Drumming is a fun hobby, but you have to practice a lot if you want to enjoy it. Generally, you have to spend at least an hour a day with your drum sticks trying to master the drums. And for that, you need songs that are fun to play while stretching your skills just enough to teach you a thing or two. Here’s a quick look at beginner-friendly songs. These great, fun-to-play songs are the best place to start for anyone interested in drumming.
  1. Billie Jean- Micheal Jackson
This is an iconic song by one of the greatest artists ever. The drums in this tune are played by Leon “ Ndugu” Chancellor and follow the “Money Beat” drum beat. Since then, this beat has been used in many hit songs and is quite easy to learn. Nonetheless, you’ll want to master it as it’s the basis of some more advanced drum beats you’ll encounter as you progress.
  1. Feel Good Inc- Gorillaz
This song uses one beat for its entirety, making it easy for beginners to pick up. Still, it’s super interesting and will test your skill at certain points. For instance, there are half-open hi-hats supported by the snare drum at the ends of some phrases. Drumming these sections without distracting from the lyrics is something you want to do. Note that within the song’s one beat, there are numerous variations. The drumming also follows a relatively high tempo. So, you should take your lesson a step further and try to master the song, which is a great way to practice your speed.
  1. Teenage Dream- Katy Perry
Teenage Dream has a catchy beat with a relatively easy rhythm and sound. Needing only a few bass drum strokes and snare hits, the song is perfect for beginner drummers. Its beat teaches you the quick movements required to move between the bass and snare without breaking rhythm. You will learn how to play consistently with a strength that will allow you to create powerful sounds.
  1. Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath
Here is another basic and simple song that beginners will enjoy practicing. Even within its simple drumming, it manages to remain fun and exciting. If you’d like to play for a rock band, this song will teach you how to phrase. The beat also features an underlying riff that should help you better develop your drumming skills.
  1. You shook me all night long- AC/DC
This rock classic has a trendy groove that even beginner drummers will enjoy. The drums are played by Phil Rudd, the band’s drummer. The beat he follows is quite easy, but as you practice, you’ll realize that the song requires you to time just right to enjoy it properly. You may also have to tune your drums a bit before you start playing.

Honorable mentions

Other easy songs for beginners include Run to the Hills (Iron Maiden), Wake me Up When September Ends (Green Day), Come as You Are (Nirvana),  Honky Tonk Woman (Rolling Stones), Live Forever (Oasis), and Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana). You’re going to have to put in a lot of work to master these, so good luck and happy drumming.
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