This funky groove paves the way for Aerosmith's classic hit 'Walk This Way' from their 1975 album, Toys in the Attic.

Phil Collin's mid-eighties hit 'Easy Lover' kicks-off with an explosive 8-measure drum feature.

This tom-based-shuffle is heard during the verses of Elle King's hit-single, Ex's and Oh's.

This 2–measure phrase was used in the loquacious opening song from Fall Out Boy's debut album, Take That to Your Grave (2003). The repeating pattern is heard twice, at 0:50 and 2:40.

This distinctive four-measure rhythm was played with minor variations in the verse sections of the song. In the fourth measure of each phrase, a second drummer played the off-beat bass drum hits in unison (heard in the left channel). The pair of drummers played the choruses together.

This tribal groove appears in the second chorus of Hold Back the River (1:30). The right-hand rides in eighth notes on the floor tom – the left-hand plays the snare on beat 2, the 'and-of-3' and the high tom on the 'and-of-4'. Drummer, Gerry Morgan plays plenty of variations of this core rhythm throughout the song.

This instantly recognizable drum groove features alternating 16th notes (RLRL) played between the hi-hat and snare over a 'four-on-the-floor' pulse. Note that the first two notes of the song are played just before the down-beat (anacrusis).

Blackstar, David Bowie's 25th studio album was released on his 69th birthday just two days prior to his death. It was deliberately created and timed as a parting gift for his adoring fans. Lazarus, the second single from the album, features master modern jazz drummer, Mark Guiliana, laying down a simple, propulsive rhythm which drives the melancholic vamp. As the song progresses, he adds intensity through variations and expressive fills while maintaining the core rhythm.

This beat represents the main pattern used in 'What's Up?' – 4 Non Blonde's gold selling single. Drummer, Dawn Richardson, adds spice to the groove by playing an 'extra' hi-hat note immediately after the back beats; while the bass drum/cross-stick part propels the music with a consistent dotted 8th/16th rhythm. The song features some great dynamics, fills and variations. Check out the links below for more information.

Eminem's "Like Toy Soldiers" borrows its chorus from Martika's 1989 single "Toy Soldiers". The distinctive drum kit groove (above) features syncopated bass and snare notes on either side of beat 4. Note that the hi-hat part approximates the shaker part in the song. Eminem also added a dynamic marching snare and bass drum part to the verse sections.

Drummer, Mike Wengren, kicks off this fan-favourite with a killer tribal beat using all four limbs.

This excerpt represents the core rhythm in Iron Maiden's 'Phantom of the Opera' – from their debut, self-titled album (1980). In the first measure, drummer, Clive Burr, played alternating eighth notes between the ride cymbal and snare drum over a four-on-the-floor pulse. In the second half of measure 2, the bass drum and crash cymbal sound together for 3 quarter notes. The musical term for grouping eighth notes into 2s and 3s to create a simple polymeter is 'hemiola'.

Punk-poppers, Yellowcard, broke into the mainstream a little over a decade ago with their hit-single, Ocean Avenue. The above excerpt includes the intro and the beginning of the first verse. The rhythm of the guitar part is notated with cue notes to help the drummer follow the riff and come in strongly on beat 4 of the third measure. The drum pattern heard throughout the verse closely follows the guitar riff.

I Write Sins Not Tragedies contains several interesting grooves. This excerpt is taken from the second verse, around the 1-minute mark. The unconventional bass and snare drum pattern is heard 3 times, with a different fill ending each 4-measure phrase.

Jamaican drummer, Carlton Barrett, plays a sublime half-time feel on Running Away, one of The Wailer's lesser known songs. The core groove features a hip, accented hi-hat pattern resolving with the back-beat played between the rim knock and bass drum. The challenge is to play the accented hi-hat part while maintaining a relaxed vibe.


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