Top 10 Songs with the Greatest Drum Beats

The Top Ten
1 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

I cannot feel more assured as you guys when I read that "Levee Breaks" was at the top. Perfect combination of groove and power. It isn't about what John Bonham played, it's what he didn't play that makes the difference.

The effect of the echo and Bonham's groove makes this the most driving beat of all-time. A classic example of simple and sophisticated.

The beat is so catchy and rythmically in sync it is impossible not to like this drum beat. By far the most catchy beat of all-time! Nothing else comes close.

2 YYZ - Rush

Neil Peart is the one who got me into percussion. He's not a drummer. He's a professor of percussion. His time signature, time changes are beyond this world. As if he has four arms and three legs, he does things an octopus couldn't play.. given an octopus could play. If I could play one-tenth of a tenth as well as him, I'd still have miles and miles to travel before I could play a tenth of what that man can play. Hats off to "The Professor"

Neil Peart the greatest drummer to have ever lived. Technical master but always plays what serves the song and every nuance of his drumming feels natural.

Always a great beat to play to!. Although you could put many Rush songs here, I think YYZ is one of Neil's highest points

3 The Mule - Deep Purple

The best I know and keep in mind it was released in 1971! A complex beat that almost creats a stand-alone melody. It was way ahead of its time. Ian Paice is the most underrated drummer ever.

4 One - Metallica

How is this not in hear! Just listen to Lars' drum beat during the "Darkness! " part! Every metal fan knows that best anywhere

5 Ticks & Leeches - Tool

Danny Carey is literally an octopus on the drums. Just listen to the intro, absolutely mindblowing. It's some very complex yet listenable drumming

6 Uprising - Muse
7 Fly - Blind Guardian

On the song sample from iTunes below you can't hear the drum beat I mean.

8 Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden

The intro proves it

9 Toxicity - System of a Down

I'm drummer... dude this is NOT easy to do at all! is an awesome song on drums and when I'm pissed I just play it like 2 times then I just caalm down, toxicity IS the song that will make me and my band get GOOD

The beat in this song is awesome, and yes it showed be in the top three

10 A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian
The Contenders
11 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

The beat in this song is awesome. Deserves to be higher I think.

Bonzo or John Bonham... Nothing much to say.

12 No More Sorrow - Linkin Park

Mate its too good

13 Smooth - Santana
14 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Unbelievable intro. Shows the skill of Alex Van Halen and just how underrated he is.

15 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

...? All of AC/DC's drum beats are exactly the same... You could pick a random song by them and the beat is the same... Lame.

Simple beat, yet done with a better feel than anywhere else.

16 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles

Ringo Starr, always so underrated in my humble opinion. His work on Tomorrow Never Knows is simply spellbinding. It's not just that beat, it's the sound of those skins as well. Never an overly flashy drummer, but Ringo Starr has creative style and subtlety that deserves attention.

Sends a shiver down my spine. I haven't heard anything like this before. A very unique beat.

Nobody could've played this like Ringo. An amazing beat and the sound is just so Ringo

17 Down with the Sickness - Disturbed

It's the best, no one can defeat this amazing beat! Disturbed rocks and this is one of their best song of al

18 Behind the Wall of Sleep - Black Sabbath
19 Mercy - Duffy
20 Freak on a Leash - Korn

Funky, yet aggressive. David Silveria is extremely underrated. Not relying on tons of double bass. I love the drums in this song

David is a epic drummer!

21 Girl Gone Bad - Van Halen
22 I Love It Loud - Kiss
23 Bullet the Blue Sky - U2

Its got an attitude very unlike u2's other material. Great riff by the edge! And Larry at his best! Sinister song!

24 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Not too hard, not too easy. I play this all the time and it is my favorite song to play on drums.

25 All My Love - Led Zeppelin
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