Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes is the opening track from Fall Out Boy's 2008 album "Folie à Deux" (madness shared by two) – the last album recorded before the band's four-year hiatus.
This upbeat rock beat uses an open hi-hat technique to lift the second bar of the repeat.
Overkill is the title track on Motörhead's second album (1979). The song is notable for drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor's relentless sixteenth-note double bass ostinato which inspired a generation of hard rock and metal drummers.
The instantly recognizable drum intro for the 20th Century Fox fanfare has been psyching-up movie-goers since the 1930s.
Learn this disco-esque drum beat that borrows some of the hi-hat techniques and snare pattern used in the song Le Freak by Chic.
"When Doves Cry" dominated the US charts when it was released in 1984 and has endured as a fan-favourite for the last three decades. Prince played all of the instruments on the song, including programming the distinctive drum track on a Linn drum machine. He made the unconventional decision to not include bass guitar accompaniment in the song, instead allowing the bass drum and toms to occupy the low-frequency range.
'Roxanne' was originally released in the UK in 1978 without making waves. However, it was re-released early the following year, giving The Police some much-needed early exposure and their first hit-single. In 2008, 'Roxanne' was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is ranked #388 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Twenty One Pilots drummer, Josh Dun, kicks off 'Ride' with a powerful reggae-inspired feel. The right-hand plays the hi-hat in sixteenth-notes, with an emphasis on the eighth-note pulse.
Teardrop is the UK based trip-hoppers most famous song to date. It featured as the second single from their critically acclaimed album, Mezzanine (1988).
This funky groove paves the way for Aerosmith's classic hit 'Walk This Way' from their 1975 album, Toys in the Attic.
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.
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.
The verse section of Bowie's 80s hit, Let's Dance, features a funky bass line and accompanying drum part, which skips along to the rhythm of the bass. Rather than cycling a 2-measure pattern, as is commonly done, the rhythm section creates a unique phrase using a combination of the 'straight' and 'skipping measures' (ABBA BBAB). Drummer, Tony Thompson, plays a short fill to mark the end of each 8-measure cycle.
This driving soul groove is heard throughout the verses of Amy Winehouse's signature song, Rehab. Notice the accented hi-hat note appearing on beat 3 after the double-pop snare hits. The song earned Amy three Grammys in 2008: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The drum track was recorded using only a single microphone to achieve an authentic 60s sound.
Centuries was one the best-loved pop/rock songs of the last year and Fall Out Boy's biggest hit to date. This two-measure pattern is heard throughout most of the song with plenty of variation to keep things interesting. As you can see, the second measure is identical to the first except for an extra bass drum note placed on the 'e of 3'. This small variation gives the pattern a longer cycle, making it seem less repetitive.