I have to say the most inspirational songs for me as a creative drummer would be Lataralus by Tool. That song fills me with shivers every time. I could name 2/3rds of Tool's songs in my list of favorites.
Wish I could perform a ritual utilizing the unicursal hexagram to summon a daemon to help me drum even half as creatively as Danny. But alas, I don't do any drugs...
The question is truly a timeless one: the responses show the variations in: influences, tastes and how truly versatile playing drums is. Although appreciated, best drummer is not best drum track.
A quick list out of hundreds of possibilities( in no particular order):
- Let's Dance & Modern Love
-Red Rain: Stewart on HH and Manu on drums
- Some Like It Hot- Tony Thompson
- Melting In the Sun- Inxs
-Home At Last- Bernard Purdie: the Purdie Shuffle --gave birth to Fool In The Rain (Bonham) and , Toto (“Rosanna”) and Death Cab for Cutie (“Grapevine Fires”).
toxicity (system of a down)
there was a time (i got to move) (funk power version) (james brown)
tom sawyer (rush)
capatain fingers (lee ritenour)
chameleon (herbie hancock)
it's over (boz scaggs)
temptation eyes (grass roots)
tell me can you find the way to love (myself)
seven nation army (myself)
# 41 - DMB
Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
Hit The Lights - Metallica
Brick By Boring Brick - Paramore
Driven To Tears - The Police
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Vicinity of Obscenity - System Of A Down
Spirit Of Radio - Rush
Baba O'Riley - The Who
Unbreakable - Veil Of Maya
Hot For Teacher - Van Halen (DUH.)
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Thunderstruck - ACDC
"Happy Jack"---Keith Moon
"I Can See For Miles"---Keith Moon
"Take 5"---Joe Morello
"He'll Have To Go"---Jim Keltner
"Little Wing"---Mitch Mitchell
Anything with Art Blakely, Harvey Mason, Philly Jo Jones
"Sing, Sing, Sing"----Benny Goodman version with Gene Krupa on drums
"Paint It Black"----Charlie Watts.
"Funky Drummer"---Clyde Stubblefield
"Good Times, Bad Times"---Bonzo
"I Just Want To Make Love To You"---Roger Earl
Okay, I'm going to go play now. Too much inspiration!