Greatest Drummers of All Time
AKPickinA hard category, due to the number of drumming styles, but selected are the most complete and versatile drummers. These drummers should be able to play more than one style. In addition, their impact and influence in music should be felt on a global scale. Not just suburban America. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.
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style, finesse, control and metronomic time-keeping! It's no wonder everyone was after him. In Japan he was called Steve God. Period.
If you asked pro drummers across all genres to compile this list, Steve Gadd would be in the top ten easily.
Stewart Copeland's precision percussion, timing and rhythm must have this guy higher up this chart?
Bonham's really my favorite, but I had to vote Copeland to push him up a little in the polls. For me, when it comes to quintessential rock drumming, there are four names: John Bonham, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, and Keith Moon (who is really off in his own, unique category. )
Probably controversial, but Copeland is wicked in many styles and worthy of his place on this list.
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Hottest drummer ever! Rob bourden should be in first place you inspired me to play the drum's I'm 14 years old and I've been playing since 2002!
Best drummer ever! He plays in my favourite band, and he's the best drummer I know! He should be at first place! VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE GO SOLDIERS!
Guys He is not the best but definitely deserves a spot in the top ten. He is one of the best. Rob Bourdon Rocks. GO go Rob Bourdon.More comments about Rob Bourdon
what makes a drummer the best? it is not only their technical performance, but also charisma and feeling. yukkie has all that
Yukihiro is simply amazing! Despite his skinny appearance, his tempo, beats and speed are unbelievable! He'll always be the best for me <33
did you see him perform live in DIES IN CRIES and L'Arc~en~Ciel? his beats are so fast that make his drumsticks fly.
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Dom Howard, in my opinion, is one of the best drummers EVER! He should be in the top ten.
All of the members of Muse should at least be in the top ten of all their "fields". So, Matt should be in the top ten guitarists, Chris the top ten bassists and Dom in the top ten drummers. Because, in my opinion, they are ALL amazing. X
He is amazing drummer can play a lot of drum. He can play a lot of song that was so hard to play it. He can play fast as he can. He also can play very long time without exhausted and looking tired when play at the concert. He is the best player drum I had saw at the wembley stadium before.
Knights of cydonia. Resistance. Dom howard is the best. We love you dom! Keep up the good workMore comments about Dominic Howard
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A lot of people would not have heard Meshuggah's music and are able to digest the shear undeniable inventory of rhythm this man has created... A complete, totally unique and ground braking drummer of epic proportion... Tomas Haake has taken a simple 4/4 beat and created the most mathematical equations to blow your brain into separating peices... I think he is a genius and should be recognised for taking rhythm to a place we have never seen before... When talking about greatest drummers of ALL TIME, this man has re-created time and should be recognised as one of the most significant influences of the next many generations... It will be years before people actually realise the depth of this man's raw talent...
tomas haake is the best drummer of all time but few of them know about him his simply born as a drummer and after him is george kollias
why is this guy after lars ulrich? metallica are great but when it comes to talent meshuggah rape
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Rick allen deserves to be in the top 20! He's only got one arm for gods sake! You try that and see how well you play the skins!
Rick Allen was a beast when he had two arms... Check out Pyromania and high n Dry! At the time, he was only about 20 years old... Had he matured and had both arms, think of all the legends he would've left behind. But alas, even with one arm, he'll destroy most of the drummers out there. I vote him as top 5 drummers of all time hands down!
Even before he had one arm he was truly great at drums. Listen to "Rock of Ages" and he was one fantastic drummer! Yet he can still do that work with one arm!More comments about Rick Allen
To place Bruford at such a low rating means two things: First, you people need to learn what polyrhythmic drumming means (Bruford can play four separate time signatures at once, a different signature per limb) and Second, you people have no idea what qualifies a good/better/best drummer. Most of this poll is a popularity contest, NOT based on skill level.
He not only is technically perfect, but his tuned kits make music which separates Bill from just skin bangers
One word: Starless (of the red album), just listen to it and you┬'ll understand!
He is so complex and passionate player!
besides the fact that he was voted by drummer magazine the best drummer alive he also holds the world record for playing the worlds largest drum kit
Look up "RHCP-I Like Dirt, Rolling Rock Festival 2000". It's crazy.
chad play drums like a animal.. he has got a rocker spirit but he don't know that. red hot chili peppers the best ever.
Carter's style is versatile and his groove relentless. His presence in the ensemble's sound is both essential and completely natural.
He's the best, for sure!
No one play drums like Carter! I'm falling in love with his way to play drums!
He's the best! For sure! He may be in the top of this list! Where's the dave mathhews band fans?More comments about Carter Anthony Beauford
he isn't the best but his work with rainbow was great
Never misses a beat both live and at the recording studio. Fast, hard, and unforgiving.
Just the fact that he can do double base, fast drum rolls, and always has a natural rhythm set up in every System of a Down song puts him at #1 in my book. Listen to Soil. That's him at his best.
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That man made me wanna play drums!
Sublime is awesome. I would put bud in the top 10 if it were up to me. He is awesome he made me want to play
Thanks Dub and Had A that inspired me to take up the drums.
His high hat progression and use of the bass drum convinced me to buy a drum set and jam along to Sublime's tunes.
Can't deny it, the man is an underrated genius.
Listen to Barracuda and you will agree.
Mike is as good or better than any one on this list.
Tetsu Kikuchi is one of the best (If not the best) drummers out there. I hope everyone votes for him. D'erlanger is one of the best bands, his fills and rhythm are just incredible. Long life to Tetsu Kikuchi! The best drummer of the world!
One of the best and fastest rock drummers in Japan from the band D'ERLANGER. He was the drummer of SAVER TIGER and ZI:KILL. He and CIPHER created CRAZE after D'ERLANGER disbanded and in 2007 his main band reunited again.
Pat Travers, Ozzy Osborne this guy can destroy a set of drums
How? How? 59?!?! He is undoubtedly the best... Nobody can question his sheer brilliance. How many other drummers in his genre actually play without triggers? He is the reason I started playing the drums.
just the most talented drummer in the world... chris is my personal insperation on music and life. listen to blacken the cursed sun or 11th hour you'll see what I'm takkin about!
Just listen to now you've got something to die for or ruin. His drumming is fast yet unique. Probably one of the best metal bands out there right now. Won best metal drummer. I don't know why he is this low?
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