The Playlist Special: Top Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney: Killer Grooves

"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

    When we first started, we just wanted to sound like this: simple, but heavy as hell.

  • 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.