The Very First Song You Can Learn On Drums

Tips first song to learn on drums

Which song should I learn first on drums?

That’s a quite common and understandable question.

After all, there are many, many beginner-friendly songs out there.

You’re totally new to drums?

In this case, make sure to check out this song:

We Will Rock You By Queen

Surprise, surprise?

We Will Rock You in my opinion is the best first song to learn on drums.


There are several reasons to it:

  1. You very, very likely know the song. Maybe you even know the beat without practicing.
  2. It’s a catchy tune and really fun to drum to.
  3. The tempo is not too slow, but also not too fast. Perfect for beginners!

See why I recommend Queen‘s classic as the first song to learn on drums?

But wait:

What if you don’t like it?

Are there any alternatives to We Will Rock You?

Glad you ask. 🙂

This Is The Very First Song I Learned As A Drum Beginner

I’ve been playing the drums for over 15 years now.

When I started out, I already had a band and was taking lessons.

The first “real” song I ever played with a band was Where Did You Sleep Last Night? by Nirvana.

If you listen to the song, you’ll know why:

  • Beginner-friendly tempo? Check.
  • Nice tune? Definitely!
  • Not too complex? Yes: Just one basic beat needed.

Funny enough, We Will Rock You and Where Did You Sleep Last Night? both share the same criterias for a beginner-friendly tune.

Still, I recommend Queen’s classic as the very first song to learn on drums.

Nirvana is a great second pick.

Alternatives To We Will Rock You As Your First Song To Learn On Drums

Need some more inspiration?

are fun and quite easy to play on the drums as well.

I’m sure you’ll also enjoy Plays Pretty For Baby by Saosin.

I also played it back then in my band.

Absolutely great tune to jam to! 🙂

And sure:

The first song you’re going learn on drums can be totally different.

Take my ideas as a inspiration, but do your own thing.

That’s key to long-term drumming happiness. 🙂

And that’s what we’re all in for, right?




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Author: Manu Holmer

Hi, I'm Manu Holmer, nice to meet you! As a professional drummer and drum teacher, my vision is to help others transform their lives with the power of music. Let's not only play the drums. Feel the rhythm & and walk to our own beats!

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