Top 10 Songs With the Best Drum Solos

The Top Ten

1 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold

I'm torn between Tom Sawyer and Beast and the Harlot, I've been a Rush fan for a long time but only recently started listening to Avenged Sevenfold and I have to say that both drummers Jimmy and Neil are just amazing in their own ways and no comment can justify why one solo is better than the other, however I would like to see people try.

Lousy song in general!

Avenged Sevenfold was my life through high school, and I found Beast and the Harlot and instantly fell in love with that solo. Being a novice drummer myself, I loved listening to that solo and trying to work on figuring out the coordination it took to move so effortlessly around a kit like that. Truly awe inspiring.

I didn't come here expecting to vote for this, I actually had "One" by Metallica in mind, but after hearing "Beast and the Harlot", I gotta give them the vote...

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2 Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin

No question

Live version is the best drum solo ever, without a doubt.

No one can beat bonzo big bear's amazing moby dick! Solid half hours worth of mind blowing power with a mega 26" bass drum huge toms and a tight hell snare on a 5 piece kit in the 70's whereas now all the drummers have poncy custom made gold plate drums custom made with 100's gongs, gong drums toms bass drums and cymbals but bonzo just 2 floor toms 70's recording quality 4 cymbals, a gong a couple of congas and 2 timpanis a true legend. AND ONLY 1 BASS DRUM!

If someone asks me how to define this song, I would only say "just, John Bonham". The complexity, power and outstanding technique used in this song reveals the magic John Bonham could do with his body and his drum kit. It's not a coincidence this is voted as the best drum solo ever by Rolling Stone magazine (and Bonham being voted as the best drummer of all time by the same magazine). This drum solo is so magical, surreal and amazingly fantastic that we could only say Bonzo left us a legacy to enjoy for ages to come.

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3 Tom Sawyer - Rush

Neil peart is a genius! I've heard beast and the harlot and it's not as epic as this. It seems like Avenged Sevenfold just decided at the last minute to just shove a drum solo randomly in the middle of the song. Its got some crazy drumming in it but Tom Sawyer is better. I actually had "Ted, Just Admit It. " by Janes Addiction in mind when I looked at this page.

I like Avenged Sevenfold, but the drum solo for Beast and the Harlot is not that good. I don't judge solos by who played them. I don't even think Beast and the Harlot qualifies as a drum solo. It's just a double bass accompanied by a couple of toms and a snare. Tom Sawyer on the other hand, is a complex, creative masterpiece that blows any other drum solo except Moby Dick out of the water (no pun intended).

Lol listen to it, it isn't just double bass with cymbals, it's a like a VERY sped up version of the Tom Sawyer solo

Neil Peart is FAR more diverse and skilled than John Bonham. Bonzo was good but he pretty much just had speed (which Neil certainly has as well). He is highly overrated. I know it's not "cool" to like Rush but give some credit where it is due.

unreal

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4 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Scott Travis - Userguy44

MUUUUUUUCCCCCHHHH BETTER THAN AVENGED SEVENFOLD!
I still don't know how Beast and the Harlot is before this metal masterpiece! - rock2metal

Crazy fast drum solo at the end there! - MetalMania

Wow that's something you listen to

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5 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Yeah, his name was Alex van Halen!

Best drum solo by far

Have you heard another song that sounds like a car is running?! I don't think so! Well Van Halen did it! This solo sounds the best!

Have you ever heard a song that sounds like a car is running but it is just a drummer! This one is the best!

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6 The End - The Beatles

Ringo had taste in his drumming, and was the perfect drummer for the greatest band of them all. His solo here is spot on and exemplifies his time keeping.

In addition to being the most recognized drum solo of all time, I also think this is the greatest drum solo of all time. And it is fitting that it is Ringo Starr, the world's most famous drummer in the world's greatest band, and one of the most influential drummers of all time. All those who don't think Ringo was a good drummer, should listen to this solo, because it is a beautiful piece of art.

Well unlike Moby Dick, it sounds brilliant. Moby Dick might be technical and heavy, which heavy metal fans will like because you know, it is heavy. But this drum solo sounds really good. Ringo is as talented as his band members who is highly underrated, and this drum solo should be at top 5 because it sounds good, which Moby Dick obviously doesn't. And what is Rock and Roll doing there?

Are You Kidding Me? This Song Has The Greatest Drum Solo Ever, I Love It, Ringo Is My Favorite Drummer, Not 'Cause he's The Best, He's My Favorite 'Cause He's The First AWESOME Drummer Of Rock Music!

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7 If 6 Was 9 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

oh yes...

awesome

8 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

A real transition amazing drums preference I wish there were more songs like that

Simply delicious

First bass drop

Well known legendary drumming solo

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9 Toad - Cream

RIP Ginger. Thanks for inspiring me as a child to start playing drums.

Very good solo, in my opinion not boring unlike Moby Dick

There’s just something else about cream that no one else has ever seemed to replicate and the 3 and a half minute long solo in toad is no different at all. Ginger was an insane drummer with a really unique and genuinely interesting sound and toad is just proof of that

Nobody beats Ginger

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10 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Who heard of drum solos before Iron Butterfly? First, best, and broke ground with guitar solo, drum solo and organ solo. All in a 17-minute package when only 2.5 minute songs were allowed. Ground breaking. And I'm old enough to remember it (67).

Simply awesome...ahead of its time

Go Bushy! I don't know why this is not #1

Simple, develops musically, incorporates into the song and you actually tap your foot to it.

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The Newcomers

? At Dawn They Sleep - Slayer
? Disciple - Slayer

The Contenders

11 YYZ - Rush

No one comes close to this solo, especially that Neil hits all 43 pieces of his drum set!

So difficult to play.

One of the best solo's in all of rock&roll

Are you guys kidding me YYZ - Exit stage left live, BEST DRUM SOLO EVER. Maybe not as popular as sone of the other songs, but that's not what we are here to rate!

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12 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

ICONIC

This should be a wee bit higher.

OF COURSE! ! ! !

13 As I Am - Dream Theater

Just listen 6:14 to 6:26

14 Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death
15 St. Anger - Metallica

There is no drum solo in this. - Userguy44

Ok I like this song and love Metallica... This song should be more high... Guys Lars is a legend and he has inspired other drummers in this list... Metallica is best band of world, universe, heaven and everywhere...
There every work and they deserve number 1 position... There all albums are great, all guys Lars, James, Kirk, rob all are best and will live forever in our this world... Guitar heroes Metallica...

November Rain is more of the best guitar solo than drum solo. This is the most energetic solo I have ever heard - Danielsun182

You do realize that November Rain is a totally different song from a totally different band right?

HAHA! That's funny! (sorry danielsun 182)

16 Finally Free - Dream Theater
17 Overkill - Motorhead
18 Rat Salad - Black Sabbath

Why isn't sweet leaf on this list? That song has some pretty decent drums if you ask me.

The complexity of the patterns and sheer tasty texture of Ward's drums blow me away on this one. I personally put it even above Moby Dick...and Bonham is a legend in my eyes

Come on guys, Bill Ward is one of the most underrated drummers of all time, please vote for this song

Had a kid play this for me - and I grew up Classic Rock, and had somehow missed this one. I was so into it, I share it with everyone I know likes rock or drums.

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19 Soul Sacrifice - Santana

Just turned 20, and Rolie & Santana had just turned 22 that July. Redefines the term 'boy band'!

Best natural ever

Style and cool at the same time not just banging headache giver.try upstaging Carlos Santana good luck with that

Best ever. This should be number one. Some of those ranked above this are actually boring compare to Cul on the Woodstock version

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20 Stargazer - Rainbow

This is not only one of the best drum solos, but probably the one of the best intros in the entire music industry. It just puts you into scene, the damn energy man. Surprised is not top 5.

My mind if blown that this is not in the top 10! Look this song up and listen to the intro. That's the drum solo. It's an 11 second long blistering, adrenaline filled excellence in drumming execution by Cozy Powell. A great start to a masterpiece of a song!

Very suprised that I see this at #28. Cozy Powell’s drum solo here is very well played and it’s a great start to a great song. It’s just top 10 worthy. - Userguy44

21 Ruin - Lamb of God

Beating on deaths door has a great drum solo. look at another list on this that I made. look up top ten best drum solos of all time. or something like that.

22 Paradise Lost - Hollywood Undead

The solo is only in the live version but it is amazing none the less

23 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

No drum solo in this. - Userguy44

24 Tank - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

The best of this list!

Oh, sorry didn't see this one! Number 1 for me

Much better than rush. - BrideiMacBella

25 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

This solo may not be very fast like many others. But personally I like this solo. It's got the best sound. - zxm

Come On People No love for the guys who can never have any substitutes?

It's not bad, keith moon after all...

26 Radar Love - Golden Earring

Simple: the definition of Awesome

This song is severely underrated. Solo is MIND BOGGLING

Simply the best! Did you ever see this drummer flip over his drums at the end off this song?

Best kept dutch secret cesar is just amazing still the best drumsolo ever really underestimated should be number one

27 Forty Six & 2 - Tool

Put in headphones slow the parts to the drums down and look up a transcription on Forty Six & 2

Great song

Why is this one not among the first 5?

The very best drum solo by the very best drummer

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28 Time - Pink Floyd

One of the best intros/drum solos of all time.

29 The Mule - Deep Purple

Best solo ever

The live version on Made in Japan has a spectacular drum solo around 5 minutes long.

Absolutely fantastic! Ian Paice is a master!

How can it be it's not on the top?!
It's the best drum solo ever.
Since I heard it I became drums fun!

30 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

No drum solo in this, though the drumming itself throughout the song is undoubtedly amazing. - JoLeKosovo

Incredible musicians skill. The best is not for all, people is always serching for commercial mediocrity...

31 The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails
32 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses
33 Rope - Foo Fighters
34 100,000 Years - Kiss

Goosebumps

35 Dharma for One - Jethro Tull

Can't believe this is down that low... Clive certainly deserves better than this! Go and listen to the whole thing - then come back and vote!

Numeral uno for sure. How can drum aficionados ignore this?

Clive Bunker is like the unknown great drummer of the era. Great hands!

36 Hangar 18 - Megadeth
37 Kurenai - X Japan
38 I'm a Man - Chicago Transit Authority

Danny Seraphine is one of the best Drummers of all time. Super quick.

Amazing!

39 Karn Evil 9 - Emerson Lake & Palmer

Definitely one of most amazing drum solo. Carl Palmer rocks it!

Though it didn't feature in the original studio recording of 1st Impressions, Pt. 2, But Palmer's almost 5 minute long solo played live at California Jam is undoubtedly the best of all time - FredTheGooner

40 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

This is a terrible song

Don't listen to this guy. this song is amazing.

41 My Generation - Limp Bizkit

My Generation by The Who is way better!

John Otto at his best!

42 I'm Losing You - The Faces

Unlike a lot of drum solos It keeps your attention right to the end

Just totally dynamic should be in your top 10

43 Carry On - Avenged Sevenfold

This song is really underrated and jar

You, sir, have no taste in music.

This song is terrible

How coud you say that. the rev is AA MAZING

44 Darkness Surrounding - Avenged Sevenfold

This drum break is the best I've heard. And the fact that the rev recorded the whole album in one take makes it a lot better. Number 1 for me

Forget the screamo vocals, just listen to the Rev's solo!

This should be number 1

This is a best songs list not a worst songs list

45 Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback

The greatest band of all time..

46 Longview - Green Day
47 Suicide & Redemption - Metallica

If you want to hear a really good drum solo by Metallica then listen to the beginning of the song motorbreath.

48 A Song for the Dead - Queens of the Stone Age
49 T.N.U.C. - Grand Funk Railroad

Rocks hard

50 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
3. Stargazer - Rainbow
Userguy44
1. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
2. Tom Sawyer - Rush
3. Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold
MetalMania
1. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
2. Finally Free - Dream Theater
3. Scavenger of Human Sorrow - Death
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