Great songs to play drums to

Elephant Drums We’ve been asking our students and our ‘likers’ on our Facebook page to name their favourite tracks to play along to. Below are the results. This list is growing so we will add new suggestions over time – feel free to contribute to the list by adding your favourite drumming songs by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

Playing along to songs is a great way to practise drums. It exposes you to different styles of playing, develops your sense of timing, and is a practical way to explore song structures. Drum kit is usually played as part of a band so it is important to practise drums in the context of real music to help develop musicality and performance skills.

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The Elephant Drums list of ‘drum-along’ songs

All I Want – Skunk Anansie
All My Life – Foo Fighters
All Right Now – Free
Always On The Run – Lenny Kravitz
Assassin – Muse
Back In Black – AC/DC
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Car Wash – Rose Royce
Chameleon – Herbie Hancock
Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
Chop Suey! – System Of A Down
Common People – Pulp
Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Drumming Song – Florence and The Machine
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Faster Than The Setting Sun – Fyfe Dangerfield
Feeling Good – Muse
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin
Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
I Love Rock And Roll – Joan Jet
I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
In Bloom – Nirvana
Iron Man – Black Sabbath
Kings And Queens – Thirty Seconds To Mars
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
Late In The Evening – Paul Simon
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry
Live And Let Die – Guns and Roses
Long Train Running – Doobie Brothers
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Message In A Bottle – The Police
Moondance – Van Morrison
Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Mr Brightside – The Killers
My Generation – The Who
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
No One Knows – Queens Of The Stone Age
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Plug In Baby – Muse
River Deep Mountain High – Tina Turner
Rockin’ All Over The World – Status Quo
Roll With It – Oasis
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Roxanne – The Police
Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden
Seven Days – Sting
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
Supersonic – Oasis
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
The Best – Tina Turner
The Fight Song – Marilyn Manson
The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret – Queens Of The Stone Age
The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden
The Unforgiven – Metallica
The Zephyr Song – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This Charming Man – The Smiths
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Tighten Up – The Black Keys
Time Is Running Out – Muse
Touch It – Busta Rhytmes
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
V.I.C.E. – Razorlight
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Walk This Way – Aerosmith
Warpigs – Black Sabbath
Waterloo – ABBA
What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes
When You Were Young – The Killers
Who Are You – The Who
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

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  1. What no ‘Eye of the Tiger’?!

  2. Dave’s Gone Skiing – Toto (in fact all Toto is up here) : )

  3. Span – Dont Think The Way They Do
    Toto – Rosanna
    John Mayer – I Got a Woman
    John Mayer – I Dont Need no Doctor
    Foo Fighters – The Pretender
    Dizzy Mizz Lizzy – Glory

  4. No One Knows- Queens Of The Stone Age

  5. bed of roses
    november rain

  6. I’d add ‘Drumming Song’ by Florence and The Machine

  7. You can find most of the songs on streaming sites like YouTube or Spotify, or buy them from online stores like iTunes, Amazon etc. Or go and support your local record shop!

  8. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specially the last part :) I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  9. Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine – Refused (The Shape of Punk to Come)

  10. Very Nice !

  11. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
    Breathe – Pink Floyd
    Scott Pilgrim – Plumtree
    Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd
    Video Killed The Radio Star – Presidents of the USA

  12. Anything with Keith Moon on it

  13. How could you not forget Sweet Child o’ Mine??

  14. No songs from Rage Against The Machine? Dafuq?

  15. How is there no Rush??? How can you not include the greatest drummer in the world?

  16. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

  17. Everlong – Foo Fighters — the BEST!!!

  18. Red Elephant – Sunny Day Real Estate

  19. Venetian snares – ongyilkos vasarnap
    squarepusher – My red hot car
    Roni Size – New forms
    Street light manifesto – point/counterpoint

  20. Blasteroid by Mastodon yea yeeeeaaaaa

  21. The Horse – The Ventures
    Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
    Almost everything by the bands Ratatat and Ronald Jenkees.

  22. We will rock you is a good one. You should also consider doing something fast like the Beatles.

  23. My favorite song to drum to is “hit that” by the offspring.
    I play a different beat to the one on the song, but it’s a great one for fills!

  24. Any bon jovi song, tico torres is unreal. The best of the best

  25. LA Riots & Polina-Kamikaze

  26. Led Zeppelin – In the Light
    Linkin Park – In the End, What I’ve Done
    Green Day – Give me a Novocaine

  27. Make Total Destroy by Periphery! So much fun!! Plus, look up Victor Wooden & play along to his bass lines!

  28. Pompeii by Bastille should be in this list!

  29. St. Moondog – White Trash

  30. Some that I enjoy:

    Entrance of the Elected – Bear vs Shark

    Go With the Flow – Queens of the Stone Age

    The Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World

    McFearless – Kings of Leon

  31. the best ever that I’ve seen before

  32. Yeah, a lot of these are pretty cool. I love the foo fighters.

  33. Ghost of perdition by opeth
    It’s easy enough to learn and fun to play

  34. No teenage spirit

  35. “Pull Me Under” – Dream Theater
    Anything off NOTHING’S SHOCKING – Jane’s Addiction
    “Fool In the Rain” – Zeppelin

  36. Clearly, they’ve never heard of Phil Collins… In the air tonight, anyone?

  37. “White Room” – Cream

  38. ‘Loving you is so easy’ by 101 North. Great slow jam produced by Quincy Jones. Very difficult to keep the thread subtly hanging in the air.

  39. Tangled by Maroon 5


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