No less a figure than Dave Grohl recently told Rolling Stone, “I think John Bonham will forever be the greatest drummer of all time,” and it’s hard to disagree with such a heartfelt testimonial. After all, while the late Led Zeppelin drummer could summon up the mightiest percussive thunder, he also had jazzy syncopation off pat, could hold a groove like no other hard-rock drummer on the planet, and boasted precision timing. The man best known as “Bonzo” really had it all, so let’s give the drummer some and get on the beat with the best John Bonham songs.
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10: Good Times Bad Times (from ‘Led Zeppelin’, 1969)
John Bonham immediately showed off his talents on Good Times Bad Times, the opening cut from Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album. Leading off with a dramatic, two-beat opening gambit, he then put his whole kit through its paces throughout the song. It’s all mightily impressive, but what particularly stands out is Bonham’s kick-drum work. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he stuck with a single-pedal set-up, yet on Good Times Bad Times he plays what are effectively double-kick beats executed with an almost supernatural level of control.