Hardest Songs to Play On Drums


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81 Subdivisions - Rush

The beats in this song integrate jazz and rock and are immensely difficult, technically and physically, this deserves at least top 15. AT LEAST

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82 Welcome to Paradise - Green Day

Not difficult, just fast paced. The only difficult part is when the ride cymbal comes in during the low-tom beat, I still don't know how they did that.

Well, I can play it really, really slow haha like someone else said it's not that tricky just fast. Like a lot of their songs

Not very difficult at all, the drums in the breakdown where Tré hits the ride bell whilst still doing the roll on the floor Tom and snare and keeping his hi hat foot going is a bit difficult to master but I can play it perfectly now

83 Basket Case - Green Day

The fill that comes at the very beginning of the drum part is torture.

Those fills at the beginning.

Eeh... I've seen harder.

84 Roundabout - Yes

Yes is right up there with King Crimson and Tool in my book.

One of the best progressive rock in the world

I can't believe no one listed this yet

85 The Negative One - Slipknot

This song isn't particularly hard as a whole, but when the China cymbal makes an appearance, it makes a VERY fast appearance

86 Panic Attack - Dream Theater

Not that hard to master, but still a great song.

87 No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
88 Pearl Jam - Jeremy
89 Scatterbrain - Jeff Beck

I don't really play drums, but I know this song is crazy hard on guitar, so I assumed the drums would be equally crazy. jeff beck is a monster either way

90 Rat Salad - Black Sabbath V 1 Comment
91 Vicarious - Tool

Danny Carey makes it sound easy. He can just throw a drum fill wherever he wants and the song still sounds amazing. Plus, the triplets at the end are incredible.

This song looks simple when watching someone do a drum cover but it isn't easy I recommend playing this song and other hard songs when you have at least 4 yrs of experience with the drums before attempting this and other hard songs.

92 AEnima - Tool V 1 Comment
93 Blinded In Chains - Avenged Sevenfold V 2 Comments
94 Fury of the Storm
95 Awake - Godsmack
96 The Legend of the Rent - Here Comes the Kraken

Whoever the drummer is for this band, if you did all this with just two pedals... That's amazing.

97 A Nightmare to Remember - Dream Theater
98 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

This is probably one of the easiest songs. Meg White is one of the worst drummers on the planet. I could teach someone who doesn't play drums this song in maybe 5-10 minutes.

This isn't even that hard. It's not even hard. - naFrovivuS

How did this become hard, iv'e listened to the song and it isn't anywhere near hard

Meg white is an awful drummer lol why is this on here

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99 Close to the Edge - Yes

Only the bold dare try to transcribe this song. Start with the intro, when you get past that let me know.

Ok, all I want to say is this: what? This is highly unfair! most songs 1-20 or even 50 are just fast and no skil. Green Day? A7X? That's fast not technical. Listen to this whole song through and you will see not only is this not one of the hardest and greatest songs on the planet but one of the most complex drum songs you will ever see. Bill Brudford and yes, you are gods!

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100 All Hope is Gone - Slipknot

One of the most difficult songs.

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