Songs defined by their drumbeats

Name some pop/rock/soul songs that are pretty much defined by their drumbeats.

The song that got me thinking of this is Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”. If Page, Plant, and Jones went and took a smoke break as Bonzo started to beat “Levee” out, there’d be no mistaking what song he was playing.

Another from a different genre – Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” could easily be identified from the beat alone.

One of my current faves: White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”

Nah, that’s defined by it’s bassline, uncommon for the stripes. :smiley:

Hmm. I hear the drumbeat primarily, and the bass riff secondarily. YMMV.

“Walk This Way” by Aerosmith

Yeah, listening to Seven Nation Army again, you could say it is defined by it’s drumbeat.

I’ll nominate “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac.

Summoning - Runes of Power

An unfamiliar listener could perhaps confuse it with other Summoning tracks, but the style has not been copied by anyone else. Unfortunately, I hear they disbanded. :frowning:

Ooh, Ooh, the best answer! Two on the same album!

Kate Bush’s “Sat in Your Lap” and “The Dreaming,” from the greatest album in the history of the world, The Dreaming.

“Addicted To Love”, Robert Palmer

“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”, by Paul Simon. Featuring the greatest drum part ever, played by Steve Gadd

‘Lust For Life’ by Iggy Pop.

How can anyone mention ‘Led Zeppelin’ and ‘drums’ in the same few sentences and not think of “Moby Dick?”

Fuckin’ In The Bushes by Oasis.

A lot of things by Rush.

Well, since my first two choices, Seven Nation Army and Walk This Way, have already been taken, I’ll go with Wild Thing care of Alex Van Halen. And Terrible Lie by Msr. Reznor. At first I was thinking the intro of Pump It Up by Elvis Costello, but I’m not so sure on hindsight.

Not part of the genre mentioned by the OP, but Glenn Miller’s “Sing Sing Sing” has a truly wonderful drum beat.

Europe’s “Cherokee” has a distinctive percussion sound.

Also gotta go with “Tusk.”

“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins.

I’d say We Will Rock You is the most obvious example. Its beat is infectious and instantly recognizable. Many sports arenas play it without the music or vocals.

“Running Up That Hill” - Kate Bush

“I Don’t Care Anymore” - Phil Collins

“Goody Two Shoes” - Adam Ant

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