Most Influential Rock Drummers

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Criteria: - Drummers are ranked for their influence, innovation, originality, and technical ability.

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1Neil Peart (Rush)Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

Influential... Even if you don't think he's the best (he is) or you like somebody more because you swoon over their band like a teenager, Peart undeniably has influenced more drummers than anyone. If you disagree your just basically blind or stupid. Laugh out loud

1. La Villa Strangiato
2. By-Tor And The Snow Dog
3. 2112
4. YYZ
5. Anthem
6. Xanadu
7. Cygnus X-1
8. Fountain Of Lamneth
9. Jacob's Ladder
10. Red Barchetta
Best Album: Moving Pictures (Rush)
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Superb, true excellence, top notch musicianship! Listen you all very closely and learn! Feel honored that he was in your lifetime!

He influenced me big time. He's like my hero

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2John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.

Do I really have to explain why Bonzo's the best?! Listen to Four Sticks, When the Levee Breaks, Rock and Roll, Moby Dick, Achilles Last Stand, Fool in the Rain.

Everybody who votes for Peart isn't a musician. Plain and simple.
Bonham is far superior to Peart in every way. Kids need to understand that speed ain't everything...

Overrated. That's all I can say. His drumming skills are not particularly impressive at all. - theone90990

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3Keith Moon (The Who)

1. Won't Get Fooled Again
2. A Quick One
3. Cobwebs And Strange
4. I Can See For Miles
5. My Generation
6. The Ox
7. Bargain
8. Baby Don't You Do It
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Getting In Tune
Best Album: Who's Next (The Who)
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Usually competes for the #1 spot with Bonham and Peart. If you compare all three at their peak powers, Moon blows em all away. Unique style which has never been duplicated. Watch him cut loose on Heaven and Hell from the 1969 London Coliseum show.

He is the Jimi Hendrix of the drums-- he set the standard

Neil is from the 80s who do you think he looked up to

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4Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Anderson Paice is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple.

The greatest drummer over forty years still the best

He's amazing and VERY underrated

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5Ginger Baker (Cream)

HE IS LITERALLY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL DRUMMER OF ALL TIME. He pioneered the Double Bass Drum, he invented the Drum Solo, and he changed the face of drumming. He should be #1. Without Baker, drummers like Bonham and Peart WOULD NOT EVEN BE AROUND. Peart even said that Baker was the ultimate inspiration for him drumming. Before Baker, Drum beats were pretty boring, just basic beats. But when he came around, drum beats transformed. You can't ignore him. He deserves #1, not #19. - theone90990

1. Toad
2. Do What You Like
3. Rollin' And Tumblin'
4. White Room
5. We're Going Wrong
6. Sunshine Of Your Love
7. Sitting On Top Of The World
8. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
9. Those Were The Days
10. I'm So Glad
Best Album: Fresh Cream (Cream)
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6Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

1. Stream Of Consciousness
2. Constant Motion
3. Erotomania
4. Dance Of Eternity
5. 6:00
6. Paradigm Shift
7. Acid Rain
8. In The Presence Of Enemies
9. Lie
10. Metropolis, Pt. 1
Best Album: Awake (Dream Theater)
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HONOR THY FATHER!
He plays the hardest drum parts in his solos and songs
Mike Mangini was an equal replacement for him though

7Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) William Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English retired drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner.
8Roger Taylor (Queen)Roger 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.

Simply the best, as a composer, frequence, ability and charisma.

He inspired Yoshiki, but why is he below him? Oh yeah, Yoshiki can play piano, too but does he sing high vocals like Roger does?

He is the best drummer in the world, because he is not only drum player, but he is also the best musician in the world. With out Freddie, he still alive in the music scene!

9Yoshiki Hayashi (X Japan)Yoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success ...read more.

You X Japan fans need to calm down and be a little more realistic here. Whether he's good or not, I don't think a lot of people started drumming thanks to him... - RalphSaad

Lol 7 you serious? not even in a top 30

Easily, one of the best drummers of all time.
Listen to: Art of Life, Kurenai, Rusty Nail etc. - xxpunkrockprincexx

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10Stewart Copeland (The Police)Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the drummer for the English-American rock band The Police and for his film and video game soundtracks.V1 Comment

The Contenders

11Mike Mangini (Dream Theater; Annihilator)Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.
12Phil Rudd (AC/DC)Phillip Hugh Norman Rudd is a New Zealand-based Australian drummer, best known for his membership in Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1975 through 1983, and again from 1994 to 2015. Upon the 1977 departure of bass guitarist Mark Evans from AC/DC, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of the ...read more.
13Dave Lombardo (Slayer) David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

1. Raining Blood
2. Seasons In The Abyss
3. DNR
4. War Ensemble
5. Angel Of Death
6. Bug Juice
7. Silent Scream
8. Sewn Shut Eyes
9. Agressive Perfector
10. Praise Of Death
Best Album: Seasons In The Abyss (Slayer)
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How is this beast not in the top 5 (at least)? - Metal_Treasure

14Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake)Colin 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.

He made headlines, when he appeared on the BBC's programme Record Breakers, where he set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television. - Metal_Treasure

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15Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

This man inspired a lot of drummers too. He should be on the top ten.

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16Tre CoolFrank Edwin Wright III, known professionally as Tré Cool, is a German-born American drummer, best known as the drummer for the American punk rock/pop punk band Green Day. He replaced the band's former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990.
17Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) Terry John "Ted" Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa.

1. Tragic
2. US Drag
3. Duende
4. Spiral
5. Windows
6. Friendly Little Finger
7. The Only Thing She Needs
8. Ms. Pinky
9. Carrying No Cross
10. The Torture Never Stops
Best Album: Situation Dangerous (Bozzio Levin Stevens -

18Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Testament, Death)Eugene "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.
19Phil Ehart (Kansas)
20Rick 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.

He was the first known ever 1 armed drummer ever.

Simply amazing. What the greats do with two arms, he does with one

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1. Ginger Baker (Cream)
2. Neil Peart (Rush)
3. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
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1. Neil Peart (Rush)
2. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
3. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
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1. Mike Mangini (Dream Theater; Annihilator)
2. Neil Peart (Rush)
3. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
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