The Six Best Drum Fills

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3. Queen - "Fat Bottomed Girls" (2:50)
There are many reasons why this fill is one of the best. It reclaims a song that, like many of Queen's strongest, has been diminished to novelty and reminds us that Queen was a band of unquestioned merit. It is ten times louder than anything else in the song, implying it is the most important thing happening in the world in those three seconds. But most of all, it is one of those fills where you imagine a drummer surrounded by toms, rotating his stool all 360 degrees throughout its duration.


2. Violent Femmes - "Blister In The Sun" (0:03)
Rarely is a drum fill as integral to the song as it is on Violent Femmes' "Blister In The Sun." The two sets of two snare hits have become more famous than the acoustic guitar intro that precedes it. If you ever need proof of this fill's importance, play the song in public. You'd have a better chance of yelling "Marco" and not hearing "Polo" than having your fellow humans not clap along or tap whatever item is in their hand along with that famous "tap tap, tap tap".


1. Phil Collins - "In The Air Tonight" (3:16)
Could the best drum fill of all time really be anything else? Phil Collins has played drums in the progressive rock juggernaut, superseded Peter Gabriel, sat in with Brian Eno, and wrote the music for Disney's Tarzan, and he's still more famous for his drum fill on 1981's "In The Air Tonight." It was spoofed in an awesome gorilla-playing-drums viral video, and it led musicians over the next ten years to think that's what drums were supposed to sound like. It's fitting that it comes in at 3:16, the same numbers that grace John 3:16 signs held up at sporting events (usually by people wearing rainbow afro wigs, go figure). For Phil Collins so loved the world, he gave his totally awesome fill, that whosoever believes in rhythm will not perish but have everlasting fun air drumming along.

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21 comments
flexmaster
flexmaster

stopped reading when you said Travis Barker is more proficient than Tre Cool

fuck you guys and your shitty list

Guest
Guest

This is really great info., to share at www.nextgreatdrummer.com

Big_oaf2
Big_oaf2

     I like the fill that Taylor Hawkins does at the end of "Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters.

Jesus-is-myson
Jesus-is-myson

sound like jealousy to me, you picked the drums as your weapon of choice so deal with it!

Mike
Mike

The Beatles - "Rain"

Jon Seals
Jon Seals

No drummers created this list, right? Almost every Led Zepplin song has John Bonham doing better fills than these.

John
John

Like Meg White could do a fill...

Billie Ryan Cool
Billie Ryan Cool

Hey! GREEN DAY!!! They should be #1! GREEN DAY is the best!!!

Kidzoconnor
Kidzoconnor

wo wo wo! why is Tre Cool number 6??!! He should be #1!!!!  Basket Case is some crazy STUFF!!!! GREEN DAY RULES!

Backwardzbiker
Backwardzbiker

I can understand that you picked Green Day as some of thier songs have some pretty awesome fills, but the song Basket Case? Really? Thats nothing, try Burnout instead.

meszaro1
meszaro1

Please don't insult our intelligence.  Two snare drum hits in a row do not qualify as a "drum fill" much less the second best drum fill of all time. 

Brian
Brian

Keith Moon - Won't Get Fooled Again has to be the most iconic drum fill.  And when he's going at ludicrous speed during Amazing Journey/Sparks, it doesn't get much better than that.

The fill that Dave Grohl does at the end of "A Song for the Dead" off of QTSA's Songs for the Deaf is pretty monstrous.

The beginning of Tool's "The Grudge" is just insane.

And then when Lars Ulrich hit the snare drum 4 times - IN A ROW!!!!!

Bennettsdada
Bennettsdada

What about Rushs Tom Sawyer? An obvious choice for this list. Neil has a number of fills in that song and is by far a greater drummer than anyone on this list. Who made this list, obviously someone who's not a real music fan. They left out Radar Love by golden earring. Not to mention a ton of stuff better than Greenday? I will give you Phil Collins but the rest of this list needs help.

Sh0rtbus
Sh0rtbus

6)Ginger Baker: Politician5)Keith Moon: To many to list...4)Chester Thompson: More trouble every day-Zappa3) Carl Palmer: Karn Evil 92) Nick Mason: Time1) John Bonham: Rock and Roll

king kong
king kong

SLAYER - ANGEL OF DEATH! THE BEATLES - COME TOGETHER! 

Jonezy
Jonezy

I LOVE this list!! I'd like to nominate Wilson Phillips "Hold On" for an honorable mention..lol. hilarious!

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