Are you (or do you know of) a budding drummer looking for the perfect set of beginner-friendly songs to learn?
Well…you’ve come to the right place!
Learning the drums is no easy feat; you’ve got to learn a huge array of techniques, from stick grip – to limb coordination – to perfect timekeeping.
As a result, it’s essential to ensure you’re practicing songs that are not only fun to play, but that’ll also get you up to speed with your technique as quickly as possible.
In this article, our awesome team of writers-slash-former-beginner-drummers have put together an ultimate list of their top 50+ beginner drum songs, including links to free online drum lessons as well as an insight into why the each song is a great choice for beginner drummers.
Let’s dive in!
1. Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
Although we’ve written this list for you in no particular order, we do have to say this first track is one of our favorites!
Another One Bites The Dust has made it to the top because it has a consistent, easy-to-play beat throughout the entire song, and because well, it seriously ROCKS!
2. Come Together (The Beatles)
What drummer doesn’t want to be just like Ringo Starr?
The Beatles were absolutely some of the best musicians of all time, and the good news is their songs are pretty simple to learn, including everyone’s all-time favorite: Come Together.
3. Fight For Your Right To Party (The Beastie Boys)
The Beastie Boys knew how to get a crowd going, and you can too. This track has a solid snare drum backbeat, with some fun change-ups in the chorus breaks.
Learning Fight For Your Right comes down to getting your timing right, and not being afraid to make a little noise!
4. Give It Away (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Arguably, Give It Away is one of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ most popular songs; it’s also one of the easiest to learn.
If you want to play like Chad, make sure you pay attention to those ghost notes on the snare!
5. Creep (Radiohead)
Creep is super simple to learn, incredibly fun to play, and will definitely impress your audience, even if it is just a couple of buddies.
You can quickly learn to play this classic anthem and sound you’ll sound like a pro in no time.
6. 21 Guns (Green Day)
This is a great song for anyone starting out on the drum. The only part to be careful of is the tom groove on the chorus, but if you can get that down, you’ll be rocking out just like Tré Cool!
7. Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor)
With a steady beat, Eye Of The Tiger is a great beginner drum track to learn. It’s a huge crowd-pleaser, and they don’t have to know how easy it was to master!
8. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
The patterns in Seven Nation Army are simple but effective. You know from listening that this rock song packs a punch, but it’s also one of the easiest to learn on the whole list!
9. Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)
You can definitely get the patterns on the hi-hat for Livin’ On A Prayer with a bit of practice, but if you really want to sound like Tico Torres, you will want to add some “extra strokes” throughout the song.
It’s totally doable and you can find a lesson for beginners right here:
10. She’s So Cold (The Rolling Stones)
Charlie Watts is regarded as one of the greatest drummers of all time, but that doesn’t mean his beats are too hard to learn.
No one will ever quite be able to play like Watts, but you will still sound pretty great fairly fast!
11. Kryptonite (Three Doors Down)
If you want to learn a song that everyone can sing along to, Kryptonite is an awesome choice.
It’s got a great groove and rhythm that makes for fun, easy drumming; perfect for beginners who want to sound like pros.
12. Black (Pearl Jam)
Dave Krusen was Pearl Jam’s original drummer who played one of their all-time most famous songs: Black.
Lucky for you, it’s on this list because it is a great song for novice drummers!
13. Sad But True (Metallica)
Most drummers agree that Lars from Metallica rocked out simple beats that sounded a whole lot more complicated than they were.
In fact, a lot of Metallica songs (especially from the early 90’s) are recommended for anyone new to drumming.
14. Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)
Based on a 12-bar blues form, Should I Stay Or Should I Go has a pretty straight beat in the verses, and with a bit of swing time feel in the chorus, it really is a blast to play, but most importantly for us, easy to learn.
15. Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2)
This is a great tune to practice your coordination! From the hi-hat to the snare drum, all while keeping the rhythm with the bass drum foot.
It might sound complicated, but it is recommended by most drummers as a great song for beginners.
16. I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones)
Marky Ramone can play fast. Even though he played up-tempo eighth notes flawlessly across the hi-hat, ride cymbal, and floor tom in this song, the track really isn’t that complicated.
The best way to learn it is to slow it down first and get the rhythm nailed before trying to match his speed.
17. Highway To Hell (AC/DC)
As you may have noticed, most of the songs on our list have been played by some of the best drummers that ever lived.
So if your first few – or first thousand – tries playing Highway To Hell don’t sound quite as spectacular as Phil Rudd, don’t beat yourself up! This song really is easy to learn, but maybe a little more difficult to master than some of the other tracks on this list.
18. Come As You Are (Nirvana)
Dave Grohl is known for his clear and uncomplicated beats throughout the verses of most of Nirvana’s songs.
To play like Dave, make sure you play even and distinct kick drum strokes. The chorus may be a little trickier than the verse, but if you can get the tom-toms down, you’re ready to rock.
19. White Wedding (Billy Idol)
Although this is in our beginner list, the quick tempo could prove challenging if you are in the first few stages of your drum journey.
The good news is, just like in some of the other songs we’ve recommended, all you need to do it slow it down!
20. Rock And Roll All Nite (Kiss)
A basic linear pattern makes Rock And Roll All Nite a super simple track to learn on the drums!
With a lot of focus on the toms, you will learn some new skills while also enjoying some old school rock n’ roll straight from your own drum set.
21. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
“The money beat” is the base beat for Billie Jean as well as quite a few other popular songs over the years.
It’s called “money” because all who use it, make some serious cash. It’s surprisingly easy to play “the money beat”, all you’ll need to learn are the very important “boom” and the “wack!”
22. All Right Now (Free)
With an off-beat bass drum pattern that pops into a simple linear pattern, this song is both easy to learn but also sounds quite impressive!
If you’re playing with a band, you will absolutely stand out during All Right Now.
23. Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)
Starting off the song, it’s a simple bass and snare, bass bass beat and it really stays simple from there.
Steve Adler made it a hit, but you can definitely learn to play this tune even if you’re not quite as rock n’ roll as him.
24. I Love Rock N’ Roll (Joan Jett)
Lee Crystal played the drums for this tune and made it quite the hit in the 80’s. But the beat itself is extremely easy!
It’s only 94 BPM, so it’s highly recommended as a beginner drum track.
25. Hotel California (The Eagles)
The best thing about learning Hotel California is that the groove gets played throughout the whole song, so once you learn that, you can basically play it all!
As you get better and better, you can add the fills and truly sound like the Eagles themselves.
26. Muse (Starlight)
This song may not be the easiest in the pack to pick up, but once you get it, it’s really easy to master it.
With a consistent beat complete with eighth-note hi-hat work, and just a few other additions, you can get Muse down with just a little extra practice.
27. 3 AM (Matchbox Twenty)
This song is particularly good for practicing syncopation. The kick pattern is a little more advanced, but still situated comfortably within the realm of a beginner drummer.
It’s also great for practicing doubled hi-hat technique, with a pretty straight eighth-note hi-hat rhythm dominating the bridge.
28. Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac)
If you love Fleetwood Mac and you want to be able to play one of their absolute hits, you don’t have to be an expert drummer like Mick Fleetwood.
In fact, this is a super simple track recommended for beginners! If you want to play like Mick, you can improvise your hi-hats just like he does.
29. You Really Got Me (The Kinks)
The beginning riff in You Really Got Me has been called one of the best rock riffs of all time, so it’s pretty exciting that it’s easy enough to learn that even beginners can give it a try!
The beat itself is really simple, and doesn’t change for the entire song!
30. Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
You might not believe it, but Stevie Wonder actually played the drums himself on this track!
While learning this tune exactly as he played it is a little more difficult as it is filled with improvisation, you can learn the two basic grooves and a few of the fills and be playing Superstition!
31. Lust For Life (Iggy Pop)
You may have noticed that the famous drum beat that really makes Lust For Life such an iconic song can also be heard in other extremely popular songs such as “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet.
However, Iggy actually borrowed it from “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes. Basically, if you can learn this simple beat, you can play some of the world’s best tunes!
32. Lonely Boy (The Black Keys)
Simple patterns and a floor-tom groove make Lonely Boy a fairly easy song to learn, even for you drummers who are just starting out.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to start learning these beats nice and slow so you get the hang of it before you get discouraged.
33. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
John Bonham rocked this classic drum beat with grooves throughout the verses that really awed the rock n’ roll world.
His right hand has a steady flow during the groove while the left rocks the cowbell, if you don’t happen to have a cowbell, use the bell of the ride cymbal to get the same effect.
34. Learn To Fly (The Foo Fighters)
Even though Dave Grohl was an ace drummer in his first band – Nirvana – in the Foo Fighters, it’s Taylor Hawkins who rocks the beat!
Learn To Fly has a super simple kick and snare drum pattern, making it a great starter song for beginner drummers.
35. La Grange (ZZ Top)
Let’s start by saying this probably isn’t in the top 10 easiest songs on this list, in fact, the tempo is a little fast for beginners and quite a lot of people get easily confused by what Frank Beard is actually playing.
But if you have the right teacher – and there are plenty of them on YouTube – getting the pattern down slowly is definitely doable!
36. My Generation (The Who)
With a BPM at 190 and swinging 8th notes, this song can be a little more challenging than some of the others we’ve mentioned. However, it’s worth listing here because if you take it down a bit and learn the pattern itself, you will feel like a total rock star.
37. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)
Cindy Blackman is known for being an amazing jazz drummer, and although she can play pretty fast, the actual pattern of Are You Gonna Go My Way is fairly easy to learn.
38. Last Night (The Strokes)
The main pattern is a two-bar pattern here and it’s really simple, with the exception of the quick tempo.
When you start learning this song, take it easy and learn the beat before trying to keep up with The Strokes!
39. Man In The Box (Alice In Chains)
Sean Kinney originally drummed this rock classic, but you can learn it and rock it too! the song typically runs at 106 BPM, but you can play it in halftime when you’re first starting out.
40. Yellow (Coldplay)
While Coldplay is famous for its ballads, Will Champion is also known for keeping his beats slow, clear, and easy enough for any beginner to enjoy.
41. Closer (Chainsmokers)
For those of you who are ready for a break from classic rock, we thought we’d throw in a more modern option for you.
Of course, keeping the rhythm is essential for every drummer and every song, but if you can get the pace down with this track, and you can hit the eighth notes on the hi-hats, you’ll sound like a pro in no time.
42. Radioactive (Imagine Dragons)
As this song doesn’t follow such a standard drum beat and instead uses a tom beat, it will get you beginners out of your comfort zone and help you learn a new trick, all the while have a whole lot of fun playing.
43. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
AC/DC certainly knew how to rock, but they also knew how to play.
While this track has an easy pattern that any new drummer can grasp, it can really challenge your timing, so it’s great if you are looking to tighten up your playing.
44. Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
The drum track on this track is simple and clear, yet it also comes with a riff that will keep you entertained while you play.
It’s a great song for beginners to advance their skills while also having fun!
45. Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
The into happens a few times throughout the song while there are also a few different grooves and fills.
Although there are several factors you will need to learn to play this song completely, they all follow a fairly simple pattern easily accessible to beginners.
46. Summer of ‘69 (Bryan Adams)
Summer of ’69 is essentially pretty easy, but there are a few parts where a beginner can trip up.
If you want to give this one a try, and you find the eighth notes a little challenging, just play quarter notes to start!
47. Losing My Religion (R.E.M.)
Bill Berry was a huge asset to R.E.M. not only as a drummer, but also as a songwriter.
In this tune, you will really need to become accustomed to drumming ambidextrously which is an essential part of being a top-notch drummer, so even though it may feel a little challenging at first, it’s great practice for any beginner.
48. Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd)
This track has quite a free off-beat figures, especially on the snare. so this is a great song to learn if you’re new to off-beats and want to get them down!
49. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
Metallica is on here twice for very good reason. Their songs are actually quite well known for being easy to learn, especially when it comes to drumming.
With a simple beat, fills, and even a decent tempo, most beginners will love to learn Nothing Else Matters. But make sure you don’t try to keep up with Lars!
50. Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd)
Last on our list but certainly not on our minds is Another Brink In The Wall, drummed by the incredibly famous Nick Mason.
The great news about this tune is that the BPM clocks in at 60! So its repetitive and slow pace make it the perfect song to learn for a drumming newbie.
We hope this list has spoiled you for choice when choosing a tracklist to kick-start your drumming career! Once you’ve mastered these classics and are ready to join your first band, be sure to check out our top 20 band practice tips.