• Опубліковано 29 сер 2019
  • In this video I countdown my Top 20 Drum Intros of All-Time.
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  • Rick Beato
    Rick Beato  Рік тому +171

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    • bongeggs
      bongeggs 16 днів тому

      Where Eagles Dare

    • Ronald Badke
      Ronald Badke Місяць тому

      Painkiller by Judas Priest

    • leksetengah gada
      leksetengah gada Місяць тому

      we're not gonna take it - twisted sister

    • Kelli TenHaken
      Kelli TenHaken 2 місяці тому

      Nightwatchman Tom Petty and the HeartBreakers

    • jbm
      jbm 2 місяці тому

      @Wesley Cook not sunday bloody sunday.

  • Gibby
    Gibby Рік тому +2598

    Whether you like metal or not, Painkiller by Judas Priest has an amazing drum intro

    • Gabriel Paiva
      Gabriel Paiva День тому

      Maybe if the video were a Top 20 ROCK drum intros it would be easier to add on the list.

    • Gabriel Paiva
      Gabriel Paiva 2 дні тому

      Yeah I kept hoping it would appear although it seems very tough to play or cover

    • charles frank
      charles frank 4 дні тому


    • Brando Calrissian
      Brando Calrissian 7 днів тому

      It's just a perfect metal song all around.

    • Leazes NDR
      Leazes NDR 8 днів тому +1

      @Martin R. Along with Suckerpunch by a song by my favourite band the Wildhearts, Painkiller and the Priest are probably a liitle bit too British and loud for Rick I should think

  • oldskoolpixels
    oldskoolpixels 3 місяці тому +39

    I think one of the most recognizable (but not technical!) drum intros of all time has to be We Will Rock You, by Queen. Three hits and you're in!

    • Gabriel Paiva
      Gabriel Paiva 6 днів тому +1

      Yeah it's not really a drum intro so that's why it's not on the list

    • David Bourke
      David Bourke 7 днів тому +3

      No actual drums on it though. Footstomps and claps!

  • Matt Curchin
    Matt Curchin 11 днів тому +9

    Blur - Song 2 would have been a good one to have in the list. Straight to the point and you know exactly what's coming when the song kicks in

  • Xavier Borras
    Xavier Borras 11 днів тому +3

    Great list, I also love the intro of 'Low Rider' by War... is very cool

  • Robert Cook
    Robert Cook 12 днів тому +1

    Great list and one that can go on and on and be debated forever.
    A few of my faves that weren't on there...
    Train In Vain - Clash
    No Excuses - Alice In Chains
    Over The Mountain - Ozzy Osborne
    Dr Feelgood - Motley Crue
    Two Princes - Spin Doctors
    My Hero - Foo Fighters
    So many more to choose...

  • Myles S.
    Myles S. Рік тому +866

    #20 - I Am One - Smashing Pumpkins 1:46
    #19 - Bullet The Blue Sky- U2 2:07
    #18 - My Sharona - The Knack 2:31
    #17 - Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin 3:00
    #16 - Take The Money and Run - Steve Miller 3:23
    #15 - We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad 3:42
    #14 - Scentless Apprentice - Nirvana 4:06
    #13 - I Don't Care Anymore - Phil Colins 4:25
    #12 - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police 4:55
    #11 - Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles 5:15
    #10 - Ticks & Leeches - Tool 5:44
    #9 - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon 6:08
    #8 - Digital Bath - Deftones 6:32
    #7 - YYZ - Rush 6:57
    #6 - Walk This Way - Aerosmith 7:28
    #5 - Hot For Teacher - Van Halen 7:58
    #4 - Superstition - Stevie Wonder 8:48
    #3 - Sunday Bloody Sunday 9:12
    #2 - Rosanna - Toto 9:49
    #1 - When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin 11:21

    • E G
      E G 7 днів тому

      @Jean-Jacques Gubler Honky Tonk Women

    • Archival Horror
      Archival Horror 8 днів тому

      @george474747 This is the best comment. 😆

    • Jean-Jacques Gubler
      Jean-Jacques Gubler 10 днів тому +1

      But, where is Charlie Watts?

    • Gabriel Paiva
      Gabriel Paiva 22 дні тому

      @clairvoyant82 it's not on it there majorly because Guns n roses block videos but I agree it could have made it

    • Jason Pedley
      Jason Pedley Місяць тому

      Africa by The Knack was a good one too...maybe better than My Sharona.

  • Rob Caven Photography
    Rob Caven Photography 3 дні тому +1

    Loved that! A fave of mine is the intro to Judas Priest's "Painkiller" so good

  • Phil Bellmore
    Phil Bellmore 13 днів тому +2

    Shocked no mention of the intro to the theme of Hawaii Five-0! Truly one of the all-time great drum intro's!

  • tom book
    tom book 10 днів тому +1

    always gives me chills when Deftones is mentioned by Rick. whew!

  • Sam Burgess
    Sam Burgess 10 днів тому +1

    I'm surprised you didn't add in "Oh Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison. That's instantly recognisable any day of the week. Also my favourite song of all time 😁

  • Fernando Frescas
    Fernando Frescas 4 місяці тому +241

    “Stargazer” by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and “Exciter” by Judas Priest both have fantastic drum intros.

    • Christopher Brown
      Christopher Brown 4 дні тому

      I came here expecting Stagazer!

    • Henry Guerra
      Henry Guerra 11 днів тому

      Pra tocar a intro de stargazer o cara precisa conseguir tocar ela.. senao vai ter que pedir pra outro tocar por eles..

    • Mark Duffy
      Mark Duffy 11 днів тому +2

      Absolutely! I'm no drummer but Stargazer has got to be right up there.

    • John Hoyt
      John Hoyt Місяць тому


    • Lionel Alias
      Lionel Alias Місяць тому +2

      Lost in Hollywood as well.

  • Elijah T. Wreckingball
    Elijah T. Wreckingball 3 місяці тому +39

    Great list! The drum intros on "Where Eagles Dare" by Iron Maiden and "Overkill" by Motorhead are also among my favorites.

    • Red Dogg - Rebel4Truth
      Red Dogg - Rebel4Truth 14 днів тому +1

      Yeah this drummer is not that good .
      Can't believe he's a professional.

    • Rune Langemyr
      Rune Langemyr 23 дні тому +3

      I bet the drummer cant play it. Thets why they didnt include it!

  • Too Odd
    Too Odd 8 днів тому +1

    Heartbreaker from Pat Penatar comes in like a whirlwind with a hard drum beat before Neil Geraldo plays a lick.
    The drums that kick off We Got the Beat from The Go Gos is relatively simple, but it is very effective.

  • John K
    John K 29 днів тому +10

    This is a great overview, but I'm surprised Offspring's Come Out and Play wasn't included here. That's one of the most iconic and memorable drum intros, easily from the 90s but possibly even ever.

    • Chap McChap
      Chap McChap 4 дні тому

      Or even just Nitro (youth energy) that kicks off the whole album. Hard to find a 90s rock kid who doesn't instantly recognise that snare roll intro i reckon!

    • Nolan Bell
      Nolan Bell 19 днів тому

      Ya I agree also motorbreath from Metallica is pretty hype

  • Ryan Collins
    Ryan Collins 3 місяці тому +58

    For me the absolutely most recognisable, beautifully executed, and sounding amazing is the intro from “Money for Nothing” of Dire Straits.

    • Bo Jangles
      Bo Jangles 15 днів тому +1

      That’s more of a fill that’s part of the intro- it’s not an actual drum intro. these seem to specifically be grooves that are without backing parts. The drums have to be first thing you hear. Almost all of these are 2-8 bars of all drums at least the majority that I know. A few I don’t know like Deftones don’t know why that’s on there… a lot of people online worship them for some reason I think they are mediocre.

    • Stefanos Anastasiades
      Stefanos Anastasiades 17 днів тому +1

      Totally agree. I was going to write the same comment until i saw yours. I thought it was gonna be for sure in this video.

    • Outof TheMatrix
      Outof TheMatrix 24 дні тому +1

      @Simon S. the drums annihilate them all ;D

    • Simon S.
      Simon S. Місяць тому +6

      This video is about drum intros tho. If you're talking about the build up, there's also synths and vocals.

  • The Filippo Show
    The Filippo Show Рік тому +423

    Why is no one mentioning “Painkiller” from Judas Priests? I challenge you to have a drummer on that can play that! Best drum intro of all time!

    • John Lynch
      John Lynch 27 днів тому +1

      I can

    • Ringo nor
      Ringo nor 29 днів тому +1

      I know its simple, but "I love it loud ", Eric Carr on drums. Where eagles dare, Maiden.

    • Franck S.
      Franck S. 9 місяців тому


    • Abiga ill Kruss
      Abiga ill Kruss Рік тому

      Of f***ing course!

    • Mike Band
      Mike Band Рік тому

      Wonder how many of you drumming fans know of the song Skullduggery by Steppenwolf (from the album of the same name - circa 1977); drums by the late great Jerry Edmonton; so many great intros to choose from but I'd probably vote that one as #1 - just IMO

  • Philip Follety
    Philip Follety 28 днів тому +6

    Going back somewhat to the pre-Beatle 60s, one of the most memorable intros was Hal Blaine's halting beat to the Ronettes' Be My Baby, repeated later in the song.

    • Nick Decker
      Nick Decker 14 днів тому

      Good call on that one! Makes me think of Ain't No Mountain High Enough, as well. Both songs with such terrific percussion sections that get a little overshadowed by outstanding vocals/lyrics

  • Miguel Ruiz Ferri
    Miguel Ruiz Ferri 2 місяці тому +12

    For me there are amazing the drum intros of Run To The Hills from Iron Maiden & Painkiller, Living After Midnight & Exiled from Judas Priest. By the way, i'm a drummer :)

  • David Lalremruata
    David Lalremruata Місяць тому +12

    We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister is still the greatest drums intro of all time.
    The Cowbell on Honky Tonk Women is another no.1 drums intro of mine.

    • Metabaron
      Metabaron 6 днів тому +1

      Yup, I was sure Honky Tonk was going to be no.1 as soon as I read the video title but alas, it wasn't even included in his list R.I.P. Charlie

  • Pawdy Furry 12
    Pawdy Furry 12 22 дні тому +17

    “Longview” by Green Day has a great drum intro to it as well.

    • Gabriel Paiva
      Gabriel Paiva 4 дні тому +1

      Yeah it's an honorable mention on the video. "Know Your Enemy" is also a great Green Day drum intro.

    • Brian W
      Brian W 16 днів тому +3

      was listed as a honorable mention between #2 and #1 in the vid

  • Robert Costello
    Robert Costello 3 роки тому +240

    Take 5. From the Dave Brubeck quartet. The whole album Time Out has very interesting rhythms but Take 5 has an awesome drum intro 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁

    • Jay Malone
      Jay Malone 5 днів тому

      I think he’s only focusing on LATE 60’s ultra popular (basically the Beatles) and then pulling in the well known “names” from the 70’s & 80’s.
      Dave Brubeck never occurred to me, but I agree it DOES belong in a list of the greatest.
      How about The Ventures? Remember Hawaii Five O?

    • Danaan the real
      Danaan the real 7 днів тому


    • Simon S.
      Simon S. Місяць тому

      True, that one is absolutely iconic.

    • Bobby Tubbs
      Bobby Tubbs 6 місяців тому

      I love the whole album Joe Morello is one of the best ever

    • sagauer
      sagauer 7 місяців тому


  • William Kortbein
    William Kortbein 3 місяці тому +1

    Awesome picks. Would have also loved something by The Band. In particular “Up on cripple creek”

  • Gemini Gemini
    Gemini Gemini 12 днів тому +1

    Some of my favourites are: Gudbuy T’ Jane by Slade, Far Far Away by Slade, Baby I Love You by The Ronettes, Rock n Roll Part 2 & I Love You Love Me Love by Gary Glitter. 🥁

  • Christopher McGilton
    Christopher McGilton Місяць тому +2

    One that is missing from this list is “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”. It has a very simple snare drum intro and it has over 60 million views on Lenny Kravitz’s UA-cam channel.

  • moreld
    moreld 7 днів тому

    All great songs. I'm so happy you had Jimmy Chamberlin in the lineup, and Tomorrow Never Knows is possibly my favorite Beetles song. I would also add Sheltering Sky (King Crimson) and Schizophrenia (Sonic Youth) for distinctive and memorable drum intros.

  • wadesworld
    wadesworld 10 місяців тому +138

    I am stunned that "Wipeout" didn't make the list. It's so famous I was sure it was going to be #1.

    • vir2ul1
      vir2ul1 9 днів тому

      Absolutely! And highly regarded by not only every serious drummer but many drunks who would try to pound it out on the bar after one too many :)

    • Phil Bellmore
      Phil Bellmore 13 днів тому

      Love Rick and his video's, but you're absolutely right. Wipeout HAS to be on ANY drum intro list. Blasphemy!

    • Vincent Scarpitti
      Vincent Scarpitti 6 місяців тому +4

      Forget the laughing bit at the beginning - this is the most famous (and annoying) drum-related song of all time. Leaving it off a list of 20 Greatest Drum Intros is like leaving Washington off a list of US Presidents.

    • globalmonkey
      globalmonkey 7 місяців тому +2

      Probably because that song doesn't start with a drum intro. It starts with a sound effect of a surf board cracking and a laughing voice that ends with the song title, "Wipe Out."

    • RiverGlades Garden Railroad
      RiverGlades Garden Railroad 9 місяців тому +1


  • Bryce Steep
    Bryce Steep 3 місяці тому +2

    So many awesome drum intros and just too many to count! One that may get overlooked but was a big 1982 hit, it was Frida Lyngstads (ex ABBA) 'I know there's something going on'. Huge classic Phil Collins intro and beat throughout the track, very catchy and memorable. Phil also produced and further played on the album.

  • Donnie Kirchner
    Donnie Kirchner 2 місяці тому +6

    Rick, I just discovered your channel yesterday and I’m hooked. As both a musician and someone who appreciates the fine, almost sonically molecular details that go into great music, you really pull the microscope out and show it all off perfectly!
    If you do a part 2 to this video, one of the easiest and yet unmistakable drum intros of all time comes from the second track off the second album put out during the CRAZY FAMOUS era of a particular band. Recently went viral a few years back, but I’ll tell ya, all that nonsense aside, you know exactly what it is before the bass line drops.
    All the best to you!

  • Herbert Wildey
    Herbert Wildey 2 місяці тому +2

    Another one that could be included just for its historical significance is She Loves You....I don't think there was another rock n Roll song that started off just blazing the chorus like that, and Ringo kicks it of with a great drum intro.

  • randolph patterson
    randolph patterson 3 місяці тому +8

    "When The Levee Breaks" was the first song I thought of. One of the honorable mentions on MY list would be the drum intro to the Jeff Beck Group's "Ice Cream Cakes ". Another honorable mention on my list would be Bonzo's, "D'yer Mak'er", in which he even throws in a little odd meter.

  • Sean Curran
    Sean Curran 3 роки тому +129

    I know it's a much different genre, but Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing" has one of the most recognizable drum intros ever.

    • Norman Lymer
      Norman Lymer 14 годин тому

      Moving into the Jazz genre, the intro to Smile by the 'Peddlers' is worth a listen.

    • Danaan the real
      Danaan the real 7 днів тому

      Absolutely and i realize we are narrowing focus here- but that whole song just kicks.

    • Hugh Miller
      Hugh Miller 3 місяці тому

      For sure!! You're talking about perhaps the most important popular record of all time period.

    • Inky Fingers
      Inky Fingers 4 місяці тому +1

      It does say of ALL time. My first thought also

    • Paul Koller
      Paul Koller 7 місяців тому


  • Ed Osborne
    Ed Osborne Місяць тому +1

    For sheer, simple, AM radio-friendly, drum intro drive..."Da Doo Ron Ron" by The Crystals with Hal Blaine on drums. He wails throughout the record. It was reportedly the inspiration behind John Lennon's frantic rhythm guitar playing in "All My Loving."

  • J. Pickering
    J. Pickering Місяць тому +1

    Definitely appreciate the list! But could you do another video but focusing more on stuff post-1980? Great drumming happens now too!

  • Benoni
    Benoni 2 місяці тому +2

    Great video! My personal favorites are "You could be mine" (GNR), Blood Sugar Sex Magik (RHCP), Locomotive (GNR), You oughta know (Alanis Morissette live 1996) and Double talkin jive (GNR). Yeah, Matt Sorum brought much to the plate for 90s GNR. 🤘🏽

  • Frank Murray
    Frank Murray 11 днів тому

    I just love the intro to Bob Dylan's live version of Cold Irons Bound. I watched it on You Tube.... don't know who the drummer is, but he has some talent.

  • Billy .Crustie
    Billy .Crustie 11 місяців тому +226

    Cozy Powell's drum intro for Rainbow 's Stargazer is phenomenal,it should be in this list

    • David Becker
      David Becker 9 місяців тому

      @Craig Henebury ...first thing I thought...

    • Fandango
      Fandango 10 місяців тому +3

      100% probably not on the list because they can’t replicate it.

    • misterx
      misterx 10 місяців тому +3

      yeah totally agree.. and what about Free's All Right Now?

    • Red Barchetta
      Red Barchetta 10 місяців тому

      @1headtheball ?

    • Red Barchetta
      Red Barchetta 10 місяців тому +1

      After they recorded Long Live Rock N Roll, Cozy's kit needed to be doused to stop it igniting.

  • Jason Bradley
    Jason Bradley Місяць тому +3

    As simple as it is, one of my favorite intros is Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group.
    Also a funny drum intro thing I noticed was that there are two Aerosmith songs that start with a *snare snare-and bass* beat (Angel and Crazy), though on different time signatures.

  • Lou Parrott
    Lou Parrott Місяць тому +9

    Because of being a child of the fifties and hearing surf music "WIPE OUT" was an important drum solo to learn.

  • J Ridge
    J Ridge Місяць тому +11

    Love your stuff, Rick. I would add "Tom Sawyer" by Rush to this list. It's unique drum pattern makes it instantly recognizable.

    • Green Grass
      Green Grass Місяць тому

      I actually thought One Little Victory from Vapor Trails might be on here when I started watching this. After 5 or 6 years with what Neil went through, to have that intro to that song that screams, “I’m back!” Actually shocked it didn’t make it, Rick loves Rush.

    • Melvin
      Melvin Місяць тому

      I think all Neil’s intros were awesome.

  • Tori Kamal
    Tori Kamal 2 дні тому

    It's super short and simple, but I think it's stunningly well-written: Always by Bon Jovi.

  • strangebloke7
    strangebloke7 2 роки тому +118

    “Two Princes” by The Spin Doctors played by Aaron Comess is worth a mention. Sublime precision!

    • Geoffrey Nicholson
      Geoffrey Nicholson 7 місяців тому


    • Maddie
      Maddie 2 роки тому

      strangebloke7 oh my gosh I love two princes ahh

    • Hardrock Gamr
      Hardrock Gamr 2 роки тому

      Thank you!

    • Chris Hunter
      Chris Hunter 2 роки тому +1

      this might be the single worst comment on youtube

    • Aviyaytor
      Aviyaytor 2 роки тому +1

      Wow! Agree totally!

  • Nicolas Gutierrez
    Nicolas Gutierrez 29 днів тому +1

    Good list! Couple more honorables: "Rock With You" - JR Robinson on drums has a tight, complex and distinctive intro. "Wipe Out" of course.

  • Brian Haken
    Brian Haken 2 місяці тому +7

    Time by Pink Floyd has a pretty sweet drum intro! Although so much more going on. What it takes by Aerosmith is good as well.

    • Phil Bellmore
      Phil Bellmore 13 днів тому

      WOW I forgot all about the intro to Time! Killer!

  • Vitor Bianchini
    Vitor Bianchini Місяць тому +1

    I would love to see “My hero “ - Foo Fighters in that amazing list

    • Nicko_ Mode
      Nicko_ Mode 21 день тому +2

      that was my immediate first thought, im surprised that i havent seen it mentioned anywhere else

  • Troubadix
    Troubadix 2 місяці тому +17

    Great List! I'd add "Two Princes" by Spin Doctors. Everybody recognizes it instantly.

    • David McLendon
      David McLendon Місяць тому

      I revisit their mainstream album every few years, and they are so darn good.

    • Filippo Mignatti
      Filippo Mignatti 2 місяці тому

      Aaron Comes !!!

  • Plague
    Plague 9 місяців тому +208

    Rick! Love your videos
    A few intros that never made it to your list but worth mentioning(in my opinion) :
    01. Deep Purple : Fireball
    02. Rainbow : Stargazer
    03. Judas Priest : Painkiller
    04. Iron Maiden : Where Eagles Dare
    05. Twisted Sister : We're not gonna take it.
    Thank you for the great content!

    • Bill Pet
      Bill Pet 6 місяців тому

      and Picture of home. great intro

    • Plague
      Plague 7 місяців тому

      @WilliamsDad1989 you're right... What a great intro!?!?

    • WilliamsDad1989
      WilliamsDad1989 7 місяців тому +2

      You left out Pictures of Home - DP

    • paul schofield
      paul schofield 7 місяців тому

      I promised myself ,I wouldn't bother with with this bloke , right about the Purple thing ,who is he anyhow ?

    • David Innocente
      David Innocente 7 місяців тому +1

      Has Rick ever put a Deep Purple or Rainbow reference in his Top anything?

  • Tina McNalley
    Tina McNalley 12 днів тому +1

    I'm not much of a metal fan, but "We're An American Band" was the first drum intro to catch my attention. My all time favorite - hands down - Jeff P. on Boz's "Lowdown". The drum intro just gets me so excited when I quickly realize what's coming!

  • Rob Jones
    Rob Jones 18 днів тому +4

    Great video! I would have given Fool in the Rain the top spot, but I like your choice as well.

  • Bill Sornsin
    Bill Sornsin 2 місяці тому +2

    Great job Jack! Missed a key kick drum note on Walk This Way though (the ‘a’ of 2)

  • Ninja Noodle
    Ninja Noodle Місяць тому +3

    When the Levee Breaks is one of the most sampled drum riffs of all time and I’m glad it made it on top of your list.
    The only omission that immediately came to mind was ‘You Could Be Mine’ by Guns N Roses, but all the other ones that I thought of were on your list or HMs. We’ll done

    • ecoRfan
      ecoRfan 27 днів тому

      True. “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” is an example where I thought it was original, but turns out, samples “When the Levee Breaks” albeit sounds sped up.

  • JH
    JH 3 роки тому +106

    No Excuses by Alice in Chains is the most memorable one for me in the last 25 yrs
    Not just the rhythm, but the tone is instantly recognizable

    • Lindsay Heywood
      Lindsay Heywood 8 місяців тому

      First one that came to my mind too. I love the intro to No Excuses.

    • Dave Hughes Farm
      Dave Hughes Farm 8 місяців тому

      Godsmack too..

    • Happy Rainbow Sloth
      Happy Rainbow Sloth 8 місяців тому

      Totally agree

    • NINfan
      NINfan 3 роки тому

      Good call on that. Absolutely agree, and that's one my brain wouldn't have come up with. But once you said it it was like "of course....duh."

  • carnivaltym
    carnivaltym 2 місяці тому +2

    The case law that determined that there was no copyright in a drum part was established way back in the early days when drummers were mere time keepers (circa 1920s from memory, but I could be wrong, might be earlier.)
    It is long past time that this rule be reviewed judicially - as this excellent clip makes manifestly obvious, original work is instantly recognisable in context and should be rewarded accordingly!
    (Not pursuaded at all by the Micheal Jackson beat in the honourable mentions tho 🤣!)

  • Phil Kelly
    Phil Kelly 19 днів тому +1

    Rick, how can you ignore the great Cozy Powell's intro on Rainboq's 'Stargazer', without a doubt my favourite track of all time. Magnifcient guitar from Blackmore, almost operatic vocals from Dio and Cozy's drumming throughout is off the scale. The song is perfect!!! And no Tom Sawyer by Rush?

  • jacobpaul81
    jacobpaul81 17 днів тому +3

    I love a good 4/4 drummer - first intro that came to my mind was Fortunate Son - Doug Clifford. Instantly recognizable and lays the groundwork perfectly for John Fogarty's guitar.

  • Christophe Larroque
    Christophe Larroque 3 місяці тому +1

    The Obvious Child by Paul Simon has an instantly energizing drum intro.

  • Andrew Cantor-Wagner
    Andrew Cantor-Wagner 2 роки тому +44

    Pretty shocked that "Down with the sickness" didnt make this list. Very popular song and soon as it starts it's instantly recognizable.

    • CuddlesForDays
      CuddlesForDays 7 днів тому

      The first song that came to ind when I saw the title, yet barely any mentions in the comments.

    • Daniel
      Daniel 2 роки тому +9

      If down with the sickness would have been released in the 1970s it would have made his list.

    • Mark Quaker
      Mark Quaker 2 роки тому +4

      this was the first song I thought of with Drum intros.

  • Johnny D
    Johnny D 3 місяці тому

    Your content is great, Rick! Thank you. My personal #1 drum intro is on "Border Town" by Souther-Hillman-Furay, 1974, a blinked and you missed them supergroup. Jim Gordon, the drummer, wasn't far removed from Derek And The Dominoes. Probably no news to you, Rick, but for your subscribers, not everyone knows his amazing professional resume or tragic personal story. Although a drummer, most interestingly, that's him doing the legendary 4 minute piano outro on "Layla". It's been told he actually lifted it from his then girlfriend, Rita Coolidge. Clapton heard him doodling with it and loved it.

  • Uptown funk UK
    Uptown funk UK 2 місяці тому +1

    Fantastic array of great drum intros. For me 'Rock with you' Feat. JR and "Honky Tonk Woman' were both in my top 5 before listening to this. All a matter of opinion obv. Keep up the good work!

  • ray ghost
    ray ghost Місяць тому +3

    The intro to Fireball shows how brilliant Ian Paice is. That and Pictures of Home.

  • hernandezfamvideo
    hernandezfamvideo 20 днів тому +2

    Power Station’s Some Like It Hot
    should be on the list. Tony Thompson’s playing was phenomenal

  • Hugh Jeffries
    Hugh Jeffries Рік тому +83

    “First Date” by Blink-182 is an obvious choice for this list. Unlike some of the other grooves, it is treated like a real riff that recurs during the song. It’s an instantly recognizable lick on a very popular song.

    • dawnpatrol700
      dawnpatrol700 6 місяців тому +1

      Never a huge fan of them, but he's a top drummer. He could totally be a jazz drummer. People don't get how great he is

    • Tim Wing
      Tim Wing 7 місяців тому +2

      There definitely should be a Travis Barker Blink 182 song on here. He's got some great ones.

    • Dominic Solorio
      Dominic Solorio Рік тому +4

      Or even “I miss you” it’s so iconic

    • Mateo.
      Mateo. Рік тому

      @Kurtis Delonge that yead... LMAO

    • Hugh Jeffries
      Hugh Jeffries Рік тому +3

      @Isha Noosha “that drumming” ..? Are you unfamiliar with the song? That’s a unique riff

  • Martin750hp name
    Martin750hp name 12 днів тому +1

    No. 1 with its basic intro2,3 beat is simplistic but the way Bonzo played the beat and very clean tempo and ofcorse the way it's recorded makes that song soo great

  • Luis Del castillo
    Luis Del castillo 3 місяці тому +1

    Over the Mountain by Ozzy, played marvelously by Lee Kerslake, as soon as you hear the first notes you recognize the song right away

  • Paul Bennett
    Paul Bennett 2 місяці тому +2

    Australian Band Midnight Oil, Rob Hirst, drum into Power and The Passion. Amazing energy.

  • Kevin 'The Skull' Anderson
    Kevin 'The Skull' Anderson 2 місяці тому

    A perfect drum intro would be Mayhem's 'Funeral Fog'. One measure, four bars, full-on savagery leading into one of the most iconic black metal tracks ever written. Hellhammer on drums, Euronymous on guitars, Varg Vikernes on bass, Dead on vocals in the original versions and lyrics in the Den Mysteriis version and Attila Csihar on vocals in the album version.

  • Samuel Fugarino
    Samuel Fugarino 3 роки тому +53

    Good list. A couple honorable mentions could have been:
    1. Montrose - Rock Candy
    2. Rainbow - Stargazer.

    • Phil Bellmore
      Phil Bellmore 13 днів тому

      Rock Candy! How could I forget that?! Killer!

    • Samuel Fugarino
      Samuel Fugarino 3 роки тому +1

      @cygnus x-7 Totally agree.

    • Samuel Fugarino
      Samuel Fugarino 3 роки тому

      @Mr Gone Nice

    • Samuel Fugarino
      Samuel Fugarino 3 роки тому

      @Grim Nordahl Good songs, but neither starts with drums

    • cygnus x-7
      cygnus x-7 3 роки тому +1

      How about Digital Man by Rush. Not their best song, but I love the intro. Neil actually plays 22 notes before the guitar and bass come in, and he actually omits the 'downbeat of one'. Nerd alert...I know....

  • Nuclearmagenta
    Nuclearmagenta 2 місяці тому +8

    Come Together by The Beatles is a glaring omission. It is thoroughly unique, indelible, famous and brilliant.

    • Herb Wildey
      Herb Wildey 2 місяці тому

      agree, it is deserving but glad to see Ringo on the list nonetheless.

    • Joshua Chung
      Joshua Chung 2 місяці тому

      It’s great but one could argue it’s not a pure drum intro

  • Richard Adamski
    Richard Adamski 3 місяці тому

    I must agree with all of these drum intros, but more honorable mentions are "Big Bottom" by Spinal Tap and "Ain't That a Shame (Live at Budokan version)" by Cheap Trick. I loved playing both of these throughout my childhood.

  • David Lynn
    David Lynn 3 місяці тому +2

    One of my favorites was the drum intro to Over The Mountain by Ozzy

  • Ustulo
    Ustulo 2 дні тому +1

    Alot of these are true greats...but where is Ozzy "Over The Mountain"? One of the most iconic drum intros ever.

  • Brendan Thayer
    Brendan Thayer 3 роки тому +236

    It’s a “pop” song, but Two Princes by Spin Doctors has a fantastic intro.

    • Nblinko10
      Nblinko10 5 місяців тому

      I was looking for this in the comments.

    • Janet Street
      Janet Street 8 місяців тому

      I totally agree! "Two Princes" 👑👑 lost out here 😢

    • FiveMinuteHippo
      FiveMinuteHippo 2 роки тому +2

      Agreed. I don't get why it wasn't on the list. You don't have to like the song, you just had to have been listening to the radio in the 90s. And it was one of the few intros which was uncut in the radio edit.

    • Dave Bartholome
      Dave Bartholome 2 роки тому

      Yeah, it does. Really dug that song for a while, then got tired of it. Melody gets a bit repetitive.

    • Derrick Willie
      Derrick Willie 2 роки тому

      Oh yea. That’s amazing!

  • Bradley Ard
    Bradley Ard 11 днів тому

    "One Little Victory" by Rush is an absolutely ridiculous drum intro. I'm a little surprised it didn't get an honorable mention.

  • Stephen Hodgeman
    Stephen Hodgeman 3 місяці тому +1

    Not anywhere near my favorite song, but "Dance, Dance" by Falloutboy is one of the most recognizable drum intros by the first few seconds. I feel like it should've at least been mentioned...

  • averyfilms143
    averyfilms143 2 місяці тому +1

    The intro to intruder by Van Halen is definitely one of my favorites

  • Michael Capuano
    Michael Capuano Місяць тому +4

    Awesome, glad to see that "When The Levee Breaks" was #1 as that was My first thought!! 👏👏😎

    • Feralkitty9
      Feralkitty9 29 днів тому

      @Michael Capuano no, its the most simple it gets

    • Michael Capuano
      Michael Capuano 29 днів тому

      @Feralkitty9 IYKYK, apparently You don't!! 👌👍😎

    • Feralkitty9
      Feralkitty9 29 днів тому


  • B C E
    B C E 2 роки тому +138

    How on earth is “song 2” by Blur not on here. Massive hit!!

    • MrAcidGaming
      MrAcidGaming 2 роки тому

      @B C E Intro isn't that big a deal, it's the guitar riff people know.

    • B C E
      B C E 2 роки тому

      Zira Prod yes.

    • Zira Prod
      Zira Prod 2 роки тому


    • B C E
      B C E 2 роки тому +5

      Tarra Pasquier Let me re phrase it. Song 2 by blur was a massive hit. It is for this reason I’m surprised that it hasn’t made the list, due to it’s widely popular and unforgettable drum intro.

    • Tarra Pasquier
      Tarra Pasquier 2 роки тому +1

      He didn't say these songs were hits.....only best intros.

  • Namath 802
    Namath 802 13 днів тому

    Kudos on number one and the rest of the list. Great stuff. Can use the reminders on a lot of this music. Have a 10yo daughter who has the love in her soul for music and I'm always looking for good stuff to share with her from tunes past.

  • Oran Switzer
    Oran Switzer 14 днів тому

    I don't know if I would rank them as favorites, but my first thoughts were the instantly recognizable D'yer Mak'er and Three Little Birds. Both are short but recognizable in a tiny fraction of a second.

  • Robert Nesfield
    Robert Nesfield 12 днів тому

    Those are all great drum intros; my number one pick would be "Like A Rolling Stone". It's so simple that it stands up to all the others. Yes, I'm a drummer.

  • Scootaroo Buck
    Scootaroo Buck 19 днів тому

    There are a bunch of great drum intros out there. My favourite is Terry Bozio performing live on City of Tiny Lights (Frank Zappa) Well worth a watch

  • Leonardo Chaves
    Leonardo Chaves 2 роки тому +212

    I would add:
    - "Run to the hills" - Iron Maiden
    - "Always" - Bon Jovi
    - "Song 2" - Blur

    • Eric A.
      Eric A. 5 місяців тому

      Add Cheap Trick’s “Ain’t That a Shame”

    • chocolate squiggle
      chocolate squiggle Рік тому

      @Nathan Lynch Official RTTH video has drum into first 5-6 seconds.

    • Drew
      Drew Рік тому

      @Hell- Sol Listen to it again.

    • Jeremy Gregory
      Jeremy Gregory Рік тому +2

      For whatever reason, despite being a huge Bon Jovi fan, that drum intro completely slipped my mind... I was actually thinking of Lay Your Hands on Me....

    • Leonardo Chaves
      Leonardo Chaves 2 роки тому

      Maybe "Over the hills and far away", from Nightwish. It's simple, but memorable.

  • Ralph Williams
    Ralph Williams 3 місяці тому

    Wow! This is great!! I always wanted to learn to play the drums. One of my favorite drummers is from a different era--Buddy Rich.

  • Roger Chavez
    Roger Chavez 2 місяці тому +1

    Love this Chanel, so much fun!!
    Have you considered doing a deep dive into “driven to tears” by The Police? Rockin drum intro and screaming guitar solo

  • Keen Climb
    Keen Climb Місяць тому +1

    I haven’t seen any TOOL on here but I only watch 1-2x episodes a week since summer started.
    TOOL = Infinite Cowbell.
    Why doesn’t Danny Carey get more recognition?!

  • dfa433
    dfa433 3 місяці тому +1

    Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" was played on a real drum set, they just recorded two tracks for the bass drum and layered the two tracks on top of each other

  • Ken's Channel
    Ken's Channel 3 роки тому +411

    20 - I Am One - Smashing Pumpkins - 1:37
    19 - Bullet The Blue Sky - U2 - 1:57
    18 - My Sharona - The Knack - 2:24
    17 - Rock N Roll - Led Zeppelin - 2:46
    16 - Take The Money And Run - Steve Miller - 3:14
    15 - American Band - Grand Funk Railroad - 3:37
    14 - Scentless Apprentice - Nirvana - 3:52
    13 - I Don't Care Anymore - Phil Collins - 4:16
    12 - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Police - 4:41
    11 - Tomorrow Never Knows - Beatles - 5:06
    10 - Ticks And Leeches - Tool - 5:32
    09 - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon - 5:57
    08 - Digital Bath - Deftones - 6:18
    07 - YYZ - Rush - 6:50
    06 - Walk This Way - Aerosmith - 7:15
    05 - Hot For Teacher - Van Halen - 7:39
    04 - Superstition - Stevie Wonder - 8:34
    03 - Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 - 9:01
    02 - Rosana - Toto - 9:34
    01 - When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin - 11:02
    Honorable Mentions: 10:04
    Vital Transformations
    Ain't Too Proud To Beg
    Ballroom Blitz
    Billie Jean
    Horribly Not Mentioned:
    Painkiller - There are 1000's of YT vids of kids and grown ups trying to play it.

    • Leco Pianna
      Leco Pianna 2 роки тому

      Rock 'n Roll-Led?? This is Keep' a Knockin - Little Richard.

    • JoanDrumz
      JoanDrumz 2 роки тому

      Horribly not mentioned: Why go - Pearl Jam

    • Don Murray
      Don Murray 2 роки тому +2

      Toto, Michael Jackson and Paul Simon? lmao! That guy is on drugs! And I don’t mean good ones! lol

    • Zach Ramos
      Zach Ramos 2 роки тому

      The world needs people like you!!!

    • Abraham
      Abraham 2 роки тому

      Another good one by Dave Grohl would be "No One Loves Me And Neither Do I" (Them Crooked Vultures)

  • scoopdawooppoop
    scoopdawooppoop 2 місяці тому +1

    I think “Five Years” by David Bowie deserves a mention as well

  • Zap
    Zap Місяць тому +1

    When The Levee Breaks is always the correct answer for #1
    Great channel!

  • Ryddex
    Ryddex 20 годин тому

    A worthy mention would be Angry Chair by Alice in Chains. Simple but effective, and complements the guitar riff well

  • Brendan M.
    Brendan M. Місяць тому

    Great video. Before watching I tried thinking of songs that I thought would be on the list but for some reason could only think of Sunday Bloody Sunday in the moment. Didn’t think it would make the cut after about 10-15

  • megamiko
    megamiko 2 роки тому +186

    I think that No excuses - Alice in Chains should be pretty high on the list, sean kinney is probably the most underrated drummer of all time

    • Mythki11er
      Mythki11er 6 місяців тому

      I can hear it in my head right now, and must say that the mixing was also top notch. I can hear the reverb and everything!

    • Christian Hustad
      Christian Hustad 2 роки тому

      Agreed. SUPER underrated.

    • Donna
      Donna 2 роки тому

      11Dubs30 The drummer for Primus is unbelievably good.

    • Donna
      Donna 2 роки тому

      I agree. S. Kinney is one of the most underrated drummers in music.

    • Danny Killian
      Danny Killian 2 роки тому +2

      Sean is totally overlooked when it comes to these kinds of lists.. hes a fantastic drummer and really shined on the "unplugged" album along with mike inez that night

  • Clank
    Clank 22 дні тому +9

    'Two Princes' by The Spin Doctors and 'My Hero' by the Foo Fighters might have been worth honourable mentions.

    • Bo Jangles
      Bo Jangles День тому

      @Kyle Moody I agree

    • Kyle Moody
      Kyle Moody 2 дні тому

      Two princes absolutely should have been on here

    • Clank
      Clank 15 днів тому

      @Carlos Alfredo Trinidad Sanchez No it was titled 'Two Princes'.

    • Bo Jangles
      Bo Jangles 15 днів тому

      Spin Doctors made a ringy snare famous before Lars lol

    • Carlos Alfredo Trinidad Sanchez
      Carlos Alfredo Trinidad Sanchez 15 днів тому

      Correctly two Princess.

  • Dems1648
    Dems1648 Місяць тому +1

    I think that "You could be mine" from Guns 'N' Roses could have made to the list. "Davidian" from Macine Head as well 🙂

    • Dems1648
      Dems1648 7 днів тому

      @CuddlesForDays Actually, you're right. The guitar cuts the drums.

    • CuddlesForDays
      CuddlesForDays 7 днів тому +1

      Davidian came to mind for me, but I feel like a lot of the meat of the drumming comes after the guitar kicks in. Great drums in the song intro intro, but just the 'drum intro' bit is kinda short for me to consider it.

  • Anthony Gambitta
    Anthony Gambitta Місяць тому

    "Working for a Livin'" by Huey Lewis and the News (Billy Gibson on drums) is a great drum introduction. The Police have Synchronicity and Don't Stand so close to me." Phil Collins has in the Air at Night.

  • kenneth brahmer
    kenneth brahmer 3 місяці тому

    I never thought much of drums except to set the marching beat. A few songs I like have spots where a few drum beats help the segue. I listen to all of the drums and educational comments - great. Quite frankly what you said was instantly recognizable...nada...perhaps for drummers. I'm glad to have watched this and certainly appreciate the effort, expertise and sharing.

  • Randy B
    Randy B Рік тому +68

    Nick Mason's drum intro to 'Time', Pink Floyd, should have been in there somewhere! I love that intro!

    • Randy B
      Randy B Рік тому

      @Northof49 excellent point.

    • Northof49
      Northof49 Рік тому +6

      One of the best intros of all time, exactly 2 minutes, but it doesn’t start with drums.......

  • Rick Lohr
    Rick Lohr Місяць тому

    Genesis Second Home by the Sea. This is a song that I don't even remember from when it came out but it continues to rise higher in my list of favorites every time I hear it. It's actually a two part song and this is the second part that starts with the iconic Phil Collins drum solo. The keyboard riff over the ghosts talking almost brings tears to my eyes in it so haunting and good. Listen to it Rick and tell me I am wrong.

  • 6StringsAttached
    6StringsAttached Місяць тому

    I completely agree with your list but for me John Bonham played the intro in live version of "Heartbreaker" (1973) on drums, will always be my best drum intro of all time.

  • Rory Ellis
    Rory Ellis 2 місяці тому +1

    Dream theater needs more love on this channel. “Honor thy Father” is one of the best drum intros of all time.

    • Tom Oinn
      Tom Oinn Місяць тому

      (The song called 6 am, not the time point!)

    • Tom Oinn
      Tom Oinn Місяць тому +1

      6:00 intro is incredible, feels almost like the drums are falling into the song but it’s so precise at the same time.