Top Ten Most Overrated Rock DrummersChris-1
The Top Ten
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.
He is not that good at drumming. He wasn't too bad in the 80s, but now he sucks. - MorbidCannibalSlayerV 72 Comments
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_skiesV 26 Comments
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 has been up there for 60 years and to be honest I doubt if anyone man woman or child wouldn't be more proficient then him on the drums after that length of time and he was with a pretty amazing band,he's uselessV 35 Comments
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.V 20 Comments
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!
His brother is the joker. Not him.V 8 Comments
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!
This guy is completely overrated. If he was in nirvana which was extremely overrated. No one would know his name. Comparing him to John Bonham is probably one of the silliest things I've ever read.
Great singer, great artist, mediocre drummer.V 19 Comments
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.
Extremely fast, but since when is that enough?V 10 Comments
btw why is danny carey on this list he is underated people - blaqksails92
Yoshiki is actually underrated
Simply a liar. He doesn't even know how to hold his drumsticks properly.
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.V 3 Comments
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 love AC/DC but yeah he is overratedV 19 Comments
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
He does amazing stick work and tries to entertain where most drummers just bore.
Probably not the best drummer. I heard from older brothers of friends that he was so wasted he could not keep a beat for sh! t.V 14 Comments
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.
Please RUSH fanboys...let Peart stand on his own in these polls & stop voting a hundred times each just to see his name at top of list. That's phony, empty & meaningless.V 42 Comments
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 the reason why I love green day and billies guitar and mikes jokesV 9 Comments
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.
Me and my son saw him in Concord North Carolina the best drummer I've ever heard strong powerful bass Beats goes right through your body and he is far better than Travis Barker I know because I saw the transplants in Bakersfield with the Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins ain't too bad either I would have to say he's a lot better than Barker he can keep a beatV 5 Comments
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.
Elevate higher on list.. Great performers but not musicians.
An overrated drummer for a mega- overrated bandV 2 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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.
Triplets are like the only thing he knew. Once you get triplets down, you are basically John Bonham.V 29 Comments
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 pageV 4 Comments
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.
Are you kidding me, Chad smith is awesome
Yeah, he sweetened his sound in their most famous songs like Under The Bridge, Californication, and Scar Tissue, but listen to him in songs like Suck My Kiss or just hear him solo.
Just keeps time, I think. That's about it.V 6 Comments
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.
He shouldn't even be in this list. He's not overrated for one... And even if he was it'd kinda make sense... He's the best drummer in my opinion
Same boring drum beat for every songV 2 Comments
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