Hardest Songs to Play On Drums


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121 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden

To have so many Travis Barker songs ahead of Nicko is just plain wrong. Nicko has been described by several other drummers as "the octopus" not to mention no double bass drums...only one leg pumping out beats that mere mortals would require two.

One of the few songs that I've not been able to drum properly. Never been so challenged in my life.

122 War - Meshuggah

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

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123 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

124 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***!

125 Raining Blood - Slayer V 1 Comment
126 Descending - Lamb of God
127 Assassin - Muse

One of the hardest drum songs I've heard.

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128 Wax Simulacra - The Mars Volta

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

129 Gematria (Killing the Name) - Slipknot

This song took me week to play this. Very hard! - Mumbizz01

130 Toad - Cream

Toad is to Cream as Moby Dick is to Led Zeppelin.

131 Chop Suey! - System of a Down
132 Diluted - Slipknot

I checked out a drum cover of this song on YouTube, and believe me, it does NOT look easy. - NikBrusk

133 Loser - Beck
134 Indians - Anthrax
135 Burn - Deep Purple
136 Triskelion Song Triskelion Song
137 Ignotus Per Ignotium - Planet X

People on this site need to learn their music. While heavy metal and rock songs can have difficult drum playing, progressive music blows all other genres out of the water (other than maybe jazz). Virgil is by far the greatest living drummer, and any song of his is far more difficult than anything on this list so far. I'm a drummer by the way, for a good majority of my life as well.

138 Spleen - Staind
139 Rocket Skates - Deftones

Not really that difficult

140 No More Sorrow - Linkin Park
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