Rock Songs with Great Hi-Hat Work?

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I recently picked up great-sounding, 16-inch hi-hats that are inspiring me to pay much more attention to what I'll call 'hat tricks!'

From what rock and blues songs should I steal ideas for putting more sizzle and slurp in my playing.
 

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Ringo - most of his Beatles work.
Tommy Ramone - listen to him drive the band with mostly the hi-hat, recommended listening: It's Alive.
Steve Jordan with Keith Richards and the Xpensive Winos.
Brian Downey - Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous. (you're a big fan, if I remember correctly...)
 

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Fun thread.

Random favorite classic rock radio hi hat moments, not counting The Police:

"Boys Are Back in Town" Thin Lizzy
"Funeral For a Friend" Elton John
"Take the Money and Run" Steve Miller
"Cissy Strut" Meters
"Rock Steady" Aretha Franklin
"Use Me" Bill Withers (or any song James Gadson ever played on)
 

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Tom Petty - You Don't Know How It Feels

there is no flashiness here, just an absolute clinic on less-is-more and playing ONLY what is necessary for the song and not one bit more...bass drum, snare and hi-hats...not a single fill or crash cymbal on the entire track...just a very simple part that is masterfully played, and the hi-hat work is what really makes it

 

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Kayak: Want You To Be Mine

 

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this one hit me early on... don't know if it has anything to do with 16s.


Tricks I think of smaller diameters
the Hi Hat Fanning of the old Timers is The trick

16s are on the more laid-back opposite side of tricks
 
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Tom Petty - You Don't Know How It Feels

there is no flashiness here, just an absolute clinic on less-is-more and playing ONLY what is necessary for the song and not one bit more...bass drum, snare and hi-hats...not a single fill or crash cymbal on the entire track...just a very simple part that is masterfully played, and the hi-hat work is what really makes it

I play this track with my Petty band and yeah, I don't hit a crash cymbal except once at the very end. It ain't easy...
 

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I play this track with my Petty band and yeah, I don't hit a crash cymbal except once at the very end. It ain't easy...
yup, Ferrone doesn't even hit that crash at the end! it's just open hi-hats...it sure ain't easy...Ferrone plays that whole Wildflowers album just perfectly start to finish imo, not one note too many, not one note too few...subtle perfection
 


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