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LAS VEGAS - MAY 12: Musician Phil Collins from the band Genesis performs onstage during the 2nd annual VH1 Rock Honors held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 12, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ahhh…drum fills. When it comes to classic rock, this element can be so many things.

It can be simple or complex. It can be quick or lengthy.

One thing, however, is certain: We all have air drummed to a drum fill more times than any of us care to admit. Of those times, there’s a good chance that was to Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.”

In honor of Collins’ birthday today (January 30), it seems only appropriate to honor some of the great drum fills in classic rock.  Here are seven stellar examples.

Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight”

Drum fill at 3:16.

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (Official Music Video)

"In The Air Tonight" was the first single to be released from Phil Collins' album "Face Value", released in 1981. PHIL US TICKETS ON SALE NOW! You can now get your tickets for Phil's run of shows in US and Canada this October.

Billy Joel – “Only The Good Die Young”

Drum fill at 0:13.

Billy Joel - Only the Good Die Young (Audio)

In 1977, Billy Joel released his album titled The Stranger. Listen to Billy Joel perform the track 'Only The Good Die Young'.


Ram Jam – “Black Betty”

Drum fill at 1:32.

Ram Jam - Black Betty (Audio)

Music video by Ram Jam performing Black Betty. (C) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment

David Bowie – “Young Americans”

Starts at song’s beginning.

David Bowie - Young Americans [HQ]

This is the classic title track from David Bowie's 1975 album 'Young Americans.' Released as a single b/w "Suffragette City" on February 21, 1975, "Young Americans" reached #28 on the Billboard charts-Bowie's biggest American chart success up to that point. The audio for this video was taken from a hi-res UK 1st pressing vinyl rip (not made by me).

Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”

Leave it to John Bonham to have three great drum fills in one song. First takes place at 3:02, while the second is at 4:35 and the third at 4:56.

Whole Lotta Love (Page Remasters EQ Version)

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Whole Lotta Love (Page Remasters EQ Version) · Led Zeppelin Mothership (Remastered) ℗ 2007 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.


The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

This epic drum fill begins at 7:31 and is punctuated with one of the greatest screams in recorded history.

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

This is Track 09 of the Who's album - Who's next. First recorded (then rejected) in New York on March 16, 1971, this became the first song to be worked on with Glyn Johns during a trial session at Stargroves with The Rolling Stones Mobile studio in April, 1971.

Rush – “Tom Sawyer”

No drumming list is complete without some Neil Peart. Drum fill starts at 2:35.

Rush - Tom Sawyer (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for "Tom Sawyer" performed by Rush Amazon: Music video by Rush performing Tom Sawyer. (C) 1981 The Island Def Jam Music Group and Anthem Entertainment #Rush #TomSawyer #Vevo #Rock #GeddyLee #OfficialMusicVideo

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.