A well-recorded snare hit is a special thing. Cha! It’s dramatic and exciting. I love a good snare hit. I always pay attention to the snare drum in any song I hear. Is it well-recorded? What kind of shit did they do to the sound during production? Does it pop out of the mix enough, but not too much? What kind of statement does the artist’s choices for the snare drum make? That was a terrible sentence. I know I can do better than that. I’m really tired right now, is all. It’s like 1:17am. Anyway, the choices you make for instrumentation and recording obviously have an impact on the overall piece. Each choice made in production is a statement, right? So what kind of statement does the snare make? Hm. I don’t know that my second attempt was much better. I’ll leave it.
I like snare hits that are big but not too big. I like distinctive snare sounds you don’t hear everywhere, but they don’t always have to be distinctive. I like when it’s got some complexity, but it doesn’t always have to be a complex sound. Enough yapping. Here are my top five snare hit songs.
“It’s All Understood” by Jack Johnson
“Magical Mystery Tour” by the Beatles
“Low” by Cracker
“Heart and Soul” by T’Pau
“Bubble Toes” by Jack Johnson