10 Best Percussion Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Piano Piano The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

This is considered a percussion instrument, so it deserves to be on this list. Inside, you have a bunch of mallets striking the strings inside the piano. (it is also considered a strings instrument) - EchoX0

Meh loves it yasss

I rwally like the piano
I would say to you to have a go

its a fantastic instrument it shows passion and anger so vote NOW

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2 Tabla

The best...

Listen to a master play it and you will find out just how expressive a tabla can be.

Tabla is the best instrument I got to listen... I have heard piano too but not better than tabla...

The greatest percussion instrument ever - straight from the heart to ear!

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3 Drum Set

I don't play it but it is good

I play it

The best by far

Definitely cool to watch people play with tall stick hights but I wouldn’t say top 5

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4 Bass Drum

Has a good sound


love it

It has a good sound ( Miyuli or Meow or Miyu)

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5 Xylophone

I love this instrument!

I have played xylophone. My introduction to percussion. Combination of a piano and drum.

Has a nice, moving sound. The starting mallet instruments.

They are so cool and have a nice peaceful sound

6 Cowbell

I got a fever... and the only prescription... is more cowbell. - VADERtheIMPALER

It needs more cowbell. even the reaper can't hear it.

7 Glass Harmonica

Makes a really cool ethereal-type sound, like outer space.

So call tripple poo

Is cool and simple to play from gugu immaculate S. Godongwana1

8 Steel Drums

That's it! RAV drum is my favorite

Steel drums are sooo cool people! Other than timpani steel drums are the best of the pitched drums.

9 Triangle

Look it up on YouTube and watch a master to really appreciate this instrument. It's not just a ding ding, play it properly and it's awesome!

It's so simple but the sound is cool. - booklover1

First day of school I asked my teacher if I could play the triangle. She handed me an octagon, I was like "what is this?! "

I like the triangle because its shaped like a triangle and its cool

10 Gong

Sounds so amazing and dramatic! It doesn't get enough use.

piff ting

The Contenders

11 Tambourine

Great instrument.. When u know how to use it!

You are the best peope thet play the trombone and mathew streton hats musik

12 Thundersheet
13 Marimba

They make a great sound, and I prefer their warmer tones to a piano

Has a great sound. Makes music sound fun and uplifting.

Marimbas are awesome. Make a great noise!

You said they're awesome. AWESOME!

14 Glass Harp
15 Mridangam

The best instrument you can use for Carnatic Music. After you hear to it in a perfect tone you'll get to know the real meaning of elixir. You can hear it's peculiar rhythm only from the hands which is dedicated to it and love to do it! And the sounds from it are really hard to get with a professional touch...

Indian classical drum. Mirthangam is known as "The king of Percussions".

The best percussion instrument on this planet. Listen to an expert and you will know why.

Such a lovely sound

16 Cajon Drums

Great sound and fun to play

It's so nice to use in jamming with acoustic guitar specially the mienl brand of cajon...

17 Timpani

Different sounds make a unique instrument!

The most powerful, booming percussion instrument.

Going to learn soon, can't wait!

18 Crash Cymbal

Just love playing it, and when I play it I know that everyone else can hear me - makes me feel Good!

A great addition to concert band pieces.

19 Conga

The more the merry. They come in 3 basic sizes Tumba Conga and Quinto. Get all 3 on stage and discover the world of rhythm.

The basis of many Latin songs. These drums make dance music.

Bongos sound better

20 Cannon Cannon
21 Glockenspiel

No surprises by Radiohead shows how beautiful a glockenspiel can be.

Prefer the xylophone, although I can play this and not the xylophone, weird, Right?

22 Djembe


A go to instrument if you want to have fun but is also capable producing dynamic sounds in the studio or on stage

23 Snare Drum

One of the first instruments you learn on. Many percussionist learn rhythms on the snare.

Ha Ha, know 'bout 15 percussion instruments, but not this one!

I love the snare because to me it's the heart of the band

24 Temple Blocks

A variety of woodblocks. They have a great sound.

It has an amazing sound!

25 Maraca
26 Vibraphone

If only I could get my hands on one of these...

27 Hi-Hat
28 Bongos

The best instrument ever created

Sounds pretty cool, but when it gets played it has to really be hit. Perfect for jungle dances!

29 Woodblock
30 Wind Chimes
31 Castanets

Are these percussion

32 Kalimba

Lovely sounds from a lovely instrument

33 Udu Drums

It sounds very african and cool 😎.

34 Maracas
35 Suspended Cymbal

The suspended cymbal can be used in classical or jazz music. The hi-hat keeps the drum set moving.

This sounds pretty cool but only in the right spots, I love playing this!

36 Cabasa
37 Tubular Bells
38 Bell
39 Taiko Drum

Makes the Bass Drum look like a small child's toy.

40 Cymbals
41 Toubeleki
42 Chenda

The Chenda is a cylindrical percussion instrument used widely in the state of Kerala, Tulu Nadu of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in India. In Tulu Nadu (Coastal Karnataka), it is known as chande.
This instrument is famous for its loud and rigid sound. A Chenda has two sides, the left side called " Edamthala " (Left Head) and the right side " Valamthala " (Right Head). The "Edamthala" is made of only one/two layer of cow skin and the "Valamthala" will have a five/seven layer skin, so as to have a bass sound.

43 Handpan

Melodic and mesmerising..

44 Viberslap

This an auxiliary percussion instrument

45 Agogo

There like cowbells with 4 notes 👍.

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