Top 10 Underrated or Lesser-Known Songs with Interesting Drumming

The Top Ten

1 The Mule - Deep Purple The Mule - Deep Purple Cover Art

A pretty complex beat for its time (1971). It's almost a melody. Progressive metal drumming often uses complex beats but prog metal emerged much later. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again: Deep Purple as a whole as well as each and every member of the band were much ahead of their time. Respect!
drummer: Ian Paice
(a very underrated drummer compared to his counterparts from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Who - John Bonham, Bill Ward and Keith Moon, respectively). - Metal_Treasure

Thanks for mentioning this song. Ian's drumming is absolutely epic! - Gg2000

This is the most specific list on this website, congrats.

2 And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope - Ne Obliviscaris Cover Art

It's time for something extreme (extreme progressive metal). The song is over 11 minutes long and there are several interesting things but I'd like to mention those delicious, complex and proggy drum beats (mostly in the intro - play the sample) and a cool drumming moment at 5:30-6:10. There are also blast beats in the song and so on.
drummer: Daniel Presland
(he was crowned as the Fastest Feet in Australia in 2006 because he was the Australian finalist for the World's Fastest Drummer Competition) - Metal_Treasure

3 Curse My Name - Blind Guardian Curse My Name - Blind Guardian Cover Art

2:08-3:33 (drumming and multi-layered vocals in this section make it the best part of the song, in my opinion).
drummer: Frederik Ehmke - Metal_Treasure

4 Over the Hills and Far Away - Gary Moore Over the Hills and Far Away - Gary Moore Cover Art

Parts of the song have some really cool drum beats. I adore this song.
There's a video clip to this song on YT (recommended). - Metal_Treasure

5 All for One - Primal Fear All for One - Primal Fear Cover Art

The drum solo at 3:55-4:30 reminds me of machine guns sound and creates the climax of the song and its meaning.
drummer: Randy Black
(he is ambidextrous - there aren't many ambidextrous drummers) - Metal_Treasure

6 Starrider - Foreigner Starrider - Foreigner Cover Art

Play the sample to hear part of the drumming - Metal_Treasure

7 Bright Eyes - Blind Guardian Bright Eyes - Blind Guardian Cover Art

Just play the sample

drummer: Thomas "The Omen" Stauch - Metal_Treasure

8 Ultra Motion - Annihilator Ultra Motion - Annihilator Cover Art

The section from 2:15-3:15 exemplifies the beauty of the double bass sound and drumming as well as Randy's ability to make drums a lead instrument for a whole minute. It sounds awesome to me. Play this section loud and focus on drums.
It isn't a complex beat and in general isn't hard to play but the tempo makes it hard to play. Randy's stamina is impressive.
Although the entire song is really good, I often replay only the mentioned section of one minute.
drummer: Randy Black - Metal_Treasure

9 Save Us Now - Edguy Save Us Now - Edguy Cover Art

Drumming to the entire song is pretty impressive for its speed but there are 3 different cool drum fills that were the main reason to include this song:
1:00-1:05 (the sample features it), 1:40-1:45 and 2:25-2:30.
I would buy the drummer a beer.
drummer: Felix Bohnke - Metal_Treasure

10 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Coroner I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Coroner Cover Art

The Beatles cover.
Coroner added cool double bass drumming that I like a lot (5:20 onwards). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Spirit Crusher - Death Spirit Crusher - Death Cover Art
12 Slow An' Easy - Whitesnake Slow An' Easy - Whitesnake Cover Art

Drummer: Cozy Powell (also known for his work in Rainbow) - Metal_Treasure

13 Thorozine Shuffle - Gov't Mule
14 Viento Borrascoso (Devastating Wind) Viento Borrascoso (Devastating Wind) Cover Art
15 Bad Love - Sean Paul Bad Love - Sean Paul Cover Art

STILL here.

The album cover is a little obscure, but they put bongos in this guilty pleasure dancehall song. I secretly love it even though I say I hate it. Now that’s what I call bad love.

I’m still here

Ok I’m still here are you?
Girl on album cover: Zz

16 Valhalla - Blind Guardian Valhalla - Blind Guardian Cover Art

Drum beat is like an extension of the guitar riff (play the sample)
drummer: Thomas "The Omen" Stauch - Metal_Treasure

17 Is It Luck? - Primus Is It Luck? - Primus Cover Art

Play the sample. Tim Alexander never disappoints. - JoLeKosovo

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