1 Neil Peart
Neil Ellwood Peart, (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making ...read more.
He deserves it! He is great. 40+ years of rock drumming innovation and inspiration. How could such a fabulous of a drummer not be in first place?! I mean he is Neil Peart!
Ask anyone and they will agree... This guy is a drum legend. - Songsta41
There's much more talented drummers who aren't well known.
I don't understand why he's #2 right now. - LizardKing99
2 Keith Moon
Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.
3 Mike Portnoy
Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.
How is he not number 1? - Userguy44
4 John Bonham
John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.
John bonham and keith moon are the best drummers that have passed away TOMMY ALDRIDGE IS THE BEST DRUMMER ALIVE!
5 Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.
How is he even on this list?
How is he 5th? - Userguy44
Ok, to all the people that are whining because he is fifth, listen to the stuff from Kill ‘em All to ReLoad. It’s very creative. I know you’re going to be replying that he wasn’t good after ReLoad, but listen to the drums on DM. It’s legendary. - awesomedp900
6 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.
7 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 is the smartest drummer for sure.
He knew that his job was to keep perfect time for the Lennon/McCartney [and later Harrison] compositions, which are the greatest pop/rock songs ever written, and among the greatest music of any kind in history.
So called "star drummers" like Moon, Bonham, or Baker would have made it about themselves, and not that phenomenal music.
8 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.
9 Mike Mangini
Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.
This is the man - #1 for me. Currently in Dream Theater (he played for Annihilator before, among many other projects). - Metal_Treasure
10 Ginger Baker
Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer," while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms.
11 Mitch Mitchell
John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
12 Dominic Howard
Dominic James Howard is an English musician, best known as the drummer, percussionist and co-producer for the alternative rock band Muse. He also contributes to the synthesized and electronic-based elements found in their music.
This guy deserves to be top 10
He's amazing - Userguy44
13 Phil Collins
Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.
He should be in the top 5 because he is great.
14 George Kollias
Georgios "George" Kollias is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American technical death metal band Nile.
15 Dave Lombardo
David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
16 Gene Hoglan
Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.
17 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative metal/ metalcore ...read more.
18 Matt Cameron
Matt Cameron is an American composer, and musician. He is mostly famous for being the drummer of the three grunge bands Soundagrden, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog.
Lars shouldn't really be in the top ten lol - Gruunge
19 Mick Fleetwood
20 Ian Paice
Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.
Pioneer of metal drumming - used double bass in 1971. - Metal_Treasure
21 Buddy Rich
Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.
THE best jazz drummer in the world.
22 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.
23 Rob Bourdon
Robert Gregory Bourdon is an American musician, best known as the drummer and one of the founding members of the American rock band Linkin Park.
24 Tico Torres
25 Carl Palmer
Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist most famed for playing with the progressive rock bands Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia.
I became a drummer some 40 years ago after listening to ELP once! This drummer is amazing.
26 Jim Keltner
27 Steve Gadd
28 Charlie Watts
Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones. Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.
29 Dave Weckl
#1 Hands down. Need I say more. You doubters, go to you tube and hold on to your.seat. T.G. Pumphrey
30 Vinnie Colaiuta
31 Terry Bozzio
Terry John "Ted" Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa.
32 Aynsley Dunbar
33 Billy Cobham
William Emanuel "Billy" Cobham is a Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, who permanently relocated to Switzerland during the late 1970s.
34 Elvin Jones
Elvin Ray Jones was an American jazz drummer of the post-bop era. He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan.
35 Jack DeJohnette
36 Tony Williams
Anthony Tillmon "Tony" Williams was an American jazz drummer. Williams first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis and was a pioneer of jazz fusion. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1986.
37 Karl Brazil
38 Randy Black
Randy Black is a Canadian-born metal drummer and recording artist best known for his stints as the drummer for Annihilator, Primal Fear, Duskmachine, and Bif Naked. He is an ambidextrous drummer.
39 Cozy Powell
Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.
He made headlines, when he appeared on the BBC's programme Record Breakers, where he set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television.
He was a metal pioneer, very fast for the 70s and played for legendary but underground bands - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, MSG. - Metal_Treasure
40 Chris Vrenna
41 Andy Hurley
42 Nigel Olsson
Great pop rock drummer with a ton of talent.
43 Jerry Mercer
Need I say more than add him on? He is great.
44 Bill Bruford
William Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English retired drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner.
Yes he should be in the top 5.(laughs).
45 Nick Mason
Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.
46 Brann Dailor
Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.
47 Dale Crover
I wish he wasn't underrated because he's the best. Well, at least in my opinion. - JCHOW
48 Randy Ciarlante
Randy Ciarlante is an American musician who frequently played with the Band. He joined the Band in 1990, singing harmony and playing drums.
49 Dave Rowntree
50 Roger Taylor
Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on July 26th,1949 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as "Under Pressure", "A Kind Of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga". Despite being well known in Queen ...read more.
WHY IS HE SO LOW!