Top Ten Songs in Drop D Tuning

Drop D Tuning is a very simple type of tuning where the low E string on a guitar is tuned down a whole step to D. It should not be confused with D standard, where all of the strings are tuned down a whole step, or Double Drop D, where both E strings are tuned to D. I scrounged the Internet and my own personal knowledge to come up with some old-school and some modern stuff. Feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin

As far as I know, this is the only Zeppelin song in Drop D. It's a really solid riff. - Gg2000

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2 Ramble Tamble - Creedence Clearwater Revival

A lot of times, John Fogerty would use D standard tuning. But after looking up several different tabs for the song and watching him play it, I concluded that it's in Drop D. - Gg2000

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3 I Might Be Wrong - Radiohead

Jonny Greenwood plays the guitar riff in Drop D, creating one of the coolest riffs in the Radiohead catalog. They also use Drop D on Stop Whispering and Electioneering. - Gg2000

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4 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles

This song is so thick and sludgy for The Beatles, and that's partially down to the tuning. - Gg2000

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5 Stockholm Syndrome - Muse

Matt Bellamy uses Drop D quite a bit; this is the most notorious example. - Gg2000

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6 White Man - Queen

Brian May also used Drop D on "Fat Bottomed Girls"; in 2008, he actually played the riff from "White Man" as an intro to FBG. - Gg2000

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7 Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine

Just one of many examples of Tom Morello using Drop D. - Gg2000

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8 Everlong - Foo Fighters

The tuning affected the way Dave Grohl puts the chords together. - Gg2000

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9 Slither - Velvet Revolver

The band's most famous song. The riff itself has a slither-like feel to it (which makes the title seem apt). - Gg2000

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10 Fade In-Out - Oasis

This song is the heaviest track on Be Here Now by far. - Gg2000

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The Contenders

11 Fat Bottom Girls - Queen UListen to Sample
12 Livin on the Edge - Aerosmith
13 Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue

This one also doesn't qualify. It's D Standard again. - Gg2000

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14 My Friends - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample
15 Walk - Pantera

An awesome riff, obviously, but it's in D Standard. Please don't vote. - Gg2000

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16 Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
17 Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne UListen to Sample
18 The Loner - Neil Young

Neil Young frequently used Double Drop D rather than just Drop D. I don't know if these songs for certain are in Double Drop D, but there's a good chance they are. - Gg2000

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19 Harvest Moon - Neil Young UListen to Sample
20 Tonight's the Night - Neil Young
21 Last Resort - Papa Roach UListen to Sample
22 Outshined - Soundgarden

Drop D Tuning was one of several alternate tunings that Soundgarden used. - Gg2000

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