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The Hardest Songs to Play on Drums 

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Updated August 17, 2019 1.7k votes 376 voters 7.9k views 27 items

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Even if you've been playing drums your whole life, some songs are still really difficult to perform perfectly. The top hard songs to play on drums come in many forms. Some hard drum songs to learn feature complex compositions while other hard drum songs to play feature intricate solos. Quite a few of the most difficult drum songs are by Lars Ulrich.

Which tunes will you find on this hard drums songs to learn list? “Battery” by Metallica has to be near the top. The Master of Puppets opener starts slow and explodes in face-melting fury led by Ulrich's drumming. Van Halen's “Hot For Teacher” is another difficult song to play on drums.

With its slow tempo, one may not think Blink-182's “Adam's Song” would be a difficult drumming track, but Travis Barker's precise build drives it into its complicated climax. Other hard drum songs to play include “Moby Dick,” “Tom Sawyer,” and “War Ensemble.”

Which drum song do you think is the hardest to play? Give the toughest tunes a vote up and please add any hard drum songs we may have missed.

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Meshuggah
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Tool
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Led Zeppelin
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Dream Theater
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Rush
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Van Halen
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Rush
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Judas Priest
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Genesis
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Slayer
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Jimi Hendrix
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The Mars Volta
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Metallica
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Metallica
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Metallica
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madfatjake added Genesis
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The Police
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Nine Inch Nails
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Nirvana
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Queens of the Stone Age
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Blink-182