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John Bonham made a list by the A.V. Club of drummers that have "iconic" drum intros. Their Bonham submission in the list is Whole Lotta Love from Led Zeppelin II. The list on the webpage is not in order, however, but the first reader to correctly name the song order of their snare solo supercut will receive a surprise. Email your guess and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is what they had to say about Whole Lotta Love:

The kick drum may be where the beat lives, but generally speaking, a song doesn't truly begin until the snare enters. It's the most valuable player of any drum kit, the anchor of every rhythm, the make-it-or-break-it force behind a song's respective strength, the thing listeners tap their steering wheels to—and yet, it often goes unsung, likely disregarded as too utilitarian or ordinary to be of note. But under the right hands, the snare drum can be every bit as iconic as a guitar solo. Led Zeppelin's John Bonham was one such master of precise snare work, and while he's rightly celebrated for his hard-hitting double-bass thundering on “Immigrant Song” or the frenzied multi-headed cacophony of “Moby Dick,” he also demonstrated the arresting power of a simple snare drum intro on songs like “D'Yer Mak'er” and especially the muscular, minimalist wonder that kicks off “Whole Lotta Love.” After 30 seconds of seduction from Jimmy Page's slow-vamping guitar and Robert Plant talking the audience's pants off, Bonham breaks the mounting tension with a swaggering series of snare drum sixteenth notes so ballsy it's like he's rapping them out with his testicles, then rolls off down the toms like lovers tumbling into bed. Plant and Page may have set the mood, but—as with any solid rock tune—it's the arrival of Bonham's swaggering snare that announces it's time to get down to business.


A more suitable choice might have been a Zeppelin song that began with drums, rather than guitar, bass, keyboard or organ, such as Moby Dick or Rock And Roll. What do you think?
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