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7 Outstanding Classic Rock Drum Fills

Ahhh…the drum fill. It’s one of the most beloved/underrated and simple/complex elements of a song.

Admit it: We all have done a bit of air drumming in the car, and after that guy at the Baltimore Ravens game went viral for air drumming to Rush's "Tom Sawyer" and since today (September 12) happens to be Neil Peart's birthday,  we thought we'd gather some of our favorite drum fills in classic rock to celebrate.  Enjoy!

 

Rush – “Tom Sawyer”

Drum fill starts at 2:35.

Rush - Tom Sawyer

Amazon: http://bit.ly/Rush2112SDE_Web Music video by Rush performing Tom Sawyer. (C) 1981 The Island Def Jam Music Group and Anthem Entertainment

 

The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

This epic drum fill begins at 7:31 and is punctuated with one of the greatest screams in recorded history.

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

This is Track 09 of the Who's album - Who's next. First recorded (then rejected) in New York on March 16, 1971, this became the first song to be worked on with Glyn Johns during a trial session at Stargroves with The Rolling Stones Mobile studio in April, 1971.

 

Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”

Leave it to John Bonham to have three great drum fills in one song. First takes place at 3:02, while the second is at 4:35 and the third at 4:56.

Whole Lotta Love

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Whole Lotta Love · Led Zeppelin Mothership (Remastered) ℗ 2007 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

 

Billy Joel – “Only The Good Die Young”

Drum fill at 0:13.

Billy Joel - Only the Good Die Young (Audio)

In 1977, Billy Joel released his album titled The Stranger. Listen to Billy Joel perform the track 'Only The Good Die Young'.

 

Ram Jam – “Black Betty”

Drum fill at 1:32.

Ram Jam - Black Betty (Audio)

Music video by Ram Jam performing Black Betty. (C) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment

David Bowie – “Young Americans”

Starts at song’s beginning.

David Bowie - Young Americans [HQ]

This is the classic title track from David Bowie's 1975 album 'Young Americans.' Released as a single b/w "Suffragette City" on February 21, 1975, "Young Americans" reached #28 on the Billboard charts-Bowie's biggest American chart success up to that point. The audio for this video was taken from a hi-res UK 1st pressing vinyl rip (not made by me).

 

Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight”

Let's face it, no drum fill list is complete without this gem.  Drum fill/moment you channel your inner Mike Tyson begins at 3:16.

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (Official Music Video)

"In The Air Tonight" was the first single to be released from Phil Collins' album "Face Value", released in 1981. PHIL US TICKETS ON SALE NOW! You can now get your tickets for Phil's run of shows in US and Canada this October.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.