10 Chart Songs that are Great for Drummers

Today’s post is something a little bit different. In case you didn’t know, I am a drummer, and when I practice, I tend to warm up to a chart song. So, here are 10 songs that are great for drummers!

1. Let Go For Tonight by Foxes

This song has the capacity to do some great tom solos in the verses, with grooves in the chorus. It is a nice song should you need to spark a little bit of creativity for future fills or solos.

2. Paper Heart by Chlöe Howl

Throughout this song their is a neat groove progression. At the start, there is a simplistic rock beat, before it develops over time. Over verses, it explores triplet grooves and 16th notes. This song is perfect for practicing rudiments!

3. Rather Be by Clean Bandit

This song is great for improvisation. With occasional drum beats, it is an easy track to work with, but there are moments that allow you to develop grooves and perform solos.

4. Extraordinary by Clean Bandit

A relaxed beginning to this song allows for light tom solos and light cymbal rolls. But, when the song develops, the song can then create room to develop your grooves. As well as that, the song does well to provide solo opportunities.

5. Chocolate by The 1975

This song is great for practicing simply because of its constant room for drum fills after three bars. The song has great funk routes as well, a great track overall!

6. Tidal Wave by Sub Focus feat. Alpines

Personally, I love drum and bass tracks. This single by Sub Focus has a slow and relaxing drum beat before increasing the tempo to a fast-paced drum and bass groove near the end.

7. Stay the Night by Zedd feat. Hayley Williams

This track has relaxed moments that sees the start of a progression from calm vocal solos to a rock ballad!

8. Find You by Zedd feat. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant

Firstly, let me say that this song is great for practicing. So much so, that Zedd did a drum cover himself! (watch it here).

This song allows for a great progression, with light fills developing into rock solos and grooves. The rock feel allows for complex fills at many points in the track.

9. Atlas by Coldplay

You can watch the video by clicking here

Unlike the other tracks mentioned on this list, this song only has an opportunity for a groove near the end. Throughout, the beat and Martin’s vocals are slow, allowing for relaxed and calm tom fills.

10. Farrah Fawcett Hair by Capital Cities feat. André 3000

This song by Capital Cities is a great opportunity to perform some funk. Fast and funky grooves during the verses mean you can develop your style, whilst the chorus allows for complex drum solos each time!

If you’re a drummer, let me know below! Comment below with songs that you like to practice to!


2 thoughts on “10 Chart Songs that are Great for Drummers

  1. I like to think I’m a really good air-drummer. No one’s ever heard me miss a beat! (I think I may have used that joke before. If so I apologise!)
    I find Green Day have lots of interesting drumming. Jesus of Suburbia, East Jesus Nowhere. Peacemaker are some faves of mine. Good for bashing the imaginary skins!


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