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.

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.

Hey look. He Drums so fast.

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2Lars 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.

Hey Clunky. Say Goodbye to your Hair.!

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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

He played what was necessary.

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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)

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)

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!

Not a drummer! Lead singer of Foo Fighters!

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8Yoshiki Hayashi

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

Yoshiki is actually underrated

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.

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

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9Phil 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

I listened to AC/DC songs and well, all his drum beats for every song are the same, I mean there's no creativity, he just plays the same drum beat for every song.

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10Tommy 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

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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The Contenders

11Neil Peart

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.

They only added him to the list for shock value and to generate traffic. Nobody is that stupid

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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

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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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.

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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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!

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.

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)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.

I was never a drummer but he seams very overrated compared to rocks best.

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19Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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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20Aaron Solowoniuk

He's the Godfather of Drumming. Bottom line.

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