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Old 04-10-2013, 07:07 AM
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I was watching random people play random Bonham beats on youtube and i realized so many Zeppelin songs can be instantly recognized just by the beat and it made me wonder what other songs are completely recognizable just by their beats. I don't think any other single drummer has as many as Bonham but there are for sure other songs. A google search didn't bring up anything even remotely related so I wanna start a list here. I hope you will all post songs you know of that are recognizable just by the beat.

Just to be clear not songs with great drum beats but songs that you'd be able to recognize if you heard a random drummer playing it alone in a music store.

Here are a few examples of what I mean.

Zeppelin:

Immigrant Song
The Ocean
When The Levee Breaks
Good Times Bad Times
Since I've Been Loving You

Not Zeppelin:

Come Together - Beatles
Smells Like Teen Spirit
YYZ?
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:18 AM
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Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones.
Wipe Out by the Surfaris
Sky Rockets in Flight by the Starland Vocal Band
Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck

Well, the first two anyway ;)
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:27 AM
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Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones.
Wipe Out by the Surfaris
Sky Rockets in Flight by the Starland Vocal Band
Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck

Well, the first two anyway ;)
Oh man how could i forget about Wipe Out! Nice one
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:28 AM
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Fifty ways to leave your lover
Cissy strut
Rosanna
Fool in the rain
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Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:06 AM
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Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
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2 quarter notes and we know what it is.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:12 AM
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I am thinking intros

Get off my cloud
Walk this way
Ice cream cakes
rock and roll, Zepplin

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:14 AM
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Give It Away- RHCP -------> so simple yet the way Smith does it... so original

Stinkfist- Tool
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:37 AM
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Nice 'n Sleazy - The Stranglers
Tommy Gun - The Clash
Are We Not Men - Devo
Cars - Gary Numan
I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
We Will Rock You - Queen
Smoke on The Water - Deep Purple

There's quite a few when you start to look.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:40 AM
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Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Instantly recognisable from the original recording... but probably not when anyone else plays it on a kit. :)
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:06 AM
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Much Too Young...The Specials
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:24 PM
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Journey: Don't Stop Believing

Paul Simon: Late In The Evening

Van Halen: Hot For Teacher & Everybody Wants Some
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:00 PM
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Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
Lakeside Park - Rush
Heart of the Sunrise - Yes
The Ides of March - Iron Maiden
Watcher of The Skies - Genesis
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:34 PM
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In My Life - Beatles
Get Together - Youngbloods


Oh...heh...

I take a little exception at Billie Jean though. While the drum intro is recognizable, and that's another topic, the beat is the standard, ubiquitous 2&4 "money beat" used in countless hits across various genres. Several others mentioned are also intro-specific, but the beats in the song are more generic and widely-used.

Billion Dollar Babies and Are We Not Men? are quite unique however, those wouldn't have come to mind even though they're from a few of my favorite groups!

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Old 04-10-2013, 01:50 PM
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Heaps of them ...

Moby Dick - Zep
My Sharona - The Knack
Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman
Blue Rondo A La Turk - Dave Brubeck
Roxanne and Walking on the Moon - The Police
Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Taxman and Getting Better - Beatles
Touch Me - The Doors
Suck My Kiss - Chill Peppers
Let's Dance - Bowie
I Can See for Miles - The Who
Don't You Eat that Yellow Snow - Uncle Frank
White Room - Cream
Led Boots - Jeff Beck
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
A Night in Tunisia - Art Blakey
One More Red Nightmare - King Crimson

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Old 04-10-2013, 01:51 PM
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Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
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Rosanna
Breaking The Girl
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and... a "local" one: La Torre dell'Alchimista (Area)

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:01 PM
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I take a little exception at Billie Jean though.
Totally agree. It's a money beat......the single most common 4/4 pattern used in popular music. Take the music away and it could be one of a million tracks.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:48 PM
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Totally agree. It's a money beat......the single most common 4/4 pattern used in popular music. Take the music away and it could be one of a million tracks.
Yep.

I use that in my clinic when talking about how the drum parts don't always define the song/genre. For example, playing a funk song doesn't (necessarily) mean playing a funky, busy beat. I play straight time, and ask what genre/style it is. Nobody gets it right, and everybody gets it right. A single beat usually applies to a LOT of songs. I've been accused of being able to play a lot of styles with Al, when in fact I'm mostly playing 2 & 4 while the guitar, bass & keys actually define the style.

That said, there are indeed some signature beats that seem to exist only in one song. But they shouldn't be confused with a specific intro, fill, or in Bonham's case in particular, the sound.

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:39 PM
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Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Not only are the guitar intro and the drum fill leading into the first verse instantly recognizable all on their own, Stan Lynch's hi-hats are beautifully played throughout, and I (even though I admittedly love the track) am pretty sure that I would recognize it out of the blue.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:51 PM
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I can't believe that no one mentioned this big Gadd one.

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover-Paul Simon
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:55 PM
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Yep.

I use that in my clinic when talking about how the drum parts don't always define the song/genre. For example, playing a funk song doesn't (necessarily) mean playing a funky, busy beat. I play straight time, and ask what genre/style it is. Nobody gets it right, and everybody gets it right. A single beat usually applies to a LOT of songs. I've been accused of being able to play a lot of styles with Al, when in fact I'm mostly playing 2 & 4 while the guitar, bass & keys actually define the style.

That said, there are indeed some signature beats that seem to exist only in one song. But they shouldn't be confused with a specific intro, fill, or in Bonham's case in particular, the sound.

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:58 PM
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Kiss - Rock and Roll all Nite - I love it Loud

GFR - We're an American band
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Painkiller - Judas Priest
The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
Tom Sawyer - Rush
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:03 PM
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Walk This Way - Aerosmith.

Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden.

Crazy Train - Ozzy

Iron Man - Black Sabbath. Sure, it's just slow quarter notes, but still, instantly recognizable if played at the correct tempo.
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La Grange- ZZ Top
Walk this Way - Aerosmith
Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
50 ways - Paul Simon
I don't care anymore - Phil Collins
Swingtown -Steve Miller Band
La villa Strangiato -Rush ( similar to Swingtown)
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:13 PM
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Walk This Way - Aerosmith.
Or... For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Well, same rhythm.
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Iron Man - Black Sabbath. Sure, it's just slow quarter notes, but still, instantly recognizable if played at the correct tempo.
Yea, that's an interesting one. It's even simpler than the "money beat" in Billie Jean, but it's the tempo and inflection that makes sure we instantly know that quite soon we will hear the robot voice... "I AM IRON MAN"! Not only can I pick it out easy... At an open jam or something, all you have to do is hit your kick drum with the right speed and everyone just knows what to play.
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I'm surprised no one has said Down With the Sickness - Disturbed

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The beginning of "Money for Nothing" (Dire Straits) is unique. Peace and goodwill.
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Breakdown-Tom Petty and Heart Breakers
Dont Come Around Here No More-Petty
My Hero-Foo Fighters
No Excuses-Alice In Chains
Stargazer-Rainbow
John The Fisherman-Primus
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Tool - Schism (although this is more along the bass riff) but the rhythm is more memorable once the drums start.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:13 PM
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I forgot Back in Black......................those first eight notes..............everyone knows what your playing
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There are lots of them that use a regular beat after an intro (as Bermuda pointed out), but here's a few more that I think are truly recognizable from the beat... I don't think these have been mentioned.

Once in A Lifetime - Talking Heads
Golden Brown - Stranglers
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
What She Said - The Smiths
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
Kingston Town - UB40
Zombie - The Cranberries (one of my own personal favourite tracks of all time)
Chop Suey - System Of A Down (surprised it was not already listed)
Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters
In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
Atomic - Blondie
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:42 PM
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Zombie - The Cranberries (one of my own personal favourite tracks of all time)

I love that song.......until she starts yodeling.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:55 PM
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A good chunk of Porcupine Tree and Tool offerings are immediatly distinctive.(hard to mistake Sound Of Muzak...or Stop Swimming)

I would throw in Lethean by Katatonia...off of Dead End Kings - and a few other latter day Katatonia Pieces....their post-growl period seems littered with distictive drumming.

Loads of classic songs...things older than about 25-30 years(50 ways to leave your lover, loads of Jazz Standards)....though the term classic eludes my aging sensibilities.

(I might go so far as to say many(non-drummers of course ;) would be fooled by Rosanna(Porcaro) vrs Fool In The Rain(Bonham) vrs Home At Last(Steely Dan-Aja-Purdie)...as opposed to saying they are distictive)
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:58 PM
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Queen... We Will Rock You

Peggy Lee... Fever (Shelly Manne)

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Many songs are recognizable from the drum intro, I did a thread about this topic a little while ago here http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=86675.

But, aside from a drum intro, there's millions of tracks where you can name the song just from the drum parts.

Rock'n' Roll - Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
Dance With The Devil - Cozy Powell
Give Blood - Pete Townshend
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (many Keith Moon parts are very recognizable)
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
Lay Down, Stay Down - Deep Purple
Fireball - Deep Purple

The list goes on and on...

... but we're drummers, would non-drummers or non-musicians recognize all the songs mentioned in this thread? I doubt it very much.
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Anything by AC/DC. They are also probably the easiest band to play along to.
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