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.

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...

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.

The whole song in general is just really fast and complex on drums.

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2 Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin

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.

Nothing can be better than Bonham's Moby Dick. The artistic variety of rhythms coming out of his mind, his drumsticks and even hands is really awesome and creative. This drum solo has been awarded as no. 1 in Rolling Stone's top 10 drum solos of all time. So this must be no. 1.

Great drum solo... But I honestly think Tusk by Fleetwood Mac should be here somewhere

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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.

Neil Peart...the one and only...

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4 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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

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!

I remember when Van Halen came out 1978 the drummer was really great experience I think he's one of the top drummers

Just plain awesome

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6 The End - The Beatles

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!

When people call Ringo a weak drummer, always, always, ALWAYS, point them to this song. While it is not long, unorthodox, and mind-blowingly radical like Moby Dick, It does get you in the groove and hyped up to this amazing ending to a perfect rock album.

It is cool song

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7 If 6 Was 9 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience


8 Toad - Cream

Nobody- that is, no body- has ever been able to replicate the complexity, nor the progression of change of Ginger Baker's solo. Ever. Anywhere. There are a lot of good and great drum solos on the planet. And I have no bias toward cream. And I fancy solo's especially by jazz drummer. But Ginger's stands out far and above... Great to be alive.

There is no way you can compare THIS to some of the other solos's listed here, this is supreme! A true drum SOLO. What a gifted drummer.

Great drummer, great solo. This still deserves a top ten rating for sure. Stands the test of time...

The best ever

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9 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Number one for me because the song has great transition which ends with explosion of the emotional drum solo/bass duet. Awesome effect and style!

His drum solo after "...stranger to you and me" is one of the most oft-copied "air drum" maneuvers you'll see rock fans imitate! It's a classic

Pounds right through my heart and soul every time I hear it. Turn up the radio, stereo, on whatever or wherever I hear it!

Why isn't this the top five!? This is the best drum solo of its time and will be for a while.

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

Have you all forgotten about a classic? This song has the most unique drum solo I can think of, and it last for 4 minutes. I'm ashamed that Avenged Sevenfold even made it on this list.

My favorite album, when I was young...

This is what a drum solo should be,a form of musical expression. It is unique, says something and goes somewhere. Instead of being just a way of glorifying the drummer, it fits perfectly with the energy and essence of the sobg itis part of. Also, it was created on the spot instead of being planned/written. I have been playing drums for 20 years, and still cannot duplicate it.

In my time this was not only the longest best also the MOST AWESOME drum solo ever, and it STILL IS!

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The Contenders

11 YYZ - Rush

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!

Iconic live solo

YYZ from Exit Stage Left is the best what I have ever heard.

12 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin

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

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?

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16 Finally Free - Dream Theater
17 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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18 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.

19 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
20 Paradise Lost - Hollywood Undead

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

21 Soul Sacrifice - Santana

This kid is beating the hell out of these drums the entire song but when he gets to his solo, he takes it to another level!

Mike Shrieve on drums and Jose Areas just nailed it on this one! This is my favorite of all time.

Ranked too low
once in a life time

22 Tank - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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

Much better than rush. - BrideiMacBella

23 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...

24 Stargazer - Rainbow

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!

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.

25 Time - Pink Floyd

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

26 The Mule - Deep Purple

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!

27 Forty Six & 2 - Tool

The very best drum solo by the very best drummer

Why is this one not among the first 5?

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28 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N Roses
29 Rope - Foo Fighters
30 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold

This is a terrible song

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

31 Radar Love - Golden Earring

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

32 Hangar 18 - Megadeth
33 The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails
34 Kurenai - X Japan
35 Carry On - Avenged Sevenfold

You, sir, have no taste in music.

This song is terrible

How coud you say that. the rev is AA MAZING

36 Darkness Surrounding - Avenged Sevenfold

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

This is a best songs list not a worst songs list

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37 My Generation - Limp Bizkit

John Otto at his best!

38 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

39 Dharma for One - Jethro Tull

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

40 100,000 Years - Kiss
41 November Rain - Guns N Roses
42 Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback

The greatest band of all time..

43 Creeping Death - Metallica
44 Longview - Green Day
45 Suicide & Redemption - Metallica

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

46 Blinded In Chains - Avenged Sevenfold
47 A Song for the Dead - Queens of the Stone Age
48 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

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

49 Karn Evil 9 - Emerson Lake & Palmer

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

50 T.N.U.C. - Grand Funk Railroad
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Top Remixes

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


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