Top Ten Most Overrated Rock Drummers


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The Top Ten

Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
I love Metallica, and even I agree 100% that Lars is the most over-rated drummer ever!
How come everyone thinks he's good? He's OK but nothing great. I know guys who can do what he does
He's a good average drummer. He is overrated, yeah, but did you know he was one of the founders of metallica? So no, he's not just lucky to get in a big band, he helped create it.
Very blah. His lack of creativity limited what Metallica could do musically and prevented them from growing. Just a pretty good high school band drummer.
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2Travis Barker (Blink-182)
The band REVOLVES around Barker. Which is unfortunate because he's not that good. That's great that you can drum super fast and not keep a beat but that's what anyone could do. Anyone who thinks that Barker is at all a talented drummer needs to look at Bonham and Moon. By far the best drummers the world has ever seen. Not only did they drum with speed and precision, but they didn't make their band revolve around there sound. They made their sound fit and flow with the rest of the song. That's talent. Not aimless drumming.
If this guy comes one in any top 10 countdown of the greatest drummers, any one can, lars ulrich, joey jordinson, the rev, not overrated, heres someone to put one on this list
He gets progressively worse as his career moves forward. This guy was best in the Aquabats. I hate his hip hop productions.
Nothing special. Just hype and trendy.
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3Jimmy The Rev Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)
I don't hate him, btw I admire him and I love Avenged sevenfold.
But I just can't stand that only because he is dead he is gettin overrated and he is over such more talented drummers as John Dolmayan from SOAD...
RIP jimmy sullivan but I can't stand him, lars and travis being so overrated
He's okay but the fact that A7X bitc_es compare him to the likes of John Bonham or Dave Lombardo makes me sick.
He is outragously high on the best rock drummers list.


Just because you die doesn't automatically means you are better. The fact is everyone start caring about him after he died. But before no one cared. Avenged Sevenfold is not real metal and they suck.
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4Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)
I think every drummer deserves place like Leto. I mean he is not so special to be the best drummer. I don't like his drum beats his style and not even their band 30sec 2 mars. They are the most overrated rock artist.


He is # 1 on the best rock drummers! I can play all of his parts easily!
Definitely overrated. His drumming is good, but certainly not the best, and most definitely not Number one on the top ten best rock drummers list!
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5Yoshiki Hayashi
nothing special
btw why is danny carey on this list he is underated people


He is good. But he definitely isn't neil peart good. NOBODY is that good. Some people are close(travis barker), but nobody will ever touch neil peart.
THE REV'S ON HERE? The guy is UNDERRATED. Nobody gives him credit because he died idiots. This guy is ridiculous. Danny Carey is on here? Carey is the best ever to me. This guy is such a horrible drummer. I could do anything this guy does and a little more.
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6Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
Basic drumming in every song. Nothing but fast double bass pedal and basic fills. Plus the guy triggers the crap out of his drums. Very overrated drummer. I would vote for Lars but he's already number 1.


Yes this guy is overrated, why? He is good but when is comes to extreme speed and technicality he just falls short. I see people say he is the fastest drummer alive, how? Not one slipknot song has reached speeds of 290 bpm. Check out inferno of Behemoth, song Shemhamforash.
He's just ok no where close to the best drummer in metal.


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7Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
Not "The Worst" But EASILY the "Most Overrated". There is absolutely NO WAY he even Approaches being one of the best drummers. Sure, he kept a good beat, and was tasteful, and there's nothing wrong with his playing at all, he's just not that amazing. One of the other Beatles, I can't remember who, said, "He's not the best drummer in the World. He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles! " There's absolutely nothing special about his playing. That, combined with his consistent place at the top of "Best drummer of all time" lists, makes him the most overrated drummer in my opinion. He has the greatest discrepancy between his actual talent, and peoples' opinion of his talent.
I love the beatles but Ringo was a mediocre drummer. People only regard him as a great drummer because of the band he was in.


I don't think you knuckleheads get it. If the band swings, it's because the drummer swings. Ringo is one of the most consistently underrated drummers because he was not a soloist, wasn't flashy or showcased. He just played the drummers tastefully, supported the music. The lead instrument in a lot of the Beatles was the bass, which means that the drummer had to stay out of the way.
He is good but so overrated. The most underrated is Tre Cool from Green Day he is amazing.
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8Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
I swear everything he does sounds exactly the same. No creativity.


He plays the same drum beat every song without variation and his idea of a drum fill is hitting a tom once
Everybody says he's so amazing but he just isn't very creative. He doesn't use that many fills and just keeps a solid rock beat. I've never even heard him open the hi hat. Everyone say he suits the music and that's what matters but I think one of the most important qualities of a drummer is their creativity.
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9Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
I wouldn't say he's still riding coat tails. Dave gets Grammys in his sleep, and still sells a lot of records. As far as his drumming goes, ever hear his work with QOTSA, or Them Crooked Vultures? Its good stuff people. I'll quote Elton John in reference to Dave Grohl. "There isn't a musician worth his salt that doesn't respect that man. "
As much as I love Nirvanas music and all but Dave Grohl is extremely overrated! I love Dave too but just because he can hit hard and play the same beat every song doesn't mean he is "amazing". There really is nothing special about him! He doesn't even have perfect timing!
I have heard people say that Dave Grohl is a new age John Bonham. I almost wanted to punch them for saying that. He is a good drummer, and I love both Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, but he is really not as great as everyone says he is. I think Taylor Hawkins (current Foo Fighters drummer) is at the same level as Dave, if not better. But really, saying Dave is one of the best drummers of all time is a stretch, and a large one at that.
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10Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
He does amazing stick work and tries to entertain where most drummers just bore.
Just because you have an amazing drum set, it doesn't mean you're good.
How is the Rev so far up and this SIMPLE drummer so far down? This guy plays almost as simple as Phil Rudd. Oh and please tell me why Phill Rudd is on here? AC/DC could only work with such simple beats and overrated means everyone calls the drummer good, fools. No one mentions Phil in a drum conversation, EVER.
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The Contenders

11Neil Peart
Neil Peart does NOT belong on this list. He is the greatest rock drummer of all time.
Neil Peart is definitely not overrated. After Buddy Rich, he's the best drummer in the world.
No No No No No. Just No. He is, if anything, underrated based on his skill and technicality behind the kit. Honestly some people.
Watching and listening to Neil Peart play jazz is nothing short of painful. Ouch! I've seen better high school jazz band drummers.
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12Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
The whole band is far too overrated
He is not overrated, he is an awesome drummer... The whole band is awesome not only chester but everyone is awesome
His contributions on The Hunting Party actually sound like a retarded four year old slamming himself into the wall repeatedly.
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13Danny Carey (Tool)
Danny Carey's name shouldn't be mentioned anywhere near the word overrated, he deserves every ounce of praise he gets. You don't have to like Tool to understand this guy has undeniable talent and creativity. One of my favorite drummers of all time.
He seems to do basic fills and it sounds good, but I've never seen him do anything special.

14Trè Cool (Green Day)
His name is cooler than his drum techniques
He just plays a straight forward beat. That's it
Beat. Beat. Beat. Power roll.

He is underrated. And is really good and does not do the same beat over and over again some times the song is like that. And the only one that is like stray heart.
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15John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
If you think he's overrated, you need to check yourself.
Terribly overrated, been playing for less than a year and can pull off all his stuff. Boring drummer, overrated.
Extremely overrated. Led Zeppelin has some good songs, and while Bonham is certainly a pretty good drummer... he's nowhere near the god-like status some fans place him at. I don't get it. Guys like Bill Bruford or Mike Portnoy drum circles around him.
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16Roger Meddows - Taylor (Queen)
The only reason why guys like Rog, Bonzo, and Peart are on this list is because meth head heavy metal dopes are mad that their favorite bands drummer is not on the top 10 list.

17Steve Forrest (Placebo)
Steve is incredibly energetic on stage.

18Keith Moon
So overrated with no beat, all he did was drink and beat up his drum set. His solos SUCKED! So overrated

19Cindy Blackman

20Alex Van Halen
I can't listen to that fuzzy old beat. Every song it is the same. Van Halen would have been a lot netter without him. He would have never been in a successful rock band without his brother.
Same boring drum beat for every song

21Peter Criss
Kizzy my butt dude

22Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2)
Elevate higher on list.. Great performers but not musicians.
U2. Sucks and is over rated

23Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)
Come on, this guy is the best! Love AM and he is an agile beast from sheffield!

24Mike Portnoy

25Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

26Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Nothing special, I've been playing for less than a year and can play all his parts. Nothing special just a bad drummer with annoying fans.

27Daniel Adair (Nickelback)
Simple beats, everyone thinks they're great though, somehow

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