Songs To Play Drums To!

drum headphonesI like many songs to play drums to, from funk and rock, to pop and jazz. When I was younger I found a few albums that I really liked to play to because the songs were fairly straight forward and grooving. I didn’t always like the music but it was to practice to for keeping time and getting a feel for grooves.

Back in those days we didn’t have the technology we have today where you could create play lists easily. So rather than keep switching CD’s I found myself settling for one decent album with lots of straight forward music on them. For example, I wouldn’t put a Yes album on because there were so many time changes and feels that it wasn’t fun. But what comes to mind as I think back are albums by The Police, Level 42, and Lenny Kravitz among others. 

So I played the CD’s loud while I practiced on my homemade practice pad set which I made in wood shop! And then later down the road I pieced together an electronic drum set with some of the first pads on the market, a few years after the Simmons electronic drums.

Below is a list of songs I have played to or would like to play to in the near future. It’s not a complete list because I am playing to some newer genere’s of music which I will share with you later on.

Keep in mind that I don’t even like some of the songs listed below, for example the Stryper song. But it’s a good one to practice to because it’s solid driving double bass, which is a good song for beginner double bass players.

Please share your song selection below in the comments section because I am interested in any music that either fun to practice or is challenging to learn.

Easy Rock and Funk Songs To Play Drums To:

Some of these songs are challenging but most of them are fairly easy and fun to play drums to and good for beginners and intermediate players, in my opinion. Remember to listen to the song and get a good feel for the groove.

The power of equality – red hot chili peppers
If you have to ask – red hot chili peppers
Tom sawyer – Rush
Limelight – Rush
Running In The Family – Level 42
Running In The Family
Savoy – Jeff Back Guitar Shop
StarCycle – Jeff Beck
The Pump by Jeff Beck
Cissy Strut – The Meters
Stanton Moore – Nalgas
Stanton Moore – Tchfunkta
Entrance of the Elected – Bear vs Shark
Go With the Flow – Queens of the Stone Age
The Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World
McFearless – Kings of Leon
Led Zeppelin – In the Light
Linkin Park – In the End, What I’ve Done
Green Day – Give me a Novocaine
Venetian snares – ongyilkos vasarnap
squarepusher – My red hot car
Roni Size – New forms
Street light manifesto – point/counterpoint
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Back In Black – AC/DC
Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Drumming Song – Florence and The Machine
Every Breath You Take – The Police
No One Knows – Queens Of The Stone Age

Songs To Play Double Bass To:

Mötley Crüe – Red Hot
Kill the King – Megadeth
Metallica – Fade to Black
Dream Theater – Overture 1928
Headhunter – Krokus
Fear Factory – Slave Labour
Walk with me in Hell – Lamb of God
Winter Wonderland – Stryper

Easy Jazz Songs To Play Drums On:

Hank Mobley – Remember
Hank Mobley – This I Dig of You
Clifford Brown – Stompin’ at the Savoy
Dave Brubeck – Take Five
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – St Louis Blues
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Herbie Hancock – Canteloupe Island
The Benny Goodman Orchestra – Sing Sing Sing
Bye Bye Blackbird – Miles Davis
Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Hank Mobley – Soul Station
Frank Sinatra – I Get A Kick Out Of You
Black Cat Zoot – No Swingin’ In Your Walking
Black Cat Zoot ft. Dr. Ring Ding – Shake That Bone