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Music's most essential cymbal crashes

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Have I lost my mind? Quite possibly. But after seeing Duran Duran Saturday night, I can’t stop thinking about how those cymbal crashes during the chorus of “Hungry Like the Wolf” (below) make that song. I know I was doing head tosses to them, and the man “stancing” in front of me (that’s dancing when you can’t actually move your feet) was full-on air-cymballing.

So what other songs live and die by the cymbal? John Mellencamp appears to enjoy the cymbal (or cymbalesque) crashes at the end of his “Jack and Diane” video. If you can’t scare up some love for the underappreciated instrument, I’ll allow you to broaden the topic to music’s most essential drum moments. Obviously, that list begins with Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.”