Best Rock Drummers

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The Top Ten

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Neil Peart
THE PROFESSOR DEFINITELY RULES THE DRUM WORLD, EVERYONE ELSE HAS BEEN OR IS INFLUENCED BY HIM, INCLUDING ME! I've SEEN RUSH LIVE SEVERAL TIMES AND BELIEVE ME THEY VERY RARELY HAVE AN OFF NIGHT, BUT I WITNESSED ONE OF THOSE RARE OCCASIONS ONCE AND WHILE ALEX WAS BREAKING STRINGS AND PLAYING OUT OF TUNE AND GEDDY WAS SINGING OUT OF TUNE, NEIL HELD IT ALL TOGETHER AND NEVER MISSED A BEAT! LONG LIVE THE KING!
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.
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Oh easily Neil Peart #1
John Bonham, Keith Moon and Buddy Rich come close but no one can do it better than the Professor
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2Shannon 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!
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I could watch him play for hours.. For me... The best drummer
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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.

REV FOR NUMBER ONE!
he is the best drummer & funny man ever... I love avenged sevenfold forever!
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Truly the best! Miss you foREVer
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4John 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.
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Moby Dick. Need I say more?

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5Gustav 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!
Gustav is one of the best drummers I've ever heard, he have an energy full of emotion!
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!
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Gustav Schafer is the best! He is amazing! (TR)
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6Tré 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!
GO TRE!
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.
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Listen to Burnout from Dookie to find Tre's best work. Also Jesus of Suburbia off of American Idiot, man is he GREAT. Nobody can touch him. No doubt top 5. What a guy.
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7Keith 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!
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Keith played drums as if they were a lead instrument. He was in the perfect band for his talents. Pete let bot Keith and John take lead while he would play rhythm. And Keith was an absolute madman behind his drum kit. No one better in my opinion.
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8Mike 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...

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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!
15? Considering he made progressive drummer of the year 13 consecutive years straight he should at least be in the top ten. There have been drummers such as Mike Mangini, also known as the fastest drummer in the world, tell the media that there is no way he could compare to Portnoy. Portnoy elevated the level of difficulty for progressive metal consistently. But as the poster before me mentioned, it's obvious that there are some that comment only on the drummer in their favorite band. There are so many genres out that it would only be safe to do a "progressive" top ten or "metal" top ten or "thrash" top ten, since portnoy would be classified as the obvious, Lars Ulrich would be classified under thrash, (his words) etc... I mean, come on. What about Chris from Lamb of God... at this point in time he's listed as 43... that's shameful... He's much better than that. I am quite fond of the voting system you've got going on here.
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So sad to see him leave the band.

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9Joey 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.
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He is much better than Neil Peart.
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10Lars Ulrich
Lars should be at least 5th in the list... If you listen to the song "frantic" you will understand...
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.
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I'm sorry but he is nowhere near Nicko McBrain.
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The Contenders

11Travis 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!
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I think Travis is the best. Cause when I see him play the drums my mouth won't close
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12Yoshiki 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
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If you see his live performances with X Japan in Tokyo Dome, you'll realise why he is a master.
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13Danny 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!
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!
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!

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Way better then people give him
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14Dave 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.
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How the hell is joey jordison on this. ROCKNGROHL all day baby
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15Buddy 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.
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This man invented drumming.
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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
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Rob bourdon is the best drummer I've ever seen... He has been done the best in the linkin park's songs especially in all the songs of hunting party...
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17Ginger 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.

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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.
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The Hunting Party shows it all! Vote for this guy. He's one of the most underrated yet one of d most outstanding drummers.
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18Dave 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?
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.
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.
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Dave Lombardo is the best drummer on the world. It's the list for the best drummers not bands.
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19Alex Van Halen
Look up one of his drum solos. He is really fast!

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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
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3 words: Hot For Teacher
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20Ringo Starr
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
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.
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!
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Ringo is the father of modern rock drumming.
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21Ian Paice
I just found that every time I ask someone who playing the drum's in a this song or that song and it seem'this name keep's poping up so I did a little investagation I fould out he play for deep purple then thought to myself that all stand's to reason I ALWAY LOVE DEEP PURPLE and their drummer was I can. T think of word that fit's people over use awesome. Earthshaking is a little better. As a kid was'nt paying no mind to the name. S of the people in band. I was 16 yrs old and had my head under THE hood of big block camaro and if I took it out it was for a girl so I don. T no a lot list of drummer but it wrong that can tell as for niel peart it. S not how big the set is it's how you use them it nothing aginst NEIL PEART I. M not puting him down.
He's a killer dummer but he no IAN PAICE but that's my opinion I could be wrong erie pa. LOVE YA. IAN your best PAY NO MINED TO THIS LIST TILL IT. S FIX BECAUSE IT. S IS BROKIN,
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
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The best drummer of the history of the Rock!
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22Nicko 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...
Mr McBrain is the very reason I took up playing the drums, the man is a genius and a nice fella to boot.
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23Chad 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.
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Chad is my inspiration for my drumming. Ever since I heard the chili peppers songs I instantly loved them. As my taste in music matured and I began to actually listen to the drums I researched the name of the drummer, have done some research, and realized he inspires me and is my favorite drummer of all time so far...
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24Dominic 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
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25Roger 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.

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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!

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Roger Taylor is really that kind of a drummer, whose sound you can recognize. He has an amazing voice, he plays also quitar, and he is also the sexiest man alive. Somehow Roger always reminds me of that boy, who lived at the 80's and loved fooling around the cameras.
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26Stewart 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
Shocked he's not higher up, he was a huge part of what made The Police so tight of a group. But you know what they say about opinions, they're like buttholes -- everyone has one, and most of them stink.
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The best and the most unique drummer ever!
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27Shinya
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!
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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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28John 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

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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.

arpanhmr

He has everything. He can play anything.

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29Rick Allen
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?
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!
My Favourite Drummer... The Reason Why I Started Drums He Is The Biggest Inspiration In The World... Definitely Leppard Are Awesome
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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!
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30Mike 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!
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.
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!
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Gentle but firm... That's all that I can describe Mangini how about... Yes, he's ex Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, which is the alma mater of Petrucci, Myung, and Portnoy as well... Good luck with the DT Mike Mangini... I like your play in "On the Backs of Angels", the DT's first song with you which is got Grammy nomination...
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31Bill 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

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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!
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32Kai
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
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KAI IN THE BEST!
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33Steven 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

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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!
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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!
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Very best top 5
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35Tommy Aldridge
An amazing drummer that deserves better place.
For me, is the best.
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.

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36Chris 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!!!!
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This guy shoould be in the top 5! Have you nt seen him play?! He is a legend!
I bet no drummer can top him on "Ruin", "Laid to rest", "11th hour", and "Vigil"!
Go get educated people, listen to LAMB OF GOD!
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37Bill 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)
So low! Just listen his powerful beat in "Heart of the sunrise", "Red", "Yours is no disgrace" "One more red nightmare"... He could be inthe Top 5 with Nick Mason, Keith Moon, John Boonham and Wyatt!
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One More Red Nightmare, Red, Starless, Larks Pt 1 and 2, Easy Money, and pretty much everything he did in King Crimson was flawless. Loved him in Yes as well. One of my favorite drummers along with Neil Peart, Mike Mangini, and Thomas Haake
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38Chad 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.
He's been my drum idol for years. I have never been so hooked on a players drumming than I have with Chad's. This man has become my greatest friend, role model, and now teacher... He is just the best at what he does period, and is underrated like no other. If any of you took the time do your research then you would realize that Ben Burnley is the reason that Chad's playing is so held back on the albums. My man can do anything you ask, he's sponsored by DW drums for a reason. Your always the best in my heart bro, love you Chad.

- Danny Anton Watts (dwattzdrummer)
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!
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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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39Mitch 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.
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.
Hahaaha, why is he so low on the list. he deserves to be in top 20
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40Phil 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!
Phil Collins- from The Genesis album - Nursery Cryme, until Wind & Wuthering- not only drummed with incredible suppleness, and fluidity, but also played with amazing dynamics, AND complex Polyrhythms- just listen to his drumming on "Selling England by the Pound"- Brilliant all throughout, but especially in the behind-the-beat synchopations of "I Know What I like", and the almost Mahavishnu Orchestra-like Poly-metrics of "The Battle of Epping Forest"- not to mention his wonderful Fusion side-project- Brand X, often while singing back-up to Peter Gabriel! Neil Pert? Are you serious? Don't let his solo career close your ears & mind to this MOST AWESOME Musical Genius! Far and Away- the Best Prog-Music Drummer of our time!
Phil is my favorite. His style is so unique. He goes beyond just keeping the beat. Along with the occasional use of the drum machine, Phil makes the drum bits stand out. He is certainly top 10.
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Just listen to The Musical Box to see how amazing he is
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41Bob Bryar
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.
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.
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!
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HOW IS HE ALL THE WAY DKWN HERE?!?! Everything that came out of the speakers sounded like ' Beethoven!
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42Clive Burr
Clive Burr is (was) way better and more creative than most of the drummers listed here in top positions.

43Chad 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!
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44Nakajima 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.
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He love drums! He ever said he always thinking of drums. He is talented. He can play another instrument too. He love music.
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45Max 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!

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46Michael 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
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47Awaji 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
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48Carter 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.
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Carter Beauford is the best drummer in the world. His bus driver Lupe ain't bad either!
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49Brann 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.
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50Gene 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.
Bestjazz record ever gene krupa's THAT DRUMMERS BAND listen to the trumpet!
Kruppa is the King of the listed great drummers #1 - Speed, creativity, flair, and subtlety!

51Tico 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 a really really great drummer who has playes with the better even before bon jovi (chuck berry, franck an the knocuts... ) his latino influences mixed with the rock'n'roll of bon jovi make them sound better, I mean all of the band members are very very talented musician but tico is the heart of the band! He's so cool and at least near 60 years old, he can still hit the drum as the hell aven after 3hours live show, great performances, "the hit man" hits the drum so strong that he can broke till 20 sticks during a show! Awesome!
I've never seen a better drummer than Tico. He deserves to be "the best". I've also never seen a drummer give his band the high level of energy that it takes to be a "superman" drummer. There's no one that I know of that does an excellent job every time he plays. He doesn't just play with the band, he plays as one with the other band members, as one whold unit. Go Ticco. Whatever happens, he'll still be #1 for all Jovi Fans.
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52Charlie Watts
Hello!
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
Citra
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.
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!
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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.
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I saw carl seven times in 1974, and also saw buddy rich live. two of the best your gonna see ever.
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54Aki 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
His full name is Aki Markus Hakala. He is the drummer and was born in Espoo, Finland, on October 28, 1979. He joined the band in 1999, after the former drummer, Janne Heiskanen, left the band to "find himself". Aki originally sold band merchandise at their shows and joined the band after jamming with Pauli. He says that the only thing he was ever good at was drumming, and he "sucked at everything else", although he has done some acting in the past in Siamin tytöt (a Finnish drama series) and can play the guitar. Before joining The Rasmus, he was a drummer for Killer and Kwan, (he was replaced by Risto). In 2006, Aki decided to finally have LASIK eye surgery, and ceased wearing his trademark black glasses. Early 2007, he stopped dying his hair black, opting instead for platinum blond. In July 2007 he welcomed his first daughter.
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55Steve 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!
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Awesome drummer, guitar player and singer... Very talented guy
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56Nick 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.
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I can't write anything to describe him just listen live at Pompei and you'll understand he is the best
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57Deen Castronovo
One of the best drummers ever heard in my my life... Tell nico I said hi!
Not only a great drummer but also a great singer! He has them all! You rock Deen.

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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.
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58George 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
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.
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
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59James 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!

ScorpsSistah

HE KICKS ASS BEST DRUMMER EVER LOVED HIM, I SAW HIM IN PORTUGAL SO NICE, FULL OF ENERGY, 10 TEN DRUMMER, THAT'S FOR SURE (SORRY IF BAD ENGLISH)
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60Arin 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.

61Gene 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...

62Taylor 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...
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
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
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Best sounding drummer ever
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63Larry 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.
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64Thomas 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.
Maybe not a famous. But one of the greatest. If he would played in just one popular rock band, he would need a separate hit list. that's the gruesome fate of a studio and solo drummer
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65Matt 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.
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.
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.
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66Steve 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
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
I really appreciate him when he sings in Pain for Pleasure. He has really improved on drumming through the years and now he's great! And he "Like to party" too.
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67Mark Zonder

68Scott Raynor

69Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips drums like a champion. Strong rhythms and tasteful fills.
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
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Just simply the best with no ego involved!
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70Cozy 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
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71Andy 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.
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72Eric 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.
Eric carr is the greatest drummer of all time.
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
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73Christian 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!

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74Doug Clifford

75Charlie Benante
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?

76James Cassells
The best Metalcore drummer

77Matt Cameron
very tight groove, especially in soundgarden! he has a lot of idea for heavy songs.
Matt Cameron is fantastic and one of the best in the business now.
"two words, (To easy)is there anything he can['t do
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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.
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78Gavin 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.
Seriously, he deserves to be way higher... He can play fast as hell, but just chooses to play something so innovative! His drumming is absolute genius... The guy knows exactly what goes well with the melody of the song, and doesn't just give beats! Brilliant guy, deserves to be way higher! PS: watch anesthetize live version, you'll know what I'm talking about!
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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! ).
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79Carman Appice
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.

80Phil 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

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Phil Rudd is the best drummer. When you hear you never forget the sound.
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81Blake 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.

82Mick 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.
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Good wife likes him
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83Joe 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!

Xylyte

In my opinion he is the best drummer!
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84Jordan 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.
Jordan is way better than the people that are placed higher than him! What is wrong with you people?!
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85Jimmy 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.
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86Mikko Siren
Mikko is an amazing musician. He has such passion when he plays! He gives and gets energy to and from the crowd! Not to mention he is a super nice guy. So many musicians don't seem to have the time or patients for the fans but I've met Mikko and he loves the "meet and greet" time as much as the Apocalyptica fans do! ! So for this reason and many more he should be voted as the best drummer!
Mikko is an extremely incredible drummer, but not only is he an amazingly talented musician, versatile and incredibly skilled and fast on the drums, but he is also a wonderful and very unique individual. Along with the other members of Apocalyptica, he takes the time out of his busy day to interact with fans after gigs, charming and amusing with his great sense of humor, and making people happy just by being his real, caring self. Pearl Drums have made videos focusing just on Mikko during a live Apocalyptica performance, and he has written and helped write spectacular songs for/with Apocalyptica over the years. Let's just say that the guys of Apocalyptica played with him for live shows and then officially added him as band member...
Mikko is one of the most under-rated drummers for sure. His style is very unique and skilled and his creativity knows no bounds! I can't really put into words my admiration for him and how he thinks outside the box, but I couldn't be more proud to say I own one of his drumsticks!
Mikko's also one of the coolest guys I've ever met - he's so easy going and friendly! And will deny it to the ends of the earth if you compliment him. He's constantly making us all laugh with his great sense of humour too. Mikko "Mikko Sirén" Sirén - YOU ROCK!
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Incredible talent. Definitely deserves higher place on this list.
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87Yogi Watts

88Dave Mackintosh
. NOT EVEN IN TOP 20? ...
THIS GUY IS SIMPLY THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
HAS THE ABILITY TO PLAY ALONG WITH THE FASTEST OF ALL SOLOS AND RHYTHMS.
HE CAN PLAY ANY DRUM BEATS BY ANY OF THE DRUMMERS HERE. BUT NO OTHER DRUMMER HERE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PLAY THE BEATS PLAYED BY HIM.
WATCH HIS DRUM SOLOS ON YouTube. HEROES OF OUR TIME IS SIMPLY AMAZING.
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
For me, Dave is one of faster drummer in the world and he have highest double paddle skills
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89Jeremy Spencer
Can't believe he's so low, he should be on top 10 at least

90RUKA
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

91Jason Bonham
Jason is as good as his dad, amazing chops, great kit, like his dad had.
He is a amazing. Drummer

92Vinny Appice
Should have seen him at the the competitions on Sunset in the late seventies.

93Nick Menza
Nick Menza is probably one of the most talented drummers of the 80s heavy metal era (not that death metal crap). The way he drums is just fantastic to watch and listen to.

Haydos

nick menza is a very underated drummer. megadeth are one of the greatest metal bands ever and nick menza drummed for most of megadeths career.
Awesome

Can't Stop Listening Dread And The Fugitive Mind

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94Scott 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.
Duh! I guess people haven't heard painkiller.
That one song is enough to prove Travis' quality to be the best.
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95Chris Slade
the greatest all round drummer of all time

96Frank Beard
Frank should be in the top 25 at least. He's my favorite drummer ever
Just barely in the top 100? Come on! If you listen to the drums on La Grange then you will know how talented he is

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97Jaki Liebezeit
should be number one on this list. tasteful, bombastic, and endlessly creative; jaki's technique was perfect, but the band he was in (Can) also had an insanely unique message they want to convey (not to mention they were some of the best experimental rockers of all time, with their influence reaching just about everywhere nowadays). I believe this is the problem with a lot of drummers nowadays (the rev, shannon leto, slipknot drummer), sure, they have great technique, but technique is only a means to convey your art, and if you don't have anything mind expanding and new to show, they shouldn't be included on this list.

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98Brad Wilk

99Dale Crover

100Tommy 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.
Tommy Lee is THE best drummer that I can think of in my lifetime. I can't think of any other drummer that I can honestly say that about. Tommy is so creative with his drumming ability. He's the only one to my knowledge that made a circle thing to go in circles. I can't think of any other that has been as creative as Tommy.
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Come on guys, Motley crue? A very very skilled and interesting drummer, and in my opinion one of the best in the rock world
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