Top 10 Songs with the Best Drum Intros

The Top Ten Songs with the Best Drum Intros

1 Painkiller - Judas Priest

The best drum intro, you could just go through each and every song in this list except honor thy father, no other comes close to this song truly a great song with a great drum intro - amitcornelius1

Scott Travis the king of drumming with Dave Lombardo alongside him painkiller really shows off his true talent on the drums. Priest forever

Scott Travis made a great drumming work here! - rock2metal

I always rewind to the drum intro at least 10 times

2 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Alex is almost as awesome as Eddie, sometimes.

Alex Van Halen shreds in drums! - rock2metal

It's plainly amazing. It makes me trip out. - JoLeKosovo

What a groove! - Userguy44

3 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

The confusing "off beat" effect once you first hear it is pretty cool. It's also as powerful as the song requires.

Simple Dream Theater... Mike Portnoy, God of Prog Metal - robbiegarcia20

Its like the drummer is an octopus - SweetChaos

I love judas priest but this is way better
Painkiller intro is actually pretty simple

4 Stargazer - Rainbow

Many great intros but I like this one best and painkiller the best. I also really like Fireball and the underrated Exciter intro - gameofIceandFire

The late, great Cozy Powell, this guy is truly a drum legend and this needs to be in the top 10. Not only is the intro great; it has Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and Ronnie James Dio. These guys together was one of heavy metals greatest yet underrated moments.

Once you hear it, it'll get stuck in your mind for weeks. It fits the song really well, and I can imagine no better intro for the song.

Idiots and ignorants rule, almost all of you dumb kids never heard this song and the amazing intro by mr cozy powell one of the best drummers of all time

5 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

Just the way it launches straight into the rhythm of the song. Instead of me writing a huge comment, just listen and be amazed.

6 You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses

Epic! - Spyrofan35

7 Fireball - Deep Purple

It's awesome - it's double bass. Can you imagine, Ian Paice played double bass in 1971! Go beat Deep Purple...

Lars Ulrich of Metallica attended one of the Deep Purple shows in Copenhagen, Denmark (he was 9-10) and was mesmerized by this double bass on Fireball (he saw that for the first time). - Metal_Treasure

Ian Paice is a tour de force behind the kit. With a little help from an air handler being switched on, he takes off like a jet engine and never lets up. This is clearly the best drum intro ever!

Definitely the best intro ever!

My hero!

8 Ticks and Leeches - Tool

Danny Carey is one of the best drummers when it comes to rhythms, and the intro to Ticks & Leeches is one of the highlights of his skill. - MKBeast

9 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden
10 Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth

The reason I started drumming in the first place, great double bass intro, with smooth tom usage.

The Contenders

11 Haunted - Annihilator

50 seconds of tight flawless drumming! Insane double bass - click on the sample button bellow to hear a section of this intro.
This is probably the longest drum intro ever and for me it's the best but I don't mind Painkiller at #1 (it's classic) and this at #2.
A merciless and very mean intro by Mike Mangini.
- Metal_Treasure

12 Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine
13 Territory - Sepultura
14 Exciter - Judas Priest

A lot better than When eagles dare - gameofIceandFire

15 Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold

At 16 right now, should be higher!

16 The Wolf Is Loose - Mastodon

An awesome opening to an even greater album "Blood Mountain" ;) Brann is amazing

17 Motorbreath - Metallica

Fast and sexy song

18 Detonation - Annihilator

Sounds like a short drum solo - it's awesome. Mike Mangini - great job! - Metal_Treasure

19 Overkill - Motörhead

Metallica made a cover, but I think the original drumming is better - rock2metal

20 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

The song doesn't with drums. But after few seconds the drum beats are awesome. - zxm

21 Terrible Certainty - Kreator
22 It Never Ends - Bring Me The Horizon

Now I understand most of the hatred towards this band but I feel like Mat Nicholls' drumming is underappreciated and if you don't believe me, listen to the intro to this song and feel the emotion

23 Bushpig - Anvil

One of the craziest intros - long and fast. No wonder - Anvil were one of the pioneers of speed and thrash metal. Should be in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure

24 Sarcastic Existence - Sepultura
25 Show No Mercy - Slayer
26 Rosanna - Toto

Jeff Porcaro is so underrated. - truckturner

27 Running Free - Iron Maiden
28 Living After Midnight - Disturbed

In what world is a inferior cover higher than the original? - CaptDeadeye

29 Song for the Dead - Queens of the Stone Age
30 Ausgebombt - Sodom
31 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Mike Portnoy said is da best

32 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

Best drum intro ever just listen to the beginning and be focus only on the drums

33 Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures
34 Ultra Motion - Annihilator
35 Six Times Dead (16.6) - Primal Fear
36 No Excuses - Alice In Chains

The drum intro is one of favourite intros. This is actually my favourite song by them. Sean Kinney does excellent in this song, and I think it needs to be higher on the list.

37 Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe
38 Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet
39 Freedom at Point Zero - Jefferson Starship
40 Addicted to Chaos - Megadeth

This is the best drum intro ever! Nick Menza is a beast on this one!

41 St. Anger - Metallica

No it starts with guitar - Userguy44

Dumbass put this here - CaptDeadeye

42 The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian
43 Piranha - Exodus
44 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple

Ian Paice is a beast. - Userguy44

45 D'yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin

The intro to this song is how I start my drum warm up every time I sit at the kit. Gets me in the mood and in the groove quick.


46 Basket Case - Green Day

Wrong. It starts with guitar - Userguy44

47 Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
48 Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death
49 Feeding The Lions - Death Alley
50 Scentless Apprentice - Nirvana
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