Top 10 Songs with the Greatest Drum Beats

The Top Ten
1 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

I cannot feel more assured as you guys when I read that "Levee Breaks" was at the top. Perfect combination of groove and power. It isn't about what John Bonham played, it's what he didn't play that makes the difference.

The effect of the echo and Bonham's groove makes this the most driving beat of all-time. A classic example of simple and sophisticated.

The beat is so catchy and rythmically in sync it is impossible not to like this drum beat. By far the most catchy beat of all-time! Nothing else comes close.

Ominous, full of bad portent, you just know that things are BAD

2 YYZ - Rush YYZ - Rush Cover Art

Neil Peart is the one who got me into percussion. He's not a drummer. He's a professor of percussion. His time signature, time changes are beyond this world. As if he has four arms and three legs, he does things an octopus couldn't play.. given an octopus could play. If I could play one-tenth of a tenth as well as him, I'd still have miles and miles to travel before I could play a tenth of what that man can play. Hats off to "The Professor"

Neil Peart the greatest drummer to have ever lived. Technical master but always plays what serves the song and every nuance of his drumming feels natural.

Always a great beat to play to!. Although you could put many Rush songs here, I think YYZ is one of Neil's highest points

Complex in it's odd time signature; yet easy to listen. Matches the whole song amazingly. -Neil awesome as always-

3 The Mule - Deep Purple The Mule - Deep Purple Cover Art

The best I know and keep in mind it was released in 1971! A complex beat that almost creats a stand-alone melody. It was way ahead of its time. Ian Paice is the most underrated drummer ever.

4 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

How is this not in hear! Just listen to Lars' drum beat during the "Darkness! " part! Every metal fan knows that best anywhere

5 Ticks & Leeches - Tool Ticks & Leeches - Tool Cover Art

Danny Carey is literally an octopus on the drums. Just listen to the intro, absolutely mindblowing. It’s some very complex yet listenable drumming

6 Uprising - Muse Uprising - Muse Cover Art
7 Fly - Blind Guardian Fly - Blind Guardian Cover Art

On the song sample from iTunes below you can't hear the drum beat I mean.

8 Toxicity - System of a Down Toxicity - System of a Down Cover Art

I'm drummer... dude this is NOT easy to do at all! is an awesome song on drums and when I'm pissed I just play it like 2 times then I just caalm down, toxicity IS the song that will make me and my band get GOOD

The beat in this song is awesome, and yes it showed be in the top three

only one in top ten that has over 3 comments
its underrated

FRICKEN AWESOME!, this drum beat is epic!

9 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Should be number 1 by far

One of my favorite song ever

The intro proves it

yea I forgot about that one

10 A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian Cover Art
The Contenders
11 No More Sorrow - Linkin Park

Mate its too good

You just can't BEAT that!

12 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

The beat in this song is awesome. Deserves to be higher I think.

Bonzo or John Bonham... Nothing much to say.

13 Smooth - Santana Smooth - Santana Cover Art
14 Highway to Hell - AC/DC Highway to Hell - AC/DC Cover Art

...? All of AC/DC's drum beats are exactly the same... You could pick a random song by them and the beat is the same... Lame.

Simple beat, yet done with a better feel than anywhere else.

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

Unbelievable intro. Shows the skill of Alex Van Halen and just how underrated he is.

16 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles Cover Art

Ringo Starr, always so underrated in my humble opinion. His work on Tomorrow Never Knows is simply spellbinding. It's not just that beat, it's the sound of those skins as well. Never an overly flashy drummer, but Ringo Starr has creative style and subtlety that deserves attention.

Sends a shiver down my spine. I haven't heard anything like this before. A very unique beat.

Nobody could've played this like Ringo. An amazing beat and the sound is just so Ringo

This is very super beats

17 Down with the Sickness - Disturbed Down with the Sickness - Disturbed Cover Art

It's the best, no one can defeat this amazing beat! Disturbed rocks and this is one of their best song of al

18 Behind the Wall of Sleep - Black Sabbath Behind the Wall of Sleep - Black Sabbath Cover Art
19 Mercy - Duffy Mercy - Duffy Cover Art
20 Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen Cover Art
21 Freak on a Leash - Korn Freak on a Leash - Korn Cover Art

Funky, yet aggressive. David Silveria is extremely underrated. Not relying on tons of double bass. I love the drums in this song

David is a epic drummer!

22 I Love It Loud - Kiss I Love It Loud - Kiss Cover Art
23 Bullet the Blue Sky - U2 Bullet the Blue Sky - U2 Cover Art

Its got an attitude very unlike u2's other material. Great riff by the edge! And Larry at his best! Sinister song!

Simple but very effective, makes the song

24 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

Not too hard, not too easy. I play this all the time and it is my favorite song to play on drums.

25 All My Love - Led Zeppelin All My Love - Led Zeppelin Cover Art
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