Best Rock Drummers

The Top Ten

Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making ...read more.

THE PROFESSOR DEFINITELY RULES THE DRUM WORLD, EVERYONE ELSE HAS BEEN OR IS INFLUENCED BY HIM, INCLUDING ME! I've SEEN RUSH LIVE SEVERAL TIMES AND BELIEVE ME THEY VERY RARELY HAVE AN OFF NIGHT, BUT I WITNESSED ONE OF THOSE RARE OCCASIONS ONCE AND WHILE ALEX WAS BREAKING STRINGS AND PLAYING OUT OF TUNE AND GEDDY WAS SINGING OUT OF TUNE, NEIL HELD IT ALL TOGETHER AND NEVER MISSED A BEAT! LONG LIVE THE KING!

Neil peart is most definitely the worlds beat drummer. With his amazing drum solos that can last up to 15 minutes he definitely deserves at least first place

Neil Peart blows everyone above him out of the water. Listen to ANY of Rush's songs and tell me that && drummers are better than him. They AREN'T.

No doubt Neil Peart revolutionized rock drumming for all other to follow! I've been a professional drummer for 32 years, and I can certainly tell you with much experience, this list is absolutely stupid! The greatest drummers in the world are 1- Neil Peart 2- Mike Portnoy (probably tied with Peart in my opinion) 3- Mike Mangini & Buddy Rich (very fast rudamental styles, and excellent form and grace) 4- Billy Cobham (although he's really a jazz drummer) 5- Chester Thompson (Phil Collins and Genesis road drummer) 6- Thomas Lang (mainly a studio drummer, hence the reason most aren't familiar with him) 7- John Bonham (for his era he was magnificent, and one of the fastest single Bass kick drummers ever) 8 - At this point there are many I'd say are pretty even, with different styles eg; carmine appice, Phil Collins, Keith Moon, Bill Bruford, and the list goes on... That said, The Rev was average at best, and Lars Ulrich is so easy to copy I can play anything he does with little effort. Way ...more

John Bonham 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.

How in the name of GOD is Bonzo near the bottom? Where is Keith Moon as well? Do you people even know what good drumming is? It's not just ridiculous thrashing about on a kit at a mind numbing pace. You have to find a rhythm and keep its pace while sounding unique. Without this man none of these guys would even be up on that list! Nobody on this list is even CLOSE to the quality of Bonham's style and groove. You all suck, I give up on music!

Really? Number 8? Bonham should be a lot closer to number one after all he was the drummer for Led Zeppelin, the greatest rock band of all time! Yes that's right "greatest rock band of all time"

Kept scrolling thinking "Well surely Bonham's next... " Sixth? Really? I'm about to give up on humanity. It should be Bonham and Neil Peart battling for first and Keith Moon being satisfied with third and by "satisfied" I mean smashing his drums in disappointment.

I've got bad news for everyone who thinks the top 4 are even the best drummers today. They aren't. Mastodon's drummer makes them all look retarded. 32nd notes on one hand? Yeah, he's that good. He was trained as a jazz drummer too, so his technical precision is rediculous. His hands are as fast as Bonham's right foot.

No one can touch Bonzo though.

Bonham, and Peart should just be retired from Top 10 lists. They should be elevated to "Legend" status, and each (among others) forever known as "One of the Greatest to ever play"

Anyone who hasn't seen Led Zeppelins' Song Remains The Same and doesn't believe he's the best drummer ever is crazy. Neil Pert is technically untouchable, but John is using his stick to change the tone and timbre of his snare, playing with his hands, and holding down with rock solid timing and power, the hippy, rock rhythm of the best band ever. Holding down the foundation with Jimmy Page on guitar? That's his guitar player that he's leading? John Paul Jones? Can play any instrument and one of the most musically proficient people who ever was born... Top 1 % for sure in history maybe, excluding Mozart and Beethoven. A true prodigy thought and he's linked and riding with John as the foundation, and Bonham can not only play at this caliber with some of the best musician at guitar and base that ever lived, but quarterbacking this power house flawlessly. Not only hold it down, but shining over these guys and uh? Shine with Robert Plant at the mic? Led Zeppelin created and influenced ...more

Keith Moon Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.

Ohh! How disapointing! He is obviously better than much of the "drummers" before him. Have you ever listened to drums solos as "Cowbebs and Strange", "Won't get fooled again" or "Young Man's Blues", or the powerful beat of "My Generation", "Bab O'Riley" or "I Can See for Miles"? I Have, and I can tell you something: He is the BEST!

"Drummers"? This is Neil Peart and John Bonham you're talking about.

Keith Moon as #16, now come on this is a joke! Keith Moon, John Bonham, Gene Krupa, in no particular order, that's the given top 3. Keith Moon being my favorite though as he was an amazing personality, a true madman. Pete invented smashing the guitar on stage. Keith though followed swift and regularly blew (literally! ) up his drum set on stage. Now that's mad if anything. Not to mention his habit of blowing up hotel toilets. The Who, they were pretty much first with everything, there's not a trick any band can do that The Who did not already do. Young voters of this list, do some research. Go look up Keith Moon on Youtube, see and feel the magic. The Who, out-punking punk before punk was invented.

Keith was one of the best rock drummers, but smashing drums and blowing up toilets don't really add to skill level

The posthumous tribute to him, "Under a Raging Moon" featured about 10 great drummers, who when playing simultaneously, barely added up to the sonic thunder of ONE Kieth Moon!

Keith Moon had a strange attitude and did some weird things, but other than that, he was a great drummer and best fit the sound of The Who.

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 ...read more.

Dave Grohl played with Nirvana, Tom Petty and the Heart breakers, Queens of the Stone age, Them Crooked Vultures, and played every instrument including the drums on the FF debut album and that album went gold.

This man is a legend, deserves to be at least in the top 5. Dave is the most amazing drummer ihave ever seen.

Dave Grohl not on top ten? Impossible! He played for Nirvana and made his first FF album solo and it went gold!

Next to Neil Peart, Dave Grohl is the best drummer alive today. Of course, nobody hears him much anymore because he is the lead guitarist for the FF's. But we did get a good opportunity to see him on drums during his stint with Queens of the Stone Age. He was of course awesome! Certainly a lot of these other guys deserve to be on this list. But in my opinion, Dave Grohl falls just under the best rock drummer of all time, Neil Peart as the best living today.

Mike Portnoy Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

People who rate this list are not drummers, travis barker is and always will be nothing compared to MP, ya Danny bonham and neil are the only ones in the top 10 that deserve to be there (personally they should be higher up, but what are you gonna do? )Buddy is 22! 22! Mp is 12! Keith moon could own 75% of the top 10. Lars is good, Metallica has been holding back a bit but not top ten more like 15. Shannon can't do crap, and I've never even heard of the Japanese guy so ya...

his odd time signature was so great. really awesome. and his jamming, it was cool.. also his speed, his feet's speed and his hand's speed. I think no one that can be compared with him. best talent ever! MIKE PORTNOY!

Drum talent is not defined by crazy thrashing, its about consistently keeping a rhythm that works with a song, you people need to understand that and not just blindly vote for who sounds the coolest

15? Considering he made progressive drummer of the year 13 consecutive years straight he should at least be in the top ten. There have been drummers such as Mike Mangini, also known as the fastest drummer in the world, tell the media that there is no way he could compare to Portnoy. Portnoy elevated the level of difficulty for progressive metal consistently. But as the poster before me mentioned, it's obvious that there are some that comment only on the drummer in their favorite band. There are so many genres out that it would only be safe to do a "progressive" top ten or "metal" top ten or "thrash" top ten, since portnoy would be classified as the obvious, Lars Ulrich would be classified under thrash, (his words) etc... I mean, come on. What about Chris from Lamb of God... at this point in time he's listed as 43... that's shameful... He's much better than that. I am quite fond of the voting system you've got going on here.

Of the seven drummers Dream Theater flew in to replace him, only Mike Mangini could play his parts in technically demanding songs like Count of Tuscany through the first time with zero errors. Name another drummer who could keep track of the constantly shifting time signatures in Dance of Eternity with flair and panache.

Ginger Baker Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker was an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer," while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms.

I can hardly believe the position of these two in this list (Bonham 8, Baker 52? ) Drumming is very peculiar to say the least... Some sound very rehearsed and predictable, some sound very much on target timing wise as we think they "should sound" well timed, pronounced and profound exactly the moment that is anticipated with creative impulse conspicuous and impressive - all which deserve credit for the hard work and effort expended to get on this list... But nil are they to the unreasonable creativity of these two Rock Drummers. Always a millisecond off expected tempo, they paint beat the way Van Gough painted "Starry Night" - they decide the next moment and we arrive... These guys determine things the other guys realize but only worship in their quiet moments... These two are truly the the different drummers that most of will never march to... Because our ears are closed... These two never do what is expected... They create the great that "is" the sound ...more

Absolute genius madman, the greatest drummer rock has ever seen.

baker's underrated. there's one song that not many people have heard before. do what you like by blind faith. the song features a solo from all three instruments, guitar solo with clapton, bass with winwood, and drums with baker. the drum solo is incredible, where he hits almost every one of his drums at the same time or within half a second.

Could play any style or genre of music with more than just competence. His mastery of time and technique made his playing sound wonderfully improvised and yet still gave whatever he was playing a steady solid foundation for the song to be built upon. Not an easy feat to accomplish.

Buddy Rich Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.

Buddy is by far better than any of these drummers. Travis Barker 5? Really? Just because he can play an average snare solo doesn't mean he can sum up to the career of a man who has been playing the drums his whole life without lessons. Let's start off by saying he has more technique, style, and flair than any of these drummers. Sure he didn't have an enormous drum kit like Neil Peart, but Buddy could make it sound like a whole coliseum of drum kits. Buddy not only played with technique but he also play with speed, which almost all the drummers above him on this list couldn't do. Buddy was also a genius, being able to invent technical beats on the fly. I mean come on, even Neil Peart said it himself that Buddy is the best. I think that's nuff' said.

Let us face reality. No drummer will ever play drums like Mr. Buddy Rich. I had the privilege of seeing this phenomenon play live on over thirty separate occasions and no drummer on this planet will ever match the raw power and delicate finesse let alone speed, control and leadership as well as adapting to the changing styles of the music world that this one individual was able to execute as if it were child's play.

Who the hell else commanded respect and admiration like Buddy did. Anyone that doubts this let's see you try and imitate what he could do. Thirty two years after his passing and no challenge exists. Throughout all the adverse health conditions that Buddy endured from back surgeries to quadruple by pass on his heart then five weeks later on the road again...kicking ass!

Research Buddy and believe me you will be most humbled and inspired!

The simple fact that buddy is not number 1 shows that this list isn't serious. None of the other drummers are even remotely close. In fact I wouldn't even call them drummers next to Buddy Rich. Buddy Rich even though he's been gone for nearly thirty years still destroys everyone on this list and anyone who dares to come on this list another thirty years from now. If you call yourself a drummer and you haven't listened to Buddy Rich do us all a favor and put your sticks away and don't ever play the drums again until you've listened to Big Swing Face and watch the countless videos of this monster playing drum solos on YouTube.

The fact that he is not at number one makes this list a complete joke.

Oh really? Did he play a lot of Rock music, which is a qualification to even be eligible for This list?

Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

Lars should be at least 5th in the list... If you listen to the song "frantic" you will understand...

Its not ultra hard, there are several harder drum stuff and players

Well, in my opinion, Lars Ulrich is by far the best. He may not be the fastest drummer, but he can play amazing drum beats without even trying, and, he is pretty fast. Being fast isn't what it takes to be a good drummer, it takes being able to play complicated beats, staying on tempo throughout the entire song, and being able to smoothly change beats. Lars Ulrich does all of these in all of Metallica's songs. He is actually one of the biggest inspirations in the world. He inspired Joey Jordison, John Dolmayan, Jimmy The Rev Sullivan, Tre Cool, Alex Lopez, myself, and many others, if it wasn't for him, this list would be missing half the people on it. By the way, Tre Cool seriously sucks, he can't go above 16th notes, he has terrible beats, and has absolutely no right to be in the same list as Lars Ulrich, Joey Jordison, The Rev, Yoshiki Hayashi, or Neil Peart. P.S. who the heck are Gustav Schafer and Shannon Leto?

NO. Lars CANNOT be any lower than fifth. At the very least. Listen to literally any song by Metallica and you notice that the rhythm and speed are unmatched and flawless. Why? Lars. He doesn't miss a single beat, ever. And he's incredibly creative with everything he does, especially the double bass, which is best exhibited on the Justice album I'll throw out a list of his very best drumlines: Hit the Lights, Whiplash, Metal Militia, Fight Fire With Fire, Creeping Death, Fade To Black, Battery, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc, virtually everything from Justice, Sad But True, Through the Never, Fuel, That Was Just Your Life, The Day That Never Comes, and Cyanide. These are his very best songs in my opinion, listen to ANY of them and you'll know that there's genius behind that kit. Seriously, I've listened to songs by all of the drummers above, and there is NOBODY in there who can do anything that Lars can't. Always has and always will be the ...more

Definitely the best in the business I would put his skills against anyone who thinks that they could bet him, of course he is a lot older now I'm saying in his prime and his work over the years speaks for itself, his sounds the way he hits all of that

Alex Van Halen Alexander 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.

Look up one of his drum solos. He is really fast!

A monster can play slow, fast, heavy or with jazz improvisation, and does it all with feel. Always overshadowed by playing in a band with the greatest guitarist also his brother. Check out his work on a great track called Out of Love. Perfect

I saw Alex in concert in 1980. He speed was incredible. He keeps a cup of drum sticks in the center of his set in case he loses one. He did lose one or tossed it to a fan and quickly grabbed another one and did not lose a beat. That was at the Cape Call of Duty Coliseum in 1980

There's no other way to describe Alex Van Halen other than a technical, phenomenal, legendary beast of the drums. Check his solo on Live Without A Net. It is absolutely insane, showcasing his crazy abilities and technicality.

Danny Carey Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.

WOW! Such a cool drummer isn't in the top 5?! I bet the guys from two first places can't even after long rehearsal play what Danny does without any troubles!

This guy deserves the name of possibly the best drummer in history, maybe even ahead of Neil Peart, who's incredibly overrated. And Travis Barker?!? You guys must be retarded! No competition there. Danny has incredible speed and creativity, especially in The Pot, Sober, Schism and Lateralus, but also the craziest time sigs, far better than Mike Portnoy. It's difficult to compare all these drummers because their genres differ from alt. metal to deathcore to progressive rock. But there's no question that Danny's playing is incredibly more versatile than several of today's metal drummers. Obviously better than Joey Jordison and whoever those Japanese guys are. Best drummer hands down. None of you guys know drums at all!

Danny is a maniac on the drums. In concert he goes hard from start to finish. I mean, the dude hits drums behind and over his shoulder, then hits a gong, then right back to pillaging a land of traditional and electric drums without missing a beat. Danny Carey, top 5 without a doubt!

When I first heard Tool in '95 I said : "Oh, so this is a drummers band".
24 years have past and I haven't changed my mind.

The Contenders

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 ...read more.

Without question the most amazing drummer on the planet today. You know it from the first moment you watch him. There are so many other great drummers on this list, but it isn't even a contest anymore when Joey Jordison walks in.

BEST DRUMMER that I've ever heard! Joey is the fastest. If you would listen to some of Slipknot's songs, you wouldn't believe how fast he is!

Fast doesn't mean good or amazing and he's probably not the best drummer ever, good - yes, the best - no. - Astaelian

Dude it is not just about being fast but yeah he is really fast and he keeps his beat to that is what makes him awesome and the best drummer in the world no other drummer can compare.

joey is the world's fastest drummer. he should be #1. All the people who haven't seen his drumming should definetley listen to it. then they will realise what a cool drummer he is! He does not need to be compared with any other drummer in the world.
I don't know how did shannon lteo come at #2. he's nothing in front of JJ. Slipknot rocks!

Ringo Starr Richard Starkey known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

Ringo is the best Drummer in the world, I'm not the only one who say that, it was Paul McCartney before me, and many more

Just saying, Paul McCartney is pretty biased towards Ringo considering they were in the same band, so you might wanna quote someone else next time

People often mock Ringo's simple drum beats, but the fact is they are perfect for Lennon and McCartney's songs. He could play obscure timings and was able to compromise John's psychedelic material, Paul's pop stuff and George's Indian inspired music. He is humble and the best darn drummer of them all. He was the first real drummer who didn't play in the style of jazz or RnB to appear on television and inspire the British invasion drummers to play. No Ringo. No rock music. Besides, the Beatles wouldn't have been the Beatles if one member was missing and, love them or hate them, none of the bands we know and love would've existed without the Beatles, making Ringo the most important drummer of all time. :) x

Here's the deal; the biggest stars [and biggest sellers] in the history of rock music are the Lennon/McCartney song compositions, which will last forever.
The drummer's responsibility is to keep the beat, and let the song be the star, not himself.
Most of the so called "star" drummers would have been unable to allow the greatest songbook ever written to shine; Ringo did it exactly as it needed to be done.

Rubbish. Couldn't even handle the drumming on recordings. They had to get a session drummer in to do it for him!

Stewart Copeland Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the drummer for the English-American rock band The Police and for his film and video game soundtracks.

Name me one other drummer that sounds like Stewart Copeland. that's all that is needed to say to prove that he is the best drummer. He created his own unique style of drumming based on beats he had picked up in his childhood listening to Arabic music while he was growing up in Lebanon. The talent it takes to take Arabic music and Jazz music from his dad and take what he liked out of all music and put them together for his drumming is just incredible. His use of missed/added beats (Spirits in a Material World) are what propelled him to be one of the best drummers ever. He is not know for being a soloist but he is an amazing drummer that no one has been able to emulate and his contribution with songwriting in the band was also a major point in his legacy that he left with The Police.

It's notable that Copeland has a very tasteful, yet masterful approach to the drums, much in the way that jazz drummers play. His technique is grounded in jazz and as such he drums in a way that is technically very difficult to play, but is not flashy, adding to the music in which he's playing instead of mugging for attention. He worked tremendously well as a counterpoint to Sting's bass playing, as well as actually contributing to the reggae stunning style as opposed to just conforming to it. One of Copeland's greatest strengths though was knowing when to take a backseat and let the other musicians do their thing

Stewart Copeland on drums is an exhilirating sight. Always looks like the drums are too small for him! Tight, punchy, pacy drumming that smacks you rapidly in the face. some maybe more elegant, some more wild, some more technical. But for high octane on the drums - STEWART COPELAND!

There is no other drummer that comes close to this man. The master of offbeats, this man's distinct style gives him my vote

Bill Ward William Thomas "Bill" Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Bill Ward was recognized with black sabbath, you people who believe some unknown japanese loser is better than neil peart, john bonham, and keith moon, etc. but you should listen to rat salad on the album paranoid and you'll comprehend that bill ward is one of the best drummers ever

Blues, jazz and rock infused into one great sound. Always one of my favorites. I could not believe spiteful little Ozzy squeezed him out of their “reunion “ tour. What a joke and travesty, but Ozzy has always been below board, I believe due to his wife.

WOW! So good. Very underrated. Just listen to war pigs. Fantastic. Just fantastic. Vote for him. Top Ten material definetly.

Amazing-he cuts loose, gets aggressive and hits hard but with a positive, jazzy motion and feel to it and the interaction and chemistry he has with the whole band just makes the Sabbath sound-dark, dirty and ass kicking-I have his drumstick and I will never let it go!

Jimmy The Rev Sullivan James Owen Sullivan, professionally known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician, composer and songwriter, best known as the drummer, composer, songwriter, co-lead vocalist and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold.

He is the best drum
I like he skill and I love avenged sevenfold
Nobody like the rev because he is the best drum in the world
Avenged sevenfold is my favorite band and the the rev is drummer favorite

The top 3 John Bonham, Keith Moon & Neil Peart in no particular order, he is good but no as good as the top three.

I have been looking at a number of "Best Drummer" lists and sadly, the Rev isn't listed on any of them. This is a tragedy! His drumming, in my humble opinion is pure genius, easily as good as Neil Peart (who is usually listed as the number one best drummer) and I feel that is only because of the Rev's untimely death that his talent and genius will never be fully appreciated, particularly by those who have no taste for A7X's music. The Rev is, indeed one of the best, if not THE best drummer I have ever heard and listening to his rhythms, solos and the complexity of his playing is music in itself even without the rest of the band's accompaniment.

REV FOR NUMBER ONE!

I personally think because of his death he'd get MORE votes by sympathy.

he is the best drummer & funny man ever... I love avenged sevenfold forever!

The Rev is the FASTEST and I mean fastest at drumming. He is very creative and likes to use the entire drum set in a single song. And seriously, Danny Carey only at 11?! WTF OK!? That guy is the most spiritual and creative Drummer ever! Sorry Danny I was gonna vote for ya but I thought I was able to vote twice. And really John Dolmayan at 32?! You people don't know what skill truly is!

Really, 30StM is not that good at all... "He Is Soul of the Drum", Umm no Danny Carey is. Tre Cool is okay I guess, wouldn't put him at the top 3 but oh well. Neil Peart is a very talented drummer as well. And seriously for the guy supporting Neil saying the Rev isn't good, just shut up... And Yoshiki is a genius at drumming! First time I saw him I was like "DAYUM". Joey Jordinson, You still amaze me when you play UPSIDE DOWN at your concerts! John Bonham's best song is "Moby Dick" without a doubt. R.I.P Lars Ulrich, your a VERY talented drummer but seriously lose ...more

Dave Lombardo David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Only 38th? What?

Dave Lombardo is the undisputed king of double bass, he should be higher than most of the drummers on this list! In fact he should have been top of the leaderboard. Shannon Leto is simply the wrong genre, Tre Cool doesn't have flashy fill-ins, and Lars Ulrich, while good with composing music, is not what you'd say was the best drummer.

Only The Rev and Dave Mackintosh might come close, but Rev is dead and gets a lot of sympathy votes here, while Mackintosh's fill-ins get a bit repetitive after a while.

Seriously... Just because you like Metallica and Green Day doesn't mean their drummers are the best drummers. I love Metallica but Ulrich isn't that good. I like Green Day too but Tré isn't the best drummer in the world either. Tré is very good at what he's doing. He's tight and and does not do more than he need to do. Dave Lombardo on the other hand is extremely fast and he's kicking the crap out of the bassdrums. He's very tight too and that's not very easy when you're playing that fast.

I like Metallica and Green Day more than Slayer but we're voting for who is playing the best drums right?

Oh my god only fanboys here... DAVE LOMBARDO SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE, just listen to his solos. No drummer here other than Dave could play in Slayer.

Lombardo isn't the best because you have Neil peart. This is being from a man who doesn't like rush. But second place definitely needs to be Dave Lombardo. I mean seriously, Shannon leto!? That guy is decent at best. and I've heard high school marching band drummers that were better than tre cool. The list should read 1. Neil peart, 2. Dave Lombardo, 3. John Bonham, 4. Alex van halen, 5. Brann dailor. The rev was an awesome drummer, but not top 5.

Ian Paice Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.

Ian is extremely talented and one of the most underrated drummers. His speed and footwork are among the best. He should be around number 5.

Ian Paice should be in the top 10 as he is one of the best drummers I have ever seen

He can be top ten drummer. One of my favourite one. Watch his drum solo "Live in California". He ever played drum solo with London Philharmonic Ochestra in early 80s. But one think funny is that when look at "animal"who play drum in the "muppet show" has the same syle as Ian Paice.

Ian can do more with his small kit than most drummers with their outrageous kits. Ian Paice should definitely be in the top ten. Lars shouldn't even be near the top ten. Most people that vote just like certain bands and have no idea about playing drums. These list are always ridiculous!

Mitch Mitchell John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Manic depression is just great drumming. He hits a beat where you would least expect it.

Mitch Mitchell is very underrated. That probably has to do with the fact that he played with Jimi Hendrix, which is understandable, but still. His drumming was very good on songs like Fire, Little Wing, and many more. One of the most iconic and influential drummers that ever lived.

Mitch is my number 4 pick. He had a great style. I loved the experience one of the most creative bands ever and so was his drumming. As my choice he falls just under John bonham, Keith Moon and ginger baker. All of these guys were great. Saw the experience live first tour Kansas City municipal auditorium sold out to 10000 1970.

Agreed. He's certainly not the best, but this is the ONE name I kept scrolling to see. Hendrix switched bands, but he didn't switch drummers.

Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

Without a doubt one of the most underestimated drummers in the world. Just listen to the early Genesis albums. He is incredible on every single song, always bringing something new to the table. He is not only an amazing drummer technically, being able to play songs in the weirdest time signatures not to mention his incredible speed, but he has so much feeling in his playing that it's almost disgusting. I am confident that this man is able to play just about anything.

I am very disappointed to see him this far down on the list. I recommend everyone that doubts me to check out the early Genesis albums, or just the song "Nuclear burn" with Brand-X, I am 100% confident that no one can disagree with how much of a monster-drummer this man is.

And oh yeah, when he started singing in Genesis instead of drumming he had both Bill Bruford and Chester Thompson playing drums when they toured instead of him, if that doesn't tell people anything... I don't know what will

I'm dumbfounded to find phil down here! Listen to slipperman in the cage medley- then change your mind! This guy is a drumming god, very much missed over, out of place down here should be at the very least top 5, but in my humble opinion number 1!

After looking at the past few top ten lists regarding music, I was hoping for something better here.

I went into a five-minute seizure when I saw this.

Now, I would say that he is not, in fact, underestimated, at least for his time he wasn't.

He was THE DRUMMER OF DRUMMERS OF DRUMMERS! Listen to any of his Genesis songs and many of his solo career songs, and you will not understand why these peoples of people's favorite bands are up there. Phil Collins has something that sets him aside from almost all other 'drummers'.*** He had significant talent, and never failed to show it in his music. Nearly all of these drummers couldn't DARE to attempt any of the intricate and complex pieces this genius had created, and very few could actually play it. Listen to him, and you'll understand completely.

Number 1 drummer.

***(Primary exception: Neil Peart, drummer for Rush.)

Only the fact that you can listen to a phil collins song on the radio and instantly figure out that it's him playing the drums only by his unique says a lot about his ability on that instrument. I don't if he's the best drummer regarding the technique since I'm not an expert myself, but he was able to make his playing to stand out, which rarely happens for a drummer, and I think that's worth a lot. and also the fact that besides all the physical issues he had over the years he kept playing and that's really significant

Nicko McBrain Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.

Absolutely wrong.

Nicko McBrain is one of the greatest drummers in metal. I'm not sure about other genres taken into account in this list, but Nicko McBrain is easily one of if not the greatest metal drummer. He should be at least in the top 5, McBrain is a god of drums. Listen to the albums Piece of Mind, Brave New World, and A Matter of Life and Death, and if you know much about drumming, you'll realize Nicko is unbelievable.

I'm very disappointed he's below Joey Jordison, and even Lars Ulrich. Nicko blows those two out of the water, no competition for him at all.

I am always thinking about this, why don't mcbrain be the first... Just listen to where eagles dare, deja-vu, the evil that man do or even face in sand. He was playing pedal by just one foot... In the face in sand song, mcbrain playing only one pedal, one foot, but the sound just like two pedal and two foot...

Wrong, Face in the Sand is the only song where he used double bass pedal - Alkadikce

Absolutely wrong.

Nicko McBrain is one of the greatest drummers in metal. I'm not sure about other genres taken into account in this list, but Nicko McBrain is easily one of if not the greatest metal drummer. He should be at least in the top 5, McBrain is a god of drums. Listen to the ablums Piece of Mind, Brave New World, and A Matter of Life and Death, and if you know much about drumming, you'll realize Nicko is unbelievable.

I'm very disappointed he's below Joey Jordison, and even Lars Ulrich. Nicko blows those two out of the water, no competition for him at all.

Mr McBrain is the very reason I took up playing the drums, the man is a genius and a nice fella to boot.

Bill Bruford William Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English retired drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner.

A shame how such a great drummer can be this far down on this list. I love drummers like Dave Grohl, Danny Carey etc. but they have nothing on this man. He is a genius. Very few drummers have impressed me as much as Bruford. Maybe one of the best drummers in the world technically and he has so much feeling in his playing. Always coming up with new things and sounds. Not to mention, how many drummers can say that they have played on all the good albums with artists such as Yes and King Crimson? Un-believable.

None, because Bill Bruford didn't play on In the Court of the Crimson King (it was Michael Giles).

The most astoundingly melodic and creative drummer I have ever heard! Lots of technical ability too, but he never drums outside of the song. Recommended tracks: Heart of the Sunrise (Yes, Fragile); Lament (Starless and Bible Black, King Crimson); One More Red Nightmare (Red, KC); Starless (Red, KC), Indiscipline (Discipline, KC)

Top 10 material due to his uniqueness and natural style - still a few lengths behind Neil Peart- I have watched them both live from the front row - amazing to see Bruford's effortless flicking of the drums and Peart's incredible speed and timing. Bonham number 2, The Rev deserves to be near the top too. The rest depend on your your tastes which is why everyone is so raging about the low position of their favourites

The most unique, creative and adventurous drummer ever: rock to prog to jazz to world, Bill explored the potential of the electronic/synthesized world like no other. His recorded performances are still jaw-dropping and mind-blowing to this day.

Tré 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.

The best drummer in the world, and the best band They are fantastic! I love their music, because it carry consignment. Greetings from Poland!

GO TRE!
You do not get anywhere as much credit as you deserve.
Just listen to some of the rolls and beats in dookie, they are crazy!

Keep the beet going' Tre!

You never go through one video from a concert without him goofing off. And with some of the drumming this guy has to do, why isn't he #1.

He's not number 1 because Green Day sucks and all the bands above it and below and much better. - Biff_Copher

Tre is the epitome of a drummer: he's funny, he's energetic, and he sure as hell can crank out some major beats! He's is THE most talented drummer out there, and I believe that he deserves the title of Best Rock Drummer a whole lot more than Shannon Leto does. As for people like Neil Pert and John Bonham, I agree that they are amazing drummers, but lets face it: their place in music history has been established. They were the best of their time, and today is a new day in a new time. So let the drummers of this time establish their place in history and not let the dug-up spirits of the past hinder them from their rightful place. Long live Tre Cool and long live GREEN DAY!

Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on July 26th,1949 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as "Under Pressure", "A Kind Of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga". Despite being well known in Queen ...read more.

Roger is the downright most amazing person on the face of this Earth,
1 he knows how to play all types of drums, including the timpani
2 he also plays guitar
3 he also back up sings
4 he can drum and sing to I'm in love with my car, sound damn good, and breath afterwards
5 he has 5 kids, and lives with someone other than his wife, but you can't control who you love
6 he really knows what rock is
7 last, but not least, he rocks a pair of shades like he's the hottest thing since sliced bread.

Roger is first of all a musician! His drumming always served the song. He also had a beautiful tonality in his drumming.

Rogerina... Enough said!
But seriously 102?! Roger Taylor should be miles up the list with songs like 'Keep Yourself Alive', 'Now I'm Here' and 'I'm In Love With My Car' under his belt. Not to mention he performs amazing backup vocals while playing his drums. I might be a MASSIVE Queen fan (because they are the best band in my opinion) but I'm also a drummer myself and Roger Taylor is seriously underrated out of all drummers of the world.

Roger has inspired a generation of drummers and his song writing is amazing

Chad Smith 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.

Very underrated drummer, extremely talented. Can keep a great beat and one of the few people would can keep up with Flea and John Frusciante (at least before. ) Also seems like a really nice guy with a great sense of humour

Chad Smith is underrated, he's a really funky drummer. Is able to play more genre's, why not?

What would they be without him? Also he is never seen as the main part of the band, he should be as recognized as the others in my opinion.
Really deserves a higher place in the Top 10.

Chad is my inspiration for my drumming. Ever since I heard the chili peppers songs I instantly loved them. As my taste in music matured and I began to actually listen to the drums I researched the name of the drummer, have done some research, and realized he inspires me and is my favorite drummer of all time so far...

Rick Allen Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

Rick Allen definitely needs to be in the top ten, He could out drum all these other drummers

Rick Allen should be much higher up on this. Although all the amazing drummers are not very high. Your top ten is totally screwed up. Open your ears and listen to some good music!

He was a great drummer before he lost his arm and inspirational after the accident! I saw him play live at his first 'one-armed show' at Wembley. It was incredible to see how he used both feet to make up for the lost arm. Anyone who's tried to drum will know how difficult that would be. My number 1!

How is a one-armed drummer not in the top 10? Especially as seing how he can still play complex beats. Whether it's electronic or acoustic, Rick Allen should be at least in the top 20, let alone the top 10. What is this?

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