Best Rock Drummers

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61 Blake Richardson

Probably the most technically skilled drummer I've ever heard. Absolutely fantastic, deserves a top 10 spot at the very least. Just watch a video of Between the Buried and Me playing through their entire hour-long album Colors in concert. The amount of skill and endurance that he displays is almost unparalleled.

An extremely talented and aggressive drummer who is also capable of bringing it down and always fitting with the rest of Between the Buried and Me. By far the best and most coordinated and finesseful drummer I know of.

62 Scott Travis Scott Travis Mark Scott Travis is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.

What?! How can he be all the way down here?! This guy can kick lars ulrich's ass in his sleep! Just listen to Painkiller... And you will see the light

While not my personal favorite, I had to vote for him to get him higher. Seriously, to see Scott Travis on the 69th place just hurts my eyes.

how he isn't in the 50's best its only see "painkiller" to understand, he have maid the bests drum solos.

Scott Travis shouls be number 1, Lombardo 2, Mc Brain 3, etc...

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63 Jimmy Chamberlin Jimmy Chamberlin James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin is an American drummer and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.

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.

Despite Billy Corgan almost completely controlling the band's sound, The Smashing Pumpkins would not be the same without Chamberlin's signature sound. His drumming is unique and he has a lot of talent. Should be in top 10.

Super underrated just listen to jellybelly, tristessa,and geek U.S.A. those alone warrant a top ten spot.

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64 Matt Greiner

I'd say that his creativity, speed, purity, originality, and the lyrics he writes for his band, which are one of the best lyrics I have ever heared, and the way he uses his sicks makes him one of the most amazing drummers I have ever listened to, specially for the songs " Empire " " Eleventh hour" "Internal Cannon ". on top of that, he never talks about himself, he's a cool guy, he never forgets his god, and gives him credit for what he is now. Plus he's very funny.

In my opinion one of the best drummers of al time! Great speed, while staying creative throughout. Hands down one of the most talented drummers ever, and quite possibly the best in the genre.

It's Matt Greiner for Christ's sake. The dude even looks like Jesus. He plays drums like Jesus too. He's so technical and he makes August Burns Red easily one of the best in the metalcore genre.

That drumming posture and poise!

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65 Jeremy Spencer

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

66 Jason Bonham

Jason is as good as his dad, amazing chops, great kit, like his dad had.

Should be top 10 bass players favorite drummers. Those would be the ones that get the job done right.

He is a amazing. Drummer

He is walking in his Dad's footsteps. When he played Stairway to Heaven in the concert honoring Zepplin, he killed it.

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67 James Cassells

The best Metalcore drummer

He deserves top 20 at least

68 Mark Zonder

Whats up with you? To place Marc on 58? Do you know sth. about?

69 Yogi Watts
70 Vinny Appice Vinny Appice Vincent Paul "Vinny" Appice, is an American rock drummer and the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice.

Should have seen him at the the competitions on Sunset in the late seventies.

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71 Gavin Harrison

I just checked out the drummer in 30 Seconds to Mars. and well he SUCKS even if there are so many people who think he is good they have no idea of what they are saying.
He doesen't do ANYTHING that is advanced at all!
Gavin should be at least in the top ten with Buddy Rich, Keith Moon and Mitch Michell. I get really pissed when idiots think drummers like the ones in Slipknot, Metallica and 30 Seconds to Mars are so damn good. People like that doesen't even know what music is.

/From a musician

Definitely deserves a higher rating than this. The most creative and rhythmically genius drummer in the world. Much better than some of the drummers on the list above.

Gavin (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson etc) is THE most melodic Drummer who adds real substance to the music in which he plays. His drumming is both complex yet tasteful and never is it overstated or dominating. And yet his style is such a part of the songs that he plays that often he is the star of the show. His position at No. 77 is a result of his lack of name recognition (that goes to Porcupine Tree too! - see most underrated bands list! ).

When it comes to rate drummers for me (drummer myself) it comes to 3 things: Feeling, Timing, Technique and innovation.
For Gavin for me it is:
Feeling: top 10
Timing and technique: the closest to perfection we have alive at the moment
innovation: at least top 5
Overall: should be in the top 10 for me, he is amazing

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72 Scott Phillips Scott Phillips Thomas Scott "Flip" Phillips is an American musician and songwriter. He is the drummer and co-founder of the bands Creed, Alter Bridge, and Projected.

Scott plays with much feeling, and he is quite technically skilled. He always puts the song first, exercising discretion rather than showing off, but he still uses many interesting patterns to keep songs interesting.

Scott is definitely one of the best and most innovative... the fills he uses, I've never heard any other drummer ever use... his grooves are unmistakable given his signature hi hat work

Scott Phillips drums like a champion. Strong rhythms and tasteful fills.

If he is out of your top 10, out goes all your validity.

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73 Chris Slade

the greatest all round drummer of all time

Watch video for thunderstruck. He is a tank!

His work on The Firm albums is amazing.

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74 Mikkey Dee Mikkey Dee

Easily the most talented drummer of all-time, and hailed so by great frontmen such as Lemmy Kilmister and King Diamond. Listen to "Hell Was Made In Heaven", Mikkey's up there with Lars, Bonham and Peart as the best. -

mostly underrated what the hell does Lars Ulrich in the front? he said "that he isn't a great drummer" he is just average :) and where the hell is clive bunker one of the greatest drummers all time

He should be top 10 no doubt! One of the best of all time

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75 Jaki Liebezeit

should be number one on this list. tasteful, bombastic, and endlessly creative; jaki's technique was perfect, but the band he was in (Can) also had an insanely unique message they want to convey (not to mention they were some of the best experimental rockers of all time, with their influence reaching just about everywhere nowadays). I believe this is the problem with a lot of drummers nowadays (the rev, shannon leto, slipknot drummer), sure, they have great technique, but technique is only a means to convey your art, and if you don't have anything mind expanding and new to show, they shouldn't be included on this list. - wildaminal

Jaki isn't just a drummer.Jaki is a legend for himself, the man who inspired me to play the drums and create my own Band.Rest in Peace Jaki, We will miss you.

76 Frank Beard

His genius went unnoticed because he did it so seamlessly. His segues were deceptively masterful wrapping everything up with bow before sending us into the next section.

Just barely in the top 100? Come on! If you listen to the drums on La Grange then you will know how talented he is - greatesttop10s

Frank should be in the top 25 at least. He's my favorite drummer ever

Love his drumming style, needs to be in the top 20.

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77 Patrick Carney Patrick Carney Patrick James Carney is an American musician best known as the drummer for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.

Patrick has a certain style that works. He and Dan work well together and he can play basically any genre he wants. His drumming is complex and as I mentioned earlier just works. He is part of a duo that has basically revived rock music in this generation. The Black Keys are the best band of the 21st century

Get this guy above that Hollywood Undead crap - BrianScott01

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78 Phil Rudd Phil Rudd Phillip Hugh Norman Rudd is a New Zealand-based Australian drummer, best known for his membership in Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1975 through 1983, and again from 1994 to 2015. Upon the 1977 departure of bass guitarist Mark Evans from AC/DC, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of the ...read more.

Phil Rudd is definitely a better drummer than he receives credit for. I do a lot of reading concerning rock bands, and I have seen time and time again that post AC/DC rock drummers credit Phil Rudd as one of their greatest influences and idols. The drumming in AC/DC's songs play a major role. Just listen and pay attention to the drum line. I don't believe a drummers skill should be based on how fast or how complicated they try to play, but more so how much their drumming adds to the song to make it powerful. That is what makes Phil Rudd one of the best.

Phil Rudd is the basis for all rock drummers. If he isn't hitting a beat it simple means it isn't needed. And he is just a machine. No fancy stuff this is hat drumming is about, set the beat and drive the song home!

One of the best absolute time-keeper drummer of all time. With Phil, less is more, and he can do much more with a simple 4/4 beat than fancy drummers with their fancy drumming. Rudd doesn't show off when he plays. Plus, he has that magic swing that no other drummer have.

An inspiration for Lars ulrich, Phil should absolutely be higher, move him up

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79 Andy Ward

His name should definitely be added to this list. One of the most underrated drummers in prog rock history. Listen to Echoes and The Sleeper by Camel. His drumming is truly a masterpiece.

80 Doug Clifford
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