Best Rock Drummers

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The Top Ten

Neil Peart
Neil peart is most definitely the worlds beat drummer. With his amazing drum solos that can last up to 15 minutes he definitely deserves at least first place
Neil Peart blows everyone above him out of the water. Listen to ANY of Rush's songs and tell me that && drummers are better than him. They AREN'T.
[Newest]The best ever! Amazing solos, indeed
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2John Bonham
How in the name of GOD is Bonzo near the bottom? Where is Keith Moon as well? Do you people even know what good drumming is? It's not just ridiculous thrashing about on a kit at a mind numbing pace. You have to find a rhythm and keep its pace while sounding unique. Without this man none of these guys would even be up on that list! Nobody on this list is even CLOSE to the quality of Bonham's style and groove. You all suck, I give up on music!
Really? Number 8? Bonham should be a lot closer to number one after all he was the drummer for Led Zeppelin, the greatest rock band of all time! Yes that's right "greatest rock band of all time"
Kept scrolling thinking "Well surely Bonham's next... " Sixth? Really? I'm about to give up on humanity. It should be Bonham and Neil Peart battling for first and Keith Moon being satisfied with third and by "satisfied" I mean smashing his drums in disappointment.

I've got bad news for everyone who thinks the top 4 are even the best drummers today. They aren't. Mastodon's drummer makes them all look retarded. 32nd notes on one hand? Yeah, he's that good. He was trained as a jazz drummer too, so his technical precision is rediculous. His hands are as fast as Bonham's right foot.

No one can touch Bonzo though.
Bonham, and Peart should just be retired from Top 10 lists. They should be elevated to "Legend" status, and each (among others) forever known as "One of the Greatest to ever play"
[Newest]"I have seen God... He plays drums for Led Zeppelin"
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3Jimmy The Rev Sullivan
He is the best drum
I like he skill and I love avenged sevenfold
Nobody like the rev because he is the best drum in the world
Avenged sevenfold is my favorite band and the the rev is drummer favorite
I have been looking at a number of "Best Drummer" lists and sadly, the Rev isn't listed on any of them. This is a tragedy! His drumming, in my humble opinion is pure genius, easily as good as Neil Peart (who is usually listed as the number one best drummer) and I feel that is only because of the Rev's untimely death that his talent and genius will never be fully appreciated, particularly by those who have no taste for A7X's music. The Rev is, indeed one of the best, if not THE best drummer I have ever heard and listening to his rhythms, solos and the complexity of his playing is music in itself even without the rest of the band's accompaniment.

he is the best drummer & funny man ever... I love avenged sevenfold forever!
[Newest]I know people will be mad at me for this but I think that he is to high on this list I agree he is an awesome drummer but he definitely shouldn't be this high
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4Shannon Leto
Full of energy, plays like a beast.
So pure, so natural, love it
Shannon plays with a passion that it be circulated to anyone who is around. And it only takes passion, but also love, fun and every particle of his body. Shannon is all one with the drums, the rhythm, rhythm that sweeps you making you lose track of time. Hearing him play is like hearing the heart beat of life... Well, we can say that is the best drummer of all time!
Love to watch him play! He's just a perfect drummer!
[Newest]He is so brilliant. He inhabits the song and makes it his own.
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5Keith Moon
Ohh! How disapointing! He is obviously better than much of the "drummers" before him. Have you ever listened to drums solos as "Cowbebs and Strange", "Won't get fooled again" or "Young Man's Blues", or the powerful beat of "My Generation", "Bab O'Riley" or "I Can See for Miles"? I Have, and I can tell you something: He is the BEST!
Keith Moon as #16, now come on this is a joke! Keith Moon, John Bonham, Gene Krupa, in no particular order, that's the given top 3. Keith Moon being my favorite though as he was an amazing personality, a true madman. Pete invented smashing the guitar on stage. Keith though followed swift and regularly blew (literally! ) up his drum set on stage. Now that's mad if anything. Not to mention his habit of blowing up hotel toilets. The Who, they were pretty much first with everything, there's not a trick any band can do that The Who did not already do. Young voters of this list, do some research. Go look up Keith Moon on Youtube, see and feel the magic. The Who, out-punking punk before punk was invented.
The posthumous tribute to him, "Under a Raging Moon" featured about 10 great drummers, who when playing simultaneously, barely added up to the sonic thunder of ONE Kieth Moon!
[Newest]Drums like a crazy person, I like that.


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6Mike Portnoy
People who rate this list are not drummers, travis barker is and always will be nothing compared to MP, ya Danny bonham and neil are the only ones in the top 10 that deserve to be there (personally they should be higher up, but what are you gonna do? )Buddy is 22! 22! Mp is 12! Keith moon could own 75% of the top 10. Lars is good, Metallica has been holding back a bit but not top ten more like 15. Shannon can't do crap, and I've never even heard of the Japanese guy so ya...


his odd time signature was so great. really awesome. and his jamming, it was cool.. also his speed, his feet's speed and his hand's speed. I think no one that can be compared with him. best talent ever! MIKE PORTNOY!
As a drummer AND bassist, I think Neil Peart is overrated. People need to understand that there are other drummers out there that are more technical and proficient than he. Mike Portnoy I think takes one of those spots, as he has learned from Peart and he plays a more technical style than him. I can play YYZ and Tom Sawyer on drums, but I can't, for the life of me, play ANY Dream Theatre or Liquid Tension songs. REMEMBER, this is coming from a drummer/bassist.
[Newest]One heck of an underrated drummer.


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7Tré Cool
The best drummer in the world, and the best band They are fantastic! I love their music, because it carry consignment. Greetings from Poland!
You do not get anywhere as much credit as you deserve.
Just listen to some of the rolls and beats in dookie, they are crazy!

Keep the beet going' Tre!
You never go through one video from a concert without him goofing off. And with some of the drumming this guy has to do, why isn't he #1.
[Newest]The best drummer and greatest band in the world but try to get world number 1 drummer
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8Joey Jordison
Without question the most amazing drummer on the planet today. You know it from the first moment you watch him. There are so many other great drummers on this list, but it isn't even a contest anymore when Joey Jordison walks in.
BEST DRUMMER that I've ever heard! Joey is the fastest. If you would listen to some of Slipknot's songs, you wouldn't believe how fast he is!
Dude it is not just about being fast but yeah he is really fast and he keeps his beat to that is what makes him awesome and the best drummer in the world no other drummer can compare.
[Newest]He's a god... he should be on 1


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9Lars Ulrich
Lars should be at least 5th in the list... If you listen to the song "frantic" you will understand...
Its not ultra hard, there are several harder drum stuff and players
Well, in my opinion, Lars Ulrich is by far the best. He may not be the fastest drummer, but he can play amazing drum beats without even trying, and, he is pretty fast. Being fast isn't what it takes to be a good drummer, it takes being able to play complicated beats, staying on tempo throughout the entire song, and being able to smoothly change beats. Lars Ulrich does all of these in all of Metallica's songs. He is actually one of the biggest inspirations in the world. He inspired Joey Jordison, John Dolmayan, Jimmy The Rev Sullivan, Tre Cool, Alex Lopez, myself, and many others, if it wasn't for him, this list would be missing half the people on it. By the way, Tre Cool seriously sucks, he can't go above 16th notes, he has terrible beats, and has absolutely no right to be in the same list as Lars Ulrich, Joey Jordison, The Rev, Yoshiki Hayashi, or Neil Peart. P.S. who the heck are Gustav Schafer and Shannon Leto?
NO. Lars CANNOT be any lower than fifth. At the very least. Listen to literally any song by Metallica and you notice that the rhythm and speed are unmatched and flawless. Why? Lars. He doesn't miss a single beat, ever. And he's incredibly creative with everything he does, especially the double bass, which is best exhibited on the Justice album I'll throw out a list of his very best drumlines: Hit the Lights, Whiplash, Metal Militia, Fight Fire With Fire, Creeping Death, Fade To Black, Battery, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc, virtually everything from Justice, Sad But True, Through the Never, Fuel, That Was Just Your Life, The Day That Never Comes, and Cyanide. These are his very best songs in my opinion, listen to ANY of them and you'll know that there's genius behind that kit. Seriously, I've listened to songs by all of the drummers above, and there is NOBODY in there who can do anything that Lars can't. Always has and always will be the very best.
[Newest]Lars Ulrich may not be the most Ultra Fast and aggressive drummer of all time and to be honest he is way past his prime, but in the golden days (the era of thrash) he was decently fast and aggressive. But what makes him better than most drummers is his compositions, style and ability to sync with the tempo of Metallica. Just being load and hitting the double bass 500 times in a second doesn't make you the best drummer
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10Gustav Schafer
He doesn't say much in interviews but on stage behind his drums you definitely hear him! It's like he's in paradise every time he hits those drums. It's his passion and he's one hot, talented drummer The best in the world!
Gusty's THE best! He's very talented on the drums, has years of experience and a true passion for music! He's had A LOT of practice- HIS MUSCLES TELL THE TALE and so does the band's increasing popularity. TOKIO HOTEL FOR EVER!
Gustav is one of the best drummers I've ever heard, he have an energy full of emotion!
[Newest]He is the best drummer! ♥♥♥
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The Contenders

11Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl played with Nirvana, Tom Petty and the Heart breakers, Queens of the Stone age, Them Crooked Vultures, and played every instrument including the drums on the FF debut album and that album went gold.
Dave Grohl not on top ten? Impossible! He played for Nirvana and made his first FF album solo and it went gold!
This man is a legend, deserves to be at least in the top 5. Dave is the most amazing drummer ihave ever seen.
[Newest]He is a awesome and the best I've ever heard
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12Travis Barker
Travis Barker I think, is definitely one of the best drummers of all time. He's got some major talent. I'm amazed every time I see him start playing the drums. He should at least be in the top five.
Travis your drumming is awesome its like if you play whole night ill be there to listen it and loved the way you played hi hat in your song first date by blink 182
Every time I think a song couldn't be any better Travis Barker changes my mind with his unique timing. He got mad skills!
[Newest]Travis Barker is a Plane Crash Survivor... Fact!
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13Buddy Rich
You are all retarded. lars should be nowere near any list of good drummers. Buddy was THE and always will be the best drummer alive. as a drummer, I'm completely offended at the stupidity of this list. Carter and Danny should be top ten. shannon leto as #1? WTF?! Do your research dummys. Were the F. is Tomas Haake, Stef Broks, Martin Lopez?! what about Dave Mackintosh and Dave Weckl?!?!? You are all crazy
Buddy is by far better than any of these drummers. Travis Barker 5? Really? Just because he can play an average snare solo doesn't mean he can sum up to the career of a man who has been playing the drums his whole life without lessons. Let's start off by saying he has more technique, style, and flair than any of these drummers. Sure he didn't have an enormous drum kit like Neil Peart, but Buddy could make it sound like a whole coliseum of drum kits. Buddy not only played with technique but he also play with speed, which almost all the drummers above him on this list couldn't do. Buddy was also a genius, being able to invent technical beats on the fly. I mean come on, even Neil Peart said it himself that Buddy is the best. I think that's nuff' said.
What a joke putting Buddy in 32nd place. Like the 31 drummers in front of Buddy Rich could not last one minute. Buddy Rich is upstairs in drum heaven looking down and laughing. Buddy Rich could and would make every drummer look like a child in a sand box. Buddy Rich was the MASTER.
[Newest]Buddy Rich should be at LEAST number 2 (if not number 1).
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14Danny Carey
WOW! Such a cool drummer isn't in the top 5?! I bet the guys from two first places can't even after long rehearsal play what Danny does without any troubles!
This guy deserves the name of possibly the best drummer in history, maybe even ahead of Neil Peart, who's incredibly overrated. And Travis Barker?!? You guys must be retarded! No competition there. Danny has incredible speed and creativity, especially in The Pot, Sober, Schism and Lateralus, but also the craziest time sigs, far better than Mike Portnoy. It's difficult to compare all these drummers because their genres differ from alt. metal to deathcore to progressive rock. But there's no question that Danny's playing is incredibly more versatile than several of today's metal drummers. Obviously better than Joey Jordison and whoever those Japanese guys are. Best drummer hands down. None of you guys know drums at all!


Danny is a maniac on the drums. In concert he goes hard from start to finish. I mean, the dude hits drums behind and over his shoulder, then hits a gong, then right back to pillaging a land of traditional and electric drums without missing a beat. Danny Carey, top 5 without a doubt!
[Newest]All I have to say is ticks and leeches... that song shows very clearly where this dude should be.
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15Ginger Baker
I can hardly believe the position of these two in this list (Bonham 8, Baker 52? ) Drumming is very peculiar to say the least... Some sound very rehearsed and predictable, some sound very much on target timing wise as we think they "should sound" well timed, pronounced and profound exactly the moment that is anticipated with creative impulse conspicuous and impressive - all which deserve credit for the hard work and effort expended to get on this list... But nil are they to the unreasonable creativity of these two Rock Drummers. Always a millisecond off expected tempo, they paint beat the way Van Gough painted "Starry Night" - they decide the next moment and we arrive... These guys determine things the other guys realize but only worship in their quiet moments... These two are truly the the different drummers that most of will never march to... Because our ears are closed... These two never do what is expected... They create the great that "is" the sound of Led Zeppelin and Cream and forever more what should be worshiped in the art of percussion if such things exist...
baker's underrated. there's one song that not many people have heard before. do what you like by blind faith. the song features a solo from all three instruments, guitar solo with clapton, bass with winwood, and drums with baker. the drum solo is incredible, where he hits almost every one of his drums at the same time or within half a second.


Too bad nobody listens to Cream anymore. If they did, they would hear drumming that was as much a part of the melody of the song as it kept time for Claptan and Bruce. White Room, Tales of Brave Ulysses, even Anyone for Tennis? , none of those songs would sound as good with another drummer.
[Newest]He's a crazy drummer.

16Rob Bourdon
The diversity of Linkin Park's music means that Rob has to be a totally rounded drummer, which he is. The work he did to get 'Faint' right was extremely impressive!
Rob is the best drummer! LP fans love you so much!
He's the best... Crawling and one step closer is best songs played by rob! You rocks
[Newest]Drums sounds so good especially in The Hunting Party genius
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17Yoshiki Hayashi
It's easy to think someone besides Yoshiki is the best drummer, if you haven't heard very many drummers. Some of the mentioned drummers are very good, some are just decent (but seem like the best, if it's your favorite band... ), but I've been listening to music for a long time. Metallica in their heyday, Green Day, and in high school got into keeth moon an stuff like that, and honest to God, Yoshiki Hayashi is just the best. I stumbled upon X Japan kind of by accident on YouTube, and the first thing I saw was one of their older performances and I was like "woah! This is a really catchy Japanese hair band! (the song was Week End)" After hearing Blue Blood (Blue Blood Tour), & Kurenai (The Last Live) -all written by Yoshiki, the bandleader/drummer/pianist/primary composer, who put out the bands first album, Vanishing Vision, on his own lable, Extacy Records, which he created for that purpose, since no record companies at that time would give a (primarily at that time) metal band the time of day. There were also other bands other bands at that time that wore KISS-esque costumes but with a more punk flare, but it was Yoshiki who coined the name Visual Kai (pronounced Kay), and brought this look, & Metal into the mainstream in Japan. This was no stroke of dumb luck. Yoshiki is a brilliant musician and a visonary, and after X Japan broke up in '97, he just went and did other great things, like write the best selling classical album of al time in Japan, write a song for the Emperor of Japan, and in 2011 he was asked to write a themesong forthe American Golden Globe Awards. It debuted it 2012, & now every year you will hear Yoshiki's song, which in my opinion is not only beautiful, but has a hint of his song Without You in the melody, which is the song he wrote for his closest friend (and X lead guitarist, Hide), and is also the song that brought Yoshiki and his estranged, oldest friend Toshi back together and reunited X Japan. If you more like rock and metal than ballads, which I suspect you do, since this is about drummers, go on YouTube and find Yoshiki Forever Love Solo (it's his solo from the Last Live Concert). Like I read in another comment, I never liked drummers this much before I heard Yoshiki Hayashi. I found loud drumming to be annoying and drum solos to be obnoxious... But no lie, I heard that 14 minute solo, and then listened to it at least 2 more times in a row, maybe 3x I don't remember. But like someone else said on a comment, you will hear X Japan and wonder what the hell you've been listening to all this time, when you could have been listening to X instead. Seriously. If you give Yoshiki and X Japan a chance, your whole musical world will open up, and at first, you will curse yourself, as I did, for not discovering them sooner, when you were listening to much more simple punk, and rock, and metal, but hopefully you'll get over that regret eventually, and be able to fully enjoy your new favorite band and Drummer (which they will be, you'll see. ;)) Newcomers to X check out the XJAPANdemonium channel on YouTube for a good set of playlists, and NaxxyChannel channel which has tons of full concerts and Film Gigs & the fully English subtitled The Last Live concert. Yoshiki is a ' powerhouse drummer, who can change the tons and emotions lof his drums as if they were a full symphony, at the same time playing with the speed and force and stamina of any great rock drummer, and all with an outwardly soft and gracious demenor, that would never make you suspect he was even a drummer in the first place. He's amazing, X Japan is amazing, and I hope you'll go onto YouTube right now (get off this silly page! ) and go check them out!
Yoshiki's drumming is by far the best. He doesn't just hit the drums fast and show off, he actually plays them beautifully.
I challenge all of the other drummers to play Art of Life. Good luck.
Watch the drum solo from "X Japan: The Last Live. " We are so ingnorant in the west! Just because he's not white doesn't mean he's not good... Hands down Yoshiki wins this. Neil Peart, John Bonham, Keith Moon... great players... but Yoshiki: GOD
[Newest]When will the x-Japan fans go
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18Alex Van Halen
Look up one of his drum solos. He is really fast!


A monster can play slow, fast, heavy or with jazz improvisation, and does it all with feel. Always overshadowed by playing in a band with the greatest guitarist also his brother. Check out his work on a great track called Out of Love. Perfect
I saw Alex in concert in 1980. He speed was incredible. He keeps a cup of drum sticks in the center of his set in case he loses one. He did lose one or tossed it to a fan and quickly grabbed another one and did not lose a beat. That was at the Cape Call of Duty Coliseum in 1980
[Newest]Music runs in his family

19Dave Lombardo
Seriously... Just because you like Metallica and Green Day doesn't mean their drummers are the best drummers. I love Metallica but Ulrich isn't that good. I like Green Day too but Tré isn't the best drummer in the world either. Tré is very good at what he's doing. He's tight and and does not do more than he need to do. Dave Lombardo on the other hand is extremely fast and he's kicking the crap out of the bassdrums. He's very tight too and that's not very easy when you're playing that fast.

I like Metallica and Green Day more than Slayer but we're voting for who is playing the best drums right?
Only 38th? What?

Dave Lombardo is the undisputed king of double bass, he should be higher than most of the drummers on this list! In fact he should have been top of the leaderboard. Shannon Leto is simply the wrong genre, Tre Cool doesn't have flashy fill-ins, and Lars Ulrich, while good with composing music, is not what you'd say was the best drummer.

Only The Rev and Dave Mackintosh might come close, but Rev is dead and gets a lot of sympathy votes here, while Mackintosh's fill-ins get a bit repetitive after a while.
Oh my god only fanboys here... DAVE LOMBARDO SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE, just listen to his solos. No drummer here other than Dave could play in Slayer.
[Newest]What? This is the Godfather of double bass drumming.. Why he's only in the 19th place? I can't believe this!
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20Ringo Starr
Here's the deal; the biggest stars [and biggest sellers] in the history of rock music are the Lennon/McCartney song compositions, which will last forever.
The drummer's responsibility is to keep the beat, and let the song be the star, not himself.
Most of the so called "star" drummers would have been unable to allow the greatest songbook ever written to shine; Ringo did it exactly as it needed to be done.
Ringo is the best Drummer in the world, I'm not the only one who say that, it was Paul McCartney before me, and many more
Any criticism against Ringo`s work is relative --
it should go without saying any other drummer would give front teeth for his legacy. Just listen a first pure rock drumming at "A Hard Day's Night" or" You Can't Do That".. Have you heard something similar before? No way! BTW Mike Portnoy is a diehard Beatles fan! he asked Tama to make him a replica of Ringo's Classic 1960's Ludwig drum kit!
[Newest]Extremely underrated. Kept the beat rock solid for the best group ever.
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21Ian Paice
Ian is extremely talented and one of the most underrated drummers. His speed and footwork are among the best. He should be around number 5.
Ian Paice should be in the top 10 as he is one of the best drummers I have ever seen
He can be top ten drummer. One of my favourite one. Watch his drum solo "Live in California". He ever played drum solo with London Philharmonic Ochestra in early 80s. But one think funny is that when look at "animal"who play drum in the "muppet show" has the same syle as Ian Paice.
[Newest]So underrated but one of the best definitely!

22Stewart Copeland
Name me one other drummer that sounds like Stewart Copeland. that's all that is needed to say to prove that he is the best drummer. He created his own unique style of drumming based on beats he had picked up in his childhood listening to Arabic music while he was growing up in Lebanon. The talent it takes to take Arabic music and Jazz music from his dad and take what he liked out of all music and put them together for his drumming is just incredible. His use of missed/added beats (Spirits in a Material World) are what propelled him to be one of the best drummers ever. He is not know for being a soloist but he is an amazing drummer that no one has been able to emulate and his contribution with songwriting in the band was also a major point in his legacy that he left with The Police.
It's notable that Copeland has a very tasteful, yet masterful approach to the drums, much in the way that jazz drummers play. His technique is grounded in jazz and as such he drums in a way that is technically very difficult to play, but is not flashy, adding to the music in which he's playing instead of mugging for attention. He worked tremendously well as a counterpoint to Sting's bass playing, as well as actually contributing to the reggae stunning style as opposed to just conforming to it. One of Copeland's greatest strengths though was knowing when to take a backseat and let the other musicians do their thing
Stewart Copeland on drums is an exhilirating sight. Always looks like the drums are too small for him! Tight, punchy, pacy drumming that smacks you rapidly in the face. some maybe more elegant, some more wild, some more technical. But for high octane on the drums - STEWART COPELAND!
[Newest]The best and the most unique drummer ever!

23Mike Mangini
I'm about to barf on my mac! Half the drummers on this list can't do things this exceptional machine. As John Petrucci said about Mangini "He can do things with one hand that takes others two". OH but he's "Petrucci" is probably rated in the 90's if at all on the guitar poll. John Myung DT's Bass player was voted #1 of all time on one of theses polls. So take the best Bass player EVER and pair him with the 96th in the world drummer. That makes as much sense as this poll and every one like it. Just keep drumming... No matter who you are!
This list is a perfect example of pop-fans rating for drummers based on Which Band They Are IN and not on how good drummers they actually are by people that know nothing about drumming. This poll is not reliable in any other way than measuring the support for different kinds of bands that play mainstream pop music. Mike Mangini plays better than everybody else, his solos make me proud as a human being and he is a great guy. And even if he was a jerk, he still is the best drummer on every section of drumming. Fastest, best composer, most technical and never does a mistake. People who don't understand his solos go rate damn Ulrich ew! Shame on you!
Ex-Berkley professor, set multiple World's Fastest Drummer records, expert at poly-rhythmic techniques, now the drummer of the most technically proficient band in the world... And he's rated 101. This list is a joke.
[Newest]Best technically and holds 3 fastest drumming records. Danny carey from Tool is unique and extremely good but not top. Neil Peart usually gets THREE drum solos a show with Rush! Mangini does a nice two minute one in the middle of a song so doesn't waste valuable song time and keeps our interest. I say you should show off your skills in your songs rather than do a long drum solo where you could have played another song. Most drummers do prove themselves in the songs but still do excessive solos.

24Nicko McBrain
Absolutely wrong.

Nicko McBrain is one of the greatest drummers in metal. I'm not sure about other genres taken into account in this list, but Nicko McBrain is easily one of if not the greatest metal drummer. He should be at least in the top 5, McBrain is a god of drums. Listen to the albums Piece of Mind, Brave New World, and A Matter of Life and Death, and if you know much about drumming, you'll realize Nicko is unbelievable.

I'm very disappointed he's below Joey Jordison, and even Lars Ulrich. Nicko blows those two out of the water, no competition for him at all.
I am always thinking about this, why don't mcbrain be the first... Just listen to where eagles dare, deja-vu, the evil that man do or even face in sand. He was playing pedal by just one foot... In the face in sand song, mcbrain playing only one pedal, one foot, but the sound just like two pedal and two foot...
Absolutely wrong.

Nicko McBrain is one of the greatest drummers in metal. I'm not sure about other genres taken into account in this list, but Nicko McBrain is easily one of if not the greatest metal drummer. He should be at least in the top 5, McBrain is a god of drums. Listen to the ablums Piece of Mind, Brave New World, and A Matter of Life and Death, and if you know much about drumming, you'll realize Nicko is unbelievable.

I'm very disappointed he's below Joey Jordison, and even Lars Ulrich. Nicko blows those two out of the water, no competition for him at all.
[Newest]I love bruce, but nicko is very important to the band

25Rick Allen
Rick Allen should be much higher up on this. Although all the amazing drummers are not very high. Your top ten is totally screwed up. Open your ears and listen to some good music!
He was a great drummer before he lost his arm and inspirational after the accident! I saw him play live at his first 'one-armed show' at Wembley. It was incredible to see how he used both feet to make up for the lost arm. Anyone who's tried to drum will know how difficult that would be. My number 1!
How is a one-armed drummer not in the top 10? Especially as seing how he can still play complex beats. Whether it's electronic or acoustic, Rick Allen should be at least in the top 20, let alone the top 10. What is this?
[Newest]Rick Allen should be in the top 10. Took some doing to recover that well from his accident.

he is so talented on drum with his style when he played drum I believe that he will become the great drummer in the future!
Kai is a GOD of drums. He plays excellent and he shows us all his feelings and emotions during the play. I want that he become one of the 10 greatest drummers in the world!
I believe that Kai unique drummer) is found nowhere else! His game can be instantly recognizable by their unique style of play))) hearing day to remember forever
[Newest]Ah come on! Kai on 30 and Shinya on 43? This is outrageous!
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27Chad Smith
Very underrated drummer, extremely talented. Can keep a great beat and one of the few people would can keep up with Flea and John Frusciante (at least before. ) Also seems like a really nice guy with a great sense of humour
Chad Smith is underrated, he's a really funky drummer. Is able to play more genre's, why not?
What would they be without him? Also he is never seen as the main part of the band, he should be as recognized as the others in my opinion.
Really deserves a higher place in the Top 10.
[Newest]BEST DRUMMER EVER! And very underrated. Chad is my inspiration for my career, even though I'm not the biggest fan of the Chili Peppers. He should at least be number twenty.
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28Steven Adler
He should be higher bro I love this guy he's amazing as hell

Are you never heard paradise city, mr. Brownstone, rocket queen?
You must hear that!
Ok now that song, listen and then vote him!
He's truly amazing


Not only is he the best drunmer! But he's heart is pure and he's so nice. He has such an awesome smile! I really admire the guy.. lets vote guys!
[Newest]Why the hell isn't this guy higher. Definitely my favorite drummer.

29John Dolmayan
Has anyone heard Cigaro, Chop Suey, BYOB or Attack? Listen to those songs and tell me that John shouldn't be higher up on this list


System is on hiatus. They are now away from media. That doesn't means they can't play. John, Daron, Shavo are some of the all time greatest.


He has everything. He can play anything.


[Newest]System of a down is the best nu metal band that this world has ever seen.

30Bill Ward
Bill Ward was recognized with black sabbath, you people who believe some unknown japanese loser is better than neil peart, john bonham, and keith moon, etc. but you should listen to rat salad on the album paranoid and you'll comprehend that bill ward is one of the best drummers ever


WOW! So good. Very underrated. Just listen to war pigs. Fantastic. Just fantastic. Vote for him. Top Ten material definetly.
Amazing-he cuts loose, gets aggressive and hits hard but with a positive, jazzy motion and feel to it and the interaction and chemistry he has with the whole band just makes the Sabbath sound-dark, dirty and ass kicking-I have his drumstick and I will never let it go!

31Roger Taylor
Roger is the downright most amazing person on the face of this Earth,
1 he knows how to play all types of drums, including the timpani
2 he also plays guitar
3 he also back up sings
4 he can drum and sing to I'm in love with my car, sound damn good, and breath afterwards
5 he has 5 kids, and lives with someone other than his wife, but you can't control who you love
6 he really knows what rock is
7 last, but not least, he rocks a pair of shades like he's the hottest thing since sliced bread.


Roger has inspired a generation of drummers and his song writing is amazing
Come on! He's got amazing rhythm! Plus he could sing at the same time!


[Newest]Do you even know I'm in Love With My Car? Roger Taylor was one of the best and he still is

32Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell is very underrated. That probably has to do with the fact that he played with Jimi Hendrix, which is understandable, but still. His drumming was very good on songs like Fire, Little Wing, and many more. One of the most iconic and influential drummers that ever lived.
Mitch is my number 4 pick. He had a great style. I loved the experience one of the most creative bands ever and so was his drumming. As my choice he falls just under John bonham, Keith Moon and ginger baker. All of these guys were great. Saw the experience live first tour Kansas City municipal auditorium sold out to 10000 1970.
Agreed. He's certainly not the best, but this is the ONE name I kept scrolling to see. Hendrix switched bands, but he didn't switch drummers.

33Bill Bruford
Top 10 material due to his uniqueness and natural style - still a few lengths behind Neil Peart- I have watched them both live from the front row - amazing to see Bruford's effortless flicking of the drums and Peart's incredible speed and timing. Bonham number 2, The Rev deserves to be near the top too. The rest depend on your your tastes which is why everyone is so raging about the low position of their favourites
The most astoundingly melodic and creative drummer I have ever heard! Lots of technical ability too, but he never drums outside of the song. Recommended tracks: Heart of the Sunrise (Yes, Fragile); Lament (Starless and Bible Black, King Crimson); One More Red Nightmare (Red, KC); Starless (Red, KC), Indiscipline (Discipline, KC)
The most unique, creative and adventurous drummer ever: rock to prog to jazz to world, Bill explored the potential of the electronic/synthesized world like no other. His recorded performances are still jaw-dropping and mind-blowing to this day.
[Newest]One of the best drummer around. Number 1 on this list in my opinion.

34Terry Bozzio
Popularity contest. Terry Bozzio is way better than Ringo Starr, and all these other drummers. He invented a whole new drumming style, and has the most intricate hardest, and musical parts known to man. He does what no other has done, with ostinatoes. He has amazing independence considering the parts he is playing
Possibly the drummer that most fits the whole percussionist category: he's not only incredibly precise and owner of a terrific sight-reading ability, but he's without any doubt one of the biggest exponent of the drumming independence, with his famous ostinatos. Did you know the Black Page story? Check it out!
Terry bozzio OWNS genesis' drummer! I can't beleive he is not in the top ten!
[Newest]Very best top 5

35Phil Collins
I'm dumbfounded to find phil down here! Listen to slipperman in the cage medley- then change your mind! This guy is a drumming god, very much missed over, out of place down here should be at the very least top 5, but in my humble opinion number 1!
Only the fact that you can listen to a phil collins song on the radio and instantly figure out that it's him playing the drums only by his unique says a lot about his ability on that instrument. I don't if he's the best drummer regarding the technique since I'm not an expert myself, but he was able to make his playing to stand out, which rarely happens for a drummer, and I think that's worth a lot. and also the fact that besides all the physical issues he had over the years he kept playing and that's really significant
Listen to old stuff, old genesis that's phil at his best, supper ready...
[Newest]He is the best
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36Dominic Howard
Muse is my favorite band in the whole world. And Dominic just makes them that much better. Love you Dom!
Muse is just amazing full stop but with a drummer like dom its clear how you get blown away with their music he is the best rock drummer never using an annoying double bass and keeping it smooth
I think he is a very good drummer with a particular regularity which caracterise him. Maybe not the best but on of the best drummer I had ever hearing
[Newest]He is without question the Best drummer of this century
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37Tommy Aldridge
Blows all the others out the water! Makes hard rock drummers like Nicko McBrain and Lars Ulrich look like fools. Still on top of his game after all these years - are any of the others capable of that?
Tommy Aldridge deserves to be at least in the top 10. He's much better than lots of those that are above him here.


An amazing drummer that deserves better place.
For me, is the best.

38Clive Burr
Clive Burr is (was) way better and more creative than most of the drummers listed here in top positions.

39Chris Adler
All you people keep talking of how fast you play the drums, Chris Adler isn't just about speed, he is exceptional.. Playing a wicked cool beats at high speeds, that takes skill... He should be number 1, or at least in the top 10, #45? Damn!
He got rated best Metal drummer of 2009. I think he is an amazing Drummer and the only reason why he is not in the top 10 is because he is not well known enough. His drumming is immaculate I think he at least deserves 5th.
WTF...Chris Adler Could Kill any other drummer and/or match what they got...IT be close between Joey Jordison/Or the Drummer from Tool..i forgot his name...if they had a Drum comp i would be there in a Second Btw Chris adler should be number 1!!!!
[Newest]Man... Certainly one of the quickest ever... Deserves a spot in the top 5

40Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.......Ring any bells!

He belongs to the greatest Rock n Roll Band in the Universe At least we should honour him by puuting him on the TOP TEN !!

Come ON people!!

XOXO Charlie Watts

Love ya always
Rock music would be without the signature rhythms of the Rolling Stones without the amazing grooves set by this man and his partner in crime, Keith Richards. That sound will live forever!
Charlie Watts has kept the beat for the greatest rock in roll band in the world for 50 years. Watch him on Midnight Rambler, Honky Tonk Woman and all the other classic Stones. I have not even heard of half of these people you have n the top 10. Mr. Watts should at least be in the top 10.
[Newest]Definitely in the top ten.

41Chad Szeliga
Ok.. being a drummer myself I can say without a doubt that Chad should be in the top 10. His playing has absolutely been the biggest influence on my own. I have studied his playing religiously and have found his style to gel very well with my own.. which I know may make me a little bias but whatever. He is so technical and dynamic.. knows when to shine and when to let the music breath. "Musical" is the word that comes to mind when describing his playing. His presence (in my opinion) has brought so much more to Breaking Benjamin. I think any true, serious musician has to agree that Chad is one of, if not the best, rock drummer of our time. A true student of his craft. Congratulations Chad! You deserve every bit of acclaim you have accuired. I could go on.. but who wants to be bored with the details.. haha. Chad is the best! Period.
Chad is the most amazing drummer I have ever seen! One of the many reasons why he is so amazing is how he really works with Ben Burnleys amazing voice. (The lead singer For Breaking Benjamin) He Even has videos showing how to play some of Breaking Benjamins songs. That is petty awesome if you ask me because he is going out of his way to involve himself with his fans and taking time out of his busy schedule. I think he should be number one cause he damn well deserves it. If you don't know who this is I highly recommend checking into him and Breaking Benjamin cause he and Breaking Benjamin are The Best!
I've seen Chad play on numerous occasions live, from the lowly side bar venue to the big stage, and I have to say that in any setting I've seen him play his ability to improvise is outstanding! From the large kit at a sold out concert to a simple 3 piece set in the little corner bar, he makes anything he plays sound fantastic. The fact that he enjoys playing at the smaller scale establishments with other artists says a lot in itself. This man loves to play no matter the setting, and he doesn't let his success with Breaking Benjamin keep him from going back to his roots.
[Newest]This dude is one awesome drummer. He deserves way more recognition than he gets. At the very least he's got the skill to be in the top 10.
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42Michael Shrieve
Shrieve sits among the top 10 or 20, among the likes of Buddy Rich. Amazing speed, accuracy, and creativity. The youngest musician at Woodstock in 1969, he overshadowed practically all musicians at the festival. I'm a Mitch Mitchell fan, but Mike sits above most drummers historically. I dreamed of playing like Shrieve after Woodstock, and still do.
Also check out an amazing unknown master who is based in Chicago: David Jennings. Zen like master, a brilliant jazz musician and composer, and an effortless precision and fast, smoothe percussionist.
It is very important to understand te concept that Michael was. Very impressionant attitude for rock, jazz, blues and latin music. In my opinion he must be in a top 20.
Woodstock - Soul Sacrifice

Shinya is by far the best drummer in the world. His idol used to be or still is Yoshiki, but it's obvious that Shinya has surpassed even Yoshiki's level of skill. Just seeing Shinya drum, one can immediately tell that he is gifted beyond his years. And just look at how huge & expansive his drum set is! Shinya knows how to use all his equipment to its fullest capacity. ^_^ Shinya is God.
This guy is phenomenal and versatile drummer who makes whole use of his massive drumset. Just check out Dir en grey's song 'VINUSHKA' and you'll know.
Yeah shinya is very cool and awesome. I am Mongolian. We love you shinya! Gambette!
[Newest]Shinya is not on the top of this list where he belongs just because the most of the voters simply never heard him drumming! What he does is not just drumming, it is real art beyond any ratings.
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44Max Weinberg
In terms of the basic melodies and the lyrics Springsteen is of course the genius of his music but in terms of understanding and execution Max is THE member of the band. And when playing live he understands Bruce like no other member of the band and that transcends so powerfully to the audience. Plus he is so cool, non-sentimental and fun to watch when he plays.
An amazing and talented, stamina-fillled rock drummer. His precision in "Born to run" live performances is amazing. The Boss is in debt with him.
Still going strong with The E Street Band and The Boss! Has to be in here, he's the heartbeat of the band!


45Nick Mason
Most Drummers only hit the drums (dur :P), but this guy isn't playing drums on a song, he is playing a song on his drums. There's not other drummer that can play with such patience and taste like Nick Mason. I'm a drummer, and most of those punk/metal retadrs (Ulrich, that Slipknot guy, Travis Baker) are PRETTY overrated, and Nick Mason kicks their asses. Trust me, I've been playing drums for 27 years, and I know when a drummer s a GOOD, Gifted drummer, and Nick Mason is one of these drummers.
A true artist who understood music, not just a glorified show-off like certain others. Listen to "One of These Days" to understand what real drumming sounds like.
Watch "Live at Pompeii" and see the Master in full flow.
[Newest]Pink Floyd is love, Pink Floyd is life

46Steve Forrest
I really like him. He is so passionate, so dedicated. And crazy with all his tattoos and wild expressions. And he can sing too! Very talented.
It's a very brilliant drummer! Beautiful Sunshine Steve
He's always full of energy! Nobody can compare with him!
[Newest]Amazing performer, a huge loss for Placebo.

47Gene Hoglan
Shame on you guys.. For what this guy has done and is doing, he deserves at least a Top 3 spot. It's not for some stupid reason that he has been nicknamed Gene "the Atomic Clock" Hoglan and the Human Drum Machine. You guys don't realise his influence on today's Metal drummers. IT IS HE WHO SHOWED DAVE LOMBARDO HOW TO UTILIZE THE DOUBLE BASS DRUM SET.
Please, just check some of his work with Testament and you will realize some of his skill. Really amazing...

48Gene Krupa
Krupa was definitely one of the best drummers in his era. Certainly he was a very charismatic drummer to watch. He had, as buddy rich had, IT. IT is star quality. 99.9% of drummers don't have IT. Krupa certainly influenced many young people to pick up the sticks and start playing drums. From that standpoint Krupa is in the same league as buddy rich.
Krupa and Rich were among the top drummers in the world. I have seen both in concert many years ago.
Bestjazz record ever gene krupa's THAT DRUMMERS BAND listen to the trumpet!

49Arin Ilejay
All arin haters go and listen hail to the king album
Arin is awesome drummer. Not like The REV but He is good.
A good drummer but nothing compared to The Rev.
[Newest]He is simply awesome

50Brann Dailor
He is one of the best drummers of all time. I don't understand how Lars is higher than him, honestly. Lars is AWFUL. But I digress. Mastodon is 4 incredible musicians banded together to make amazing music. But out of the 4 members, Brann is definitely the most talented. Don't believe me? Listen to the entire Leviathan album. All of his fills, all of his drum parts are absolutely stellar on the album. Still don't? Listen to Blood Mountain next. From the start of the album, The Wolf Is Loose, to the very end, he shows that he is truly amazing. The next album, Crack the Skye, he takes a bit of a step back to make a more well rounded album, but the first song, Oblivion, he plays that and SINGS! I am really looking forward to seeing them this summer.
What is this? Listen to Divinations by Mastodon. He's crazy good! He has insane rhythms that I doubt that you sir (the list-maker) could even comprehend. I play drums, guitar, bass, and many other instruments and I can tell you that the perfect match for Brann in terms of complexity would be Kirk Hammett and Flea. 71 is a reflection of poor judgement and just simply the fact that you don't listen to his music. Don't make a drumming list this long if you don't listen to all of them.
Brann is one of the best drummers today and he deserves more recognition as such. If you haven't heard him you need to. Even if you don't like the groups music, you will see (hear) he should be among the top five.
[Newest]What more can I say about this beast... He can sing and play at the same time, and he is one of the best drummers of all time. Listen to anything off Leviathan or blood mountain and then try to argue that he isn't one of the greatest of all time

51Bob Bryar
My Chemical Romance are so amazing but they were 10x better when Bob was in the band. Since he left them something has been missing. They used to play with so much energy but now it's not there.
Bob might not be a member of MCR any more, but he still lives on in fans' hearts and deserves a much higher place in this list.
Hey, this drummer is awesome! I mean, just look at his drumming in the song Welcome to The Black Parade! He doesn't just drum, he drums with passion! And that is what being a drummer is all about! He is one of the best pop-punk drummers I have seen next to Steve Jocz! Search him on YouTube. You won't regret it!
[Newest]I play drums and Bryar is all I look up to... He was brilliant in the Black Parade era and his talent is so heartfelt, you can hear the skill and passion in every beat. You don't find that everywhere...

52George Kollias
In Sacrifice Unto Sebek on the album Annihilation of the Wicked...notably...he has some of the fastest feet of any drummer to date... his double bass speed clocks in at 265bpm (16th notes) or 1060 single strokes of the bass pedal if measured over a one minute time scale
Not a big fan of Nile, my fave band is DEATH but George kollias from Nile is a machine, easily the wolds best drummer, no one on this list can come close to his drumming style. I bet if we could get all these drummers on this list to compete against each other in a real life competition George will blow the rest away. And All the voters who have voted otherwise will be in shock with there jaws dropped
This list seems to be ranked by sexual appeal for girls, not by any sort of talent whatsoever. George Kollias isn't only about being fast since he can play nearly anything.

53Carl Palmer
Carl Palmer (also Emerson Lake and Palmer) easily is number three or four on this list after Bonham, Keith Moon, etc.; most of the others, especially the likes of wankers like Travis Barker pale in comparison to rock drummers like Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Chad Wackerman, I saw a guy the other night, Graham Broad, with the Roger Waters band that makes Barker look second rate. It's a shame that people with limited knowledge think such lesser talent is top ten material.
Too many people voting for whoever played drums in their favourite band. No thought about the technical ability, the range of percussion instruments played to a high standard, the variety of musical styles, etc. The list is therefore devalued. When some idiot lists being able to play guitar as well and (give me strength... ) the ability to wear sunglasses in a cool manner as reasons to vote for a mediocre drummer like Roger Taylor then one knows the list is devalued to the point of being worthless.
He could make a song from the beat of drum. One of the few drum soloist that did not have a cliche drum solo. I agree with all the comments written here, he should be much higher in the list. Definitely top 5.
[Newest]Number 54? Are you kidding? For this alone, this list is compile of crap. How I would love to see everyone on this list gather for a drum off, (with respects to the deceased) and Palmer would wipe the floor with them all.
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54Carter Beauford
For Carter to be ranked anything less than number 1 is a pitiful joke and an insult to drumming in general. But number 30? Really?! What a shame, you can tell this list was compiled by people that have never got within 10 feet of a drumset propably. Carter is like a well tuned machine. Every beat he lays down is a perfect masterpiece that no other drummer on this list could even dream of matching in style and/or quality. He is not a master at the drums, he is THE master. For all intent and purposes, Carter Beauford is God as far as drumming goes, hell as good as he is he may actually be God.
Probably the most tasteful drummer out there. Incredible feel, he always plays in the pocket. He makes some very complicated rhythms sound perfectly natural within fairly simple songs. Every thing is tasteful and well thought out. Every hit serves a purpose. Great drummer.
For some reason these types of lists and polls ALWAYS underestimate all of them, either as individuals or as a band. Rolling Stone magazine stands out the most for having some type of animosity towards the band, not to mention the award shows like the Grammys. The simple fact is DMB has the most dedicated fans of any band whatsoever, boasting 6 million members in their fan club (I'm 16188 - joined in 95 - 131 shows). Even after seeing them that many times, I still get goose bumps when they're just hitting it so hard. Anyone who would put Carter at 55 clearly has no ear for music. He's the best drummer in the world, who is still actively playing.
[Newest]This list is a joke
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55Taylor Hawkins
Although the other drummers on this list are amazing I think that Taylor should be much higher. Playing in a band with the legend that is Dave Grohl isn't easy yet he is still amazing. Plus he plays in one of the best bands of the 21st century so...
HOW IS HE BELOW PHILL COLLINS AND CHARLIE WATTS AND RINGO STAR, Yes charlie is out of the stones and ringo is out of the beatles but these are the most recognized rock bands but Taylor should at least be in the top 20 he is in the Foo Fighters been with them for like 16 yeas man! And also working along side the rock god Dave Grohl he should be at least in the top 5 but Taylor deserves to be in the top 20
Taylor Hawkins and Travis Barker are the best drummers of the 2010's era so far and are both in amazing bands, should be higher considering his achievements with Foo Fighters for 16 years
[Newest]Best sounding drummer ever

56Tommy Lee
This is a man that while wasted on alcohol and drugs could keep playing while being shunted in various directions. Now, clean and sober (if still a little hyper! ) he's going upside down and still keeping an awesome beat. I'd love to see some of the others on this list manage to pull off an amazing drum solo while strapped a rollercoaster AND still sing his backup lyrics!
Tommy put on a great show in his prime but there's very little talent behind it. He's always had really unique set ups ^^ kits that would catch anyone's eye. I recently watched a performance by Tommy Lee at the guitar center. Not only was it cheesy, most 5th grade band students have more chops than this guy. As far as musical talent, skill ^^ ability top 500 maybe! Seriously, the upside down bit, pumping the crowd ^^ rock star look I totally agree with, but isn't the most accomplished drummer.
[Newest]Come on guys, Motley crue? A very very skilled and interesting drummer, and in my opinion one of the best in the rock world

57Eric Carr
I'm not a Kiss nut or a drummer but anyone who doubts Eric Carr as a drummer needs to listen/watch his solo on Animalize. Amazing.
Undoubtedly he is the best drummer, eric singer might be the sexiest but carr is best drummer kiss ever had. He actually made the KISS 80s
HE is for sure in the best five drummers of all time! He was a pioneer and he has influenced some of the best drummers like Mike Portnoy. You can't say that Eric Carr is 48th on the list. He is the 2nd after John Bonham
[Newest]Eric Carr is the best drummer ever

58Cozy Powell
Cozy Powell should be in the top 10 along with John Bonham, Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, Nick Mason, Buddy Rich, Nick Mason, and a few more. Not only are these guys extremely talented but they are LEGENDS. Cozy Powell was one hell of a drummer and he worked with so many great musicians. He could hit real hard while still being dead accurate on the drums. Just watch his drum solo with Rainbow it is one of the best I've seen and I've seen quite a few.
Simply the best musical and high tech drummer both on stage live and on recording. My comments come from a lifetime of top flight drumming. Cozy a sad loss to the world of drumming RIP, super star.
I knew Cozy personally throughout my school life and til the day he was tragically killed.. A truly talented drummer who deserves to be at the other end of the poll! RIP dear friend X

59Larry Mullien
A distinct style, clearly inspired by his time in his marching band as he uses two hands on one drum for 16th notes. Brilliant!
It's not just a coincidence U2 are the best band in the world, they've got the best drummer in the world. As well as the best guitarist (The Edge), best singer (Bono) and best bass player (Adam Clayton). Best ever film theme tune (Mission Impossible) is by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, not Larry Mullien.
Listen to him: Sunday Bloody Sunday, Desire, Bullet The Blue Sky, I could go on. 'I Threw A Brick' also features an outstanding solo from him. Oh yeah, and the best ever snare fill in Pride. Seriously, listen to him. I can't believe he's 80th.
[Newest]Mullien? Laugh out loud

60Thomas Lang
This guy is for sure the best rock drummer i´ve heard. And believe me, i´ve listened almost the 100% of the work of the drummers that are now listed in the first ten positions.
The one and only reason for Thomas not being more voted is that he doesn't play in a famous band, but his beats, fills, technique, sticktrics, etc. are always excellent
His undoubtedly THE best drummer of the world. Even though he is a specialist in rock, he versatility is absolutely amazing. He is definitely the king of modern drumming.
Great rock drummer. Will always remember him as I caught the tour of West, Bruce and Lang probably tied as my 5 choice with a drummer not on the list. But go back and listen to the first five albums Steve Miller did and if you followed TheSteve Miller band in the beginning with Tim Davis. What ever happened to Tim. I found no history of him after leaving the band and producing an album.
[Newest]Listen to even a couple stOrk songs, or watch any popular drumming video by this guy, and then come back and see his ranking on this poll... That's what I thought.

61Matt Greiner
I'd say that his creativity, speed, purity, originality, and the lyrics he writes for his band, which are one of the best lyrics I have ever heared, and the way he uses his sicks makes him one of the most amazing drummers I have ever listened to, specially for the songs " Empire " " Eleventh hour" "Internal Cannon ". on top of that, he never talks about himself, he's a cool guy, he never forgets his god, and gives him credit for what he is now. Plus he's very funny.
In my opinion one of the best drummers of al time! Great speed, while staying creative throughout. Hands down one of the most talented drummers ever, and quite possibly the best in the genre.
Absolutely the most amazing drummer I've ever seen there's no one that can top him in white washed or composure and if you think so id like to see him cause he must be from heaven. matt greiner. best drummer.
[Newest]August Burns Red anyone?

62Mark Zonder
Whats up with you? To place Marc on 58? Do you know sth. about?

63Scott Raynor

64Aki Hakala
Oh yes aki is the best drummer of the world, I love it when he edited his drums and the songs of the rasmus the drums makes perfect.

Aki is the best drummer in the world! His style is unique, always innovates with new rhythms in the band. He is very devoted to his work, is an exceptional person both with friends and families like us fans
I think that he is one of the best drummers of the history mas for the quantity of time with The Rasmus! And it is mas for the excellent convinaciones mas that it realizes and with all his inspiration and mas for managing to be every better day!
[Newest]Best band, best albums, best songs therefore best drummer ever

65Awaji Yukihiro
Simply the best... Fast beats, so passionate, very energetic, awesome accuracy, able to turns old songs to new revised beats without affecting the song quality; in fact refreshing and improvising the old songs and making it more to his own style (and he always do that when performing old songs at live concerts, which would be songs that previously drummed by L'Arc~en~Ciel previous drummer Yatsunori Sakurazawa) unique style, all in all a very talented drummer but yet very humble and down-to-earth personalities that attract fans attention to him. His songs composition (fact: he is also a song writer and composer, apart from served as vocalist/founder of Acid Android, programmer and a bassist to P'unk~en~Ciel, L'Arc~en~Ciel alter ego) were always a little out-of-the-ordinary but they're unique and can be pleasant to his-kind-of listeners (and his/the band fans)(New World was one of his work that sound a bit pop-ish, his solo works like 13ayream and Code were industrial, experimental and alternatives rock but it worth to listen to, and his new song for L'Arc~en~Ciel upcoming new album rumoured to be Butterfly, called Shade of seasons are seem to be worth to look forward for in the album). Try listens to L'arc~en~Ciel songs that vary in different genres(from rock to ballad and a dash of techno) and listen to their old songs (from Sakura's works), compares it with the same song that played live by him and listen to the differences (but both of them are very talented people with two different styles, hence resulting to the two different sounds) then you will know this guy.
He is very very cool style Drummer and he is very very good stamina, I LOVE YUKIHIROO
the way he played the drums are very different from the others. Very fast, very accurate, very strong, and very typical. Thank god you have created Awaji Yukihiro as a new reference for drummers of the world. check the new single (GOOD LUCK MY WAY) 2011
[Newest]His fast beat is very hot!

66Brad Wilk
Half of one of the best rhythm sections of any rock band, Rage Against The Machine. His grooves are unmatched, and they work perfectly with Timmy's bass lines and Tom Morello's riffs. He can also play some killer fills. He should be ranked higher.

67Tico Torres
Do I have to say something about how much he rocks?
One of the world's most underrated drummers and never fails to impress with his talent. He beats lars ulrich and others by a huge margin
Tico is one of the best drummers in the world. He can also sing! Love watching Tico perform! He's a valuable part of the Bon Jovi Band!
WHAT THE HELL? Only #19! My gosh! Have you ever heard him playing? "Hitman" is able to blow the roof by only himself! I saw him live and seriously he is certainly one of the best drummer I have ever heard of my life! He is the pulse of Bon Jovi till 28 years now and he deserve to be more well known!


[Newest]Amazing drummer, not much to say about him, he's so underrated! Tico Torres rocks your ass off!
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68Christian Coma
Easily the best drummer ever. He plays like a nutter! Honestly, listen to him drum, and you'll wonder how he does it. Do Black Veil Brides give him RedBull or something before they play? Who knows. He's just amazing
CC is one of the best drummers I've seen. Alongside Jimmy and Sandra Alva, he is the best.
Best. Drummer. Ever. FULL STOP!


69Deen Castronovo
One of the best drummers ever heard in my my life... Tell nico I said hi!
He needs to be up in the top three. He has the fastest hands, the best voice, and the most impressive history of all of the drummers on this list.
Not only a great drummer but also a great singer! He has them all! You rock Deen.


[Newest]He is a awesome and Amazing Drummer he should be on the top of the list

70Doug Clifford

71Charlie Benante
My apologise to Mr Benante... This is not serous, you deserve much better rank!
WHERE IS HE ON THE LIST?! One of THE most under-rated drummers out there.
Charlie! This guy is sick. Why not even in the top 50?

72James Cassells
The best Metalcore drummer

73James Kottak
Pure energy! Simply amazing drumming! James Kottak should definitely be in the top 10. He is absolutely fabulous to watch live!
This crazy stickman is unbelievable! His performance and his skills are beyond awesome! He has been an excellent addition to Scorps for over 10 years. He rawks!


[Newest]Great drummer & great person

74Carman Appice
A Rock solid drummer legendary was an inspiration to John Bonham. This list is best rock drummer. There are a lot of great drummers on this list but I think Carmen is The most rock. He has played rock music for almost 50 years.
Him and his brother vinny appice both played for some of the top bands in the last 40 years they are legendary and should be ranked a lot higher vinny appice was with black sabbath
Are you serious? Vanilla Fudge, Ozzy, Blue Murder, every band that needed a sick metal drummer for the past 40 years.

75Matt Cameron
The only drummer who can play for two of the most successful bands of the 90's (Pearl Jam and Soundgarden) at the same time. Not to mention ask of the super groups he's been in like temple of the dog. And yet he is still ranked 75th.
very tight groove, especially in soundgarden! he has a lot of idea for heavy songs.
In not sure why he's #75. Pearl Jam has revolutionized rock and Cameron has played a major role not only on drums but also as a great songwriter, this coming from Vedder himself.

76Scott Phillips
Scott plays with much feeling, and he is quite technically skilled. He always puts the song first, exercising discretion rather than showing off, but he still uses many interesting patterns to keep songs interesting.
Scott is definitely one of the best and most innovative... the fills he uses, I've never heard any other drummer ever use... his grooves are unmistakable given his signature hi hat work
Scott Phillips drums like a champion. Strong rhythms and tasteful fills.
[Newest]Just simply the best with no ego involved!

What should I say, about an amazing man, like Sakura - San. First, that I admire him very much. The fist time, I heard him, was the time, he was L'ARc~en~Ciel and I really like his style, the way he combines wild riffs with soft rhythm. But for what I admire him most it, that he never had let bring him down, even when he was at the deepest point in 1997. But from there he fought himself high up. For that he has my very deep respect. He's right, when he's saying, that music creates a nice civilization, when children hear good music from very early childhood on and learn to play it. I love music, since I was a little child. Today I'm a singer and songwriter.
When Sakura was the drummer, there was style and soul in their music, it was really a basic instrument. Now, after he's gone from the band, the drum sounds the same in every song... so sad.
Perhaps one of the faster and strong drummers nowadays, he is a man who loves the music and because of that he try different styles, bands and instruments.
His songs has much more than a drum.

78Phil Rudd
Phil Rudd is definitely a better drummer than he receives credit for. I do a lot of reading concerning rock bands, and I have seen time and time again that post AC/DC rock drummers credit Phil Rudd as one of their greatest influences and idols. The drumming in AC/DC's songs play a major role. Just listen and pay attention to the drum line. I don't believe a drummers skill should be based on how fast or how complicated they try to play, but more so how much their drumming adds to the song to make it powerful. That is what makes Phil Rudd one of the best.
Phil Rudd is the basis for all rock drummers. If he isn't hitting a beat it simple means it isn't needed. And he is just a machine. No fancy stuff this is hat drumming is about, set the beat and drive the song home!
The thing about Phil that everyone makes fun of is he has the same drum beats. however this is a good thing, because it keeps the songs together and not rhythmically out of place


[Newest]Phil Rudd is the best Drummer ever!

79Mick Fleetwood
Just saw Fleetwood in concert and the artistry behind the musical section was amazing. Mick Fleetwood has not only incredible timing but he is a musician. Playing fast and loud isn't the mark of a great drummer. His timing is perfect and he knows when to hit and when not to hit. Truly a talent. Neal Pert is amazing and a wonderful musician as well. Mick deserves to be up there based on pure musical talent.
Its hard to mention Mick without mentioning John McVie, those two is in my opinion by far the best rhythm pairing in rock/blues-rock. Some may think they are for the most part boring, but they make it possible for the other musicians to strut their feathers like no others. They have also proved that they know how to show off the 2 best examples are, "The chain"( last part ) from the "Rumours" album and a 12:46 min live recording of "The Green Manalishi" on "Boston Blues Vol.2", this is also at the end of the song. The main thing with Mick is his ability to keep the same rhythm going.
Mick Fleetwood is amazing and has more energy than a man half his age. Just saw him in concert and could not believe that anyone could keep up such a pace without a break. Great musical talent who deserves a higher place in the list.
[Newest]Good wife likes him

80Blake Richardson
Probably the most technically skilled drummer I've ever heard. Absolutely fantastic, deserves a top 10 spot at the very least. Just watch a video of Between the Buried and Me playing through their entire hour-long album Colors in concert. The amount of skill and endurance that he displays is almost unparalleled.
An extremely talented and aggressive drummer who is also capable of bringing it down and always fitting with the rest of Between the Buried and Me. By far the best and most coordinated and finesseful drummer I know of.

81Andy Hurley
He is one of the bestest drummers in the history. For those who love or like listen to Justin Bieber and Jonas Brothera and who hate or dislike Fall Out Boy, you must listen to the true music
Fall Out Boy is probably one of the most hated bands today by musicians, but there's no denying that Andy Hurley is an amazing drummer.
You can say whatever you want about Fall Out Boy, but you can't deny how incredible his drumming abilities are.

82Gavin Harrison
I just checked out the drummer in 30 Seconds to Mars. and well he SUCKS even if there are so many people who think he is good they have no idea of what they are saying.
He doesen't do ANYTHING that is advanced at all!
Gavin should be at least in the top ten with Buddy Rich, Keith Moon and Mitch Michell. I get really pissed when idiots think drummers like the ones in Slipknot, Metallica and 30 Seconds to Mars are so damn good. People like that doesen't even know what music is.

/From a musician
Definitely deserves a higher rating than this. The most creative and rhythmically genius drummer in the world. Much better than some of the drummers on the list above.
Gavin (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson etc) is THE most melodic Drummer who adds real substance to the music in which he plays. His drumming is both complex yet tasteful and never is it overstated or dominating. And yet his style is such a part of the songs that he plays that often he is the star of the show. His position at No. 77 is a result of his lack of name recognition (that goes to Porcupine Tree too! - see most underrated bands list! ).
[Newest]Gavin Harrison is amazing. He knows how to play the beats and to add his fills and brings his own flavour to the music. The odd time signatures, everything! He's very precise too. Very hard to find such drummers.
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83Chad Sexton
Chad has, hands down, the best meter. His symbol work is crisp and artistically brilliant. Have never really heard a drummer play so melodically. So for him it's not just timing... he adds the layers with such taste and precision that his gift is a perfect dimension to any song. I just think that not enough people have ever been privileged enough to hear what he really does. If they did he would certainly be in the top 5 here.
Chad Sexton is such an accomplished drummer with an incredibly unique sound. If people really payed attention to his drumming he would definitely be much higher on this list and others alike. Chad, you are absolutely number one in my book as well as many others!
If this were my list he would definitely. Be in the top 5! If you have never seen him drum go to the unity tour and you will be voting for him no doubt about it!
[Newest]Chad sexton raleigh solo! Google it

84Michael Moose Thomas
Untouchable double bass, terricfic sound of drums. I have really not heard other drummers pound the drums like that, giving Bullet their sound. Pity he's not even on this list. Listen to " Alone", "waking the demon", "scream aim fire" etc... Unbelievable drumming.


Moose is an unbelievable drummer. He has fast, powerful beats that mix in with what Matt, Jay and Padge are trying do with the other music in the songs. When needed, Moose can also create beats and solo's that make amateur drummers like me just wish that we could play some of the stuff that he does, eveen the stuff the sounds easy, it's not.
90 is seriously unfair! He definitely deserves to be placed much higher! His drumming is unbelievable! Take for example Waking The Demon! Just Awesome!
[Newest]He must b at least in the top 100's rather.. in the top 50's

85Joe Rickard
Oh come on! He is full of energy and he is very very good! He deserves a place in the top 30, maybe TOP TEN!
drummer of RED, and the greatest I've ever seen!


In my opinion he is the best drummer!

86Yogi Watts

87Patrick Carney
Patrick has a certain style that works. He and Dan work well together and he can play basically any genre he wants. His drumming is complex and as I mentioned earlier just works. He is part of a duo that has basically revived rock music in this generation. The Black Keys are the best band of the 21st century

88Flo Mounier

89Jordan Mancino
O dude, all those drummers up there are crap. Their styles are all copied from other drummers and from other band's styles. Jordan mancino, the TRUE METAL DRUMMER created his own style which could lighten up the name of AS I LAY DYING. His power lasts for hours and hours and he just makes a concert better than anything. He is amazing, and energetic man... His sweet double bass drumming, mhm. See those drum plays done in the legendary songs of AILD. Why don't you all noobs listen to AILD songs before you vote? I'm sure it will change your minds.

PS. ROFL! Lars Ulrich is higher than Jordan ROFL.
An awesome drummer, but of course you'll hear better. Even though the band has been around for a while, they aren't all that bad.
mancino's an excellent drummer - he is fast and accurate in his drumming and you can hear it in such songs by As I Lay Dying such as "Confined" and "94 Hours". He deserves to be somewhere in the top ten. :]

90Nakajima Yuto
He is a member of Japan's boy band group Hey! Say! JUMP. He play drum since little. He already in the entertainment world since elementary school. He just graduated from high school. He young and cute. Other than drums, he also can sings, dance, tap dance, acts. He also acts in drama. He awesome and also a nice kid. He plays the drums really well for a youngster.
He is the prince of drums. He can sings, play drums, dance, tap dance, moon-walk. He only 18 years old. He the best drummer. He is really talented.
He loves to play drums, passionate about it and he plays well too! Conclusion, he is an amazing drummer.
[Newest]He is adorable and talented. Not only in singing and acting, but also playing instruments. And he loves drums the most! Well, he's really good in that.
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91Steve Jocz
Well... for a rock band, we need a very good guitar player, a very good bass player AND a very good drummer. Sum 41 is a very good band so Steve Jocz IS a very good drummer. He must be on the top 10 :D I'm gonna see them in 13 July in France and it's my second show of them and no one can tell me that this band sucks.
Sorry for my English I'm French
Steve Jocz from SUM 41 is one of the best drummers of all time! Check his drum skills in Screaming Bloody Murder! The new album from SUM 41! It's heavy, and it's awesome!
Nice joke, that he should be voted higher than tré cool. he seems to be cool an good in playing the drums but we don�'t know if he was as good as travis and the rest of the others
[Newest]This shouldn't be for him! He should be in top tens

92Jeremy Spencer
Can't believe he's so low, he should be on top 10 at least
Great drummer Number 8 under some great drummers on this list

93Jason Bonham
Jason is as good as his dad, amazing chops, great kit, like his dad had.
He is a amazing. Drummer

94Vinny Appice
Should have seen him at the the competitions on Sunset in the late seventies.

He is the best drummer he is the perfects man in the world he played so good he is the best human in my life he is my lifesaver really I love him so much he is the only man who I love I wish he lives in my country but he is only in Japan I wish so much that he come to Germany yes that's my onlyest wish I will meet him I will live with him together please ruka when you see this and anyone translate this for you come to my country pleasr I will see nightmare live
Ruka is in a band called Nightmare one of his best songs are White Room (No not the one by Creme. )
Ruka is very rude! But he's always playing with emotion, with intensity and feeling the power of every song

96Jimmy Chamberlin
I remember the first time I heard Cherub Rock. His style is unique and full of energy organized chaos. You can feel not just the beat but the emotion that he outputs. Allot of people aren't aware that when he showed up to be part of the pumpkins he was a mullet wearing jazz drummer that Billy said wouldn't fit in... Until he played.
It's odd. When you see Chamberlin up there, he looks either bored, or like it's too easy, but he's laying down these very smoothe, interlaced beats that mesh well with Corgan's sometimes erradic guitar and vocal work.
Despite Billy Corgan almost completely controlling the band's sound, The Smashing Pumpkins would not be the same without Chamberlin's signature sound. His drumming is unique and he has a lot of talent. Should be in top 10.
[Newest]Amazing how he can play fills and beats while keeping time. It's pretty easy on songs like Cherub Rock and Zero, but listen to his drumming on Geek USA... Incredible.

97Bun E. Carlos
I was listening to Dream Police and was impressed so much with how Bun E's playing "blended" in I had to look and see where he placed in the world of drumming.

My personal opinion is that if you don't hear the drums you got yourself a great drummer. It simply means they are one with the song. Great skill required here.

There are many other factors, I know, but if they hurt the sound of the band or damage the song or music, then what good are they.

As Hippocrates said... Physician "do no harm"...
Cheap Trick are one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years, and one of the reasons for that is their heavy rhythm section and the crisp and steady drumming of Bun E. Carlos.
A very underrated drummer. Not a big crasher, but capable, steady and one of the best. John Lennon thought so too.

98Scott Travis
What?! How can he be all the way down here?! This guy can kick lars ulrich's ass in his sleep! Just listen to Painkiller... And you will see the light
how he isn't in the 50's best its only see "painkiller" to understand, he have maid the bests drum solos.
How did this man get here?

99Chris Slade
the greatest all round drummer of all time
Watch video for thunderstruck. He is a tank!

100Dave Mackintosh
. NOT EVEN IN TOP 20? ...
His speed is simply amazing, also keep in mind that he keeps up that incredible speed for about 7 minutes straight, he should be higher up
omg idk y this dude isn't already on here. his speed beats everyone on this list easy, just listen to Revolution Deathsquad
[Newest]No. 100? Is this a joke? This guy is incredible!

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