15 Simple Beats Used in Famous Songs

This printable page features simple beats used in famous pop and rock songs. Each beat is used for a significant proportion of the song, unless otherwise indicated.

In order to hear the beats played by the computer, press the play button (bottom left) on the image below. Each measure will be played four times at the tempo of the song. If the image does not display, try refreshing the page.

On the drums: play each beat repeatedly, focusing on accuracy and feel.

Links to the full sheet music for each song can be found at the bottom of this page.


Song list with links to the full sheet music (click the song name):

1. Back in BlackAC/DC  (91 BPM)

Billy JeanMichael Jackson (117 BPM)

2. Let’s Stay TogetherAl Green (100 BPM)

YellowColdplay (87 BPM)

Boulevard of Broken Dreams — Green Day (84 BPM)

3. Every Breath You TakeThe Police (117 BPM)

Take it EasyEagles (138 BPM)

4. Free Fallin’Tom Petty (84 BPM)

5. Firework — Katy Perry (Verse) (124 BPM)

6. Feel it StillPortugal. The Man (158 BPM)

7. Happy TogetherThe Turtles (120 BPM)

8. Pretty WomanRoy Orbison (127 BPM)

9. Eye of the TigerSurvivor (109 BPM)

Uptown FunkMark Ronson (115 BPM)

10. Whatever it TakesImagine Dragons (135 BPM)

11. RoxanneThe Police (Verse — 133 BPM)

12. ClocksColdplay  (131 BPM)

13. Sucker for PainLil Wayne & others (84 BPM)

14. HeathensTwenty One Pilots (90 BPM)

15. DemonsImagine Dragons (90 BPM)


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