Top 10 Drummers Who Became Lead SingersThis 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.
- singing abilities
- success as a lead singer (solo, in the same band, in another band)
- drumming skills
The Top Ten
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
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.
People didn't give him enough credit because he was compared with Peter Gabriel and Peter was a better singer.
Great drummer and singer.
That's a well known story (drummer for Nirvana, lead singer for Foo Fighters).
Better drummer than singer in my opinion.
The Eagles drummer went solo as a singer and even scored big hits such as “Dirty Laundry,” “Sunset Grill” and “The Boys of Summer.”
He released several solo albums as a lead singer
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.
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.
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
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).
Drummer and occasional backing vocalist for Skillet. Now has a solo project simply titled Ledger, where she does lead vocals.
Thanks for this addition SuperSonic!
He released several solo albums. He isn't higher because there's nothing impressive in his singing.
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.
Not higher because his singing is slightly off-key.
But... he isn't a drummer! Or, did I miss something?
Released 3 solo albums