Most Influential Rock Drummers

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

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1Neil 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!

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

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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.

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

The best of the best ask Jason

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)

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

4Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

The greatest drummer over forty years still the best

He's amazing and VERY underrated

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)

6Mike 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

7Yoshiki Hayashi (X Japan)

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

He is literally the best
Even if you hate rock music, you can't help yourself going "woah" while watching his performances!

8Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
9Roger Taylor (Queen)

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

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!

10Stewart Copeland (The Police)

One of the best!

The Newcomers

?Buddy Rich

While he was kind of a cocky jerk, he still was an incredible drummer. And anyway, this is about INFLUENCE, not how good the person is. Seriously, without Buddy Rich, Bonzo, Neil Pearl, and Keith Moon would have been COMPLETELY different players.

?Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band)
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The Contenders

11Mike Mangini (Dream Theater; Annihilator)
12Dave 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)
- mikey8972

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

13Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
14Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake)

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

15Tre Cool
16Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
17Terry 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 -

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

He was the first known ever 1 armed drummer ever.

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List StatsUpdated 25 Nov 2015

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Top Remixes

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



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