Top Ten Most Overrated Rock Drummers

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1Travis 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.

He gets progressively worse as his career moves forward. This guy was best in the Aquabats. I hate his hip hop productions.

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

Hey look. He drums fast. That's about it.

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2Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

I love Metallica, and even I agree 100% that Lars is the most over-rated drummer ever!

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.

How come everyone thinks he's good? He's OK but nothing great. I know guys who can do what he does

He was great in MOP album. But not only has he not gotten any better, he's actually gotten worse! And I know he's old now, but old age doesn't make you THIS sloppy!

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3Ringo 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 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.

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. - Chris-1

Plays drums like buckets

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4Jimmy 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's in Avenged Sevenfold, a favorite group of many visitors on this site. That's the only reason you'll see a guy like him on a best, worst, and/or overrated drummers list. Most people here don't know too much about music, or at least they only know a limited amount of music due to underexposure. If you think The Rev is one of the all-time best, listen to more music, please.

The rev is the best don't give a shot what jealous people think and haters

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5Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)

Leto & Lars (mostly because he's also an ass) are way too over-hyped. Honestly, Leto is okay, but #2 on best of all time? Really? The only reason a tard like this is that high up is because of retarded little fangirls and fanboys of 30 seconds to mars (which isn't even that good of a band). I know for a fact that John Bonham, Keith Moon, Stew Copeland, Nick Menza, Nicko McBrain, Ringo Starr (no bull, people just hate him because they want flashy drummers instead of those who can keep a great beat), Bill Ward, and Mike Portnoy could kick his ass with the tip of their pinky on a cymbal.

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. - Itzme

He is # 1 on the best rock drummers! I can play all of his parts easily!

Why is he number 2 on the top ten greatest drummer ever? Obviously neil peart is 1# but Keith moon, John Bonham, Buddy rich and Stewart Copeland are WAY and I mean WAY more better than him.

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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. - nickblack

I hate this guy. When I was at high school I admired this guy. You know posters everywhere, coverinf slipknot songs. But later on I found that he doesn't have anything special. Is he the fastest? No. Does he have super skills? No. Is the drumming melodic or integrated with the song? No. Does he have "solos" by randomly hitting toms and etc.? Yes. Did he get any awards such as greatest ever? Yes. He is way too overrated.

Fast, simple double bass, generic triggered drum sounds, and lack of complex rhythms define his style. I have never seen such an overrated, generic drummer that many people consider to be one of the best in rock. His fan base is composed of 12 year old "metal heads" gushing over his "talent." Some REAL metal drummers who are worlds better than this guy include, but are not limited to: Danny Carey, Neil Peart, Marco Minneman, Virgil Donati, Brann Dailor, Matt Gartska, Blake Richardson, Matt Halpern, etc... The list goes on and on. Jordison has close to zero technical talent, generic drumming, lack of creative influence, and sloppy technique that I have witness in a drummer who is held in such high regard. OVERRATED.

While I find him and Corey Taylor as the only good musicians of the band they're overrated - MrQuaz680

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7Dave 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. "

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.

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 don't think many people hold Grohl on a pedestal as a drummer. He doesn't deserve top ten on this list, but he would on lists about other aspects of music. Foo Fighters were mediocre at best.

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8Phil Rudd (AC/DC)

I swear everything he does sounds exactly the same. No creativity. - Chris-1

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.

He plays the same drum beat every song without variation and his idea of a drum fill is hitting a tom once

NO ONE cares about this guy. Why is he on here? Everyone knows his drumming is uninventive. That's what AC/DC was going for. You can't put him on this list. You could only put him on a list of Top 10 Most Boring or Top 10 Most Stale Drummers

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9Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)

I've seen a lot of rock shows and Tommy by far was the best. Great sound and stick work.. He has played upside down and played while his drum set was spinning him upside down. Tommy Rocks

Just because you have an amazing drum set, it doesn't mean you're good.

Sorry guys, but he was awesome, he has great drumming ideas, just listen to Dr feelgood, he is not the best but is a great drummer

Love him. He is number one in my book

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10Yoshiki Hayashi

nothing special
btw why is danny carey on this list he is underated people - blaqksails92

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.

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.

Neil Peart good? That's funny. Although he's probably the richest drummer, he's not in the top 10,000 ROCK DRUMMERS. He's stiff, simple, and has absolutely zero groove. He should be the all time over rated drummer. Watch "Burning for Buddy" HE CAN NOT PLAY with the top drummers. He financed a "second " Burning for Buddy so he wouldn't look like the garbage he is. He's a VERY lucky man

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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.

RUSH fanboys troll the internet distorting every "greatest drummer ever" poll that they can find. It's juvenile & embarrassing. And I think he's a great drummer... BUT... NO WAY is he the best.

HE DOES NOT BELONG HERE! He is the best drummer ever and in my opinion is extremely underrated.

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12Danny 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.

Danny is a god, easily one of the best drummers of our time. His ability to play perfectly with perfect fills in a variety of weird ass time signatures is a testament in itself. Plus he's wicked fast and his approach to drumming is creative and intelligent. Anyone who thinks Danny doesn't deserve the credit he gets should probably get their hearing checked

As to the guy who says he has never seen Danny Carey do anything special, I can confirm you haven't actually listened to Danny Carey.

"Hey guys, let's play every song in 6/8"

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13Trè Cool (Green Day)

His name is cooler than his drum techniques

He just plays a straight forward beat. That's it

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.

He's the best. This list is crap.

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14Steve Forrest (Placebo)

An overrrated punk-rock drummer who hits his kit with too much intensity. That's not bad when properly done (The Killers), but his lack of technique is annoying. Not only he screwed the few acoustic sessions Placebo did while he was in the band, but he never managed to keep the beat in a whole bunch of songs (Meds is the most obvious one).

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15Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2)

Elevate higher on list.. Great performers but not musicians.

An overrated drummer for a mega- overrated band

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16Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)

He's pretty good at doing fast hi-hats and the like, but on Arctic Monkeys' older stuff, it sounds like he's playing the same beat, just faster or slower. Also, his drumming has become more simple in recent years.

Come on, this guy is the best! Love AM and he is an agile beast from sheffield!

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17Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)

The whole band is far too overrated

His contributions on The Hunting Party actually sound like a retarded four year old slamming himself into the wall repeatedly.

He is not overrated, he is an awesome drummer... The whole band is awesome not only chester but everyone is awesome

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18John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

If you think he's overrated, you need to check yourself.

For you penalty of having Bonham on this list you will never be allowed to listen to Led Zeppelin again. You will be forced to listen to the Go Go's

Is Bonham overrated? Moby Dick is the essence of drumming. definitely one of my top 5 drummers.

Niel peart is better.

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19Aaron Solowoniuk

He's the Godfather of Drumming. Bottom line.

20Alex Van Halen

He does not need that huge kit, he can play every Van Halen song in just a basic kit

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

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