Hardest Songs to Play On Drums


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41 Llama - Phish

This is definitely one of the most challenging songs I have come across. I'm not really a fast drummer (at least not as fast as most rock drummers) and it's the same beat the whole time. The fast bass pattern in it definitely kicks my ass. It's still pretty fun to jam to though.

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42 Fire - Jimi Hendrix

This song should have been ranked at least 25 - 30.

Yep. This list is retarded

43 The Spirit of Radio - Rush

Neil really starts kicking it at the 40s mark. His bell cymbal technique rocks - his fills just as impressive.

That intro...wow. When you thought you heard everything...Neil comes along. Powerful, transcendental and innovative

44 Disasterpiece - Slipknot

I don't know how they can play their songs. I don't play drums but I play guitar and the power they put in their songs is unbelievable. After playing only four of their songs I feel my fingers burning and red.

45 The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails

its nine inch nails this song is so hard tht trent reznor doesn't even play it live

I can play a lot of songs listed above in the top 10. Cannot play this.

46 Art of Life - X Japan

This song is just ridiculously long, not necessary the most technical difficult one but the length is just ridiculous.

47 Psychosocial - Slipknot

I'm not talking about psychosocial because there are harder songs of joey, but he is the best drummer! He is very fast and he has an excellent technique... And where is Dave Lombardo on the list?

Very hard, But Gematria And All Hope Is Gone Should Be Here, Both are very hard songs...

Joey Jordison gets WAAY too much hate. Just because some people don't like Slipknot doesn't mean Joey is a bad drummer! Check out Disasterpiece, People = S#! T, Sulfur, Vendetta and Eyeless. All very good with fast double bass and tricky fills galore. As for Psychosocial, it's really not that hard. But still fun and great fills.

Slipknot has harder songs, like disasterpiece, people = s***, and eyeless, but still, this has amazing fills and has a fun intensity to it, joey jordison is an amazing drummer

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48 Blue Train - Asian Kung-Fu Generation
49 My Hero - Foo Fighters

This is not hard

50 Blood and Thunder - Mastodon
51 Victimized - Linkin Park

One of the most aggressive Linkin Park songs and one of my favorite from Living Things. Rob Bourdon did good job on drums

52 Wipeout - The Ventures

Can't agree on this one. It is difficult for the beginner, but once you have the opening down which just repeats itself, there is little left. Know how to play single stroke rolls with accents and you have it aced! Cheers

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53 Composure - August Burns Red

I feel like composure deserves to be way higher up on the list... Pretty challenging dudes

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54 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

Stamina is the key for this one! 16-notes throughout the entire song minus the intro! Tiring as riding a unicycle up Mount Everest!

This song is normal challenged, and it's really fun play, but not the hardest.

55 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

Technically not really terribly difficult, but amazing song to hear how good drums can make a song sound great!

This is the hardest song on this list.

Wut? This song should be in top 10, instead of Pull Me Under, this song is way harder. And damn that intro is sick!

56 Demigod - Behemoth
57 Bloodlines - Dethklok
58 You Suffer - Napalm Death


59 The Art of Dying - Gojira

I was wondering when this would turn up on the list. I think the main time signature is something like 23/16. Yeah, good luck! Ha ha!

Trying to play along to the first pattern is insane. Interlude takes a lot of stamina also.

60 Everlong - Foo Fighters

I had no idea how difficult is this song until I tried to learn it.

This song really isn't as hard as other drummers say it is. The only 'hard' part about it is that it's fast, and believe me, I know how hard that can be since I'm not really a fast drummer, but the patterns in it really aren't complicated at all. I actually find it pretty fun to play honestly.

If you have good stamina, this song isn't that much of a problem.

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