Hardest Songs to Play On Drums

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101 My Suffering - Dead By Sunrise My Suffering - Dead By Sunrise
102 Captain - Dave Matthews Band Captain - Dave Matthews Band

Even though it isn't metal, the odd timing with the jazziness and how fast it is for a ride cymbal is one thing, but the fact that its played so quietly makes playing fast on toms and the off splashes on the hi-hat even more difficult. And with almost randomly timed fills with no pick up its hard to get every beat in. - Drummer32456

103 Xanadu - Rush Xanadu - Rush

This is probably the most underrated yet quintessential RUSH song (similar but different to Villa). Neil is at his best - time sig changes, tubular bells, blocks. He makes the percussion sing the song. Thanks to those geniuses who voted this on the list.

This song is near impossible to play as well and constant utility of the drummer, even during the beginning. This deserves top 10 easy, only Rush isn't popular like Led Zeppelin and typically underrated

Wow. This is top 30 material!

Xanadu is an amazing song, the fills are impossible and so complex, youve really gotta be a freak of nature to play this song well, and you need about 6000000$ to spend on drum materials.

104 Behold - Born of Osiris Behold - Born of Osiris
105 Mo ’N Herb’s Vacation - Frank Zappa Mo ’N Herb’s Vacation - Frank Zappa
106 777-9311 - The Time 777-9311 - The Time

This song is a nightmare, if you are playing it on a regular kit! I am pleased to see that someone added it in! Cheers

I know it's a drum machine...but too funky to leave out

107 Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God Walk With Me In Hell - Lamb of God
108 Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax Caught in a Mosh - Anthrax

Drums are crazy later in the song. I played this on drums and my hands got sore!

It's just too fast. Can't play it for more than 2 minutes.

109 Emenius Sleepus - Green Day Emenius Sleepus - Green Day
110 Panic Song - Green Day Panic Song - Green Day
111 Platypus (I Hate You) - Green Day Platypus (I Hate You) - Green Day

I almost strained myself playing this

112 C***crusher - Infant Annihilator C***crusher - Infant Annihilator V 3 Comments
113 A Nightmare to Remember - Dream Theater A Nightmare to Remember - Dream Theater
114 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes 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.

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

HARDEST SONG EVER! CAN'T GET IT RIGHT! HARDER THAN DANNY CAREY, PORTNOY, PEART, MINNEMANN, TONY ROYSTER, VIRGIL, LANG, ALL COMBINED!

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

115 War - Meshuggah War - Meshuggah

If you like broken limbs try playing this one...

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116 Aja - Steely Dan Aja - Steely Dan

The drum solo in the middle of the song is the meca of all Jazz drum solos. The technicality, speed, and precision is insane. Some of the fills played by Steve Gadd on this track are crazy good.

I came here to vote for this song. Aaand it's at 177 - UncommonLoon

117 Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Hard as hell time signature, all over the map, 20 minutes long. Even the first could be considered harder then most of the songs on this list.

My band plays this, and as the drummer I've spend almost a year learning this.. and I've played drums for over 25 years.. "Eruption" is in 5/4 and "Manticore"is in 9/8.. it is hard as f***!

118 Raining Blood - Slayer Raining Blood - Slayer V 1 Comment
119 Assassin - Muse Assassin - Muse

One of the hardest drum songs I've heard.

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120 Wax Simulacra - The Mars Volta Wax Simulacra - The Mars Volta

How this song wasn't already on the list is beyond me.

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