Top 10 Greatest Drum Solos Of The 60’s

Bonham on the drums at the Madison Square Garden - June 10th, 1977. Photo Credits: Instagram / johnbonhamjunkies

Every rock band needs a great drummer. It’s the one that drives the beat of rock and roll tracks. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic drum solo performances of the 1960s.


10. Cream – Ginger Baker (Toad)

Baker delivers a complex and intimate solo with “Cream”. It’s quite rare for a drummer to duplicate the details of the song. Its precision is an excellent example of superb drumming.


9. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)

The drum solo remains constant but carries both the essence and energy of the song.  


8. 21 Century Schizoid Man – Michael Giles (King Crimson)

Giles layered and polyrhythmic drum play mixes all the wild solos and the time changes. With it, he makes it into a relatively smooth cascade of beats.


7. Soul Sacrifice – Michael Shrieve (Santana)

It has that seamless beats of Old World and American beats. Stylish and refreshing playing that takes this song on a whole new level.


6. Wipe Out – Mel Taylor (The Ventures)

Though surrounded by guitar playing, the drum solo in this song is highly essential. The solos get frantic but harmonize well with the surrounding guitars. The drumming solo of this band became the anthem music for surf rock. 


5. My Generation – Keith Moon (The Who)

The song is acknowledged as the forebear of the punk revolution, Keith Moon goes crazy on the drums. Unrestrained and melodic, Moon gives character to the song.


4. Born To Be Wild – Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf)

Steppenwolf’s drummer left a mark on this song. The beat of “Born To Be Wild” became strongly associated with rockers who just want to live free. Edmonton’s drummings solo gives the song it’s exhilarating beat.


3. Fire – Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

The solo drums have that driving rhythm that gives this song its raw energy and power that’s accompanied by Hendrix’s masterful playing.


2. The End – Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

Starr is known to be one of the most influential drummers of all time. His playing in “The End” shows its lengthy, unorthodox, and radical style. It has that groove that stops abruptly but leaves an impression in the listeners’ ears.


1. Moby Dick – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Regarded as the most legendary drum solo ever, John Bonham plays to the beat of “Moby Dick”. It sets hearts pumping as he carries out the rhythm. There is an artistic variety of his rhythm that makes him stand out.