Most Influential Rock Drummers


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The Top Ten

Neil Peart (Rush)
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)

Superb, true excellence, top notch musicianship! Listen you all very closely and learn! Feel honored that he was in your lifetime!

2John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
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.

3Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
The greatest drummer over forty years still the best

4Keith 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)

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

5Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)

6Mike Mangini (Dream Theater; Annihilator)

7Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
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)

He plays the hardest drum parts in his solos and songs
Mike Mangini was an equal replacement for him though

8Roger Taylor (Queen)
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!
Simply the best, as a composer, frequence, ability and charisma.

9Stewart Copeland (The Police)
One of the best!

10Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake)

The Contenders

11Yoshiki Hayashi (X Japan)
Easily, one of the best drummers of all time.
Listen to: Art of Life, Kurenai, Rusty Nail etc.


12Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Testament, Death)

13Tre Cool

14Phil Ehart (Kansas)

15Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
1. Beast and the Harlot
2. Almost Easy
3. Bat Country
4. Afterlife
5. Scream
6. Critical Acclaim
7. Blinded in Chains
8. A little piece of heaven
9. Danger line
10. Gunslinger
Best Album:City of Evil
Jimmy? Little jimmy? Here?


16Rick Allen
He was the first known ever 1 armed drummer ever.

17Ginger Baker (Cream)
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)

18Ringo Starr
Yeah? Check the basic dude doing "say the word love" when the rest of the were in diapers. They just never showed ringo and when they get to a few parts he goes crazy like moon but didn't repeat it. He I'd on the cymbal what moon did on the floor Tom but in this 1964 song, Ringo does a fill, just like moon and I'm sure had there been an Abby road 2 (no let it be was recorded first- kills me how. Many don't know that. Ringo influenced many. Do a YouTube search ringo underrated? Song say the word love and that was a decade before all the singers that couldn't play anything, swung the mic around. Zep, who, Beatles wrote stones firstv2 records. Beatles let it be stones let it bleed. Sgt pepper. Stones have something identical. The Beatles changed not only music but politic, the world, governments. Anyone else do that? Paul
Makes about $24, 000 for a 3 minute trip to the toilet.
Nothing special - he is known just because he was a drummer of a popular band. Same for Dave Grohl.


Ringo kept a good beat which worked well for the Beatles music but he was not known to have great talent for execuing drum solos.

19Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf)

20Travis Barker

21Robb Reiner (Anvil)

22Terry Bozzio (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

23Phil Rudd (AC/DC)

24Dave Grohl
Is a gift from god

25Dave Lombardo (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)


How is this beast not in the top 5 (at least)?


26Tommy Ramone
His drum style was the epitome of punk rock and it became legendary.

27Marky Ramone
Longest serving drummer for The Ramones at 15 years. Also a living legend.

28Richie Ramone
The only Ramones drummer to be the sole composer and writer of Ramones songs.

29Peter Criss

30Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

31Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot)

32Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)
Just saw Carl Palmer last night in Atlanta with Asia anniversary tour. He needs to be much higher on this list, definitely within the top 7. If all the lists have Neil Peart as Number 1 then Carl needs to be very close I said within the top 5 at least. He is a complete machine on the drums!
simply the best, and still going strong

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