When we first started, we just wanted to sound like this: simple, but heavy as hell.
The Playlist Special: Top Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10
"The simpler the beat, the better," declares the Keys' drummer. "I love John Bonham and Bill Ward, but the best beats are repetitive, like guitar riffs. You never wanna overthink it."
Listen: Patrick Carney's Top Songs With Killer Grooves
1."Tramp" | Lowell Fulson, 1967
2."Groovin'" | Willie Mitchell, 1968
The most badass, sinister thing I've ever heard.
3."Satisfaction" | Devo, 1978
It's real drums, but it sounds like a machine. To keep time like this is insane.
4."Can You Get To That" | Funkadelic, 1971
The drummer's behind, then he's on top. He really has feel.
5."Down On The Street " | The Stooges, 1970
It makes me wanna walk down the street with a switchblade.
6."She's Alright ('Electric Mud' Version)" | Muddy Waters, 1968
Music to have sex to, honestly!
7."She's Not There" | The Zombies, 1964
This is a classic groove. It feels like summertime.
8."Needles In The Camel's Eye" | Brian Eno, 1974
It's two drummers playing together, off time. But it never sounds fucked up.
9."I Got The..." | Labi Siffre, 1975
Eminem sampled this on "My Name Is." Siffre was a badass.
10."25th Century Quaker" | Captain Beefheart, 1971
It's cave-man music: 10 minutes long, sloppy and out of time – but the feeling is there.