Best Rock Drum Performances

The Top Ten Best Rock Drum Performances

1 La Villa Strangiato - Neil Peart (Rush)

My number one. Ticks And Leeches is great, but La Villa Strangiato is a true masterpiece. The use of the hi-hat is genius and the mini-drum solos are spectacular. It is Neil Peart, the greatest drummer ever, at his best so it has to be number one and where the heck is 21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson! - Crazydudewithabeard

Rush is awesome. And Peart's skills showed in this masterpiece are amazing.

Peart has refined drumming to an art, and if people paid for a drum solo like they did a painting, Van Gohs would be obsolete because of this piece.

Was the benchmark of rock drumming for a very long time, can't imagine anything else being #1... Ticks and Leeches is awesome, so is Moby Dick, but I have to rank La Villa Strangiato at the very top!

2 Ticks and Leeches - Danny Carey (Tool)

hands down

Technique, depth, story, and the endurance of a marathon runner on Mars still having the accuracy of a SEAL sniper at the end. For me the argument starts at "why isn't this number one? "

Danny Carey is pretty insane to take this on, but he does it perfectly! - moose4life19

danny hits the toms over 1000 times in this song and thats a fact. - evilchimpmunk

3 Space Truckin - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
4 Won't Get Fooled Again - Keith Moon (The Who)

This is a great example of Keith Moon's extraordinary stle of play and exemplifies the energy and style that emulates rock. It is simply unreproducable!

Manic and unreproducable

5 Painkiller - Scott Travis (Judas Priest)

Awesome performance by Scott Travis, he kicks ass!

The best drum intro ever probably - the way Travis plays it throughout the 6-minute song with such intensity, also the double-kicking is impressive! - petrucci75hammet

The best drum performance ever very few people can play this song especially the intro

6 Haunted - Mike Mangini (Annihilator)
7 2112 - Neil Peart (Rush)

2112 is a masterpiece! All instrument are awesome in this song, I mean Rush is awesome!

8 Moby Dick - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

This is such a great drum solo. It's just unbelievable - UFasten8Me

John Bonham is best drum ever. I can't imagine he is 8th in the list.

9 Hot for Teacher - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
10 Dance of Eternity - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

Come on people this is number one with mangani's haunted

The best drum performance I've heard in a metal song

The Contenders

11 Fire - Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
12 Burn - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
13 A Light In The Black - Cozy Powell (Rainbow)
14 My Generation - Keith Moon (The Who)
15 Overkill - Phil Taylor (Motörhead)
16 YYZ - Neil Peart (Rush)

You have to see it live to believe it. Neil can't even be seen behind all his percussion gear.
How he manages to hit everything with such precision is amazing. Nothing tops it.

This should probably be the standard "10" to which other drumming performances could be compared.

Most insane drum solo ever. An all around amazing song period

17 O' Baterista - Neil Peart (Rush)
18 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Nick Menza (Megadeth)
19 XXX for YOU - Tetsu Kikuchi (D'ERLANGER)

very fast and complex beat of drums, the true metal sound - ronluna

20 Shinshoku ~lose control~ - Awaji Yukihiro (L'Arc~en~Ciel)

... And many more, including all dead and white feathers (15 L'anniversary)

21 Message In a Bottle - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
22 Hocus Pocus - Hans Cleuver (Focus)
23 Good Times Bad Times - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
24 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)

If you play drums everyone knows this 15 minute experience was God sent.

25 Toad - Cream (Ginger Baker)
26 Battery - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
27 Liar - Roger Taylor (Queen)
28 Xanadu - Neil Peart (Rush)
29 Dummy Blue - Tetsu Kikuchi (D'erlanger)
30 Achilles Last Stand - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Simply epic. Pounding beat, crisp fills, and perfect time and intensity. Classic rock drumming never got better than this. Rest in peace John Bonham.

31 Dyer's Eve - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

The double bass in each verse is incredible and unbroken. I could play it for about 5 seconds, then I have to go to the hospital.

32 21st Century Schizoid Man - Michael Giles (King Crimson)

one of my personnal favorite song

Pretty unique drum arrangement

33 Heart of the Sunrise - Bill Bruford (Yes)
34 Karn Evil 9 - Carl Palmer (ELP)

Just awesome, Palmer's jazz-rooted drumming soars through the sky and anchors the music to the ground.

35 Beast and The Harlot - Jimmy The Rev Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
36 By-Tor And The Snow Dog - Rush (Neil Peart)
37 To Defy the Laws of Tradition - Tim Alexander (Primus)
38 Run to the Hills - Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
39 All Along the Watchtower - Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
40 Cygnus X-1 - Neil Peart (Rush)
41 One - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
42 Car-Chase City - Dave Grohl (Tenacious D)
43 Voodoo Chile - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
44 Tom Sawyer - Neil Peart (Rush)
45 Bargain - Keith Moon (The Who)

Passion, power to burn and oddly for Keith, disciplined.

46 Lazy - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
47 Next to You - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
48 My Hero - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
49 La Grange - Mike Beard (ZZ Top)
50 Whole Lotta Love - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
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