Top 10 Best Songs With a Cowbell

The classic instrument that keeps the beat going, I guess! :)

The Top Ten

1 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult

You all knew this was gonna be number 1.

"I need more cowbell! " - Cheese567


More Cowbell! - BeatlesFan1964

2 Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
3 Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
4 Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
5 Mississippi Queen - Mountain
6 Stone Free - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
7 Hair of the Dog - Nazareth
8 Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd
9 Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe

I love most dick by Zeppelin,but hey it's a Mötley Crüe song which has a good meaning(like most Mötley Crüe songs)(sarcastic bout the good meaning part),but I really love the guitar riff(like all Mötley Crüe songs)(serious bout the guitar riff),and great vocals too - Toucan

10 Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil

The Newcomers

? Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
? Revolution is My Name - Pantera

The Contenders

11 Nightrain - Guns N' Roses
12 Cheater - Judas Priest
13 Walk This Way - Aerosmith
14 Evil Ways - Santana

The early Santana catalog is full of cowbell. - Gg2000

15 Shame the Devil - Robin Trower

The cowbell in this song is awesome. - Gg2000

16 Sixteen - Iggy Pop

The cowbell on this one adds a nice touch. - Gg2000

17 Dance the Night Away - Van Halen

The cowbell intro is awesome! - Gg2000

18 In the Mood - Rush

One of the tunes from their first album that I like. This one has a lot of cowbell. - Gg2000

19 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I think there's cowbell throughout the tune. - Gg2000

20 St. Stephen - Grateful Dead

There's a cowbell during the "Fortune comes a-crawlin'" section towards the end. - Gg2000

21 Taxman - The Beatles

Cowbell comes in the middle of the second verse. There's also cowbell in Drive My Car. - Gg2000

22 I'm a Man - Chicago

This song has a big percussion section with lots of cowbell. - Gg2000

23 Pretty Girls Make Graves - The Smiths

Although the cowbell is subdued, you can hear it in the coda of the song. - Gg2000

24 Diamond Dogs - David Bowie

There's cowbell in the pre-chorus and the instrumental breaks. - Gg2000

25 Darlington County - Bruce Springsteen

This one has a Honky Tonk Women type of vibe, with the way the guitar plays off the cowbell. - Gg2000

26 Slip Kid - The Who

You can hear it most prominently during the intro and the instrumental breaks. - Gg2000

27 I Need a Lover - John Mellencamp

I decided to add this here after adding the song to the "Songs With Intros that Last Two or More Minutes" list because I realized that this does have a cowbell; you can hear it in the middle of the intro. - Gg2000

28 We're an American Band - Grand Funk Railroad

The intro has cowbell; it's also got an awesome drum fill. - Gg2000

29 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
30 Electioneering - Radiohead

Makes sense, considering this is the heaviest song on the album (except maybe Climbing Up the Walls, but that's a different type of heaviness). - Gg2000

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Top Remixes

1. Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd
2. (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
3. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
1. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
2. Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
3. (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult


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