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.
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 ...more599 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"
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 ...more557 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
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.
On this day, 41 years ago, we lost Keith Moon, one of our best rock drummers.
You just can't have The Who without him or John Entwistle! They made the band WHO they were, they were the secret weapons behind this legendary band.
Keith Moon was found dead on September 7, 1978 (41 years ago exactly), after an overdose of clomethiazole. Tragic end for one of the greatest rock drummers of all time!
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!
Dave Grohl is sweet!182 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!
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 - Sultan_of_Swing
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.
Best alive, without doubt155 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
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.
His drumming style is different from other drummers
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. - pauler9455 Comments
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!
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 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? - Billyv
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.119 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
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
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 ...more265 Comments
Should be higher
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. Perfect41 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!
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.
War pigs live Paris 1970, watch and learn!
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
Enough said - CygnusX99
WOW! So good. Very underrated. Just listen to war pigs. Fantastic. Just fantastic. Vote for him. Top Ten material definetly.28 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.
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 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
Rubbish. Couldn't even handle the drumming on recordings. They had to get a session drummer in to do it for him!
He was and is the coolest! Even he didn't play as hard as John Bonham or other great drummers of the Rock and Roll world, he played with style and brought that amazing beat we all love in Beatles' songs. Should be number 2.151 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.
There is no other drummer that comes close to this man. The master of offbeats, this man's distinct style gives him my vote
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
What separates Stew from the above, except for Neil is he's more than a drummer. He is a percussionist.39 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?
He is just the best...
Unique versatile abilities
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.85 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!
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
Should be in top 10 for sure!
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‘s the man! Outstanding!50 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.
he's certainly not the best best but this is wwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaay to low for he can own 85 percent of people on this list. - russian17 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...
Wrong, Face in the Sand is the only song where he used double bass pedal - Alkadikce
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.45 Comments
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
His beat is way cool!673 Comments
This guy have a stilistic!
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.
Ill never forget his explosive drumming on the first Yes albums. The Doors cover is brilliant, very cheeky. It's the first time I ever heard anyone play a crescendo on a drum roll.
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)26 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
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.) - ICader
Ok... come on. We all know Neil peart is better, but this guy is no. 2
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!68 Comments
Rick Allen definitely needs to be in the top ten, He could out drum all these other drummers
One of the best
I've been preaching the gospel of Rick Allen for years now. It doesn't matter if you're a Leppard fan or not, this guy is a Rock God - Relixx59943 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.
To have Ringo Starr rated so high and Chad at 21 just proves that many voters have no idea of what talent is... Ringo should be way down this list.. - Hysteria195659 Comments
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.
Best drummer of all time2 Comments
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.
Tommy is my favorite drummer of all time his technique combined with his stage presence and personality and connection with the fans is for me unsurpassed. And then of course there is those MASSIVE trick drum performances... LOVE this guy. He has everything.22 Comments
I love Maiden and Nicko mcbrain is awesome but Clive Burr was incredibly amazing from the self titled debut through number of the beast both in the studio and live. Too bad he was so overwhelmed by the rigorous touring schedule and quit.
Just listen to Phantom of the Opera, Purgatory, and Prisoner. This guy to me is top 5 material.
He's the reason I became a drummer. He was very technical, dynamic and creative. Insanely underrated. RIP Clive.
Clive Burr is (was) way better and more creative than most of the drummers listed here in top positions.5 Comments
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 NEEDED
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...
Taylor is a wildly underrated musical asset to the industry
The best drummer is Taylor.25 Comments
My personal favorite. Love Max
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.1 Comment
This man is a beast. He plays at tempos such as 280BPM without mistake/falling off rhythm. Perfect technique.
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.4 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.
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.
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.28 Comments
Hard hitting & energetic. Love him.
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.
My favorite drummer19 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.
Best technically and holds 3 fastest drumming records. Danny carey from Tool is unique and extremely good but not top. Neil Peart usually gets THREE drum solos a show with Rush! Mangini does a nice two minute one in the middle of a song so doesn't waste valuable song time and keeps our interest. I say you should show off your skills in your songs rather than do a long drum solo where you could have played another song. Most drummers do prove themselves in the songs but still do excessive solos.17 Comments
Top 10 - PinkF
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 X12 Comments
Carl has it all, technical, speed, showman, personality = Star. The most complete drummer.
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.
One of the most inventive and understated drummers of his time. The things he did from ELP's debut through to "Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies & Gentlemen" is truly unmatched.
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.72 Comments
Sorry to say Charlie is a top 20 drummer One of the hest Rock and Roll drummers in Rock history
100% Charlie should be in the top 10. He's got more soul in his right index finger than most of the previous 30 combined. People think someone is a great drummer because they're fast. Put some of these drummers on a standard drum kit and they'll be lost because they don't have 20 different drops to bang on. Lars Ulrich or Alex VH can't hold a candle to Charlie, this guy is it when it comes to R&R drumming along with Keith, Bonzo and so on.
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 all the way. Talent. Longevity. Class. The backbone of the Rolling Stones.19 Comments
Great playing throughout his career.
Agreed - Soul Sacrifice at Woodstock was a revelation. To me, Shrieve actually upstaged Carlos Santana. His performance was inspired.
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.4 Comments
He was in death say no more
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...
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.6 Comments
Listen to Geek U.S.A. Chamberlin is one of the greatest drummers alive today.
Suprised to see Jimmy in top 50, as he is super underrated. My favorite drummer for sure
I remember the first time I heard Cherub Rock. His style is unique and full of energy organized chaos. You can feel not just the beat but the emotion that he outputs. Allot of people aren't aware that when he showed up to be part of the pumpkins he was a mullet wearing jazz drummer that Billy said wouldn't fit in... Until he played.
It's odd. When you see Chamberlin up there, he looks either bored, or like it's too easy, but he's laying down these very smoothe, interlaced beats that mesh well with Corgan's sometimes erradic guitar and vocal work.13 Comments
Should have been in the top 5.
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."
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?
Tommy Aldridge deserves to be at least in the top 10. He's much better than lots of those that are above him here. - JR7 Comments
Jaimoe (and The Allman Brothers Band as a group) is very underrated, They completely changed Southern Rock
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!
Steven ( popcorn ) Adler as Guns N' Roses used to call him, due to the fact that her would jump up and down on his drum throne when he played...funny fact - Parklink22 Comments
very tight groove, especially in soundgarden! he has a lot of idea for heavy songs.
The only drummer who can play for two of the most successful bands of the 90's (Pearl Jam and Soundgarden) at the same time. Not to mention ask of the super groups he's been in like temple of the dog. And yet he is still ranked 75th.
In not sure why he's #75. Pearl Jam has revolutionized rock and Cameron has played a major role not only on drums but also as a great songwriter, this coming from Vedder himself.
Matt Cameron is fantastic and one of the best in the business now.10 Comments
The diversity of Linkin Park's music means that Rob has to be a totally rounded drummer, which he is. The work he did to get 'Faint' right was extremely impressive!
Rob is the best drummer! LP fans love you so much!
He's the best... Crawling and one step closer is best songs played by rob! You rocks
He played fantastic parts in all linkin park albums, especially in the hunting party. He deserves an higher place129 Comments
Larry Mullen Jr. is his real name. The reason why U2 became a Band.
U miss 2 much if U stop 2 think. Best drummer ever in my opinion.
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.11 Comments
Many have to Watch him play to appreciate the timing and all the little nuances he adds to support the songs. - Billyv
Just saw Fleetwood in concert and the artistry behind the musical section was amazing. Mick Fleetwood has not only incredible timing but he is a musician. Playing fast and loud isn't the mark of a great drummer. His timing is perfect and he knows when to hit and when not to hit. Truly a talent. Neal Pert is amazing and a wonderful musician as well. Mick deserves to be up there based on pure musical talent.
Are you kidding, at least top 20!
Its hard to mention Mick without mentioning John McVie, those two is in my opinion by far the best rhythm pairing in rock/blues-rock. Some may think they are for the most part boring, but they make it possible for the other musicians to strut their feathers like no others. They have also proved that they know how to show off the 2 best examples are, "The chain"( last part ) from the "Rumours" album and a 12:46 min live recording of "The Green Manalishi" on "Boston Blues Vol.2", this is also at the end of the song. The main thing with Mick is his ability to keep the same rhythm going.8 Comments
Arin is awesome drummer. Not like The REV but He is good.
All arin haters go and listen hail to the king album
A good drummer but nothing compared to The Rev.
He is simply awesome3 Comments
Should be top 5
Great drummer Number 8 under some great drummers on this list
Can't believe he's so low, he should be on top 10 at least
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