Monday, November 3, 2014

Van Halen classic named top drum intro

Van Halen’s 1984 classic, “Hot For Teacher”, has been named the Greatest Drum Intro of all time by readers of UK’s Rhythm magazine.

“Arguably one of the most iconic drum intros in rock, and playing it is a holy grail for a lot of drummers,” says Rhythm of the “1984” single. “Alex Van Halen steps out of his guitarist brother Eddie’s shadow to shine with a blistering drum solo before kicking into a furious double-bass shuffle in a flurry of kick drum notes.”

Rush’s 1980 track, “The Spirit Of Radio”, lands in second spot, followed by tunes by Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Queens Of The Stone Age and more.

Notably, Dave Grohl took three of the top 10 positions with three different bands: Queens Of The Stone Age (5), Nirvana (8) and Foo Fighters (9).

Top 10 Greatest Drum Intros
Rhythm magazine - November 2014

01 – Van Halen – “Hot For Teacher”
02 – Rush – “The Spirit Of Radio”
03 – Guns N’ Roses – “You Could Be Mine”
04 – Led Zeppelin – “Rock And Roll”
05 – Queens Of The Stone Age – “A Song For The Dead”
06 – Led Zeppelin – “When The Levee Breaks”
07 – Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
08 – Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
09 – Foo Fighters – “My Hero”
10 – Iron Maiden – “Where Eagles Dare”

See also:

Sammy Hagar open to Van Halen reunion tour with David Lee Roth
Sammy Hagar reveals origins of Van Halen classic Dreams
Sammy Hagar prefers his acoustic version of Dreams to Van Halen original
AUDIO: Sammy Hagar premieres acoustic version of Van Halen classic
Search Van Halen at hennemusic