Hardest Songs to Play On Drums


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61 The Grudge - Tool

This is very hard to play, specially the last minutes, it would take a lot of practice and listen carefully several times to finally understand what Carey did in that song. Just Amazing.

This is NOT the hardest Tool song. The hardest part is the "let go" measures and the last 30 seconds. The polymeter in Eulogy, alone makes it harder than 90% of all drum songs. But believe me, coming from someone who specializes in Danny Carey covers, The Grudge is one of the easier ones as it were.

Ending is just just... Unbelievable it is impossible to believe a human did this!

Definitely the hardest tool song by far m8

62 Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr - Trivium

Tricky foot work and beats, especially on the verse's and intro

63 2112 - Rush

At twenty minutes long, keeping all the parts in order is an ordeal in and of itself. Not to mention that it's tough to keep drumming in the fast and complex style of Peart for this long. I can play most Rush songs on the drums, including Tom Sawyer and La Villa Strangiato, but I always mess up on this song before it ends, usually out of tiredness and sometimes out of sheer confusion.

I used to know how to play every minute of 2112. Part of 2112 is in my channel now. But I used to know the whole thing.

64 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.

65 The Black Page #2 - Frank Zappa

Just listen to it and be amazed. Should be much higher up

Very true. This Should be way higher

Astonishing comprehension of music by Frank!

It's over 100? Really wow...

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66 Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death

Yes some of those other songs are hard but certainly not the hardest. Dyers eve is nowhere near the level of difficulty that literally any of death, behemoth, dream theater, or any jazz songs are at. It just sound really fast and that translates to difficulty in many peoples mind. Anyway I think that scavenger and to forgive is to suffer deserve more credit. This is just a popularity test and its not showing which songs are truly the most difficult.

Every tracks on The Sound of Perseverance are really a good complex instance for a true really hard and sophisticated building on drums. Chuck Schuldiner was very strict in his drummer set choosing for his wonderful creations, but with Richard Christy Schuldiner has got the zenith of his ideal performances. Consider The Sound of Perseverance as the top 15 at least in the list.

67 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

Try even getting the first part. - naFrovivuS

6 songs in one. 9 and a half minutes in length. Tempo and time signature varying per a measure sometimes. Complex fills.

That 3rd fill in the first part... Oh my GOD!

68 Battery - Metallica

Very hard song... Lars Ulrich's feet and hands must be close to being broken after playing this song live... Good song though

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69 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

Just saying, this song should be in at least the top 10. This song's drum part is so crazily difficult to learn. A thing that makes Welcome to the Black Parade's drum part so captivating, so challenging is that it uses so many different styles of music - march, punk, tom-heavy (just to name a few). Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romace definitely deserves a spot in the top 10. - FreeBeast

This is one of the easiest songs I've ever played I listened to the song a few times and learned the whole thing in less than 20 minutes - einarmn

I'm listening to this song right now. The drums are amazing and probably impossible to pull off. I knew this had to be in the top 10. But surprised seeing it all the way down here. This needs to be top 10

70 Bang Bang - Green Day


Really fast. - naFrovivuS

71 Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin

Great drumming

72 Symbolic - Death

I think that you leave death metal bands behind. I am giving an example but there are many more songs that are definitely harder than Pull Me Under.

73 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Brendan's Death Song

Wait... So... The song is called red hot chili peppers or...

74 Heart's All Gone - Blink 182

If we compare this song to dance of eternity, dance of eternity is just an old song played by an old guy
This song is a 3 minutes song with lots of variation of techniques and very" fast but in order not thrash like all those fast black metal drumming

The intro is one of the most difficult things ever and requires a lot of focus

75 Rosetta Stoned - Tool

This is objectively number 1.

This song has a very complicated and intersting drum track

76 Goliath - The Mars Volta

Extremely surprised that no Mars Volta reached the top hundred! The drum line surpasses a few in the top ten in my opinion in terms of difficulty.

77 Bonzo's Montreux - Led Zeppelin

If you never listened to this you must must must go find it now. It is Unreal and truly incredible

78 What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse - The Black Dahlia Murder

It sounds difficult but anyone can play something that sounds difficult if you pound the drums without rhythm or technicality adding a few drum fills here and there

79 Let There Be Rock (Live) - AC/DC

When they play it live, its about 13+ minutes and all your doing is going very very VERY fast pace on the hi hat - Jetticus12

It's not that the beat is hard, it's just really tiring. This is still a great beat.

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80 Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater
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