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What are your top 10 "essential" drumming songs you like to play?

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  • What are your top 10 "essential" drumming songs you like to play?

    Ok. I swear this will be my last thread for awhile. It's just cool to get some feedback from everyone on what their influences and drumming preferences are...

    Anyhoo-

    My question is:
    What are your top 10 songs that you like to play to, on a regular basis?
    In other words, if and when you "practice" to a CD or tape, etc., what 10 songs do you come back to again and again?

    I'll start-
    (in no particular order)

    10. Barracuda-Heart
    9. She's Gone-Hall and Oats
    8. There's Something Going On-Frida (Phil Collins on drums)
    7. I Can See It In Your Eyes-Men At Work
    6. Welcome To The Jungle- Guns And Roses
    5. ABACAB-Genesis
    4. Waisted Years- Iron Maiden
    3. Girl Gone Bad-Van Halen
    2. The One I Love-R.E.M
    1. Limelight-Rush

    Yea, I know- it's pretty much all 70's and 80's, but that's when I grew up, so...

    Honorable mentions:
    -Giant Steps (Tongiht Show Band with Jacob Arman)
    -50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Gadd)
    -Sinful Wicked Lady ( the taped version my buddy played to in highschool )

    Who's next?

    -Jim
    Hart 6.4 Pro TE3.2 kit (plus extra 8" Hart tom)
    3x CY-14, 1x CY-15, CY-12HH, KitToys 8" and 10" splash, Visu-Lite 18" China
    TD-10 w/ TDW-1, TD-8, SPDS Sampling Pad
    FD-8, Tama Iron Cobra Flexi-Glide double pedal
    1x PD-7, 2x PD-9, Hart Hammer
    Hart and Gibraltar hardware

  • #2
    Well, I don't know about complete songs, but during idle moments at soundcheck or practice there's always certain songs that I just can't resist playing beats and fills from:

    "Digital Man"---Rush
    "The Weapon"---Rush
    "The Rover"---Led Zeppelin
    "Over The Mountain"---Ozzy Osbourne
    "Too Young To Fall In Love"---Motley Crue
    "Hair Of The Dog"---Nazareth
    "I Don't Care Anymore"---Phil Collins
    "John The Fisherman"---Primus
    "Give Blood"---Pete Townshend
    "I'm Gonna Get Close To You"---Queensryche
    "Breathe"---Pink Floyd

    Special Honorable Mention:

    Every drummer has had it happen to him sometime or other. It's soundcheck time and the soundman says, "Drummer, give me slow, even quarter notes on the kick."

    THUMP....THUMP....THUMP....THUMP....

    And the cry inevitably goes up:

    "I AM IRON MAN....."

    P.S.: Yeah, I know that's more than ten, but what the heck!

    Cheers!
    TD-30 / SPD-SX

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    • #3
      HA! That is great! I too have had the "Ironman" experiance a bunch of times. That's too funny.
      Good picks by the way!

      -Jim
      Hart 6.4 Pro TE3.2 kit (plus extra 8" Hart tom)
      3x CY-14, 1x CY-15, CY-12HH, KitToys 8" and 10" splash, Visu-Lite 18" China
      TD-10 w/ TDW-1, TD-8, SPDS Sampling Pad
      FD-8, Tama Iron Cobra Flexi-Glide double pedal
      1x PD-7, 2x PD-9, Hart Hammer
      Hart and Gibraltar hardware

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      • #4
        Aloha,

        There are many that comes to mind...but I suppose if I had to choose my "top 10", in no particular order...here they are:

        1) Tom Sawyer (Rush)
        2) One (Metallica)
        3) Over The Mountain (Ozzy)
        4) Detroit Rock City (Kiss)
        5) The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
        6) Immigrant Song (Led Zepplin)
        7) Paradise City (GNR)
        8) YYZ (Rush)
        9) Hey Mickey (Toni Basil) What can I tell ya...my name is Mickey...
        10) Wipeout (my version)(even though I ***** and complain about it openly when requested to play it)
        DMPro rookie, TD10 newbie

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        • #5
          A lot of Rush around here
          I like Rush too and I whish I can play most of their songs but my play level (and the dedication I put to improve) is not up there.

          I change CDs very often because I get bored after playing over them for a while.
          My actual weekly list is:
          Coldplay - Parachutes (all CD)
          Paul Mcartney - Off the ground (all CD)
          Fish - Internal Exile (all CD)
          Mellencamp - Scarecrow (all CD)
          Salvation - The Cranberries (song)
          Rock'n'Roll - Led Zeppelin (song)
          Sonoman - Soda Stereo (song) (from Argentina)
          Rosalie - Juan Luis Guerra y los 4.40 (song) (from Rep. Dominicana)

          Pierre.

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          • #6
            The more we compose our own music (and perhaps the older I get) the less I listen to other rock music. Not to mention: play with other music. I never do.

            I have some Rush albums which I like to hear but I would never play along with them. I don't like this and I can't (lack of technique). Favourite albums or tracks....

            Pmffff... I don't know.
            Robert

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            • #7
              Hehehe, I've had the "Iron Man" experience, usually it's me who shouts it...

              My Top Ten would be:
              10) James Brown - Cold Sweat
              9) Led Zep - When The Levee Breaks
              8) Genesis - The Cinema Show (drum part from the keyboard solo on "Seconds Out")
              7) Big Country - Porrohman
              6) Yes - Long Distance Runaround (fun at soundchecks)
              5) Ultravox - The Voice
              4) New Order - True Faith
              3) Anthrax - I'm The Man (just for laughs)
              2) Bauhaus - Double Dare

              and my number one:
              The Sisters Of Mercy - Dominion/Mother Russia

              That's it for me.
              Stu
              "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"

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              • #8
                These are my faves to jam along with:

                "Fell On Black Days" Soundgarden
                "Monkey Wrench/Generator" Foo Fighters
                "La Villa Strangiato/ Spirit of Radio" Rush
                "Tie Your Mother Down/Stone Cold Crazy" Queen
                "Message of Love" The Pretenders
                "I Want You to Want Me/Ain't That A Shame" Cheap Trick
                "Roxanne" The Police
                "Phase Dance" Pat Metheny Group

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                • #9
                  My favorites in no order:
                  Appolsia : Gino Vannelli
                  Walk the Night: Gino Vannelli
                  Squib Cakes: Tower of Power
                  Oakland Stroke: Tower of Power
                  Give and Take : Santana
                  Burn: Deep Purple
                  Storm Breaker: Deep Purple
                  Getting Tighter: Deep Purple
                  Simple Song: Sly and the Family Stone
                  Don't Stop Believeing: Journey
                  Seperate Ways: Journey
                  Who's Crying Now : Journey
                  The kid is hot Tonight: Loverboy
                  Still of the Night: White Snake

                  As you can tell I'm a product of the 80's, and quit drumming back in 1990, but into it heavy again so I'm behind on the new stuff. Got some catching to do.

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                  • #10
                    I couldn't really narrow this down to songs at all. I have certain cd's I like to throw in and just go for it.

                    Iron Maiden_Iron Maiden
                    Iron Maiden_Killers
                    Iron Maiden_Number of the Beast
                    Iron Maiden_Piece of Mind
                    Rush_Caress of Steel-through-Permanent Waves
                    Deep Purple_Machine Head
                    Dio_Holy Diver
                    Dio_Last in Line
                    Black Sabbath_Heaven and Hell
                    Black Sabbath_Mob Rules
                    King Diamond_Them

                    Shows my era too don't it?

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                    • #11
                      Dave Matthews - Crash
                      Marillion - Clutching at straws
                      Queensryche - Empire
                      Rush - moving pictures
                      Metallica - Master of puppets
                      Rusted Root - Remember
                      Dream Theater - Images and Words
                      Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station
                      Dave Matthews - Before these crowded streets
                      Def Leppard - Hysteria

                      Diversity is the key!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BtnkBndt:
                        I couldn't really narrow this down to songs at all. I have certain cd's I like to throw in and just go for it.

                        Iron Maiden_Iron Maiden
                        Iron Maiden_Killers
                        Iron Maiden_Number of the Beast
                        Iron Maiden_Piece of Mind
                        Rush_Caress of Steel-through-Permanent Waves
                        Deep Purple_Machine Head
                        Dio_Holy Diver
                        Dio_Last in Line
                        Black Sabbath_Heaven and Hell
                        Black Sabbath_Mob Rules
                        King Diamond_Them

                        Shows my era too don't it?
                        oh to be a teenager again

                        Those bring back some smoke filled thoughts

                        ------------------
                        ~REDMAN~
                        ~REDMAN~

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                        • #13
                          I think that I too will have to twealk the topi c to "top 10 CDs" as I often play several songs at once once a disc is loaded. The CDs that have been frequently occupying my portable CD player that's hooked into my TD8 include:

                          Stones-Sticky Fingers & Made in the Shade
                          Creedence-Creedence Gold
                          Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills-Super Session
                          Aerosmith-Get your WIngs
                          Nirvana-In Utero
                          J Geils-Blow Your Face Out
                          Beatles-Get Back (boot), Revolver
                          Dread Zeppelin-5,000,000, Un-Led-Ed

                          Whoops! This list goes to eleven! $^) No explanation for this list, not always the most technically challenging stuff, just a lot of songs that I like getting into.

                          And yeah, got a chuckle from the Iron Man thing! $^)

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                          • #14
                            1 Red Barchetta - RUSH
                            2 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
                            3 Take the Money & Run - Steve Miller Band
                            4 Brick House - Commodores
                            5 Skin O' My Teeth - Megadeth
                            6 Tom Sawyer - RUSH
                            7 Holy Wars - Megadeth (when I have the energy
                            8 Xanadu - RUSH (okay, i can't play the entire song note for note, but who can?
                            9 Basketcase - Greenday
                            10 No Time This Time - Police


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AkristaK:
                              Diversity is the key!!
                              I see. Here's some of my recent favorites:

                              Philip Glass, String Quartet #5, Mvt. 3
                              Many String Quartets by Shostokovich, Mozart, Ravel, (#'s escape me)
                              Hungarian Dance #5 (composer on the tip of my tongue)
                              Ravi Shankar, 'Improvisations on the Theme from Pather Panchali'; also, 'Karnataki'
                              Overture from 'Barber of Seville'
                              Ligeti bagatelles for Woodwinds
                              Johnny Cash, 'Orange Blossom Special'
                              Herbie Nichols, 'The Gig'
                              Mongo Santamaria 'Afro Blue'
                              Beijing Trio (w/Max Roach) 'Sweet Whisper of a Flower'
                              Gene Krupa Trio, 'Dark Eyes', 'Stompin at the Savoy', 'Limehouse Blues'
                              Louis Armstrong Hot 5's, 'Hotter than That'
                              Jelly Roll Morton 'Billy Goat Stomp', 'Black Bottom Stomp'
                              Joy Division, 'No Love Lost','Atrocity Exhibition'
                              Poster Children 'In My Way'
                              PJ Harvey, 'Dress', '50-ft. Queenie'
                              Charles Mingus, 'Reincarnation of a Love Bird'
                              Sun Ra Arkestra 'Enlightenment'
                              Pink Floyd - Ummagumma, Live Record, except for last half of 'Saucerful of Secrets'

                              Sorry. Was that more than ten?

                              Diversity? Please.



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