Top 10 Non-Metal Songs Featuring Galloping Rhythm

Galloping rhythm is widely used in metal but there are non-metal songs with it and most of those non-metal
songs always give a somewhat metal feel, which I like.

Galloping rhythm is when you hear something like a horse gallop, rhythm that resembles a galloping horse. It's a very strong rhythm for a song and I definitely like the "musical gallops".

Galloping rhythm doesn't need to be featured throughout the entire song but for this list - the more, the better.
For metal songs with galloping rhythm check out the list Best Metal Songs With Galloping Rhythm.

The Top Ten

1 It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys

This song is really well composed and performed.
You can also check out the metal cover by Gamma Ray - it sounds almost like a power metal song. Gamma Ray made the gallop and the riff more evident than it already is in the original. By the way, that cover is one of the best I know.

Why I talked about the cover? Because you know I'm not much into pop music but I've always liked this song and I wondered why until I heard the metal cover by Gamma Ray - I realized it was the galloping rhythm that got me. And the bridge. So now I know I subconsciously like galloping rhythms wherever I hear them. - Metal_Treasure

2 Barracuda - Heart Barracuda - Heart

Very clear and emphasized galloping rhythm. Barracuda is almost a metal song - not only for the galloping rhythm though. - Metal_Treasure

3 Knights of Cydonia - Muse Knights of Cydonia - Muse

Galloping bassline. - JoLeKosovo

4 The Final Countdown - Europe
5 Great King Rat - Queen

Play the song sample to hear it (it's in the 2nd half of the sample) - Metal_Treasure

6 I Was Made for Lovin' You - Kiss
7 Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin

best song - gavin8910

8 Jackie - Scott Walker

You can hear it most clearly in the 2nd half of the song sample - Metal_Treasure

9 Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe
10 Mandinka - Sinead O'Connor

The gallop appears in the chorus - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Mindless Child of Motherhood - The Kinks

Most noticeable in the intro - Metal_Treasure

12 Get Back - The Beatles

The drums give a sort of galloping rhythm. - Userguy44

13 Stephen Song - The Fall

A mid-tempo gallop - Metal_Treasure

14 The Age of the Understatement - The Last Shadow Puppets
15 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple

This song is the first proto-metal song and it actually DOES NOT belong in this list (I didn't add it) - Metal_Treasure

16 Seven and Seven Is - Love
17 Sweet F.A. - Sweet

It's almost a metal song and the gallop contributes a lot to that feel - Metal_Treasure

18 Streetcar - Funeral for a Friend


19 Yyz - Rush

It's 5/4 not gallops. - JoLeKosovo

@danimey, I don't hear gallops in this song. Not even close. - Metal_Treasure

20 Anthem - Rush

The drumms.

21 Cygnet Committee - David Bowie
22 Coddingtown - Primus


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Top Remixes

1. The Final Countdown - Europe
2. Barracuda - Heart
3. Knights of Cydonia - Muse
1. Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple
2. It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys
3. Mandinka - Sinead O'Connor


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