Songs’ Most Iconic Drum Beats (Air Drummers Welcome)
There’s something about a heart-pounding drumbeat that makes you want to bang on the steering wheel of your car. A song that’s unforgettable and instantly recognizable. In fact, I’ve been known to identify songs within two beats at grocery stores and in elevators everywhere. What can I say? It’s a gift. Sometimes it’s precision and skill that pumps your veins and sometimes it’s the simplicity of a stomp. Air drummers, this one is for you.
Here are the top picks for the most iconic drum beats in a song (vote for your favorite in the embedded poll below):
“In the Air Tonight” – Phil Collins who knew letting someone drown could sound so good?
“Paradise City” – Guns n’ Roses Any 3 year old could drum this song. And every drummer today are drummers because of it
“We Will Rock You” – Queen Recipe: 2 Stomps, 1 Clap. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat to infinitum
“Hot for Teacher” – Van Halen Possibly one of the coolest videos and epic drum beats of all time. Viva Van Halen!
“50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” – Paul Simon Delicate, but slicing
“Go” – Pearl Jam Unmistakably 90’s and unmistakably legendary contribution from fleeting band member, Dave Abbruzzese
“Come Together” – The Beatles Psychedelically-infused beats that will last an eternity
“YYZ” – Rush Morse code for Toronto’s airport call signal has been Neil Peart’s calling card as one of the most prolifically technically gifted drummers of all time
“Lust for Life” – Iggy Pop How is it that Amy Winehouse is dead at 27 and Iggy Pop is still alive? One of the best blood-pumpers ever made.
If you want a more comprehensive list, MusicRadar.com compiled the Top 100 in 2010. Who wins your vote as the most iconic? Anyone who should have made this list?