Top 10 Drummers Who Became Lead Singers

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This list is about drummers who did more than just singing several songs in their primary bands where they were drummers. Becoming the official lead singer or releasing solo albums with lead vocals is more convincing.

Criteria:
- singing abilities
- success as a lead singer (solo, in the same band, in another band)
- drumming skills

The Top Ten

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

I'm with you there. He's a better singer than people give him credit for- his vocals on Mama are awesome! As for his drumming, of course, he's one of my favorite drummers. - Gg2000

People didn't give him enough credit because he was compared with Peter Gabriel and Peter was a better singer. - Metal_Treasure

Great drummer, great singer, very successful with Genesis as a drummer and lead singer, and solo. He had monster hits from his solo albums in the 80s and early 90s.
My fave lead vox with Genesis - Mama, Land of Confusion, Invisible Touch.

Solo hits: In the Air Tonight, Against All Odds, Another Day in Paradise, One More Night, I Wish It Would Rain Down - Metal_Treasure

Great drummer and singer. - Userguy44

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

That's a well known story (drummer for Nirvana, lead singer for Foo Fighters). - Metal_Treasure

Better drummer than singer in my opinion. - Userguy44

3 Don Henley Don Henley Donald Hugh "Don" Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career.

The Eagles drummer went solo as a singer and even scored big hits such as “Dirty Laundry,” “Sunset Grill” and “The Boys of Summer.” - Metal_Treasure

4 Levon Helm Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock 'n' roller, Americana musician, and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for The Band.

He released several solo albums as a lead singer - Metal_Treasure

5 Roger Taylor Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on April 26th,1960 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as including Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga. Despite being well known in Queen ...read more.

He's renowned for his excellent vocal skills as a backing vocalist for Queen (he even provided lead vox for many songs).
He also went solo and released his first solo single, I Wanna Testify, in 1977. Since then he's released 5 solo records, the last of which was released in 2013 (Fun On Earth).
Great drummer and singer but for some reason his solo albums did not become popular. That was the reason I didn't put him higher. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah, I like Roger's solo albums the best. It's too bad they never took off. But he's a great singer, has that aggression and rasp to it. - Gg2000

6 Todd La Torre Todd La Torre Todd La Torre is an American singer and drummer. He is the lead singer for the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, and a former lead vocalist of the bands Crimson Glory and Rising West.

After being a drummer for 24 years, he joined the iconic metal band Queensrÿche as a lead singer, replacing Geoff Tate - perhaps the metal singer with the most flawless vocal technique of all time. Yes, Todd had some very big shoes to fill.
In 2013 he said something interesting, "My dream was always to be a famous rock drummer. I still feel like a drummer that likes to sing".
Oh, come on Todd, that was your destiny - to become a singer for a famous metal band and not a (famous) drummer.
Todd is the guy with the best and most advanced singing skills on this list. Phil Collins is the best drummer on this list, in my opinion - Metal_Treasure

7 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.
8 Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum is the Velvet Revolver drummer and Guns 'N Roses former drummer (1990-1997).

His first solo album, Hollywood Zen, was released in 2004.
I heard only one song sung by him, The Sea, and it was OK (it is a country song). - Metal_Treasure

9 Jen Ledger Jen Ledger

Drummer and occasional backing vocalist for Skillet. Now has a solo project simply titled Ledger, where she does lead vocals. - SuperSonic17

Thanks for this addition SuperSonic! - Metal_Treasure

10 Peter Criss Peter Criss George Peter John Criscuola, better known by his stage name Peter Criss, is an American musician and actor, best known as a co-founder, the original drummer, and an occasional vocalist of the hard rock band Kiss.

He released several solo albums. He isn't higher because there's nothing impressive in his singing. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

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

Ringo's big problem is that he has a limited vocal range, especially compared to the other three Beatles. He's had to lower the key on virtually every song he sings now. - Gg2000

Not higher because his singing is slightly off-key. - Metal_Treasure

13 Skip Spence
14 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. He is known for his work with Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013. He is a very praised guitarist who played solos for songs like Dry County, Stranger ...read more.

But... he isn't a drummer! Or, did I miss something? - Metal_Treasure

Released 3 solo albums - DaringXx

15 Don Brewer
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