Greatest Drummers of All Time


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41Tommy LeeThomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

In my opinion Tommy Lee has always been and always will be the best drummer in the world. Watching Tommy play amazing and unforgettable. He also has gorgeous tattoo's and I don't believe I have ever seen him play while wearing a shirt, for his age, lifestyle and the drugs he abused along with having Hepatitis C he looks amazing for his age. Anyone that misses out on seeing Tommy Lee perform has missed out on the chance of a lifetime to see a rock legend.

NUMBER 31! Who made this list, I'm sorry to say but Tommy should be at least in the top 10 I mean drumming while spinning upside down and all the other stuff. Come on you must be blind or something. Who ever made this list needs to be shot or giving a new pair of ears. Tommy is one of the best drummers in the World. PERIOD

He's the only drummer in the world who can play upside down/sideways/spinning/& puking all at the same time & never misses a beat.

HELLO?! No question about it, Lee was the best, he is the best, & he always will be the best. Can you tell me anyone else who can play a solo while spinning upside down? No, you can't, because no one has even tried!

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42Tomas Haake

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 - ado006

why is this guy after lars ulrich? metallica are great but when it comes to talent meshuggah rape - Pravus

The best drummer ever

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43Rick AllenRichard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

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!

Rick Allen is better than any other drummer on this list, and he only has one arm. You've got to admire his passion and all-out greatness. It is a shame that he's this far down on the list.

This guy needs to be farther up come on his drumming may not be to difficult but its amazing how he plays with only one arm, coming from a drummer myself

Even good with only 1 arm.

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44Gene The Atomic Clock Hoglan

This list really is silly. People are just voting for the drummer of their favourite bands (Hence 30 Seconds to Mars and X-Japan being in the top ten! If only real drummers voted and it was actually down to skill and talent, then this guy, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Chris Adler, Tomas Haake, Joey Jordison, Buddy Rich, John Bohnam, Gavin Harrison & Dave Lombardo would be in the top 10, as well as others not far behind like Dave Grohl and Mitch Mitchell etc. NOT regular drummers from popular bands!

One of the greatest drummers of all time...part of Dethklok's success is due to Mr. Hoglan.

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45Terry BozzioTerry John "Ted" Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa.

Determining who is the best needs to know all drummers. I don't! But o know that Terry was able to play "black page" composed by franck Zappa.

Clearly underrated by a solid 30+ spots. A bit of a mercenary which probably hurts him in these rankings but do yourself a favor and seek out his music.

How did he get beat by these other dudes?! Except peart, makes little sense. Taste perhaps

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46Carl Palmer

A true progressive, programmer, musician, and all-around artist, Carl Palmer belongs in ANYONE'S top ten list!... Anyone who is informed and knows the difference between cheap thumping showmanship, and true technique and virtuosity, anyway. What a biased, superficial list of drummers, this is. A popularity contest for many. Carl Palmer is amazing, in a word, and his gifts and talent are legendary. If most of you could please remove your collective heads out of your asses and LISTEN and WATCH, you would know well what I mean. Carl Palmer is "the show that never ends! "

Welcome back my friends. Let's get to the point, Carl Palmer is the best drummer of all time. He is insanely adept at playing any kind of music. He is a model for drummers everywhere. You think Neil Peart is #1? In Peart's biography he stated his number one influence was Carl Palmer. Palmer won Rolling Stone's drummer of the year 1970-1976. He is so forgotten, but when progressive rock was on the rise, this man along with Emerson, was a GOD of progressive rock. He is the rock drummer, no THE drummer. Legendary musician. Percussion virtuoso.

This list is quite lame overall, but Palmer at this rank must mean that he and ELP have been forgotten. To see what this guy can do, see YouTube. In addition to all else he's a showman, by far the best solos in rock (caveat: never saw Moon play live). I think of his performances as a Cirque de Soleil of drumming - - technically dazzling, cross-genre, acrobatic and with laser precision against an extremely complex musical backdrop.

Definitely belongs in the top 10

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47Nick MenzaNick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".

He is so complex and passionate player!

This is a ridiculous list. Nick should easily be in the top 20.

Another king is dead... Long live the king! from their legacy other drums must learn... specially you Lars... you have much to learn!

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48Tony Royster Jr.

He has got to be the greatest drummer on the planet. He's played for a lot of artist all around the world, won many drum battles and contest, can play any style well, and solo with blazin speed not mention he has more trix and combos than any drummer out there. Without a doubt Royster, Jr. Is #1.

Never seen anyone play like this. Slipping easily from on beat to off. Watch the videos, you'll see what I'm talking about.

the best of all time
he also play dw drums, wtf, he so the best! - gerald_dk23

Best modern drummer ever

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49Francesco PaoliFrancesco Paoli is the drummer for the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, formed in 2007.

Just listen to the whole of the Agony album.

His hands go to over one million speed

50Dennis Wilson

Dennis attached the drums like few could and still keep a steady beat.

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52Vinnie Paul Abbott

One of the greatest drummer in history!
Should be in first 10. Just listen some song of Pantera.

53Dominic HowardDominic James Howard is an English musician, best known as the drummer, percussionist and co-producer for the alternative rock band Muse. He also contributes to the synthesized and electronic-based elements found in their music.

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.

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

Knights of cydonia. Resistance. Dom howard is the best. We love you dom! Keep up the good work

66?!? Have you guys even heard New Born or Assassin's drums?

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54Matt 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.

I have now seen Pearl Jam 3 times in my life just to hear Matt play. Massive thanks to Matt for every single note he has have ever hit.

Drummer for Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, two of the greatest Alternative rock bands of all time.

Wow! He should be at least number 10. He's just amazing. Cheak his work in Soundgarden. Just great

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55Philip SelwayPhilip James "Phil" Selway is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the drummer of English rock group Radiohead.

He's just an incredibly underrated drummer, who deserves a spot for his immensely technical drumming, which has helped to define Radiohead's sound. Listen to Pyramid Song, 2+2=5, or Little By Little to understand why he belongs here.

56Cozy 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.

People are just sick, they don't know much about drummers than about John Bonham, Neil Peart and etc etc.. because these guys were in the most greatest bands... They are good, how about Cozy? He do deserve well. Check out Rainbow Black Sabbath Whitesnake jeff beck group and etc etc... Wonderful drummer.

Also I would vote for Thin Lizzy Drummer Brian Downey...

Cozy joined Greg Lake and Keith Emerson in an outstanding self-titled album (Emerson Lake and Powell). His thunderous style added a new dimension to this band. - BobG

Excellent enough to drum for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and also replace Carl Palmer in ELP. Had a great solo album featuring the likes of Bernie Marsden, Jack Bruce and Don Airey ("Over the Top"). - BobG

Unbelievable that Cozy could be so low on this list!

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57Matt Greiner

The master of technicality, almost all of his work is amazing, but songs like Provision, The Wake (but really only the drum track on that one), Meddler, White Washed, and Endorphins really showcase the best of what he can do

Total monster and the best modern metal drummer out there. Listen to composure, marianas trench, beauty in tragedy, and animals then try and say otherwise


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58Awaji YukihiroAwaji Yukihiro is a Japanese musician, best known as drummer of the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He also sings and plays bass for his solo project, Acid Android. Before joining L'Arc-en-Ciel he was in the popular visual kei bands Zi:Kill and Die in Cries.

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

He is the drummer in japan, he have very beautiful technic when he play drum and his speed and tempo is very beautiful... I love him

he is one of the fastest drummer I ever see

- squatrife

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59Louie BellsonLuigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, known by the stage name Louie Bellson, was an American jazz drummer.

By putting LB # 87 on any list of drummers, you've demonstrated the list is a waste of time!
Bellson applied complex rudiments to drums in the 1930s and perfected them over the next 50 years. He was a composer, arranger, and bandleader throughout his career.
Duke Ellington said he was the greatest drummer and greatest musician he knew... DE knew more than a few musicians in his life... Including Buddy Rich.
I saw Ringo Starr up there above Bellson somewhere... Do you have any idea what you're talking about?

Heartily agree! Watch Skin Deep. Absolute classic. Effortless genius etc etc nobody else gets near

The master... So many drummers used his drum manuals, myself included.

Unbelievable underrated drummer. Just as good as rich who was the greatest ever to live.

60Bill BrufordWilliam Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English retired drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner.

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.

Bruford is the only drummer which can make unconventional beats work and totally change conventional sounds. He's the percussionist which for weeks after hearing a tune you still marvel the direction he took in the song. Listen to the recovery toward the end of live versions of "Easy Money" on youtube or even better "Exiles". Simply the best ever even Neil Peart admits Bruford was one of his greatest inspirations along with Tull's later drummer Barriemore Barlow and of course Carl Palmer.

The Only Reason Bill Bruford Is this Low Is Because IT's Hard to Follow. But Everything He does Is Better Than Any Other Drummer No One Can Compare To Him Carl Palmer IS closed But Bruford Has this Unique Stile That No One will Ever HAve

Ono of the best for sure

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