The 75+ Best Drum Songs

With so many music styles and genres, it can be hard to make a list of the absolute best drum songs. Plus, everyone has their own opinions on which songs are the best. Since it’s impossible to make a definitive list of the best drum songs, drum instructor Maegan W. put together this list of 10 must-know songs. Check out the list and let us know what you think…

For this article, when I talk about the best drum songs, I’m referring to the signature songs that every drummer should know how to play the best drum parts in songs are those that are memorable, fun to play, and most importantly, fun to practice.

These are the songs you can always go to when you need to play a song at a gig, party, or event.

These must-know drum songs also have important grooves or fills that you will use over and over in thousands of other songs. Knowing these types of grooves and fills will make learning and practicing any other song that much easier.

So here it goes…. the 10 best drum songs, or the 10 must-know songs for drummers.

Which Song Has the Best Drumming?

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Looking for some of the best drum songs for the modern era? These are our top picks:

  • “Lost Without You” – Robin Thicke
  • “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
  • “Clarity” – Our Last Night Band
  • “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon
  • “Guns for Hands” – Twenty One Pilots
  • “Up All Night” – Blink 182
  • “Save Me” – Gotye
  • “Fool in the Rain” – Led Zeppelin
  • “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath
  • “Grey Street” – Dave Matthews Band

Of course, before you learn any of these songs, you’ve got to master the basics of drumming. Watching videos like these can help!

What Are the Best Drumming Performances?

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In my first list of the best songs for drumming, I decided to use newer songs for this list. There are so many must-know classics, but those lists of drum songs are everywhere. So here’s a new-age update for the next generation of drummers.

And don’t worry! I’ve included more of the best drum songs of all time below – including some of the oldies!

1. “Lost Without You” – Robin Thicke

This song is pure soul. The groove is tricky and it’s challenging to get the feel just right. If you can master this song, you’re ready to play an R&B gig. Even if you’re a rocker, this song will help you gain dynamic control and tap into some fun, unusual rhythms.

2. “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding

This is a great song to learn to add to the music, meaning you don’t have to overplay. Just play to make the song better, not to be heard or standout. This song has several breaks where you can practice your coloring (as I call it) on the different cymbals and practice your timing by coming back in right on time.

Lastly, it has a section with a half-time feel so you can work on that, too.

3. “Clarity” – Our Last Night Band (Cover)

The original is great too, but this cover is epic! This drummer is amazing and super clean on his fills and grooves. The band takes it to a whole new level, and you will want to be able to play this way, too.

This song will take you through different levels of intensity and different emotions. Playing with emotion is important to get the audience to vibe with you.

4. “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon

This song makes you want to dance, and it’s always good to have a couple of dance songs in your back pocket. It has a disco groove in the chorus, with a nice open hi-hat splash. It also has some nice tom builds. The fills are simple and perfect for this type of music and it also has some hits in unusual places.

5. “Guns for Hands” – Twenty One Pilots

All of 21 Pilots’ songs have a lot of cool drum parts. In “Guns for Hands”, you will find a simple bass drum “four-on-the-floor”, with perfectly placed hi-hat accents. You will find big half-time grooves, tom grooves, and if you watch the video, you can see a high-energy performance and great visual cues that help the audience hear you.

This song also has an awesome reggae-type breakdown in the bridge.

6. “Up All Night” – Blink 182

All of Blink 182’s songs have awesome drum parts, thanks to the one-and-only Travis Barker. This song is one of my favorites to play. In the beginning, you have some 32nd-note hi-hat action, with some bell accents in unique places to add to the feel. It gets super heavy and has hits that you can use in many songs to come.

It features 16th-note triplet fills around the kit and nice builds. Learn all the parts to this song and you will expand your drumming vocabulary.

7. “Save Me” – Gotye

This song has some really cool tom grooves, with a displaced back beat. Hitting the backbeat on the “+ of 4” can be tricky, but otherwise, this song is pretty simple. You can focus on really nailing it, and gaining limb independence and control, while getting into the groove and hypnotic rhythm.

OK, I can’t resist….the last three are classic, must-know drum songs!

8. “Fool in the Rain” – Led Zeppelin

Get your half-time shuffle on; This will teach you how to shuffle with the best and can be applied in any half-time shuffle situation. Also, look out for the Latin breakdown. If you can nail it, you’ve earned your throne!

9. “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath

Talk about epic drum fills! Also, there are many parts to learn so it will help learn about song structure. This song is popular at any event, well maybe not at a wedding, but at almost any party. You will learn a lot by playing this song, and you can apply these skills to many other songs as you advance as a drummer.

10. “Grey Street” – Dave Matthews Band

This groove is tough to get just right. It’s a little awkward, but when it’s played right, it’s amazing! Pay close attention: there’s more to this song than just a complicated groove. The feel here is essential, so add this song to your setlist.

What Rock Song Has the Best Drums? 50 Classic Best Songs on Drums

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Looking for some of the best songs to drum to – and don’t want to monkey around with any of the newer hits? Here are some classic songs that you can practice if you want to rock with the greats.

  1. “Achilles Last Stand” – Led Zeppelin
  2. “Africa” – Toto
  3. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
  4. “Aja” – Steely Dan
  5. “All Right Now” – Free
  6. “Always” – Bon Jovi
  7. “Angel of Death” – Slayer
  8. “Black Night” – Deep Purple
  9. “Blinded in Chains” – Avenged Sevenfold
  10. “Brick House” – The Commodores
  11. “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock
  12. “China Girl” – David Bowie
  13. “Come Together” – The Beatles
  14. “D’yer Mak’er” – Led Zeppelin
  15. “A Day in the Life” – The Beatles
  16. “Digital Man” – Rush
  17. “Driven to Tears” – The Police
  18. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
  19. “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” – The Police
  20. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” – Metallica
  21. “Fool in the Rain” – Led Zeppelin
  22. “Get Off My Cloud” – Rolling Stones
  23. “Hold the Line” – Toto
  24. “Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley
  25. “Honky Tonk Woman” Rolling Stones
  26. “I Feel Fine” – The Beatles
  27. “In Bloom” – Nirvana
  28. “In The Air Tonight” – Phil Collins
  29. “Instant Karma” – John Lennon
  30. “Invisible Man” – Queen
  31. “It’s the End of the World” – REM
  32. “Living on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
  33. “London Calling” – The Clash
  34. “Night Flight” – Led Zeppelin
  35. “Paint it Black” – The Rolling Stones
  36. “One With Everything” – Styx
  37. “Only the Good Die Young” – Billy Joel
  38. “Painkiller” – Judas Priest
  39. “Paint it Black” – The Rolling Stones
  40. “Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen
  41. “Paschendale” – Iron Maiden
  42. “We’re Going Wrong” – Cream
  43. “Cinema Show” – Genesis
  44. “Strawberry Fields” – The Beatles
  45. “The Grand Conjuration” – Opeth
  46. “Kangaroo” – Jeff Buckley
  47. “Dazed and Confused” – Led Zeppelin
  48. “A Little Less Conversation” – Elvis Presley
  49. “One of These Days”- Pink Floyd
  50. “Symptom of the Universe” – Black Sabbath

What is the Greatest Drum Solo?

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As you’re learning to play the drums, you might want to take things into your own hands from time to time. The best way to take your talents center stage? By playing a drum solo, of course! Here are some of the best drum solo songs to add to your repertoire:

  • “Aja” – Steely Dan
  • “In the Air Tonight” – Phil Collins
  • “Black Betty” – Ram Jam
  • “Tom Sawyer” – Rush
  • “Moby Dick” – Led Zepplin
  • “YYZ” – Rush
  • “Hot for Teacher” – Van Halen
  • “6:00” – Dream Theater

Best Drum and Bass Songs

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Have a friend you like to play the bass with? If so, you should try to learn these top bass and drum songs. You’ll love the music you make!

  • “Money” – Pink Floyd
  • “Dazed and Confused” – Led Zeppelin
  • “Come Together” – The Beatles
  • “Girls Got Rhythm” – AC/DC
  • “Dance Floor” – Arctic Monkeys
  • “Mystery Achievement” -The Pretenders
  • “I Saw Her Standing There” – The Beatles
  • “Get Ready” – The Temptations
  • “It’s My Life” – No Doubt

Of course, you could always play some songs by the famous band “Drum and Bass,” too! How’s that for irony?

Best Beginner Drum Songs

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Last but not least, if you’re new to playing drums, you may want to consider these best drum songs that are great for drummers who are still learning the ropes (or should we say…the sticks?).

  • “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
  • “Wake Me Up When September Ends” – Green Day
  • “Honky Tonk Woman” – The Rolling Stones (yes, we have it twice on this list – it’s that good!)
  • “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes
  • “Livin on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
  • “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
  • “Come As You Are” – Nirvana
  • “Starlight” – Muse
  • “Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
  • “Last Nite” – The Strokes

Best Drums in a Song

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I hope you enjoyed this list of the best drum songs. Some of these songs are challenging, but they will make you a better drummer!

So what’s next? Taking drum lessons, of course! Sign up for live drumming lessons here – and start rocking today. Of course, having a look at these top party-rocking drum songs should give you more inspiration to learn, too.

Which drum songs are on your must-know list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Megan W.
Maegan W. teaches drums, songwriting, and more in San Diego, CA. She earned a degree in Percussion from the Musician’s Institute, and has been teaching private lessons since 2004. Learn more about Maegan here!

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