Best Rock Drummers

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41Chris AdlerChristopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God.

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!!!!

Are you serious? 38th position? Should be in top 10! He is one of the best!

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42John DolmayanJohn Dolmayan is a Lebanese-born Armenian–American songwriter and drummer. He is best known as the drummer of System of a Down.

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 - SoldierSide1224

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. - arpanhmr

John Dolmayan very perfect - CristianeB

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43Roger TaylorRoger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on April 26th,1960 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as including Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga. Despite being well known in Queen ...read more.

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. - Queen-aholic

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! - abbytoledo1293

Surely The Greatest

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44Taylor HawkinsOliver Taylor Hawkins is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.

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

Probably the most underrated drummer of all time.

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45Tommy 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. - JR

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

Well... The answer of everything is 42

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46George KolliasGeorgios "George" Kollias is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American technical death metal band Nile.

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.

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47Steven AdlerSteven Adler is an American musician. He is best known as the former drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s.

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 - ryanfarolddanielwenas

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!

Steven ( popcorn ) Adler as Guns N' Roses used to call him, due to the fact that her would jump up and down on his drum throne when he played...funny fact - Parklink

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48Gene HoglanEugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.

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...

Been in Death and Strapping Young Lad, my two favorite extreme metal bands, and Gene added so much to them

49Chad SzeligaChad Szeliga is an American drummer and percussionist from Elyria, Ohio. He is best known as the former drummer for the band Breaking Benjamin.

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.

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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50Brann DailorBrann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.

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.

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

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51Eric CarrPaul Charles Caravello better known by his stage name Eric Carr, was an American musician who was the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left, when he chose the stage name "Eric Carr" and took up the "Fox" persona.

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

Stud drummer and class act

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52Butch TrucksClaude Hudson "Butch" Trucks is an American drummer who is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. One of Trucks' first bands was local Jacksonville band The Vikings, who made one 7-inch record in 1964.
53Cozy PowellColin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

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

Without a doubt a drumming legend should be in the top 10 along with Keith Moon Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and Charlie Watts.

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54Thomas Lang

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

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.

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.

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55Larry 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.

Should be much higher on the list. There are two many who's between him and the top!

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56Matt CameronMatt Cameron is a American composer, and musician. He is mostly famous of being the drummer of three grunge bands: Soundagrden, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog.

very tight groove, especially in soundgarden! he has a lot of idea for heavy songs.

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.

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.

Vastly underrated. He is top 20 easily.

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57Carter Beauford

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 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.

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.

Needs to be higher, has perfect technique and is more technical than those above him on this list

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58Carman 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.

This man adds the funk to the rock! For all you cats that know what I mean.

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