Playing the hats has little to do with the size hats you play and everything to do with how you play them. Shoulder to tip playing palm down will help gain a better swing in your groove and fatten your whole feel.
Another one from the late great Richie Hayward of Little Feat. Deceptively complex drum parts, the use of toms punctuating his grooves, and subtle hi hat work have been hallmarks of his playing. The open hi hat work around the 16ths on this great tune creates an unexpected texture, and his ability to lay a smooth groove while adding his embellishments inside the arrangement is on full display here:
Fun question and cool suggestions gang... Congratulations and welcome to the 16" HH club VB!
As a pop player, for me other than all of the afore mentioned Stewart / Police cuts, tracks that come to me are....
Michael McDonald - I Keep Forgettin' (Jeff Porcaro) Amazing 16th note base
Gino Vannelli - Nightwalker (Vinnie Colaiuta) Smooth open pluse in head and turns and pretty busy the whole track
Level 42 - It's Over (Phil Gould) You have to listen but a lot of different techniques here in a changing pattern