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100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances

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Criteria: - These songs demonstrate their drummers talent and
ability in creating an outstanding drumming performance.
('Studio' list, then 'Live' list)


Edited By: tommorello
Last Updated: 08-13-2008

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100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances
  1. Ticks And Leeches - Danny Carey (Tool)
  2. La Villa Strangiato - Neil Peart (Rush)
  3. Toad - Ginger Baker (Cream)
  4. Karn Evil 9 - Carl Palmer (ELP)
  5. Moby Dick - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
  6. 21st Century Schizoid Man - Michael Giles (King Crimson)
  7. Stream Of Consciousness - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
  8. By-Tor And The Snow Dog - Neil Peart (Rush)
  9. Heart Of The Sunrise - Bill Bruford (Yes)
10. Won't Get Fooled Again - Keith Moon (The Who)
11. Tarkus - Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
12. Hot For Teacher - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
13. Amen, Brother - G.C. Coleman (The Winstons)
14. Jesus Christ Pose - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
15. Wipeout - Ron Wilson (Surfaris)
16. Good Times Bad Times - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
17. Geek U.S.A. - Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)
18. Tragic - Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)
19. Lady - Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck)
20. 2112 - Neil Peart (Rush)
21. Dance Of Eternity - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
22. Indiscipline - Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
23. Fire - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)
24. Rat Salad - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
25. Tripping Billies - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
26. Aja - Steve Gadd (Steely Dan)
27. Frizzle Fry - Tim Alexander (Primus)
28. War Ensemble - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
29. Achilles Last Stand - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
30. Soul Sacrifice - Mike Shrieve (Santana)
31. One World (Not Three) - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
32. Space Truckin - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
33. The Grudge - Danny Carey (Tool)
34. 6:00 - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
35. Rosanna - Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
36. A Quick One - Keith Moon (The Who)
37. Funky Drummer - Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown)
38. Tetragrammaton - Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta)
39. Soundchaser - Alan White (Yes)
40. Angel Of Death - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
41. In The Presence Of Enemies - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
42. She Said She Said - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
43. Anesthetize - Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
44. In A Gadda Da Vida - Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)
45. Frankenstein - Chuck Ruff (Edgar Winter Group)
46. My Generation - Keith Moon (The Who)
47. Deliverance - Martin Lopez (Opeth)
48. Shotgun - Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
49. Do What You Like - Ginger Baker (Blind Faith)
50. Winds - Jon Hiseman (Colosseum II)
51. Fireball - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
52. Face Pollution - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
53. I'll Cast A Shadow - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
54. Reggatta De Blanc - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
55. Cobwebs And Strange - Keith Moon (The Who)
56. Dharma For One - Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
57. Where Eagles Dare - Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
58. One More Red Nightmare - Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
59. Halleluhwah - Jaki Liebezeit (CAN)
60. Stargazer - Cozy Powell (Rainbow)
61. Go For Yourself - Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
62. Painkiller - Scott Travis (Judas Priest)
63. To Defy The Laws Of Tradition - Tim Alexander (Primus)
64. Capillarian Crest - Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
65. Come Together - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
66. The Wizard - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
67. Bad Reputation - Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
68. Keep Yourself Alive - Roger Taylor (Queen)
69. Drive In Drive Out - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
70. Fifty-Fity - Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa & The Mothers)
71. Elephant Ghost - Bryan Mantia (Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains)
72. Time - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
73. Message In A Bottle - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
74. Ice Cakes - Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)
75. The Mule - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
76. Four Sticks - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
77. The Break Song - Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
78. Holy Wars & The Punishment Due - Nick Menza (Megadeth)
79. No Excuses - Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)
80. Toccata - Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
81. Cassandra Gemini - Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta)
82. Throes Of Rejection - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
83. The Ox - Keith Moon (The Who)
84. Anthem - Neil Peart (Rush)
85. Dark Side Of The Moog - Jon Hisedman (Colosseum II)
86. B'Boom - Bill Bruford, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
87. Great King Rat - Roger Taylor (Queen)
88. Manic Depression - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
89. Moby Dick - Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
90. Siberian Divide - Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
91. Ghost Of Perdition - Martin Lopez (Opeth)
92. John The Fisherman - Tim Alexander (Primus)
93. 5150 - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
94. Nothing At All - John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
95. When The Music's Over - John Densmore (The Doors)
96. Genghis Khan - Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
97. Constant Motion - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
98. Pushit - Danny Carey (Tool)
99. Lark's Tongue In Aspic, Part 1 - Bill Bruford & Jaime Muir (King Crimson)
100. Thorazine Shuffle - Matt Abts (Gov't Mule)



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101. The Musical Box - Phil Collins (Genesis)
102. Nitro - John Fish (Dick Dale & His Del-Tones)
103. Caught Somewhere In Time - Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
104. South Side of the Sky - Bill Bruford (Yes)
105. Carry Stress In The Jaw - Danny Heifetz (Mr. Bungle)
106. Xanadu - Neil Peart (Rush)
107. Windows - Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)
108. Give Blood - Simon Philips (Pete Townshend)
109. Dyer's Eve - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
110. Master Builder - Pierre Moerlen (Gong)
111. Wax Simulacra - Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta)
112. Pictures Of A City - Michael Giles (King Crimson)
113. Forty Six & Two - Danny Carey (Tool)
114. Come Sail Away - John Panozzo (Styx)
115. White Room - Ginger Baker (Cream)
116. No Time This Time - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
117. The Leper Affinity - Martin Lopez (Opeth)
118. Plunger - Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee)
119. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow Suite - Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa)
120. Supernaut - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
121. Reach Down - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
122. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt - Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta)
123. Over The Electric Grapevine - Tim Alexander (Primus)
124. Black Betty - Pete Charles (Ram Jam)
125. Bombora - Mike Biondo (Original Surfaris)
126. Bonzo's Montreux - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
127. Elephant Talk - Bill Bruford (King Crimson)
128. Covered In Punk's Blood - Josh Freese (Desert Sessions)
129. The End - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
130. Free Hand - John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
131. Fool In The Rain - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
132. YYZ - Neil Peart (Rush)
133. Ampersand - Danny Carey (Adrian Belew)
134. Slaves & Bulldozers - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
135. The Creator Has A Mastertape - Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
136. Burn - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
137. Paradigm Shift - Mike Portnoy (Liquid Tension Experiment)
138. Ignorance is Bliss - Bryan Mantia (Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains)
139. A Sprinkling Of Clouds - Pierre Moerlen (Gong)
140. Rapunzel - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
141. Blackest Eyes - Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
142. Flight Of The Rat - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
143. United States - Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)
144. Jessica - Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band)
145. Cosmic Highway - Jay Lane (Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
146. Sgt Baker - Tim Alexander (Primus)
147. Truth Be Told - Vinnie Colaiuta (Megadeth)
148. Rat City In Blue - Joe Franco (Good Rats)
149. Run To The Hills - Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
150. Bladecatcher - Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
151. Pseudo Suicide - Stewart Copeland (Oysterhead)
152. I Never Glid Before - Pierre Moerlen (Gong)
153. The Grand Conjuration - Martin Lopez (Opeth)
154. All along The Watchtower - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
155. In The Court Of The Crimson King - Michael Giles (King Crimson)
156. Conjugal Burns - Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta)
157. Strawberry Fields - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
158. I'll Just Pick - Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)
159. Cinema Show - Phil Collins (Genesis)
160. Cygnus X-1 - Neil Peart (Rush)
161. Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus - Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta)
162. Born To Run - Ernest Carter (Springsteen)
163. Gershatzer - Carl Palmer (Atomic Rooster)
164. Baby Don't You Do It - Keith Moon (The Who)
165. Song For America - Phil Ehart (Kansas)
166. None Of Them Knew They Were Robots - Danny Heifetz (Mr. Bungle)
167. Unsettled - Gavin Harrison (Gavin Harrison & 05Ric)
168. The Fountain Of Lamneth - Neil Peart (Rush)
169. ' - Jim Gordon (Frank Zappa)
170. Reflection - Danny Carey (Tool)
171. Dream Brother - Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley)
172. Tank - Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
173. Paschendale - Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
174. We're Going Wrong - Ginger Baker (Cream)
175. One - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
176. When the Levee Breaks - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
177. Scatterbrain - Richard Bailey (Jeff Beck)
178. Say Goodbye - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
179. Whamola - Jay Lane (Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
180. Surfin' Bird - Steve Wahrer (The Trashmen)
181. Car-Chase City - Dave Grohl (Tenacious D)
182. Late In The Evening - Steve Gadd (Paul Simon)
183. Take No Prisoners - Nick Menza (Megadeth)
184. 13 Steps To Nowhere - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
185. Candy's Room - Max Weinberg (Springsteen)
186. Voodoo Chile - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
187. Giant - John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
188. Tom Sawyer - Neil Peart (Rush)
189. Bargain - Keith Moon (The Who)
190. Miss Tinkle's Overture - Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee)
191. Sick Sad Little World - Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
192. Seven Days - Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting)
193. Mandrake Root - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
194. Jacob's Ladder - Neil Peart (Rush)
195. 25 Hours A Day - Leonard Haze (Y&T)
196. Silent Scream - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
197. Overkill - Phil Taylor (Motörhead)
198. Symptom of the Universe - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
199. Blackened - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
200. Rollin and Tumblin - Ginger Baker (Cream)

201. One Of These Days - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
202. Little Faces - Stewart Copeland (Oysterhead)
203. Eat That Phonebook Coda - Pierre Moerlen (Gong)
204. A Song For The Dead - Dave Grohl (Queens Of The Stone Age)
205. Duende - Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)
206. How Many More Times - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
207. Kick The Chair - Vinnie Colaiuta (Megadeth)
208. Kangaroo - Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley)
209. Dazed And Confused - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
210. A Little Less Conversation - D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley)
211. Listen, Learn, Read On - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
212. Recreating - Jay Lane (Sausage)
213. To Forgive Is To Suffer - Richard Christy (Death)
214. Money For Nothing - Terry Williams (Dire Straits)
215. Spegetti Western - Tim Alexander (Primus)
216. Rainbow - John Stanier (Battles)
217. David Makalaster - Jay Lane (Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
218. Lust For Life - Hunt Sales (Iggy Pop)
219. Acid Rain - Mike Portnoy (Liquid Tension Experiment)
220. The Noose - Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle)
221. Applied Science - Chad Sexton (311)
222. Use It Or Lose It - Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe)
223. Rosetta Stoned - Danny Carey (Tool)
224. Level Five - Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
225. Heaven And Hell - Keith Moon (The Who)
226. Whippin' Post - Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band)
227. Lazy - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
228. Digital Man - Neil Peart (Rush)
229. U.S. Drag - Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)
230. Iron Tusk - Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
231. And So To Bed - Carl Palmer (Atomic Rooster)
232. Sco-Mule - Matt Abts (Gov't Mule)
233. Sweet Lady - Roger Taylor (Queen)
234. Remember Tomorrow - Martin Lopez (Opeth)
235. Nothing Ventured - Mike Dillon (Les Claypool)
236. Next To You - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
237. Zero - Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)
238. The Warmth - Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
239. Aero Zeppelin - Dale Crover (Nirvana)
240. Driven to Tears - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
241. Myxomatosis - Phil Selway (Radiohead)
242. PSA - Jimmy Chamberlin (Jimmy Chamberlin Complex)
243. Barbarian - Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake And Palmer)
244. War Pigs - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
245. You Could Be Mine - Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
246. Cavaletta's - Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta)
247. Gray Street - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
248. Cohibas Esplenditos - Bryan Mantia (Les Claypool & The Holy Mackerel)
249. Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With - Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
250. Honey Butter - Adrian Tramontano (The Breakfast)
251. The Crunge - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
252. Cult Of Personality - Living Colour (Will Calhoun)
253. Aenima - Danny Carey (Tool)
254. One Little Victory - Neil Peart (Rush)
255. Battery - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
256. Heretic War Chant - Dave Lombardo (Grip Inc)
257. Shyboy - Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)
258. Prowler - Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee)
259. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns - Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
260. Pictures Of Home - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
261. Filipino Ray - Mike Dillon (Les Claypool)
262. Musicology - John Blackwell (Prince)
263. Break The Same - Darren King (Mute Math)
264. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Steve Gadd (Paul Simon)
265. In Your Honour - Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
266. Assassin (Grand Omega Boss Edit) - Dominic Howard (Muse)
267. My Hero - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
268. Lover, You Should've Come Over - Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley)
269. Eleven - Tim Alexander (Primus)
270. Vapor Trail - Neil Peart (Rush)
271. Are You Experienced? - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
272. Who DKing - Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick)
273. In My Time Of Dying - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
274. Spiral - Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)
275. Nowhere Fast - Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
276. Legacy - Henry Spinetti (Lewis Furey)
277. Closure - Martin Lopez (Opeth)
278. Getting In Tune - Keith Moon (The Who)
279. Parabola - Danny Carey (Tool)
280. Rock 'n' Roll Suspension - Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)
281. La Grange - Mike Beard (ZZ Top)
282. That's It For The Other One - Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead)
283. A Day In The Life - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
284. Centered - Gavin Harrison (Gavin Harrison & 05Ric)
285. Walking On The Moon - Stewart Copeland (The Police)
286. Dance On A Volcano - Genesis (Phil Collins)
287. Malignant Narcissism - Neil Peart (Rush)
288. Whole Lotta Love - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
289. Optimistic - Phil Selway (Radiohead)
290. Sweet Leaf - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
291. Trust - Nick Menza (Megadeth)
292. Barracuda - Mike Derosier (Heart)
293. The Metal - Dave Grohl (Tenacious D)
294. Avon - Alfredo Hernandez (Queens Of The Stone Age)
295. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
296. Too Many DJ's - Steve Slingeneyer (Soulwax)
297. Paint It Black - Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
298. Snakecharmer - Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
299. Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson (Sandy Nelson)
300. Hocus Pocus - Pierre van der Linden (Focus)
Greatest 'Live' Rock Drum Performances
  1. O'Baterista - Neil Peart (Rush In Rio/Rush)
  2. Black Page - Terry Bozzio (Zappa In New York/Frank Zappa)
  3. Toad - Ginger Baker (Wheels Of Fire/Cream)
  4. Moby Dick - John Bonham (How The West Was Won/Led Zeppelin)
  5. Ytse Jam - Mike Portnoy (Once In A Livetime/Dream Theater)
  6. The Mule - Ian Paice (Made In Japan/Deep Purple)
  7. Merkaba - Danny Carey (Salival/Tool)
  8. De Slagwerker - Neil Peart (Snakes And Arrows Live)
  9. A Quick One - Keith Moon (The Kids Are Alright/The Who)
10. Jellikit - Tim Alexander (Suck On This/Primus)
11. Soul Sacrifice - Mike Shrieve (Woodstock/Santana)
12. Third Eye - Danny Carey (Salival/Tool)
13. War Ensemble - Dave Lombardo (Decade Of Aggression/Slayer)
14. YYZ - Neil Peart (Exit Stage Left/Rush)
15. Cruise Missle - Rod Morgenstein (Bring Em Back Alive/Dixie Dregs)
16. The Rhythm Method - Neil Peart (Different Stages/Rush)
17. Paint It Black - Ian Paice (Come Hell Or Highwater/Deep Purple)
18. Baker's Dozen - Stanton Moore (We Love Em Tonight/Galactic)
19. Heaven And Hell - Keith Moon (Live At Leeds/The Who)
20. Five Minutes Alone - Vinnie Paul (Official Live/Pantera)
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