Best Punk Drummers

Here they are the best punk drummers of all the time... if your favorite is not here please put it
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The Top Ten

1 Tre Cool Tre Cool Frank Edwin Wright III, known professionally as Tré Cool, is a German-born American drummer, best known as the drummer for the American punk rock/pop punk band Green Day. He replaced the band's former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990.

Tre Cool is a good solid drummer but he is far from the best drummer. He keeps good time but he will tell you himself "I tend to have the same quiver of licks I can throw into everything." Tre is a self taught drummer who is limited technically but that does not matter that much as Green Day are limited too so Tre is perfect. This is simple straight ahead 4/4 punk rock. He has power and energy but he keeps it simple. He will say himself he is not a Brooks Wackerman or a Thomas Pridgen. To whoever said Burnout is top notch. It is a good song but easy to play. Simple 4/4 beat and the solo part is simple enough if you master basic fills. The first part is just a single stroke roll with the first accent on the tom. The second rolls along the toms. The third break is similar but played between the tom and snare and finishes with 2 small snare rolls and a triplet on the toms but I agree it sounds good. I like Tre but is not a drummer's drummer. He is that chap with natural talent and sticks ...more

Tre looks live the type of guy that's always looking to play a practical joke on someone, even when his playing the drums. It's when you hear him play you realise this guy is one hell of a drummer. Tre is the best drummer in the best band. OH YEAH!

Tre just has that flare that makes his drumming edge Travis Barker. They're both great, but just listen to the whole of Dookie and tell me that he just has something that makes Mike sound amazing. His drumming on Burnout is top notch, and Travis just doesn't have the animal inside himself like Tre does.

Awesome drummer from my favorite band, Green Day isn't very punk anymore but Tre always lay down the foundation for their best songs.

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2 Travis Barker Travis Barker 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 more.

Travis Barker is good although he acts like a bit of a fool when it comes to drumming he is no fool. Listen to Feeling This those 16 note bass drum patterns are a homage to John Bonham and very nicely done. Think Good Times, Bad Times. He also knows his marching snare patterns but once again not virtuoso like Brooks Wackerman but more than just a solid drummer, one with technique in both hands and feet but just outside that top tier along with Tre Cool. Top tier are people like Brooks Wackerman as mentioned and Thomas Pridgen who has played with Suicidal Tendencies. Seriously good.

It's so so funny to see people voting tre cool instead of voting travis... I don't think you have ever listened this guy's drumming... Or I guess you don't have ears... Please go listen stockholm syndrome, not now or first date... So you can have an idea about this monster.

What tre cool is the best punk drummer? Dude, travis barker is the best drummer on earth and it is already proved.. Travis barker has amazing beat. I'm a fan of blink 182 his drum beats like reckless abandon, the girl next door, first date, anthem part 2, carousel, etc all are awesome and plus 44 also amazing beats

Travis did not play Carousel, that was played by Scott Raynor originally. - AnimeDrawer

He’s a beast

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3 Marky Ramone

Marky played with The Voidoids and Ramones. Pretty Good resume'.

4 Tommy Ramone Tommy Ramone Thomas Erdelyi, better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer, musician, and songwriter.

oh yeah, Tom Erdelyi, was one of the best drummers when the punk start

he was very fast, and great agility
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He was genuine, original, energetic punk not like blink 182 or Green Day. Tre cool is a good drummer, but not punk.

He invented the style in 1974. marky ramone just imitate him

No way, he's better than barker. - Alex151

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5 Pete Finestone
6 Bill Stevenson

Probably the most underrated pop punk drummers in the list. Definitely in my top 5.

7 Paul Cook Paul Cook
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10 Josh Freese

Unthinkable to believe that no one knows of this guy. Ask a musician who they would want as their drummer and at the very leas 90 would mention this guy. He has been on 200 plus records. Yes, 200. - IaChoquette311

Josh Freese along with Brooks Wackerman are simply the best drummers in punk at the current time and this comes from a drummer so apart from the speed I also appreciate the finnesse of these drummers. The work Josh Freese did with The Offspring can not never be underestimated. If you do not believe me listen to Wish by Nine Inch Nails. All good stuff and as laChoquette says who would not want him in their band. His work with The Vandals is legendary, and is how he made his name. It is the backbeat of his career

Freese is a legend. Of course Barker and Cool are up at the top, popularity. But musicians who know go with Josh.

Needs to be much higher on this list top 5 at least!

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The Contenders

11 Pat McGrath

One of the best drummers in the world! He was a big influence on me growing up. His recording with Killing Culture is phenomenal! Much love Pat, you deserve this! - AAron Rossi (Ministry, Prong, John 5)

Played for FEAR, Slayer, Amerikan Made, Saosin, Prototype, and a host of others. Capable of a wide range of music in a wide range of styles!

Translating the name is an album with orgasmic drums... Pat makes the most simple beats so complex... Thank you Pat!

Translating the name.

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12 Topper Headon

I toured with the clash, Ramones and many first wave punk bands and topper was very solid ( but didn't hit em as hard as cookie did. Tommy did create that 4 on the floor no nonsense drumming that's still his trademark.

There will always be good punk "style" drummers but most now play in actual "pop 40" bands that aren't changing the world like the real first punk bands did. Original punks scared people and it was dangerous, today its sponsored by Pepsi and is marketed to children. As my friend Joe Strummer once said to me about the new punk bands, so, whats the latest corporate sponsered revolution? Plus the " latest" band is always the one in fashion, for the moment.

One of the steadiest drummers of all time, there is a reason that they called him the human metronome!

Even Terry Chimes (Toppers replacement) said "Nick Headon is the best drummer around."

Just listen to treir songs, and you'll hear why

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13 Stev-o

Sum 41 is the best band and this band wouldn't be good without Steve o he is a amazing drummer he is really funny sometimes he's my favorite drummer I hope I'll be like him when I'm older. He also sings pain for pleasure he is amazing

Why is Steve so far down here he is AWESOME! He should be at least number 3 because honestly Travis Barker is better than Steve, but I think Steve definitely tops Tre' Cool.

he is a great drummer, just heard sum 41 one of the best groups
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Travis barker is best but Stev o thirty is my favorite but tre cool number one ha no Travis is

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14 D.H. Peligro

Peligro was a brilliant drummer.

He should at least be number two

DH Peligro was one of boyhood hero drummers and spent many happy hours playing away to him. He is solid and fast and very talented. He also gives a great hug.

15 Scott Asheton
16 Steve Hanford

Oh yeah, also for those who don't know, he drums for Poison Idea. - THC13

This dude rips. Listen to their album Feel the Darkness. - THC13

17 Robo

A punk rock machine. - Kidkoffee

18 Ron Welty

HE IS THE BEST! OFFSPRING IS THE BEST! He isn't with the band anymore but he needs more credit because he is amazing!

YES! This guy is literally the most under rated drummer of all time! - Marcopwnzatdrums

Fantastic Drummer! He's the best Offspring drummer ever!

Such an underrated drummer! He's a human metronome.

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19 Erik Smelly Sandin

I think for any anyone in the know Smelly would be in anyone's top 5. He is not virtuoso like Brooks Wackerman and I think even he would agree but having seen him recently I can vouch for his speed and timekeeping and to put the two together consistently on a single bass drum is amazing. I play along to Linoleum but after those 2 minutes I am patting myself on the back for not making a mistake whereas Smelly is straight into another song. From memory it was a slower one but then he is back up to speed with Perfect Government. At those speeds I would say he is the best and much more difficult to play to those speeds with a single bass drum but it sounds much better. To the person below he who has written double kicks. That is incorrect he plays with one bass drum with the snare played on the and of 1. People think he plays another bass drum because he is so fast but I can confirm I know every NOFX song and one bass drum is all he needs. "Double bass drums are for heavy metalers who ...more

Haha this is a joke right? Tommy Ramone, Tre Cool, and Meg White ahead of Smelly!? For those who don't know, check out Smelly of NOFX. He's a beast. The only guy that comes close is Josh Freese (actually don't know who's better, between these 2 guys).

Seriously I can't believe this guy isn't number 1. People may have their opinions on NOFX but he's without a doubt one of the best drummers in punk music. Along with the likes of Bill Stevenson whose name I haven't seen either.. This list is a joke


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20 Brooks Wackerman

If anyone does not know Brooks Wackerman please purchase a copy of any Bad Religion album over the past 10 years. I would choose The Empire Strikes first as his fills on this album are brilliant and you will never hear a better end to a song than Popular Consensus which he seems to play at half time and throws in some lovely fills. He is the definition of speed and finesse and I was lucky enough to see him live in London recently and truly outstanding.

Along with Josh Freese two of the most technical and talented punk drummers of all time.



Along with Freese, simply the best punk rock drummer out there. Bad Religion is not the same since he left.

How is he this low? The man is amazing both live and in studio. he's done tons of session work for other bands too, just mind blowing


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