Favorite song meant for drum solo

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I was listening to some drum solo songs today, and it struck me that there have been very few rock songs written expressly as a vehicle for a drum solo. Maybe in jazz, but I'm not counting jazz because of the focus on solos in general. I don't count songs where the band decided to have the drummer take a solo during live shows - I'm looking for songs that have a solo on the studio version, or where they never played it live without a drum solo (so, YYZ by Rush or Working Man don't count here).

So, here are my favorites:

1. Moby d**k (Led Zeppelin) - I just love the riffs here, and of course, Bonham's solo rules.

2. Man With The Golden Arm (The Sweet) - I love this song, too - a great nod to the big band era, and Mick Tucker makes the most of it with his incredible solo.

3. (Honorable Mention) - The Mule (Deep Purple) - OK, so this didn't have a drum solo on the studio version, but wow, I just think it was made for Ian's solo when played live.
 

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Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
Radar Love (Golden Earring)
Voodoo Chile (NOT slight return) (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Losing You (Rod Stewart)
I'm A Man (Chicago)

Maybe not "drum solos" in the strictest sense but....
 

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Mongrel said:
Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
Radar Love (Golden Earring)
Voodoo Chile (NOT slight return) (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Losing You (Rod Stewart)
I'm A Man (Chicago)

Maybe not "drum solos" in the strictest sense but....
How could I forget about Frankenstein? That definitely makes my list - love the whole thing.
Voodoo Chile - that is a cool extended break for Mitch. Jimi loved Mitch's drumming; you can tell.
And....I'm a Man - I guess that counts for Chicago, but not for Spencer Davis...so that makes the list on a technicality. And I love that one too!
Kenney Jones takes enough bars on Losing You for it to count as a drum solo, to me, anyway - and they did the drum break live and in the studio - nice catch.
 


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