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A rockin’ Zeppelin tune, a grooving Gospel song, or a super technical, double bass filled Dream Theater challenge. Whether you're practicing in your basement, playing in a club band, or you're a YouTube video star, these have been deemed by our Worldwide Zildjian Artist Family as the best cover songs for drummers to jam out on! Here's why...


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1. Slave to The Rhythm
Ash Soan, UK, Recording Artist: I love Grace Jones's “Slave To The Rhythm”, love the groove and arrangement my friends Trevor Horn and Steve Lipson did with that song. 

 

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2. Stairway to Heaven
Ben Gordon – Australia, Parkway Drive: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, because it’s an epic song and very open to add your own ideas and fills.

 

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3. No One Knows
Joe Clegg - UK, Ellie Goulding: Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows (No explanation required!).

 

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4. The Wizard
Richard Jupp – UK, Elbow: 
“The Wizard” by Black Sabbath.......why? Bill Ward.

 

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5. Stargazer
John Tempesta – US, The Cult: “Stargazer” from Rainbow. Cozy Powell is one of my idols and when that intro kicks in, it's so powerful!

 

 6. Caught Up
Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red: Watch to see why Matt loves to play “Caught Up” by Usher in our Cover to Cover Video Series.

 

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7. Tom Sayer
Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall: 
“Tom Sawyer” by Rush. I love Neil and this was/is always a challenge for me to play it right - thankfully Neil says it's a hard song too, so that always makes me feel better :-).

 

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8. I Would Walk 500 Miles
Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons: 
“I Would Walk 500 Miles” by the Proclaimers.

 

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9. Good Times Bad Times
Antonio Sanchez – USA, Pat Metheny: 
“Good Times Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin. John Bonham is one of my heroes and his laid back approach has always moved me. His single bass drum pedal work on this is great.

 

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10. Steam
Venzella Joy – USA, Beyonce: 
One of my favorite cover songs to warm up with is “Steam” by Daft Punk.

 

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 11. Killpop
Pierre Nakano – Japan, Ling Toshite Shigure: Or anything else by Slipknot!

 

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12. Soul With a Captial S
Toni Mateos - Spain: "Soul With a Capital S", by Tower of Power. Great groove, amazing fills, incredible drum patterns!

 

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13. Locked Out of Heaven
Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco: 
Bruno Mars – “Locked out of Heaven”. I like the different grooves and feels in the verse, chorus and bridges. You have a lot of room for nice fills. You can interpret every groove in your own way.

 

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14. Rock 'n Roll
Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky: 
Led Zeppelin – “Rock 'n Roll” because it’s the best drum intro ever!

 

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15. Wipe Out
Ihan Haydar – Denmark, L.I.G.A:
My favorite cover song to play is “Wipe Out” by the Surfaris because you can do so much with this song. There is a lot of space for you to play around in.

 

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16. Black No. 1
Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Moonspell: “Black Nº 1” from Type O Negative. The song means a lot to me, and the band was a great influence. It’s just the perfect song to sit back and let yourself go.

 

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17. Earth Song
Bernhard Schimpelsberger – UK, Independent: 
“Earth Song” by Michael Jackson. The simplicity and weight of the beat is amazing.

 

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18. Who Are You
Stephen Perkins – USA, Jane’s Addiction: 
The Who - “Who are You” - a perfectly orchestrated drum performance from top to bottom by Keith Moon.

 

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19. Footlose
Kristinn "Kiddi" Agnarsson – Iceland, John Grant: 
Footloose! How much fun is that song!?

 

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20. Superstition
Ivan Panella – Italy, Hopes Die Last: I could play for hours to “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, or any other funky songs that have the same groove!

 

Do you have a  favorite Cover Song to play? We're you inspired to try any of these songs? Let us know in the comments below!

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