Today, let’s talk about easy songs to play on the drums. As a drummer, we all enjoy playing the drums, except if you are forced to, regularly practicing the drums is the most important rule in accelerating your progress in drumming. Practicing your patterns on the drums like the paradiddle, flams, and drags can get boring after some time. So, we move to the next best thing, playing to music you know, on the drums. It is not only soothing, but it helps connect the different rudiments you have been practicing. It also helps you apply them in different creative ways.
Before I go into the list, you need to have a tuned drum kit. There Is a lot of ways to go about this check out this article on how to tune your drum kit here.
There is a lot of easy songs to play on the drums that require the use of simple rudiments applied in the simplest of ways.
Here is a list of some old school and modern easy songs to play on the drums play on the drums:
- Billie Jean – Micheal Jackson
Billie Jean is a pop song by one of the American finest musicians, the king of pop himself “Michael Jackson,” released in 1983. It is one of the most popular songs of all time. The drums were played by Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who is an award-winning drummer and producer. This song is one song any drummer can play to. regardless of your level of expertise. It made use of simple rudiments, and it’s one of the most popular grooves you will ever play.
Its beat is still present in a lot of hit songs since its time of production till today, thus earning it the name “the money beat.” Learning this groove will help you when playing some other grooves from other hit songs. Apart from songs that incorporated the “money groove,” other music make use of some of its rudiments. It is easy and fun to master this groove, and it’s also a great song to listen while working out or traveling.
- Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
One of my favourite songs of all time, the Queen’s, another one bites the dust, their 1980 single, which was featured in their 1980 album “The Game.” It is known as Queens best selling single with over 7 million copies sold. It is a very easy song to play on the drum, just like every song on this list. It has a very catchy and popular groove. It is one of the most popular rock songs ever and will be a good song for beginners to try.
Just like the Billie jean song, this song also forms the basics for a lot of rock hit songs. Learning this song will give an edge when scoring some other rock song with the same flow. The beat was repeated throughout the song with some occasional easy fills. Scoring this beautiful song on the drums will surely take your playing to the next level.
- Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
Bullet the blue sky is the 1987 single of the U2, one of their most popular songs known for its political lyrics. U2 band is well known for performing songs that sound more complex than it is, and this single is a good example. Listening to the track for the first time, it might sound complicated. But after some time, you will notice it is composed of easy 4/4 beats, which is relatively easy to replicate on the drum set.
The groove is so nice, and it was maintained throughout the song. If you are a fan of U2, you should know the drummer Larry Mullen puts a lot of energy when playing the drums, so you should not be shy to play a little harder. There are a lot of U2 songs that are as awesome and easy to play like this do check them out.
- Nothing Else Matters – Metallic
Nothing else matters is a 1992 single by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It is one of their popular singles. It is also a playable track on the music video game “Guitar Hero: Metallic,” which was where I first encountered this song. I liked it for its simplicity and decided to try it on the drum, and it was pretty easy. Metallica is known for their hard and aggressive beats as their drummer Lars Ulrich who has inspired a lot of heavy metal drummers, love putting a lot of energy in his playing.
The single “Nothing Else Matters” is arguably their simplest in terms of replicating the beats on the drums. It has a steady tempo, simple beat coupled with some amazing fills which are pretty easy to learn, and sound great when you apply them even with other songs. Some of its fill and groove can even be incorporated into some of gospel worship songs if you are a gospel drummer. Metallic has a huge array of songs, but most of their song are out of the reach for most beginners.
- Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana
Heart-Shaped Box is a song by the American rock band “Nirvana” and has a unique beat filled with fills and syncopations that will surely take your drumming from to the next stage. The song is easy to play with very simple rudiments. When you finally get this song, you will notice it somewhat sound complex to listeners and will make you look like a pro even if you are just a beginner. It has an easy groove with some technicalities like the syncopation between your cymbals with the guitar and some rim clicks. These simple techniques will help you when playing other songs.
- Let It Be – The Beatles
This one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Its the Beatles 1970’s single, it was their final single before the band vocalist paul McCartney decided to leave the band. With its amazing lyrics, vocals, and rhythm, these songs can be said to have very soft drum beats, all due to Ringo Starr brilliant drum playing.
He sure has a lot of influence on the drum world. He is known for his steady beats and easy fills that can be learned and easily applied to a variety of songs. The groove in this song is relatively easy to play, barely an inconvenience. Note the ride cymbal part is the only complicated part in the song.
- Back in Black – AC/DC
Back in Black is my best AC/DC single, this is a legendary rock classic released by the Australian rock band AC/DC in 1980. This popular single is well known for its guitar riff and has a very easy groove. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd played a very simple and trendy drum pattern with easy fills. It is quite basic but still sounds so amazing. The groove is simple and continuous throughout the song but has some technicalities like the alternation between the snare drum and the kick + hi-hat combo at the first bar. It is quite easy to get this after the first trial.
- Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
The Seven-nation army is a single by the American rock duo The White Stripes. The band is well known for its simple drum beat. Most of The White Stripes songs have simple drum beats. The band’s drummer Meg White has commonly been attacked for her for the simplicity of her drum beats. The single consist of very simple drum patterns that can be easily replicated on the drum set.
- Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
Boulevard of broken dreams is a single by American rock band Green Day, and it’s their most successful single so far. The song has a very easy grove which was played throughout the song with some short fills and some bass drum lick also, its quite easy to play this song, I doubt if any beginner will have any trouble playing this song.
- Float On – Modest Mouse
Float on is a 2004 single by the American rock band modest mouse. It has a nice groove, sounds a little advanced, but it has some technicalities that will help you in your drum development. It can be applied to a lot of different songs like the use of the left foot hi-hat pedal to create the open and close hit hat sizzle effect on the second count beat. It also features some use of the semiquaver (16th note) on the hi-hats, you might not get it immediately, but with time it will come easy.
- Livin On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Livin on a prayer is a 1987 single by Bon Jovi, and it was a chart-topper and the band’s most popular song. It is has a pop vibe mixed with a rock vibe. It has a simple beat, but it’s full of energy and has a lot of rudiments that can be applied in most pop and rock songs. The drummer Tico Torres did a nice job on this soundtrack and added some simple fills, you will only need the snare, bass drum and hi-hats to play the intro and verse of this song, while you would add some nice cymbal kicks in the middle section.
- Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath is a single by one of the most iconic bands in heavy metal history. This song is very famous for its tempo and drum fills, the drumbeat might not be easy to grasp all at once but give it little time you will master the beat, once you’ve mastered some of the rudiments can be applied in other songs like the triple ride pattern.
- Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Teenage Dream is one of the most popular pop songs in the world. The drum pattern is not hard to understand and replicate on the drums, the beat is quite catchy and sounds more complicated than it is. Jamming to this song will surely make you feel on top of the world.
- Yellow – Coldplay
This is one of the most popular modern-day band, and they have a lot of hit songs with Yellow being one of them, Coldplay is known for their simple drum beats, and Yellow surely falls in that category, it is played at a very slow tempo with simple rudiments and easy beats. Within a short while, you will surely get the hang of the whole drum beat.
- Heathens – Twenty-One Pilots
So, for number 15 we choose to switch things up a little, this song might not be as easy as the others, but it still a song; beginners can easily master in no time. Twenty-one pilot drummer Josh Dun is known for using simple rudiments to play complicated sounds. But this song doesn’t have any complications and should be a smooth ride, just the end where he added the ride cymbals, and the seldom breaks. You could also try Car Radio after this.
Other Songs that you could try on the drums it a little more advanced than the ones listed above.
- Honky Honk Woman – The Rolling Stones
- Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
- Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
- Slow Ride – Foghat
- Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Jean Genie – David Bowie
- Creep – Radio Head
- Losing My Religion – R.E.M
- Free Fallin – Tom Petty
- Come as You Are – Nirvana
- Imagine – John Lennon
- Littles Lies – Fleet Wood Mac
- Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
- Last Nite – The Strokes
- House of Fun – Madness
- Buddy Holly – Weezer
- High as A Kit – Weezer
- When the Levee Breaks – The Led Zeppelin
- I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora
- Courtney Call – The Thousand-Foot Krutch
- Car Radio – Twenty-One Pilot
- Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars And Mark Ronson
- Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
- The Scientist – Coldplay
- Whatever Its Takes – Imagine Dragons
- Seven Years – Lukas Graham
- Shine A Light – Banners
- Up All Night – Blink 182
- Marilyn Monroe – Pharrell Williams
- Centuries – Fall Out Boys
There is still a lot of other easy songs to play on the drums, try out as much as you can find(1).
Things to Do When Scoring Songs :
Practice With a Metronome:
Practicing with the metronome is not only for beginners, but even professional drummers also make use of the metronome too. Drumming has to do with timing, and you can watch your tempo, especially when playing songs with the use of the metronome.
The metronome is designed to help you stay in time with whatever time measure your song is playing in, it might take some time to get used to, but it will improve your generally playing such that even when you are not with it, your mind would have built itself to count time for you when you are playing.
Play With Good Sticks:
Use a very good drum stick so that your attacks can be solid, your rebound and controlled stokes will be well pronounced when you hit your drums, and your drumheads will have better health when you play with better drum sticks. Check out our article on drum sticks here.
Use Headphones or Ear Monitors:
Using headphones is optional, and you could choose not to if you don’t have the funds to get one. Listening to songs while playing on your headphone will help, and also your metronome can be played through the headphones too. It’s no news that the drums are a loud instrument, so these things are quite necessary, and it also helps your ear. The headphones would block a lot of the drum sounds coming from the drums protecting your ears from damage.
All the songs on this list are easy songs that beginners will not find too hard to play on the drums. These songs are quite familiar, and you have heard a couple of times, so it shouldn’t take time to understand the drum dynamics in each song. Playing songs that you naturally like to listen to will help grow your drum playing skills. That’s why there is a lot of songs on this list cutting through different genre, so depending on your taste you can pick anyone you want. So, in selecting this song
- We made sure they have slow tempos, although few songs on the second section have a little faster tempo, it still doesn’t fall in the fast category.
- They are not too complicated, so they contain very easy fills and rudiments.
- Most of the songs make use of single pedal beats, as you shouldn’t if you have not mastered playing the double kick pedal.
So, with this, we have come to the end of this article feel free to comment below which songs you think we should have added.