Top Ten Most Overrated Rock Drummers

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1Lars Ulrich (Metallica)Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band 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

If anyone ever tells you he's one of the best, well, they must be trolling you. He plays repetitive material with no dynamics. He's not bad, but he hasn't proven anything as a drummer other than being able to play in time. There's much more that goes into music than just that. Call him an alright drummer, but do not call him great. You won't be taken seriously by many.

Lars is the most overrated drummer to walk this planet

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2Travis Barker (Blink-182)Travis Landon Barker is an American musician and producer, and the drummer for the American rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop artists, and with the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock group the Transplants, and the alternative rock band Box Car ...read more.

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.

Just because he drums fast, doesn't mean that he is good. He cannot execute Polyrhythms and hell yeah, Danny Carry is on this list?! What has happened to all the people here? Travis Barker drums fast, undoubtedly. But he doesn't have the technicality to drum and who loves to have bashing snare noises that literally make no sense? Overrated according to me.

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

I think he's a great drummer. But if people really are claiming him to be the best of all time, then I guess he would be overrated. - marmalade_skies

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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.

John Lennon said that, but it was just one of his witty sarcastic comments. Not anything to take seriously. Paul was a good drummer (he did Back in the USSR and Dear Prudence). And yes, he made a good beat for 2 songs. But I highly doubt he had the inventiveness and variety to drum well on 150 tracks before people would get bored. - marmalade_skies

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

Ringo is a great drummer. If you look at the Beatles songs on a deeper mechanical level, Ringo's drumming is part of their very foundation. Drumming in context of songwriting is very important. This is what he does that separates him from punk/metal drummers who can drum really fast but have no eye for subtlety. - marmalade_skies

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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.

Drumming fast and using Double Bass doesn't make you a good drummer. His Parts are fast, which almost every good drummer can play.

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5Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)Shannon Leto is an American musician and songwriter best known as the drummer of rock band Thirty 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. - Itzme

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.

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

Isn't he the joker?

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6Joey Jordison (Slipknot)Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls.

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)David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

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!

Dave Grohl should be in Taylor Hawkins band The Coat Tail Riders. Taylor is riding Dave's coat tail while Dave is still riding Kurt Cobain's coat tail and it's 2012! I mean honestly when is the last time any of us has downloaded a Foo Fighters song? Really? Much less be able to recite the name of any of their two-bit sell out non catchy soulless get old fast songs.

He's by no means a bad drummer, but if he weren't in two really successful bands, he wouldn't be modern top 10 material. - marmalade_skies

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8Yoshiki HayashiYoshiki 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.

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

Yoshiki is actually underrated

How is this loser number 1 on the best rock drummers list? - Chris-1

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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9Phil 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.

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

Phil Rudd is a great drummer, yeah he sounds the same in most songs but he sound perfect as well. No many people can play a simple beat for more the 10 minutes PERFECTLY. He's like a human metronome. - Malachi_miller

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10Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

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

You're not good just because you can play a rock beat upside-Down and look cool. He's fine, but nothing more

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

He's is a very good drummer, above average, but doesn't deserve to be here, he is a very respected drummer

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11Neil PeartNeil 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.

Neil Peart does NOT belong on this list. He is the greatest rock drummer of all time.

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.

Neil Peart is definitely not overrated. After Buddy Rich, he's the best drummer in the world.

He isn't the best he just has a lot of fanboys calling him a god.

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12Trè 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.

Repeat.

He's the best. This list is crap.

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13Danny Carey (Tool)Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band 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.

No he doesn't play every song in 6/8.

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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).

Steve is incredibly energetic on stage.

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!

Well he's not the best but I don't find him overrated.

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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.

Is anyone calling him GOAT drumming material anyway? - marmalade_skies

Last time I checked, he has no Wikipedia page

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18John 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.

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.

This list should be outlawed. Sorry people

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19Alex Van HalenAlexander Arthur "Alex" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band 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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20Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)Chadwick "Chad" Smith is an American musician and current drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he joined in 1988 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When I heard Californication the first time, I felt like farting and then smelling my fart at the same time. That's how gross the whole point of Red Hot Chili Peppers is. The whole point of this comment is the band being highly overrated and the drummer of course, is highly deteriorating. Peace to all the fanboys who love Chad Smith and my drum machine which is better than Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Being A Part of the most overrated band of all time, does make him overrated. After listening to Californication, I felt like slapping myself and asking myself, "What did I just listen to? " One Of The Worst Bands Of All Time. Period.

Are you kidding me, Chad smith is awesome

He isn't the best drummer but I don't think he's overrated.

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