Best Drum Intros Ever


The Top Ten

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

I always rewind to the drum intro at least 10 times

Little words to Describe this drum intro.. :-
Faster than a lazer bullet
Louder than an atom bomb
Chromium plated boiling metal
Brighter than a thousand suns - nooreldeen

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2 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

Its like the drummer is an octopus - SweetChaos

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

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

3 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Alex is almost as awesome as Eddie, sometimes.

Alex Van Halen shreds in drums! - rock2metal


4 Stargazer - Rainbow

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 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

10 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

11 Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth

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

12 Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine
13 Overkill - Motörhead

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

14 Territory - Sepultura
15 The Wolf Is Loose - Mastodon

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

16 Exciter - Judas Priest
17 Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold
18 Motorbreath - Metallica

Fast and sexy song

19 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

20 Detonation - Annihilator

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

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 Sarcastic Existence - Sepultura
24 Show No Mercy - Slayer
25 Six Times Dead (16.6) - Primal Fear
26 Running Free - Iron Maiden
27 Living After Midnight - Disturbed
28 Ausgebombt - Sodom
29 Song for the Dead - Queens of the Stone Age
30 Ultra Motion - Annihilator
31 Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures
32 Addicted to Chaos - Megadeth

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

33 Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe
34 St. Anger - Metallica

No it starts with guitar - Userguy44

35 The Curse of Feanor - Blind Guardian
36 Piranha - Exodus
37 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Mike Portnoy said is da best

38 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

39 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple
40 Freedom at Point Zero - Jefferson Starship
41 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

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

42 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.

43 Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet
44 Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
45 Rosanna - Toto
46 D'yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin
47 Scentless Apprentice - Nirvana
48 Basket Case - Green Day

Wrong. It starts with guitar - Userguy44

49 Scarified - Racer X

Scott Travis back on the list, 'enough said

50 Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Haunted - Annihilator
2. Stargazer - Rainbow
3. Fireball - Deep Purple
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth
3. Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
1. Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine
2. You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest

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