Digital Drum Sheet Music Library

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All the drum sheet music found on this page and throughout the site are full, note-for-note transcriptions transcribed by James Morton--long-time professional drummer, author of over a dozen books with Mel Bay Publications, and creator of the "Rock Charts" column formerly found in Modern Drummer--over the course of his 40+ year career.

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Year
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Music
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Wilson Pickett
1966
Al Jackson makes quarter notes sound wonderful. Great grooving.
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The Temptations
1966
This Motown classic was almost not released. Funk Brothers play.
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Beatles
1964
From the With The Beatles CD. A great lesser known Lennon song.
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Carla Thomas
1966
If you like Aretha & Etta James, you'll love this. Stax Records classic.
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Four Tops
1964
Motown magic, not to mention a classic.
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Beatles
1963
The Beatles do a heartfelt tribute to Smokey Robinson. John sings, Ringo drums.
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Slim Harpo
1966
The blues occasionally makes it on the charts, like this one. What, you think a guy named Slim Harpo does rap?
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
1969
John Fogerty = great songwriter. The refrain in the chorus, "there's a bad moon on the rise," is commonly misheard as "there's a bathroom on the right".
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Dave Clark Five
1964
The DC5's first rock ballad. Dave Clark is rich today.
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Beatles
1968
Made up in the studio. From the White Album. Nothing but fun.
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Neil Sedaka
1962
Yes it is. This was a hit twice for Neil. "They say that breaking up is hard to do/now I know, I know that it's true..."
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Van Morrison
1967
A chart by one of my all time favorites-- Van the Man. A real classic.
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The Foundations
1968
Song refuses to die. Part catchy pop and part kitsch, song has nice drum punches.
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Neil Sedaka
1961
Marching snare drum on this early hit.
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Rivieras
1964
Great basic early R&R. High energy and fun.
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Everly Brothers
1960
The Everly Brothers' biggest hit. Great drumming. Buddy was prolific then.
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Sam Cooke
1960
Sam Cooke had 29 Top 10 hits. Easy chart with use of accents.
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Aretha Franklin
1967
The Muscle Shoals session musicians tear it up behind Aretha. Roger Hawkins is the soulful drummer.
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Dixie Cups
1964
Nice shuffle, with big band-like set-ups.
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James Brown
1967
Could this be the funkiest thing ever recorded? I think it is.
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Supremes
1964
Their third #1 already. They were just getting started.
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Led Zeppelin
1969
Early Led Zep. Bonham of course. Pure energy.
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Patsy Cline
1961
Buddy Harman on drums in this Willie Nelson penned hit.
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Box Tops
1968
Quintessential '60s song: horns, strings, electric sitar, all at once!
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Roy Orbison
1961
Great song. "I was alright for a while..." The one and only Roy.
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Sly & The Family Stone
1968
Solid drumming from Gregg Errico on their 1st hit.
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Tommy Roe
1969
Pretty interesting drumming actually, from Hal Blaine.
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Contours
1962
Repopularized by movie Dirty Dancing. This song is pure fun!
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Beatles
1964
George sings this, but John wrote it.
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Animals
1965
The Animals were cool, and very blues based. Chas Chandler, the bass player (who recently died) discovered and managed Jimi Hendrix.
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Beatles
1964
Ringo on Tympani? This has a great hook, from John & Paul.
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Soul Survivors
1967
This Top 10 hit had a great original drum beat. Get this chart, it's a lot of FUN!
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Beatles
1968
Their only instrumental, from Magical Mystery Tour.
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Rolling Stones
1965
Number #1 that year, this was the Stones' answer to pressure for a followup to "Satisfaction."
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Dave Clark Five
1964
Not quite the Beatles, but fresh and fun. Their first hit. Chunka chunka.
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Young Rascals
1966
Rough and raw in the studio, this features one the most exciting drummers of that time, Dino Danelli.
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Elvis Presley
1962
Happy brush shuffle.
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Led Zeppelin
1969
Classic drumming from John Bonham. Still sounds great!
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Hugh Masekela
1968
Grooving instrumental, jazz-rock, easy chart, fun to play.
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Booker T. & The MGs
1962
The coolest, Al Jackson on drums. Memphis magic.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
1969
Swamp rock, from CCR Chronicles. Organic rock and roll with wonderful lyrics. John Fogerty is a wonderful storyteller.
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Beatles
1964
Title track. Opening chord: G7 (add9sus4). Ringo on drums, naturally.
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Chiffons
1963
#1 for 4 weeks, nice popping drum fills.
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Them
1965
Young Irish rockers that featured Van Morrison.
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Beatles
1969
From Abby Road. Some of Ringo's finest drumming. Nice meter changes, fills.
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Booker T. & The MGs
1967
Get the Best of Booker T. & The MGs. Funky stuff. Al Jackson on drums.
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Ray Charles
1961
The one and only Ray defied categorization. Number one on rock and R&B charts.
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Sam & Dave
1966
Ditto to above. Al Jackson does the drumming.
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Rolling Stones
1969
"Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues." BIG HIT, cool chart.
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Sly & The Family Stone
1969
Vigorous triplet feel. Nice song from Sly. Their drummer Gregg Errico was SOOOO SOLID. A lot to emulate on this chart.
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The Dream Machine
1967
This band from Houston, TX opened for The Who in 1967. Your transcriber, James Morton, on drums.
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Animals
1964
Absolute rock classic of a song that goes back centuries.
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Ike & Tina Turner
1964
High energy from Ike & Tina. This slightly obscure R&B number was an all-time favorite of Keith Richards.
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Four Tops
1965
"Sugar pie honey bunch." From the Detroit clubs to the top of the charts.
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Patsy Cline
1961
Brush in one hand, crosstick in the other. Buddy Harman on drums again.
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Bobby Fuller 4
1966
Texas R&R. Bobby died mysteriously in L.A. that same year. Nevertheless, this is a FUN SONG.
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James Brown
1965
Classic JB, this put him on the map.
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Marvin Gaye
1968
"Betcha wondrin' how I knew..." What can I say? Another soul classic.
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Aretha Franklin
1968
Top 10 hit for the Queen of soul. Roger Hawkins does some fine drumming.
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Smokey Robinson
1967
"America's greatest poet," says Bob Dylan. Very cool drumming.
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Beatles
1964
Great song, from A Hard Day's Night. Early Beatles were fabulous for sure.
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Sam & Dave
1968
Gospel inflected soul hit. Al Jackson drums. "Give me some of that o-l-d soul clapping."
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Temptations
1968
"Sunshine, blue sky, please go away..." Light and funky at the same time.
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Herman's Hermits
1964
Carole King wrote hundreds like this. Nice shuffle. British Invasion hit.
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James & Bobby Purify
1966
Totally fine drumming by Roger Hawkins. Cool stuff.
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Beatles
1964
Great song, from A Hard Day's Night. Harmonically interesting.
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Roy Orbison
1963
What a beautiful, haunting song! Buddy Harman on drums.
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Beatles
1965
Many critics put this as John Lennon's greatest song. FromRubber Soul. Awesome drumming by Ringo.
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Beach Boys
1963
Where Brian would go when Mike Love got on his nerves. Lot of interesting stories there.
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Wilson Pickett
1965
Soul classic. Steve Cropper (of the MGs) co-wrote this.
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Elvis Presley
1960
The King's biggest hit.
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Beatles
1965
You know me...Can't get enough Beatles. From Help.
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Eddie Floyd
1966
Memphis soul classic.
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Mar-Keys
1961
Great early R&R instrumental. Easy drum chart.
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James Brown
1968
The star of this 1968 hit, besides the singer of course, is the rhythm section. James Brown heard Starks' drumming, and through persistent efforts, was able to win him over to his own band.
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Elvis Presley
1961
Elvis rocks! This song proves it.
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Beatles
1964
From the 1st album. John on harmonica. Remember that cymbal crash?
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Beatles
1965
Also from Rubber Soul, a trend setting album.
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Wilson Pickett
1965
An absolutely funky soul classic. Al Jackson on drums.
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Temptations
1965
Pure pop heaven. One of the most gorgeous songs ever recorded!
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Mary Wells
1962
Smokey Robinson wrote this hit a year before he wrote the classic "My Girl," which is right above.
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Searchers
1964
This was Liverpool's 2nd favorite band. Good chart.
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Beatles
1965
They had the best bridges in rock history. This is one of them.
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Rolling Stones
1964
Early Stones pay tribute to Buddy Holly, with a Bo Diddley beat.
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Beatles
1965
John was feeling frustrated, and had no ideas, so he wrote "Nowhere Man." From Rubber Soul, one of the great all time albums.
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Roy Orbison
1964
His biggest ever. Van Halen covered. Buddy Harman drums.
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Drifters
1963
I love the Drifters; best doo-wop of all time! Classic song about show biz dreams: "They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway."
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Chiffons
1963
Carole King penned this effervescent hit. Pop magic.
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Roy Orbison
1960
The one and only Roy. His first big hit. Buddy Harman on drums.
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James Brown
1964
Yes it is. JB's first foray in the pop Top 40. Great rhythm punches.
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Beatles
1964
Get the Please Please Me CD. Fun chart to play.
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James Brown
1965
This was the crossover hit that made JB a big star.
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Beatles
1962
From their 1st album, their first UK #1. Raw and fresh!
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Dee Clark
1961
Great song. Get out your brushes out for this classic.
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Aretha Franklin
1967
Absolutely an unquestionable classic! Roger Hawkins on drums.
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Cascades
1963
Hal Blaine on drums. Nice easy chart that flows along.
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Del Shannon
1961
"I WA WA WA WA Wonder." 1961 was a good year for R&R. Cool song!
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Scott McKenzie
1967
"Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." Hal Blaine drumming.
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Rolling Stones
1965
"I can't get no...." The Stones' first #1. Charlie Watts on drums. Easy chart.
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Desmond Decker
1967
Reggae classic, from the movie soundtrack, The Harder They Come.
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Jr. Walker & The All Stars
1965
Oh yeah, this is good. Totally mesmerizing. "It's party time." Junior Walker can wail like crazy on the sax.
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Otis Redding
1968
Otis had his biggest hit after he died in a plane crash. Tragic. This is classic soul.
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Bar-Kays
1967
Fun soul instrumental with nice fills and punches. The title? A few years after the movie Goldfinger.
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Sam & Dave
1967
Soul classic with Al Jackson playing solid, as usual.
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Classics IV
1968
Cool sound, from The Very Best Of Classics IV.
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Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
1963
"There's a crazy little house beyond the tracks/And everybody calls it the Sugar Shack." Coffee houses are popular again.
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Beach Boys
1962
"Let's go surfin' now/Everybody's learnin' how..." Early Beach Boys.
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Patsy Cline
1963
She had a haunting voice. Go rent the video of the same title. Easy country shuffle on this one.
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Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass
1965
Hal Blaine gives some very tasty drumming! Nice brushwork with setups and fills.
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Beatles
1965
Lesser known song from the Help CD.
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Box Tops
1967
Blue-eyed soul from Memphis: "Gimme a ticket for an air-o-plane..."
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Tokens
1961
One of the most unusual pop hits. Originated in Africa!
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Little Eva
1962
Carole King penned this, her babysitter sang it, and it rocks.
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Beatles
1964
Great song, from A Hard Day's Night. Minor verse into major chorus.
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Aretha Franklin
1968
Her seventh Top Ten hit, this featured the soulful and funky drumming of Roger Hawkins. Also featured in The Blues Brothers movie.
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Booker T. & The MGs
1969
The MGs were on most of the great STAX soul records.
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Beatles
1966
From Revolver, the Beatles' 1st psychadelic recording.
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Otis & Carla
1966
Al Jackson plays funky drums, while Otis and Carla mix it up.
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Ricky Nelson
1961
Did you know Ricky had 35 Top 40 hits? This was his biggest.
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Beatles
1964
A R&R moment. John screams this, Ringo drums. Let's rock.
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Righteous Bros.
1965
Hal Blaine on drums. Pretty song from the movie "Ghost."
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The Drifters
1964
Nothing says "summer" better than this classic by the Drifters.
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The Drifters
1963
"When this old world starts getting me down..." Absolute R&R classic. This song officially endorsed by Billy Joel.
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The Left Banke
1966
Sounds of the harpsichord permeate this lovely baroque rock piece. Wistful song.
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Four Seasons
1963
"My cool father, said give her up, don't bother/the world ain't comin' to an end. He said to walk like a man..." Great song.
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Everly Brothers
1961
Very clever drumming by Buddy Harman.
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Fats Domino
1960
Easy chart from one of the pioneers of rock and roll.
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Rufus Thomas
1963
R&B classic from a Memphis legend.
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Animals
1965
Chas Chandler, the bass player (who recently died) discovered and managed Jimi Hendrix. Speaking of which, this song is written around the repeating bass guitar riff. Very intense, driving song, giving Eric Burden a chance to growl.
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Jimmy Ruffin
1966
Reflective sad song: "I know I've got to find/Some kind of peace of mind." Jimmy's brother David sang for the Temptations.
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Jefferson Airplane
1967
Best use of dynamics ever in a pop song. The height of psychedelia, and on many 'best songs ever' lists. Nice snare drumming.
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Shirelles
1961
1st ever girl group #1 song. New York studio craftmanship. 1st Carole King hit. Girl group classic.
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Surfaris
1963
Every drummer gets asked at some point: "Can you play 'Wipeout'?" Here's your chance to learn how!
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Beatles
1964
Beatles cover Buddy Holly. Ringo plays drums and drum case on this track!
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Lee Dorsey
1966
Neat linear groove. That New Orleans influence. Creative drumming!
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Beatles
1964
From A Hard Day's Night, great guitar riff, it rocks.
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Aretha Franklin
1967
Aretha + drummer Roger Hawkins = pure soul classic.
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Beatles
1963
The Beatles, especially John, loved Smokey Robinson, who wrote this.
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