The 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances Of All Time.

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Interesting list.......thanks.......I know and like a lot of these songs - the rest I just don't know.....
 

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Surely they missed quite a few?

Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson
Hawaii 5-0 - Ventures
No Chicago tunes with Danny Seraphine?

To this day I can't figure out everything going on in that 5-0 tune. Don't even know if Mel Taylor did it....or another studio drummer. If Mel did play that, it was an incredible job. Almost sounds like 2 drummers at once even after extracting tympani's. And while Sandy Nelson's classic can be "somewhat" copied, and seems "simple," try getting all those nuances and textures with tom rim shot variations.

Let There Be Drums
 
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I realize I may be a little biased being a big Zappa fan but given how many incredible drummers he's had over the years I can't believe only one Zappa tune made the list. Frankly (no pun intended), I might have thought something from One Size Fits All might make it over Fifty Fifty. Inca Roads has some incredible drumming from Chester. And what about some of the Vinnie stuff from Joe's Garage? Outside Now? I realize that I don't tend to see the world the way most people do. Which is why I dislike these kinds of lists. They end up being nothing more than popularity contests. I suppose one virtue of these lists is that they encourage discussion.
 

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Oh, and I think that "Tarkus" is Carl Palmer's best recorded performance, period. Every time I listen to it I marvel at how every note he played seems to be the exact best thing that anyone could have played at that exact moment of music.

I would rate Carl's drumming in "Karn Evil 9" not even as highly as I would rate his drumming in "Toccata", from the same album. (To my ears his drumming throughout "Karn" sounds a bit sluggish, while "Toccata" bristles with energy.) But neither compares with his work on "Tarkus" (IMHO).
 

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Oh, and I think that "Tarkus" is Carl Palmer's best recorded performance, period. Every time I listen to it I marvel at how every note he played seems to be the exact best thing that anyone could have played at that exact moment of music.

I would rate Carl's drumming in "Karn Evil 9" not even as highly as I would rate his drumming in "Toccata", from the same album. (To my ears his drumming throughout "Karn" sounds a bit sluggish, while "Toccata" bristles with energy.) But neither compares with his work on "Tarkus" (IMHO).
I feel the same being that Toccata is the "drum solo" piece on the album, but gotta disagree about Karn Evil 9, it is another Carl Palmer masterpiece in my opinion.

And I'm also a Zappa fan, 50/50 is not really anything outstanding drum wise and agree with MntnMan62 there are tons of Zappa tunes (for a more popular radio-play I'd put St Alphonso Pancake Breakfast up there, but agree about the many Vinnie Bozzio and others tunes this was a glaze over).

Overall, this list SUCKS.
 

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Knowing how you guys (and the handful of gals you haven't scared away) love a list, I made time in my busy schedule to present you with a great list -- The 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances of All Time.

When I say present, I mean typed in reverse order -- forcing you to scan through the meat of the list before arriving at the surprise Number One. Full credit for compiling the list five years ago goes to "Ryan," who also created a Spotify list of these songs that I'll listen to as soon as I can figure out this new-fangled Spotify technology. Update, I found the list of 300 songs by searching Spotify for Digital Dream Door, then searching through it's many lists for the drum one.

Without getting too far into the weeds, it's a great list because it encompasses a wider breadth of drummers than we typically see -- ranging from a wide range of styles from the 60s to the 2000s -- ranging from The Surfaris to Mastodon.

Because there's always some some fun-crusher saying "What's the criteria for this list," it is as "Ryan" explains "
These songs demonstrate their drummer's talent and ability in creating an outstanding drumming performance."

Do I have some quibbles? Sure, I wish the list limited drummers to one or two appearances.... To me, Carmine Appice doesn't merit multiple appearances (but that may be because I think he's a terrible person who didn't teach Bonham anything, really) and I appreciate Mike Portnoy largely in the same way I would enjoy watching someone type at double the speed I do.

With that said, it's a great list, and I've enjoy catching up on some of the performances I missed ... As an example, I never took time to listen to much Bozzio (who sounds exactly like I expected and can probably type 100 words a minute).

So, here's the list from DigitalDreamDoor.com:

100. Thorazine Shuffle – Matt Abts (Government Mule)
99. Larks Tongue in Aspic – Bill Bruford & Jaime Muir (King Crimson)
98. Pushit – Danny Carey (Tool)
97. Constant Motion – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
96. Genghis Khan – Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
95. When the Music’s Over – John Densmore (The Door)
94. Nothing At All – John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
93. 5150 – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
92. John the Fistherman – Tim Alexander (Primus)
91. Ghost of Perdition – Martin Lopez (Opeth)
90. Siberian Divide – Bran Dailor (Mastodon)
89. Moby Dick – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
88. Manic Depression – Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
87. Great King Rat – Roger Taylor (Queen)
86. B’Boom – Bill Bruford, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
85. Dark Side of the Moog – Jon Hisedman (Colosseum II)
84. Anthem – Neil Peart (Rush)
83. The Ox – Keith Moon (The Who)
82. Throes of Rejection – Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
81. Cassandra Gemini – Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta)
80. Toccata – Carl Palmer (Emerson Lake & Palmer)
79. No Excuses – Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)
78. Holy Wars and the Punishment Due – Nick Menza (Megadeth)
77. The Break Song – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
76. Four Sticks – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
75. The Mule – Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
74. Ice Cakes – Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Drugs)
73. Message In a Bottle – Stewart Copeland (The Police)
72. Time – Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
71. Elephant Ghost – Bryan Mantia (Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains).
70. Fifty-Fity – Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa and the Mothers)
69. Drive In Drive Out - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
68. Keep Yourself Alive – Roger Taylor (Queen)
67. Bad Reputation – Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
66. The Wizard – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath
65. Come Together – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
64. Capillarian Crest – Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
63. To Defy The Laws Of Tradition – Tim Alexander (Primus)
62. Painkiller – Scott Travis – (Judas Priest)
61. Go For Yourself – Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
60. Stargazer – Cozy Powell (Rainbow)

59. Halleluhway – Jaki Liebezeit (CAN)
58. One More Red Nightmare – Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
57. Where Eagles Dare- Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
56. Dharma for One – Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
55. Cobwebs And Strange – Keith Moon (The Who)
54. Regetta de Blanc – Stewart Copeland (The Police)
53. I’ll Cast a Shadow – Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
52. Face Pollution – Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
51. Fireball– Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
50. Winds – Jon Hiseman (Colosseum II)
49. Do What You Like – Ginger Baker (Blind Faith)
48. Shotgun – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
47. Deliverance – Martin Lopez (Opeth)
46. My Generation – Keith Moon (The Who)
45. Frankenstein – Chuck Ruff (Edgar Winter Group)
44. In A Gadda Da Vida – Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)
43. Anesthetize – Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
42. She Said She Said – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
41. In the Presence of Enemies – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
40. Angel of Death – Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
39. Soundchaser – Alan White (Yes)
38. Tetragrammaton – Jon Theodor (The Mars Volta)
37. Funky Drummer – Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown)
36. A Quick One – Keith Moon (The Who)
35. Rosanna – Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
34. 6.00 – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
33. The Grudge – Danny Carey (Tool)
32. Space Truckin’ – Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
31. One World (Not Three) – Stewart Copeland (The Police)
30. Soul Sacrifice – Mike Shrieve (Santana)
29. Achilles Last Stand – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
28. War Ensemble – Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
27. Frizzle Fry – Tim Alexander (Primus)
26. Aja – Steve Gadd (Steely Dan)
25. Tripping Billies – Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
24. Rat Salad – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
23. Fire – Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix
22. Indiscipline – Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
21. Dance of Eternity – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
20. 2112 – Neil Peart (Rush)
19. Lady – Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck)
18. Tragic – Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)
17. Geek U.S.A – Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)
16. Good Times Bad Times – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
15. Wipeout – Ron Wilson (Surfaris)
14. Jesus Christ Pose – Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
13. Amen Brother – G.C. Coleman (The Winstons)
12. Hot for Teacher – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
11. Tarkus – Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
10. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Keith Moon (The Who)
9. Heart of the Sunrise – Bill Bruford (Yes)
8. By-Tor and the Snow Dog – Neil Peart (Rush)
7. Stream of Consciousness – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
6. 21st Century Schizoid Man – Michael Giles (King Crimson)
5. Moby Dick – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
4. Karn Evil 9 – Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
3. Toad – Ginger Baker (Cream)
2. La Villa Strangiato – Neil Peart (Rush)
1. Ticks and Leaches (Tool)



https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_drumperf.html
Oh yeah like “Bad Reputation“ is above “ Come Together”
 

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I'm really not a Gadd devotee but, Aja at #26? That song and his performance is credited by so many as changing the drumming lives and scope of drumming for the last three decades of the 20th century. And he still influencing the way people play.

Nothing with Billy Cobham, who literally changed the way drums are played for an entire generation? If Palmer and Bruford are listed being in Prog Rock bands, would not Cobham qualify being in a Jazz Rock band, a band considered by many to be the greatest virtuoso Rock band off all time, The Mahavishnu Orchestra?

I also wonder, just from a Top40 position of Rock music, how Danny Seraphine didn't make the list. Chicago was not a Rock band in the 60's and 70's and Seraphine did not create some of the most fresh and creative playing and memorable drum breaks in modern music?

Sure, call me a "fun crusher" but, such a list can only be personal opinion. It cannot be an accurate order of reality. If these lists simply said, Here are one hundred great drum performances in no particular order but, as soon as "greatest of all time" and ranking gets into the presentation, reality drops off the table.
 

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I 100% agreee with any list that starts with Matt Abts
I fixed it for ya.

100 spots, many guys with multiple listings and they couldn't squeeze in one song done by Aaron Commess?

I would have picked Full On Kevin's Mom for Matt Cameron.
 
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Im not a big fan of lists especially in the entertainment business. To me it's a matter of opinion and leaves an opening for debate. For instance, Mike Portnoy is on this 5 or 6 times. Portnoy is a great drummer not taking away from talent but isn't there other drummers who could have taking one of those spots?
 

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Im not a big fan of lists especially in the entertainment business. To me it's a matter of opinion and leaves an opening for debate. For instance, Mike Portnoy is on this 5 or 6 times. Portnoy is a great drummer not taking away from talent but isn't there other drummers who could have taking one of those spots?

Yeah, like take one of Portnoys and add one from Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
 

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Another stupid list.

Let me make the same list and put my own favorite drummers performance at number one.
Looking forward to you contributing insightful posts to help distract the rest of us from subjects that have already been talked to death!
 

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Why do you need to distract people from what they're talking about, Oh dis-satisfied one?
I'm guessing the threads you hate are the ones having to do with drums and drumming instead of tripe served with a ration of dis, hey, if you can do your one trick act, well...
 
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Why do you need to distract people from what they're talking about, Oh dis-satisfied one?
I'm guessing the threads you hate are the ones having to do with drums and drumming instead of tripe served with a ration of dis, hey, if you can do your one trick act, well...
I thought my implicit reference to all the Caronavirus threads -- even after members begged for a stop to them -- would have been obvious to anyone. I guess future responses will have to be dumbed down a bit more, Moodman.
 

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Couldn't get much dumber, but you did say "subjects that have already been talked to death" not virus threads.
 
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Putting in a vote for

Dino Danelli on "A Girl Like You"

just elegant: classy, swings, rocks, dynamics...and the always essential "plays for the song" Man, he was great.

 

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Knowing how you guys (and the handful of gals you haven't scared away) love a list, I made time in my busy schedule to present you with a great list -- The 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances of All Time.

When I say present, I mean typed in reverse order -- forcing you to scan through the meat of the list before arriving at the surprise Number One. Full credit for compiling the list five years ago goes to "Ryan," who also created a Spotify list of these songs that I'll listen to as soon as I can figure out this new-fangled Spotify technology. Update, I found the list of 300 songs by searching Spotify for Digital Dream Door, then searching through it's many lists for the drum one.

Without getting too far into the weeds, it's a great list because it encompasses a wider breadth of drummers than we typically see -- ranging from a wide range of styles from the 60s to the 2000s -- ranging from The Surfaris to Mastodon.

Because there's always some some fun-crusher saying "What's the criteria for this list," it is as "Ryan" explains "
These songs demonstrate their drummer's talent and ability in creating an outstanding drumming performance."

Do I have some quibbles? Sure, I wish the list limited drummers to one or two appearances.... To me, Carmine Appice doesn't merit multiple appearances (but that may be because I think he's a terrible person who didn't teach Bonham anything, really) and I appreciate Mike Portnoy largely in the same way I would enjoy watching someone type at double the speed I do.

With that said, it's a great list, and I've enjoy catching up on some of the performances I missed ... As an example, I never took time to listen to much Bozzio (who sounds exactly like I expected and can probably type 100 words a minute).

So, here's the list from DigitalDreamDoor.com:

100. Thorazine Shuffle – Matt Abts (Government Mule)
99. Larks Tongue in Aspic – Bill Bruford & Jaime Muir (King Crimson)
98. Pushit – Danny Carey (Tool)
97. Constant Motion – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
96. Genghis Khan – Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
95. When the Music’s Over – John Densmore (The Door)
94. Nothing At All – John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
93. 5150 – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
92. John the Fistherman – Tim Alexander (Primus)
91. Ghost of Perdition – Martin Lopez (Opeth)
90. Siberian Divide – Bran Dailor (Mastodon)
89. Moby Dick – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
88. Manic Depression – Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
87. Great King Rat – Roger Taylor (Queen)
86. B’Boom – Bill Bruford, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
85. Dark Side of the Moog – Jon Hisedman (Colosseum II)
84. Anthem – Neil Peart (Rush)
83. The Ox – Keith Moon (The Who)
82. Throes of Rejection – Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
81. Cassandra Gemini – Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta)
80. Toccata – Carl Palmer (Emerson Lake & Palmer)
79. No Excuses – Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)
78. Holy Wars and the Punishment Due – Nick Menza (Megadeth)
77. The Break Song – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
76. Four Sticks – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
75. The Mule – Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
74. Ice Cakes – Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Drugs)
73. Message In a Bottle – Stewart Copeland (The Police)
72. Time – Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
71. Elephant Ghost – Bryan Mantia (Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains).
70. Fifty-Fity – Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa and the Mothers)
69. Drive In Drive Out - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
68. Keep Yourself Alive – Roger Taylor (Queen)
67. Bad Reputation – Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
66. The Wizard – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath
65. Come Together – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
64. Capillarian Crest – Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
63. To Defy The Laws Of Tradition – Tim Alexander (Primus)
62. Painkiller – Scott Travis – (Judas Priest)
61. Go For Yourself – Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
60. Stargazer – Cozy Powell (Rainbow)

59. Halleluhway – Jaki Liebezeit (CAN)
58. One More Red Nightmare – Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
57. Where Eagles Dare- Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
56. Dharma for One – Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
55. Cobwebs And Strange – Keith Moon (The Who)
54. Regetta de Blanc – Stewart Copeland (The Police)
53. I’ll Cast a Shadow – Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
52. Face Pollution – Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
51. Fireball– Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
50. Winds – Jon Hiseman (Colosseum II)
49. Do What You Like – Ginger Baker (Blind Faith)
48. Shotgun – Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
47. Deliverance – Martin Lopez (Opeth)
46. My Generation – Keith Moon (The Who)
45. Frankenstein – Chuck Ruff (Edgar Winter Group)
44. In A Gadda Da Vida – Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)
43. Anesthetize – Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
42. She Said She Said – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
41. In the Presence of Enemies – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
40. Angel of Death – Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
39. Soundchaser – Alan White (Yes)
38. Tetragrammaton – Jon Theodor (The Mars Volta)
37. Funky Drummer – Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown)
36. A Quick One – Keith Moon (The Who)
35. Rosanna – Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
34. 6.00 – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
33. The Grudge – Danny Carey (Tool)
32. Space Truckin’ – Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
31. One World (Not Three) – Stewart Copeland (The Police)
30. Soul Sacrifice – Mike Shrieve (Santana)
29. Achilles Last Stand – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
28. War Ensemble – Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
27. Frizzle Fry – Tim Alexander (Primus)
26. Aja – Steve Gadd (Steely Dan)
25. Tripping Billies – Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
24. Rat Salad – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
23. Fire – Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix
22. Indiscipline – Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
21. Dance of Eternity – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
20. 2112 – Neil Peart (Rush)
19. Lady – Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck)
18. Tragic – Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)
17. Geek U.S.A – Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)
16. Good Times Bad Times – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
15. Wipeout – Ron Wilson (Surfaris)
14. Jesus Christ Pose – Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
13. Amen Brother – G.C. Coleman (The Winstons)
12. Hot for Teacher – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
11. Tarkus – Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
10. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Keith Moon (The Who)
9. Heart of the Sunrise – Bill Bruford (Yes)
8. By-Tor and the Snow Dog – Neil Peart (Rush)
7. Stream of Consciousness – Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
6. 21st Century Schizoid Man – Michael Giles (King Crimson)
5. Moby Dick – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
4. Karn Evil 9 – Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
3. Toad – Ginger Baker (Cream)
2. La Villa Strangiato – Neil Peart (Rush)
1. Ticks and Leaches (Tool)



https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_drumperf.html
A few off the top of my head that I would put on the list:

"Hocus Pocus" by Focus, Pierre van der Linden
"Undun" by The Guess Who, Garry Peterson
"Make Me Smile" by CTA, Danny Seraphine
"Spinning Wheel" by BS&T, Bobby Colomby
"Page One" by TOP, David Garibaldi
"Us Me" by Bill Withers, James Gadson
"Home at Last" by Steely Dan, Bernard Purdie
 


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