Top 10 Songs with the Best Drum Intros

The Top Ten

1 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

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

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!

I always rewind to the drum intro at least 10 times

2 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen Hot for Teacher - Van Halen Cover Art

Alex is almost as awesome as Eddie, sometimes.

Alex Van Halen shreds in drums!

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

What a groove!

3 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater Cover Art

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

Its like the drummer is an octopus

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

4 Stargazer - Rainbow Stargazer - Rainbow Cover Art

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

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 You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses You Could Be Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

Epic!

6 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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

7 Ticks and Leeches - Tool Ticks and Leeches - Tool Cover Art

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.

8 Fireball - Deep Purple Fireball - Deep Purple Cover Art

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).

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!

9 Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth Rust In Peace... Polaris - Megadeth Cover Art

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

10 Haunted - Annihilator Haunted - Annihilator Cover Art

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.

The Contenders

11 Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine Cover Art
12 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden Cover Art
13 Exciter - Judas Priest Exciter - Judas Priest Cover Art

A lot better than When eagles dare

14 Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

At 16 right now, should be higher!

15 The Wolf Is Loose - Mastodon The Wolf Is Loose - Mastodon Cover Art

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

16 Detonation - Annihilator Detonation - Annihilator Cover Art

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

17 Territory - Sepultura Territory - Sepultura Cover Art
18 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Cover Art

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

19 Terrible Certainty - Kreator Terrible Certainty - Kreator Cover Art
20 Motorbreath - Metallica Motorbreath - Metallica Cover Art

Fast and sexy song

21 It Never Ends - Bring Me The Horizon It Never Ends - Bring Me The Horizon Cover Art

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

22 Overkill - Motörhead Overkill - Motörhead Cover Art

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

23 Bushpig - Anvil Bushpig - Anvil Cover Art

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.

24 Sarcastic Existence - Sepultura Sarcastic Existence - Sepultura Cover Art
25 Show No Mercy - Slayer Show No Mercy - Slayer Cover Art
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