Top 10 Songs With the Best Drum Solos

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1Beast 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 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...

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

This drum solo is not that good. I mean it is just fast. That's all he's got. The real great drum solos are the really complex ones like in ticks and leeches by tool.

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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).

Lol listen to it, it isn't just double bass with cymbals, it's a like a VERY sped up version of the Tom Sawyer solo

Neil Peart is FAR more diverse and skilled than John Bonham. Bonzo was good but he pretty much just had speed (which Neil certainly has as well). He is highly overrated. I know it's not "cool" to like Rush but give some credit where it is due.

Tom sawer is awesome! First is fit for rush

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3Moby 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.

Easily the best. Beast and the harlot is a greAt drum song but not much of a drum solo. Tom Sawyer is great on drums but so is every rush song and the solo is short. Most dick was the first of its kind and a true classic.

The best drummer ever from the best rock band ever

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4Painkiller - Judas Priest

I still don't know how Beast and the Harlot is before this metal masterpiece! - rock2metal

If I see Avenged Sevenfold on a list other than a worst of all time list 1 more time I don't know what I'll do. Guys, believe it or not... Avenged Sevenfold... SUCKS


It's a painkilling song!

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5The 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?

Don't hate on Zeppelin just cause The Beatles are the most overrated band of all time, it does sound good ass

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.

This is the only really great drum solo there is.

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6Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Have you heard another song that sounds like a car is running?! I don't think so! Well Van Halen did it! This solo sounds the best!

Have you ever heard a song that sounds like a car is running but it is just a drummer! This one is the best!

The bass drum job is amazing

7Toad - Cream

Nobody- that is, no body- has ever been able to replicate the complexity, nor the progression of change of Ginger Baker's solo. Ever. Anywhere. There are a lot of good and great drum solos on the planet. And I have no bias toward cream. And I fancy solo's especially by jazz drummer. But Ginger's stands out far and above... Great to be alive.

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.

Great drummer, great solo. This still deserves a top ten rating for sure. Stands the test of time...

Because its ginger baker

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8YYZ - Rush

One of the best solo's in all of rock&roll

9If 6 Was 9 - Jimi Hendrix
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 - Danielsun182

You do realize that November Rain is a totally different song from a totally different band right?

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?Aero Zepplin - Nirvana
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11In-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.

This is what a drum solo should be,a form of musical expression. It is unique, says something and goes somewhere. Instead of being just a way of glorifying the drummer, it fits perfectly with the energy and essence of the sobg itis part of. Also, it was created on the spot instead of being planned/written. I have been playing drums for 20 years, and still cannot duplicate it.

My favorite album, when I was young...

All time favorite etched in my ears.

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12Finally Free - Dream Theater
13Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death
14Paradise Lost - Hollywood Undead

The solo is only in the live version but it is amazing none the less

15As I Am - Dream Theater

Just listen 6:14 to 6:26

16Ruin - Lamb of God

Beating on deaths door has a great drum solo. look at another list on this that I made. look up top ten best drum solos of all time. or something like that.

17Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine
18In 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!

Pounds right through my heart and soul every time I hear it. Turn up the radio, stereo, on whatever or wherever I hear it!

The song you are waiting three minutes just for the drums...

Phill Collins plays that drum kit with emotion

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19Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

This should be a wee bit higher.

20Rat Salad - Black Sabbath

Why isn't sweet leaf on this list? That song has some pretty decent drums if you ask me.

Come on guys, Bill Ward is one of the most underrated drummers of all time, please vote for this song

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List StatsUpdated 8 Oct 2015

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Top Remixes

1. Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Tom Sawyer - Rush
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest
1. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
2. Finally Free - Dream Theater
3. Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death



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