My top 10 songs with fantastic drum intros. This is a bit different to most of these top 10 drum intro songs on the web - I’ve gone specifically just for songs that feature the drums CRASHING in at the beginning of the song, however briefly.
|1. The Cure - Why Can't I Be You|
|2. Van Halen - Hot For Teacher|
|3. Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick|
|4. The Cure - In Between Days|
|5. Led Zeppelin - Rock & Roll|
|6. Spin Doctors - Two Princes|
|7. Sweet - Ballroom Blitz|
|8. Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over|
|9. Toto - Rosanna|
|10. Blur - Song 2|
This all started a few days ago when I was doing my review of Boyfriend by Alphabeat. A song that although not quite worthy of this top ten does feature a good strong drum intro. As a drummer (not a good one, I haven't played regularly in years!) I’ve got a particular love of good drumming and songs with good drum solos. I've also probably listened to many songs I don't really like purely for the drumming, Los Endos by Genesis springs to mind.
There are a few exceptions from the list because they didn't CRASH in as I would like, plus my list started as a top 19 so I needed to trim. Lost in the pruning was the excellent My Sharona (not quite ridiculous enough intro) and the mind blowing Money for Nothing (doesn't crash in and more of a genuine solo than just an intro).
I make no excuse for the Cure appearing twice, they don't appear in top tens enough!
While looking for these tunes I also came across some that didn't meet my strict criteria because they start with a vocal or spoken word, therefore I’ve made another table.
Top 3 tunes with drums crashing in immediately after a brief vocal / spoken lyric:
|1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty)|
|2. The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)|
|3. The Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch|