Top 10 Greatest Drum Beats


The Top Ten

1 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

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.

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.

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.

I just heard it and it's great! Thumbs up.

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2 YYZ - Rush

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"

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

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.

Rush is legendary and any song by them should win.

-Peart is boss-

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3 The Mule - Deep Purple

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. - Metal_Treasure

4 One - Metallica

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 and Leeches - Tool
6 Uprising - Muse
7 Fly - Blind Guardian

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

8 Toxicity - System of a Down

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 - TheAxlErmin

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

I expected this one to be in the top 3! Definitely my favorite by a LONGSHOT! John Dolmayan is THE BEST! - moose4life19

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9 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

yea I forgot about that one

Should be number 1 by far

One of my favorite song ever

The intro proves it - zxm

10 A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian

The Contenders

11 No More Sorrow - Linkin Park

Mate its too good

You just can't BEAT that!

12 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

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

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

13 Smooth - Santana
14 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

...? 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

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

16 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles

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

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17 Down With the Sickness - Disturbed

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
19 Mercy - Duffy
20 Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen
21 Freak On a Leash - Korn

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
23 Bullet the Blue Sky - U2

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

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
26 Cyanide - Metallica

This song has an awesome drum beat, listen to the beat at around 3:03 to 3:29 its awesome.

27 Aenima - Tool

Carey is a beast. The way he brings bass drum rudiments into things is amazing. Hands down better than any other metal drummer. His odd time & polyrythm stuff is the cats ass!

28 Chop Suey - System of a Down

That intro is the best thing I have heard in a long time.

29 When I Come Around - Green Day
30 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
31 Victimized - Linkin Park
32 Ticket to Ride - The Beatles

Epic beat by Ringo Starr

33 Trust - Megadeth
34 Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold
35 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
36 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

Really amazing drumbeat! Should be among the top 10

37 Starlight - Muse
38 Broken, Beat & Scarred - Metallica
39 The End of the Line - Metallica
40 I Feel Fine - The Beatles
41 Trucker's Atlas - Modest Mouse

I think this the perfect drum song to play.

42 Fool In the Rain - Led Zeppelin
43 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

It's better than the guitar in my opinion. - Userguy44

44 Over the Mountain - Ozzy Osbourne
45 Fire On the Mountain - Rob Thomas
46 Rain - Beatles

Great drumbeat by a master.

Mighty Ringo managed to make the most complicaded beat with nothing but a Hi-Hat, a Snare, a Bass Drum and Hi-Tom.
Topped Tomorrow Never Knows chaotic Drums and Strawberry Fields Forever.

47 Dead and Fugitive - Megadeth
48 Consider It Mutual - The Word Alive

The most gnarly base drum in the game. Lacks a snairey big time though.

49 The Dark Eternal Night - Dream Theater
50 ...And Justice for All - Metallica
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