Beginner Drum Music

Hone Your Skills and Learn to Read Music With These Easy Drum Charts

If you’re relatively new to the drums, or just new to drum sheet music, this page is perfect for you. It’s all about beginner drum music.

We’ve gone through our digital drum charts library and sorted out the charts that are easiest to play, perfect for getting the hang of reading music or learning how to play the drums.

My dad uses many of these charts frequently with his drum students. Drum charts are extremely valuable tools to use while learning to play the drums. Getting into the feel of a song will improve many of your skills, and if you learn to read music your windows of opportunity as a drummer grow considerably.

In addition to the sheet music found on this page, you may also be interested in the beginner drum books written by James Morton.

Ready to get started? See below for all of our beginner drum sheet music. Or check out our Beginner Chart Book, pictured at right, for a package deal on 30 great beginner drum charts.

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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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Everly Brothers
1958
These guys could sing! Buddy Harman on drums.
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Beatles
1964
From the With The Beatles CD. A great lesser known Lennon song.
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Pink Floyd
1979
The chorus came from a school in Islington, England, and was chosen because it was close to the studio.
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Queen
1980
Queen bass player John Deacon wrote this number one hit.
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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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Huey Lewis & The News
1984
From Sports. VERY funny song, VERY easy chart.
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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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T. Rex
1971
Rock classic featuring frontman Marc Bolan.
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Michael Jackson
1984
One of Michael's many monster hits. Jeff Porcaro drums.
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Dave Clark Five
1964
The DC5's first rock ballad. Dave Clark is rich today.
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Michael Jackson
1983
Michael Jackson's biggest hit, produced by Quincy Jones, with drumming by Leon "Ndugu" Chancler.
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Beatles
1968
Made up in the studio. From the White Album. Nothing but fun.
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The Verve
1997
Featured in the movie Cruel Intentions, this track has an interesting history regarding the Rolling Stones.
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The Pretenders
1980
One of the lasting hits of the 80s, still very popular. Brass = money. Drummer = Martin Chambers.
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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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Kool & The Gang
1980
Played everywhere: weddings, political conventions, parties...funerals....
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John Fogerty
1985
"Put me in coach..." The best baseball song ever written.
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Sam Cooke
1960
Sam Cooke had 29 Top 10 hits. Easy chart with use of accents.
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Kool & The Gang
1985
One of many hits. Easy chart.
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Chicago
1971
Piano+Bass+Drums+Flute+Voice = pretty ballad. Wedding hit.
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The Spinners
1972
The Spinners weave their magic. Just relax and groove.
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Patsy Cline
1961
Buddy Harman on drums in this Willie Nelson penned hit.
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Everly Brothers
1958
A top 10 hit here for the Everly Brothers.
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Beatles
1964
George sings this, but John wrote it.
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Elvis Presley
1956
#1 for 11 weeks, early R&R classic, D.J. Fontana on drums
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ELO
1979
Easy chart that is fun to play.
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Rolling Stones
1980
All 5:39 of it. "You will be mine, you will be mine all mine."
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Beatles
1964
Ringo on Tympani? This has a great hook, from John & Paul.
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Sting
1995
Very pretty song. And an easy chart.
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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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Bruce Springsteen
1985
Good rock song about nostalgia.
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Elvis Presley
1962
Happy brush shuffle.
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George Harrison
1987
George covers this obscure early rocker and goes to number one.
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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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Fleetwood Mac
1982
Written by Stevie Nicks, recorded in France, and one of Mick Fleetwood's favorite songs by the group.
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John Mayer
2009
In March of that year Mayer tweeted: "Waking up to this song idea that won't leave my head. 3 days straight now. That means it's good enough to finish. It's called 'Half of My Heart' and I want to sing it with Taylor Swift." Which he did. From Battle Studies. Steve Jordan drums.
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Sade
1985
Big dance hit (but not as big as the macarena).
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
1971
From CCR Chronicles, one of their many hits.
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Huey Lewis & The News
1983
From Sports. I like this band. Nice hook.
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Rolling Stones
1969
"Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues." BIG HIT, cool 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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Bee Gees
1977
From Saturday Night Fever. #1 for three weeks.
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R. Kelly
1996
Real easy chart, with some pretty inspiring lyrics. From the movie Space Jam.
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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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Hall & Oates
1981
Easy to play, but it grooves.
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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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Glenn Frey
1982
Both charts from the No Fun Allowed album. Happy song.
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Marvin Gaye
1968
"Betcha wondrin' how I knew..." What can I say? Another soul classic.
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Stevie Wonder
1984
Grammy winner from the movie Woman In Red.
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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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Bruce Springsteen
1984
A brush in one hand, a stick in another, and hang on to that fast tempo!
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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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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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Beatles
1965
You know me...Can't get enough Beatles. From Help.
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Kool & The Gang
1983
All Kool & The Gang charts can be found on their Greatest Hits album.
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Temptations
1971
Beautiful and delicate, a dreamy classic. Tympani & harp.
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Wilbert Harrison
1959
Still maybe the # 1 standard of all-time. Easygoing shuffle.
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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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Elvis Presley
1961
Elvis rocks! This song proves it.
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Judas Priest
1980
Heavy metal from England, lots of cymbal crashes.
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Hollies
1972
"Saturday night I was downtown, working for the FBI." Cool song.
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Beatles
1964
From the 1st album. John on harmonica. Remember that cymbal crash?
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Eagles
1995
From the Hell Freezes Over CD.
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Chuck Berry
1955
From the dawn of R&R, Jasper Thomas is the drummer. Uptempo 2 beat feel is a fun challenge for young drummers.
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Duffy
2008
From the Welsh singer’s big 2008 album Rockferry.
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Beatles
1965
Also from Rubber Soul, a trend setting album.
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Bobby Bloom
1970
A Top 10 hit about a magical place. Cool percussion parts, and great bass line.
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Bee Gees
1977
Easy chart from Saturday Night Fever.
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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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Bruce Springsteen
1986
From Born In The U.S.A. Great lyrical song. Max Weinberg drums.
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Bob Marley
1977
The all time king of reggae continues to enchant. If you haven't played a reggae chart, give this a try. The patterns are very interesting.
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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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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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George Michael
1988
Big year for George. Maybe he can afford a shaver now.
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Spinners
1973
Nice easy chart with an undeniable groove.
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The Motels
1981
Not the Orbison song, but a big hit by the IA new wave band.
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Roy Orbison
1960
The one and only Roy. His first big hit. Buddy Harman on drums.
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Go-Go's
1981
All girl group from IA makes it big.
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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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Eagles
1973
"I like the way your sparkling earrings lay against your skin so brown."
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Coasters
1959
They did nothing but funny songs and this is one of them. "You're going to need an ocean/of calamine lotion."
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Cascades
1963
Hal Blaine on drums. Nice easy chart that flows along.
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Gerry Rafferty
1979
Very clever song form, reminiscent of Beatle chord changes. His followup to "Baker Street."
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John Fogerty
1985
Great stripped down basic rocker with nice lyrics.
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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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Fleetwood Mac
1975
Written by Christine McVie, it remains one of the group's most popular songs.
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The White Stripes
2003
Grammy Award for Best Rock Recording for the Michigan duo.
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Desmond Decker
1967
Reggae classic, from the movie soundtrack, The Harder They Come.
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ZZ Top
1983
From their biggest selling album, Eliminator.
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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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Grand Funk Railroad
1975
I love the fact that most of this song is just bass, drums, and voice. Hard rock shuffle.
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Sugar Ray
1999
Top Ten hit from the end of the millennium. Easy fun chart.
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Bobby Darin
1958
From the guy who did "Mack The Knife."
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Bee Gees
1978
From the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. R&R Hall Of Fame.
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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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Eagles
1972
Their 1st big hit, and a rock classic today. Made a spot in AZ famous.
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Berlin
1986
From Top Gun. Nice easy chart.
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Beatles
1965
Lesser known song from the Help CD.
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Eagles
1977
"Take another shot of courage..." Smooth California rock.
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Box Tops
1967
Blue-eyed soul from Memphis: "Gimme a ticket for an air-o-plane..."
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Eagles
1980
Don Henley drums and sings.
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Glenn Frey
1982
Easy rock ballad.
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Beatles
1964
Great song, from A Hard Day's Night. Minor verse into major chorus.
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Cyndi Lauper
1984
Can You believe Miles Davis made a cover of this? Quirky.
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Kool & The Gang
1980
Drummer: George Brown.
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Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
1972
Their million seller followup to "Treat Her Like A Lady".
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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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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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Foreigner
1981
Guess who plays sax on this? (Hint: See "Shotgun," 1965)
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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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Patsy Cline
1957
Thanks to commercial this is popular once again. Great singer.
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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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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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Tina Turner
1984
From Simply The Best. Easy chart with meter changes.
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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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John Lennon
1981
Nice tune, even if it is written about Yoko.
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Beatles
1964
Beatles cover Buddy Holly. Ringo plays drums and drum case on this track!
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Coldplay
2000
Helped by heavy rotation and usage in promotions, the song thrust the band into massive popularity. The drummer is Will Champion.
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Beatles
1964
From A Hard Day's Night, great guitar riff, it rocks.
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The Jets
1987
Good chart to learn consistence and groove with.
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Beatles
1963
The Beatles, especially John, loved Smokey Robinson, who wrote this.
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J.D. Souther
1979
A la Roy Orbison, a nice rock ballad. Rolls along easily.
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Sade
1984
Sexy and cool, triplet feel.
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