Best Rock Drummers
The Top Ten
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.
The Best - Not even closeV 579 Comments
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"
Drummers drummer and any rhythm section of any rock band.V 534 Comments
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. - Songsta41
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 - Billyv
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!
I think Keith Moon is almost better than Neil Peart. His hands are so quick when I hear a fill from him, every time, I think, "How the heck does he play that? " His drumming fits into the songs so well, I wish I could've seen him perfom live.V 197 Comments
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... - Schwanie3
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!
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.
One of the best ever!V 152 Comments
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. - Astaelian
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. - HiBye
he is the best drummer & funny man ever... I love avenged sevenfold forever!
His style is so uniqueV 967 Comments
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!
I�'m just happy he made it to the top 6V 179 Comments
You are all retarded. lars should be nowere near any list of good drummers. Buddy was THE and always will be the best drummer alive. as a drummer, I'm completely offended at the stupidity of this list. Carter and Danny should be top ten. shannon leto as #1? WTF?! Do your research dummys. Were the F. is Tomas Haake, Stef Broks, Martin Lopez?! what about Dave Mackintosh and Dave Weckl?!?!? You are all crazy
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.
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.
He is still the greatest.V 118 Comments
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
You only need to listen to ONE songV 256 Comments
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
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. - pauler94
Just look at Eric Clapton's reaction in the fantastic Ginger Baker documentary when the journalist says that people compare John Bonham or Keith Moon to Ginger Baker...
Ginger has "battled" the best jazz drummers in the world. What he did none of the people above him in this list could ever dream of doing.
The fact that he's not higher on the list or that the other bands that he's played in aren't listed shows a general ignorance of the overall audience.V 52 Comments
Look up one of his drum solos. He is really fast! - rocker1796
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.V 37 Comments
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.
People say his drummings are simple, but the thing is that his drummings actually fit to the songs of the band.V 243 Comments
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! - metalhead89
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!
Disgusting that Lars in the top 10 and this legend isn't. He's better than anyone on this list.V 203 Comments
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.
By far the best on this list.V 82 Comments
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!
Should be in the top 5.
Unique, ambitious, at times more than percussion.
The best drummer in the world, and the best band They are fantastic! I love their music, because it carry consignment. Greetings from Poland!
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
Longview, enough saidV 670 Comments
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 - pauler94
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!
He's plays jazz-like, while still sounding like metal. I've never understood why he seems so underrated, sounds like a drummer that lots of people would like to me. - FeirceravenV 25 Comments
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.
Number 1 in my booksV 46 Comments
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 - dubsinthetubs
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.
Ringo is the best drummer ever period. People say he isn’t technically proficient, which isn’t true. He isn’t the most, he’s more unorthodox than untechinical, being a lefty using a righty kit. But what really shines is his creativity. He’s probably the most creative drummer ever with his fills. His versatility is unmatchable as he drums every beagles song perfectly. He serves the song good instead of himself. Even when he does a drum solo, it’s one of the beat ever like he did in the end. Just because he isn’t flashy, doesn’t mean he isn’t good. Also, the three other Beatles and George Martin all thought he was he best drummer ever. The other Beatles wouldn’t complement each other like that, but they knew that ringo was the best.V 145 Comments
Travis Barker I think, is definitely one of the best drummers of all time. He's got some major talent. I'm amazed every time I see him start playing the drums. He should at least be in the top five.
Travis your drumming is awesome its like if you play whole night ill be there to listen it and loved the way you played hi hat in your song first date by blink 182
Every time I think a song couldn't be any better Travis Barker changes my mind with his unique timing. He got mad skills!
Can't belive Ringo is over Barker. Travis shold be on the top 5. Maybe he's too fast for this Rankings.V 324 Comments
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.
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
Nathan saidV 24 Comments
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.
Should be in the top 10, definitely. Outstanding drummer. - JaymuhsV 17 Comments
Too many people voting for whoever played drums in their favourite band. No thought about the technical ability, the range of percussion instruments played to a high standard, the variety of musical styles, etc. The list is therefore devalued. When some idiot lists being able to play guitar as well and (give me strength... ) the ability to wear sunglasses in a cool manner as reasons to vote for a mediocre drummer like Roger Taylor then one knows the list is devalued to the point of being worthless.
Carl Palmer (also Emerson Lake and Palmer) easily is number three or four on this list after Bonham, Keith Moon, etc.; most of the others, especially the likes of wankers like Travis Barker pale in comparison to rock drummers like Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Chad Wackerman, I saw a guy the other night, Graham Broad, with the Roger Waters band that makes Barker look second rate. It's a shame that people with limited knowledge think such lesser talent is top ten material.
Carl Palmer, number 62? Are you kidding me? He should be far ahead of Neil Peart and the 9 behind him! Peart copied Palmer, so give me a break! Palmer, at age 62, can wipe up the floor with many of these drummers twice as young as him. It is such a shame that the people who voted are not putting on their thinking caps. Shameful. Absolutely shameful!
Carl is simply one of the top 3, Palmer, Moon, Peart. Palmer did things on drums you had to see to believe.V 67 Comments
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!
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
In the air tonight explains it allV 66 Comments
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.
Will Ferrell, lolV 58 Comments
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?
For people saying "just because he can play with one arm doesn't mean he's the best", that guy was amazing at drums before he lost his arm. - MaxPapV 38 Comments
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...
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.
While I don't feel Nicko is the best (maybe top ten) he is not deserving of a low spot. Neither is Menza or Haake (the meshuggah beast). Ward should also be higher and oh look Ulrich is 8 despite being mediocre good.V 45 Comments
I'm about to barf on my mac! Half the drummers on this list can't do things this exceptional machine. As John Petrucci said about Mangini "He can do things with one hand that takes others two". OH but he's "Petrucci" is probably rated in the 90's if at all on the guitar poll. John Myung DT's Bass player was voted #1 of all time on one of theses polls. So take the best Bass player EVER and pair him with the 96th in the world drummer. That makes as much sense as this poll and every one like it. Just keep drumming... No matter who you are!
This list is a perfect example of pop-fans rating for drummers based on Which Band They Are IN and not on how good drummers they actually are by people that know nothing about drumming. This poll is not reliable in any other way than measuring the support for different kinds of bands that play mainstream pop music. Mike Mangini plays better than everybody else, his solos make me proud as a human being and he is a great guy. And even if he was a jerk, he still is the best drummer on every section of drumming. Fastest, best composer, most technical and never does a mistake. People who don't understand his solos go rate damn Ulrich ew! Shame on you!
Ex-Berkley professor, set multiple World's Fastest Drummer records, expert at poly-rhythmic techniques, now the drummer of the most technically proficient band in the world... And he's rated 101. This list is a joke.
And here's the other DT drummer. - AdamDestructorJr.V 17 Comments
Popularity contest. Terry Bozzio is way better than Ringo Starr, and all these other drummers. He invented a whole new drumming style, and has the most intricate hardest, and musical parts known to man. He does what no other has done, with ostinatoes. He has amazing independence considering the parts he is playing
Possibly the drummer that most fits the whole percussionist category: he's not only incredibly precise and owner of a terrific sight-reading ability, but he's without any doubt one of the biggest exponent of the drumming independence, with his famous ostinatos. Did you know the Black Page story? Check it out!
What should I say: playing with Frank Zappa! And everyone knows that Zappa demanded every musician: "Black page story"!
He may not be as popular as the other drummers on this list but he is definitely better than all of them. - domfincragV 8 Comments
Most Drummers only hit the drums (dur :P), but this guy isn't playing drums on a song, he is playing a song on his drums. There's not other drummer that can play with such patience and taste like Nick Mason. I'm a drummer, and most of those punk/metal retadrs (Ulrich, that Slipknot guy, Travis Baker) are PRETTY overrated, and Nick Mason kicks their asses. Trust me, I've been playing drums for 27 years, and I know when a drummer s a GOOD, Gifted drummer, and Nick Mason is one of these drummers.
Watch "Live at Pompeii" and see the Master in full flow.
A true artist who understood music, not just a glorified show-off like certain others. Listen to "One of These Days" to understand what real drumming sounds like.
Amazing drummer and highly underrated. Pink Floyd is one of the great all-time bands. Nick Mason and Richard Wright's contributions to their sound has never been given proper credit. As others have mentioned, just watch Nick on Live at Pompeii and see a master in action.V 27 Comments
In terms of the basic melodies and the lyrics Springsteen is of course the genius of his music but in terms of understanding and execution Max is THE member of the band. And when playing live he understands Bruce like no other member of the band and that transcends so powerfully to the audience. Plus he is so cool, non-sentimental and fun to watch when he plays.
Still going strong with The E Street Band and The Boss! Has to be in here, he's the heartbeat of the band! - redmess
An amazing and talented, stamina-fillled rock drummer. His precision in "Born to run" live performances is amazing. The Boss is in debt with him.
Weinberg is the greatest drummer ever. He is a real rock "power" drummer. Awesome.
It is Shameful to be adding this Guys Name at the bottom of this list. But he can not go unmentioned. He Most Certainly should be in the top ten.
Check out the drumming to Sound Chaser by Yes, its phenomenal. Then there's the likes of Instant Karma where the drumming makes the song.
The best drummer is not Alan White of Yes, it is Alan White of Oasis. Just listen to his amazing drumming in the All Around the World reprise! Truly amazing drumming.
Leaonard haze,V 2 Comments
Charlie Watts has kept the beat for the greatest rock in roll band in the world for 50 years. Watch him on Midnight Rambler, Honky Tonk Woman and all the other classic Stones. I have not even heard of half of these people you have n the top 10. Mr. Watts should at least be in the top 10.
Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.......Ring any bells!
He belongs to the greatest Rock n Roll Band in the Universe At least we should honour him by puuting him on the TOP TEN !!
Come ON people!!
XOXO Charlie Watts
Love ya always
Charlie has a rock drummer of the century award on his mantle but kids are voting again that don't even understand music. Charlie could probably outplay most of the guys ahead of him blindfolded with one hand behind his back, literally!
Just... The Rolling Stones. All those songs...
Ruby Tuesday, Miss You, Start Me Up.
Always love you, Charlie.💘
This is a man that while wasted on alcohol and drugs could keep playing while being shunted in various directions. Now, clean and sober (if still a little hyper! ) he's going upside down and still keeping an awesome beat. I'd love to see some of the others on this list manage to pull off an amazing drum solo while strapped a rollercoaster AND still sing his backup lyrics!
ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING ME, 43RD? HE SHOULD BE IN TOP 5 WITHOUT TAKING HIS 360 DRUM ROLLERCOASTER INTO CONSIDERATION... BEST DRUMMER WITH ONE HAND TIED BEHIND HIS BACK! NOBODY PUTS ON A SHOW LIKE T-BONE... OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE HAS FALLEN ASLEEP WATCHING THESE OTHER MUNDANE DRUMMERS BEFORE THEY HAD A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR TOMMY... WAKE UP, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND WATCH THIS
Tommy Lee is THE best drummer that I can think of in my lifetime. I can't think of any other drummer that I can honestly say that about. Tommy is so creative with his drumming ability. He's the only one to my knowledge that made a circle thing to go in circles. I can't think of any other that has been as creative as Tommy.
In a class of his own.V 22 Comments
Krupa was definitely one of the best drummers in his era. Certainly he was a very charismatic drummer to watch. He had, as buddy rich had, IT. IT is star quality. 99.9% of drummers don't have IT. Krupa certainly influenced many young people to pick up the sticks and start playing drums. From that standpoint Krupa is in the same league as buddy rich.
Krupa and Rich were among the top drummers in the world. I have seen both in concert many years ago.
Yeah, that he is sitting WAY below some of these drummers on the list pretty much says everything. This list was made by "fans" and their ilk. Gotta love the kids who WANT TO SHOUT WITH ALL CAPS, how often is the message worth reading? uh-huh.
There is a reason Krupa is still remembered today. He was a master of his craft and better than a lot of the drummers out today - Johnnyt800
Indeed Krupa is amazing, but he was a jazz drummer, not rock. - naFrovivuSV 6 Comments
Clive Burr is (was) way better and more creative than most of the drummers listed here in top positions.
He's the reason I became a drummer. He was very technical, dynamic and creative. Insanely underrated. RIP Clive.
Probably the most underrated drummer on this list.
Not a personal favorite drummer of mine but infinitely better than Nicko - dubsinthetubsV 3 Comments
Shrieve sits among the top 10 or 20, among the likes of Buddy Rich. Amazing speed, accuracy, and creativity. The youngest musician at Woodstock in 1969, he overshadowed practically all musicians at the festival. I'm a Mitch Mitchell fan, but Mike sits above most drummers historically. I dreamed of playing like Shrieve after Woodstock, and still do.
Also check out an amazing unknown master who is based in Chicago: David Jennings. Zen like master, a brilliant jazz musician and composer, and an effortless precision and fast, smoothe percussionist.
Should be in the top five. Just take a look at his Woodstock performance as Santana's drummer, and you will have to say that that was one of the best performances you will ever see. Keep in mind that it hot and humid, and that kid controlled those sticks like he was born holding them.
Shrieve's performance at Woodstock on Soul Sacrifice is the best rock drum solo I have ever heard.
Woodstock - Soul SacrificeV 2 Comments
Although the other drummers on this list are amazing I think that Taylor should be much higher. Playing in a band with the legend that is Dave Grohl isn't easy yet he is still amazing. Plus he plays in one of the best bands of the 21st century so...
HOW IS HE BELOW PHILL COLLINS AND CHARLIE WATTS AND RINGO STAR, Yes charlie is out of the stones and ringo is out of the beatles but these are the most recognized rock bands but Taylor should at least be in the top 20 he is in the Foo Fighters been with them for like 16 yeas man! And also working along side the rock god Dave Grohl he should be at least in the top 5 but Taylor deserves to be in the top 20
Taylor Hawkins and Travis Barker are the best drummers of the 2010's era so far and are both in amazing bands, should be higher considering his achievements with Foo Fighters for 16 years
Taylor has so much passion for music he is such a underrated drummer all you have to do is check out any songs he as played on and that's that top 20 NEEDEDV 25 Comments
All you people keep talking of how fast you play the drums, Chris Adler isn't just about speed, he is exceptional.. Playing a wicked cool beats at high speeds, that takes skill... He should be number 1, or at least in the top 10, #45? Damn!
He got rated best Metal drummer of 2009. I think he is an amazing Drummer and the only reason why he is not in the top 10 is because he is not well known enough. His drumming is immaculate I think he at least deserves 5th.
WTF...Chris Adler Could Kill any other drummer and/or match what they got...IT be close between Joey Jordison/Or the Drummer from Tool..i forgot his name...if they had a Drum comp i would be there in a Second Btw Chris adler should be number 1!!!!
He should be at number one awesome drummerV 24 Comments
Has anyone heard Cigaro, Chop Suey, BYOB or Attack? Listen to those songs and tell me that John shouldn't be higher up on this list - SoldierSide1224
System is on hiatus. They are now away from media. That doesn't means they can't play. John, Daron, Shavo are some of the all time greatest. - arpanhmr
He has everything. He can play anything. - arpanhmr
Love this GuyV 42 Comments
In Sacrifice Unto Sebek on the album Annihilation of the Wicked...notably...he has some of the fastest feet of any drummer to date... his double bass speed clocks in at 265bpm (16th notes) or 1060 single strokes of the bass pedal if measured over a one minute time scale
Not a big fan of Nile, my fave band is DEATH but George kollias from Nile is a machine, easily the wolds best drummer, no one on this list can come close to his drumming style. I bet if we could get all these drummers on this list to compete against each other in a real life competition George will blow the rest away. And All the voters who have voted otherwise will be in shock with there jaws dropped
This list seems to be ranked by sexual appeal for girls, not by any sort of talent whatsoever. George Kollias isn't only about being fast since he can play nearly anything.
This man is a beast. He plays at tempos such as 280BPM without mistake/falling off rhythm. Perfect technique.V 4 Comments
Blows all the others out the water! Makes hard rock drummers like Nicko McBrain and Lars Ulrich look like fools. Still on top of his game after all these years - are any of the others capable of that?
I agree with the other comment, that his solo on "Tribute" did set a standard for drum solos, as you heard mentions of it in others' drum solos afterward. The drum solo developed from previous years but definitely hit its peak on "Tribute."
Tommy Aldridge deserves to be at least in the top 10. He's much better than lots of those that are above him here. - JR
Tommy Aldridge has always been my favorite rock drummer. he has incredible footwork and always makes the best drum solos, especially when he drums without his sticks. he is a god in the drummer world.V 6 Comments
He should be higher bro I love this guy he's amazing as hell
Are you never heard paradise city, mr. Brownstone, rocket queen?
You must hear that!
Ok now that song, listen and then vote him!
He's truly amazing - ryanfarolddanielwenas
Not only is he the best drunmer! But he's heart is pure and he's so nice. He has such an awesome smile! I really admire the guy.. lets vote guys!
This guy w/ the rest of Guns N' Roses are lit! - rizzo824V 22 Comments
Shame on you guys.. For what this guy has done and is doing, he deserves at least a Top 3 spot. It's not for some stupid reason that he has been nicknamed Gene "the Atomic Clock" Hoglan and the Human Drum Machine. You guys don't realise his influence on today's Metal drummers. IT IS HE WHO SHOWED DAVE LOMBARDO HOW TO UTILIZE THE DOUBLE BASS DRUM SET.
Been in Death and Strapping Young Lad, my two favorite extreme metal bands, and Gene added so much to them
Please, just check some of his work with Testament and you will realize some of his skill. Really amazing...
He was in death say no more
I'm not a Kiss nut or a drummer but anyone who doubts Eric Carr as a drummer needs to listen/watch his solo on Animalize. Amazing.
HE is for sure in the best five drummers of all time! He was a pioneer and he has influenced some of the best drummers like Mike Portnoy. You can't say that Eric Carr is 48th on the list. He is the 2nd after John Bonham
Undoubtedly he is the best drummer, eric singer might be the sexiest but carr is best drummer kiss ever had. He actually made the KISS 80s
My favorite drummerV 17 Comments
He is one of the best drummers of all time. I don't understand how Lars is higher than him, honestly. Lars is AWFUL. But I digress. Mastodon is 4 incredible musicians banded together to make amazing music. But out of the 4 members, Brann is definitely the most talented. Don't believe me? Listen to the entire Leviathan album. All of his fills, all of his drum parts are absolutely stellar on the album. Still don't? Listen to Blood Mountain next. From the start of the album, The Wolf Is Loose, to the very end, he shows that he is truly amazing. The next album, Crack the Skye, he takes a bit of a step back to make a more well rounded album, but the first song, Oblivion, he plays that and SINGS! I am really looking forward to seeing them this summer.
What is this? Listen to Divinations by Mastodon. He's crazy good! He has insane rhythms that I doubt that you sir (the list-maker) could even comprehend. I play drums, guitar, bass, and many other instruments and I can tell you that the perfect match for Brann in terms of complexity would be Kirk Hammett and Flea. 71 is a reflection of poor judgement and just simply the fact that you don't listen to his music. Don't make a drumming list this long if you don't listen to all of them.
Brann is one of the best drummers today and he deserves more recognition as such. If you haven't heard him you need to. Even if you don't like the groups music, you will see (hear) he should be among the top five.
In my personal opinion, he is the best drummer of my generation...His crazy drum fills and rhythm in Blood Mountain (Capillarian Crest & The Wolf is Loose) just left me gasping for breath the first time I heard it.. - Arhaan95V 5 Comments
His undoubtedly THE best drummer of the world. Even though he is a specialist in rock, he versatility is absolutely amazing. He is definitely the king of modern drumming.
Maybe not a famous. But one of the greatest. If he would played in just one popular rock band, he would need a separate hit list. that's the gruesome fate of a studio and solo drummer
Great rock drummer. Will always remember him as I caught the tour of West, Bruce and Lang probably tied as my 5 choice with a drummer not on the list. But go back and listen to the first five albums Steve Miller did and if you followed TheSteve Miller band in the beginning with Tim Davis. What ever happened to Tim. I found no history of him after leaving the band and producing an album.
Listen to even a couple stOrk songs, or watch any popular drumming video by this guy, and then come back and see his ranking on this poll... That's what I thought.V 4 Comments
Listen to the Melvins and you'll see why
Dale needs to be top 10
Cozy Powell should be in the top 10 along with John Bonham, Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, Nick Mason, Buddy Rich, Nick Mason, and a few more. Not only are these guys extremely talented but they are LEGENDS. Cozy Powell was one hell of a drummer and he worked with so many great musicians. He could hit real hard while still being dead accurate on the drums. Just watch his drum solo with Rainbow it is one of the best I've seen and I've seen quite a few.
Simply the best musical and high tech drummer both on stage live and on recording. My comments come from a lifetime of top flight drumming. Cozy a sad loss to the world of drumming RIP, super star.
I knew Cozy personally throughout my school life and til the day he was tragically killed.. A truly talented drummer who deserves to be at the other end of the poll! RIP dear friend X
Top 10 - PinkFV 12 Comments
A distinct style, clearly inspired by his time in his marching band as he uses two hands on one drum for 16th notes. Brilliant!
It's not just a coincidence U2 are the best band in the world, they've got the best drummer in the world. As well as the best guitarist (The Edge), best singer (Bono) and best bass player (Adam Clayton). Best ever film theme tune (Mission Impossible) is by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, not Larry Mullien.
Listen to him: Sunday Bloody Sunday, Desire, Bullet The Blue Sky, I could go on. 'I Threw A Brick' also features an outstanding solo from him. Oh yeah, and the best ever snare fill in Pride. Seriously, listen to him. I can't believe he's 80th.
Should be much higher on the list. There are two many who's between him and the top!V 10 Comments
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