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.

Completely agree with this comment. Travis has a lot of talent and is probably a more talented drummer but its tre's personality and care-free nature that makes him superior. Especially live if you ever get to see them preform. - Revrad

travis sucks... c'mon everybody knows that TRE COOL is the best the # 1 punk rock drummer of all time... the craziest drummer... go GREENDAY! he is very entertaining... not like travis he's boring...

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 is by far better than Tre

For me. Travis brough a whole new way of playing and rhythm. I think he is the best punk drummer today. Always testing him self to go high.

WAAAYYY better than Tre Cool.

He's far from better than Tre

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 Bill Stevenson

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

6 Paul Cook Paul Cook

This the main dude when it comes to punk drumming, solid, loud and created some amazing beats. He was just as revolutionary as the Sex Pistols themselves, He also was a proper heavy hitter. Compared to a lot of tappers back then. Love watching him play live the real backbone and driver of the Sex Pistols. Love this dude.

Rotten's favorite band member.

Actually decent,when you consider his subtle fills and hard hitting sound

7 Arthur Googy
8 Pete Finestone
9 Earl Hudson

This guy shaped punk drumming so much that it bled into grunge and other genres. Hudson should be at the top of the list. Bad brains are legends


Come on this guy was good...very good..perfect timing...stop..start then full on...he could swap easily between thrash, hard rock and reggae etc in a mini second...deserves more recognition...

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!


The Contenders

11 Pat McGrath

I agree, a true student AND TEACHER of percussion. What an impact he has had on so many drummers.

Never, EVER heard a better drummer then him. Literally the greatest in the world.

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!

12 Topper Headon

This guy could play anything on drums, from jazz to punk and more, he was also called the human metronome

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."

13 Chuck Biscuits

Chuck Biscuits should be in the top 5,along with Felix Griffin and Bill Stevenson.

14 Stev-o

Sum 41 should be in top 5

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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15 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

16 Robo

Best drummer in the genre

This guy right here should be at number 1!

A punk rock machine. - Kidkoffee

17 Scott Asheton
18 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.

19 Ron Welty

Please right back to the offspring...i miss your play drums...with the are the best for of the best for theoffspring...

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

Love what he did in songs like come out and play, genocide, and gone away - Revrad

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

20 Felix Griffin
21 Erik Smelly Sandin

One of the fastest drummer!

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

22 Dave Raun

Tre Cool better than Dave Raun? People are just voting for their favourite band. Anyone who knows about drums and punk rock will have this guy in their top 5.

Dave is awesome, a beast and very skilled.
I'm just trying to make this list less ridiculous. Especially Tre has to go from that number one spot. People with one or two year drums experience or maybe even less could even be better than him. Meg White can even barely be called a drummer.

I personally think Dave Raun is one of the best rock drummers, any sub-genre. He's a monster powerhouse, with metronomic timing, and tons of amazing fills. He just makes music fun.

The people who voted for tre and travis obviously aren't drummers. This guy is so far ahead of them in terms of technical ability its rediculous.

23 Brooks Wackerman

He should definitely be top. Not only is he a great punk drummer who can achieve lighting fast single bass speed, but he also has some amazing fills and can play practically any genre of music. The man is a master of his craft.

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

24 Dave Douglas

Relient-k, if you never heard about this group.. they are just awesome, the drummer have ritm, and enjoy the music knows very well the drums -

Cool. And awesome Drummer!
I think he is the best!

AWESOME DRUMMER! Spectacular technique and consistency. BEATS TRE COOL ANYDAY OF THE WEEK BABY!

25 Shannon Letto
26 Jordan Burns

26? This list is dumb.

Drummer if Strung Out. By far the best one out there, just listen to Blackhawks Over Los Angeles to hear what I mean.

Sorry to all of the mainstreamers but Jordan is better than most and could drum circles around Tre or Travis for that matter! I could drum Green Day or blink 182 in my sleep but this guys drumming takes concerted effort to replicate.

27 Rat Scabies

Rat Scabies was the wildest punk drummer, sticking his drumsticks up is now and look like a rat with huges teeth. An unpredictable and wild drummer who did all sorts of different things throughout his career. A real punk!

Rat released an amazing album in 2018!

Green day is not punk. Rat is the Keith Moon of punk, but a more exciting drummer.
When you listen to what he was doing in 76, no one drummed like him. In 1976, the Damned was the fastest rock band in the world.

Green day is not even punk!
Rat scabies embodies what a punk drummer is.

28 Richie Ramone
29 Bob Bryar Bob Bryar Robert Nathaniel Corey "Bob" Bryar is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band My Chemical Romance. The longest tenured and last official drummer, he performed in the band from 2004 until his departure in 2010.
30 Ashton Irwin Ashton Irwin

He is one of the best drummers in the world yet he is so under rated. He deserves such a higher ranking. Truly amazing.

He's not a bad drummer, but are 5SOS punk?

It s so BAD
He is great great
And 5 seconds of summer is the best

31 Zac Farro
32 Mike Fuentes

Mike is one of the best drummers of this era, the amount of passion he plays with, his speed, stamina, and especially his insane bass drum power and speed. If you've ever heard any Pierce The Veil song, you'd be able to tell just by hearing his playing that he is one of a kind.

What how is mike not here. He's one of the best drummers ever.

33 Pete Parada

Techically the best offspring drummer out of them all, Power, Speed, Energy, charisma.
He is bruttally underrated and diserves a lot of respect, even his work with Saves the day, Face to face etc..

34 Brandon Barnes

Seriously. This shreds drums to confetti

35 Derek Grant

Most known for being in The Suicide Machines and now Alkaline Trio. Listen to "New Girl" by The Suicide Machines and you'll understand why Derek should be near the top of the list.

36 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the more.

Actually though, nirvana's drumming was very punky and fast. give him some recognition

37 Adam Carson

His variation of style and speeds makes him versatile with any style of music. His drumming doesn't lose quality whether it be playing fast or slow, definitely up there with the best.

38 Joey Jordison Joey Jordison 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. He is the co-founder and drummer for the Blackened Death Metal band Sinsaenum more.
39 Bomer Manzullo

Because he's the best punk drummer of all time

40 Atom Willard
41 Jord Samolesky

Best drummer in progressive punk, rock and hardcore!

42 Maxx Danziger

I love Maxx! he's so underrated - erinxwalters

One of the best pop punk American drummer in U.S.A.HE is from the band SET IT OFF..The most sexist drummer in the world.

43 Don Bolles
44 Meg White Meg White Megan Martha "Meg" White is an American drummer known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes.
45 Adam Jarvis
46 Dan Lumley

If the best punk producer Mass Giorgini says he's #1, then he's obviously #1.

47 Johnny Blitz
48 Dave McGhire
49 Dusty Watson
50 Aaron Solowoniuk
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2. Marky Ramone
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