Top Ten Songs that Start with a Drum Fill

This is a list of songs that start off with a drum fill. The difference between a drum fill and a drum solo is that a drum fill is a short, melodic passage intended to move from one section to the next. If you could play the fill in the middle of the song and it would still work, then it would count as a fill. Feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin

The song starts with a drum fill from John Bonham; it's always been one of my favorites. - Gg2000

2 Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band

The song starts with a drum fill, goes into the main drum pattern, and then the rest of the band kicks in. It grooves so well. - Gg2000

3 Birthday - The Beatles

A very short drum fill, but the snare sound really pops out. - Gg2000

4 It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

The drum fill is really fast and in your face, and it ends a beat later than you expect it to. - Gg2000

5 Bits and Pieces - The Dave Clark Five

The song starts out with stomping feet and a drum fill, which occurs throughout the whole song. Famous session musician Bobby Graham played the drums on this song; he really knew how to make it stand out. - Gg2000

6 Up from the Skies - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Mitch Mitchell opens the song with a really neat drum fill. Unlike the other entries, Mitch used a pair of brushes rather than a pair of drumsticks, giving it that quiet, muted sound. - Gg2000

7 Strutter - Kiss

Not a big fan of Kiss, but I really enjoy Peter Criss' intro fill. It does a good job of setting up the record. - Gg2000

8 Superstition - Stevie Wonder

The song opens up with a fill and a drum beat that was played by Stevie Wonder himself. Jeff Beck came up with the drum pattern while participating in the album sessions, and Stevie Wonder improvised the rest of the song on top of that; thus, the demo for "Superstition" was created. - Gg2000

Great start to a song! - TheHabsFan

9 Refugee - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Very simple but immediately recognizable. Stan Lynch's snare tone makes it stand out. - Gg2000

10 Jamie's Crying - Van Halen

The Contenders

11 Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

The fill is very short, but I know instantly what song it is before the other instruments even come in. - Gg2000

12 Two Princes - Spin Doctors

I really like the drums in this song. - Userguy44

13 Rosanna - Toto
14 R.E.S. - Cardiacs
15 6th Avenue Heartache - The Wallflowers
16 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

3 seconds long.
Drums: Mike Portnoy - Metal_Treasure

17 The Seventh Aeon - Obscura

3 seconds long.
Drums: Sebastian Lanser - Metal_Treasure

18 Devilizer - Vader

3 seconds long. - Metal_Treasure

19 Akroasis - Obscura

Only 2 seconds but pretty fast.
Drummer: Sebastian Lanser - Metal_Treasure

20 Mineral - Atheist

Drummer: Josh Greenbaum - Metal_Treasure

21 Bodom Beach Terror - Children of Bodom

Awesome and very melodic beat.
Drummer: Jaska Raatikainen - Metal_Treasure

22 Always - Bon Jovi
23 The Littlest Things - Streetlight Manifesto
24 Song 2 - Blur
25 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
26 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
27 California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys
28 Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer
29 You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - The Lovin' Spoonful

I really dig the drum fill in this song. - Gg2000

30 Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendancies
31 Another Life - Iron Maiden
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