9If 6 Was 9 - Jimi Hendrix Listen to sample

10St. Anger - Metallica
Ok I like this song and love Metallica... This song should be more high... Guys Lars is a legend and he has inspired other drummers in this list... Metallica is best band of world, universe, heaven and everywhere...
There every work and they deserve number 1 position... There all albums are great, all guys Lars, James, Kirk, rob all are best and will live forever in our this world... Guitar heroes Metallica...
November Rain is more of the best guitar solo than drum solo. This is the most energetic solo I have ever heard


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The Contenders

11Paradise Lost - Hollywood Undead
The solo is only in the live version but it is amazing none the less
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12Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine Listen to sample

13In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
Have you all forgotten about a classic? This song has the most unique drum solo I can think of, and it last for 4 minutes. I'm ashamed that Avenged Sevenfold even made it on this list.
All time favorite etched in my ears.
My favorite album, when I was young...
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14In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
Number one for me because the song has great transition which ends with explosion of the emotional drum solo/bass duet. Awesome effect and style!
The song you are waiting three minutes just for the drums...
Phill Collins plays that drum kit with emotion
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15Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

16Rat Salad - Black Sabbath

17The Perfect Drug - Nine inch Nails Listen to sample

18Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Listen to sample

19Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

20Tank - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Oh, sorry didn't see this one! Number 1 for me
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21Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

22Darkness Surrounding - Avenged Sevenfold
Forget the screamo vocals, just listen to the Rev's solo!
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23Radar Love - Golden Earring
Best kept dutch secret cesar is just amazing still the best drumsolo ever really underestimated should be number one
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24Soul Sacrifice - Santana Listen to sample

25Carry On - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

26As I Am - Dream Theater Listen to sample

27Longview - Green Day Listen to sample

28Suicide & Redemption - Metallica Listen to sample

29Blinded In Chains - Avenged Sevenfold Listen to sample

30The Mule - Deep Purple
The live version on Made in Japan has a spectacular drum solo around 5 minutes long.
How can it be it's not on the top?!
It's the best drum solo ever.
Since I heard it I became drums fun!
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31100,000 Years - Kiss Listen to sample

32Kurenai - X Japan Listen to sample

33Miscast - X Japan Listen to sample

34November Rain - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

35The Man Who Laughs - Rob Zombie Listen to sample

36Hocus Pocus - Focus
Fantastic bursts of precision drumming in a fantastic track from the early 70's.
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37Some Nights - Fun Listen to sample

38Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback Listen to sample

39Creeping Death - Metallica Listen to sample

40Metropolis, Pt. 1 - Dream Theater Listen to sample

41All Nightmare Long - Metallica
This song has or if the best drum pieces Lars ulrich has ever written
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42Letters from the Sky - Civil Twilight
Last 20 secs of song is the best drum rip ever. only 20secs but man its awesome!
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43Ruin - Lamb of God Listen to sample

44Rope - Foo Fighters Listen to sample

45Mountain Jam - Allman Brothers Listen to sample

46Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Listen to sample

47My Generation - Limp Bizkit
John Otto at his best!
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48Forty Six & 2 - Tool
Why is this one not among the first 5?

49Dahlia - X Japan

50Art of Life - X Japan

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Updated Saturday, September 20, 2014

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