Greatest Drummers of All Time

A hard category, due to the number of drumming styles, but selected are the most complete and versatile drummers. These drummers should be able to play more than one style. In addition, their impact and influence in music should be felt on a global scale. Not just suburban America.

The Top Ten

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.

Neil Peart is the best! He can play Jazz. He plays for Rush and he plays really hard music. Nobody else could play Rush music in the hole list. I have went to other best drummer web sites and they all said that Neil Peart is 1. Neil Peart is the best! Go Rush! 1974-2112

This may be the worst argument for anything ever. Being able to play jazz isn't an impossible skill that immediately makes someone the best; it just means they have versatility. And playing hard music doesn't automatically make someone the best musician either. Just because someone can play difficult parts doesn't mean they can make something people want to listen to. In Neil's case, I find his work technically amazing but musically uninteresting. And really? "Nobody else could play Rush music in the hole list"? First of all, it's 'whole,' not 'hole.' And secondly, maybe other people on the list COULD play Rush's music but they don't because they're not from Rush. And then, saying that Neil's the best because other people also say he's the best. That might be the closest thing you have to a valid point, but still, it's just a sheep's mentality to like something simply because everyone else likes it.

I'm not bashing your opinion here. I'm just saying, if you want to voice your ...more

Several guys on other sites are dissing Peart in favor of Portnoy and Mangini. Hey... They're skilled but please, those two guys are top ten... MAYBE, but in all honesty they couldn't carry Neil's pissbucket. I spent 35 years seeing concerts, was even a roadie for the Stampeders, Randy Bachmann, and Red Rider several times. I saw Pink Floyd in 79 & 80 do their Wall tour and I think I'm still there, but nobody, and I mean NOBODY, can touch Neil Peart with a pair of hickorys. He could use stale licorice and use his eyelids to hold them and they still couldn't come close... And Snortboy, I mean Portnoy, knew he was substandard to Neil. Get real people, use your grey matter (or what's left of it, and accept the facts. Neil Peart is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. (Thanks for that Bret Hart)

Danny Carey is laughing somewhere... while playing 4 Peart solos at the same time

I think there are two drummers that were the only people who could produce their exact sound. Buddy Rich, and Neil Peart. I don't care how many really good drummers could come close, they couldn't duplicate. It wasn't just his ability with the sticks... it was his innovation in how the drums should sound. He walked into an industry as a Canadian kid 'novice.' But he had in his mind the perfect sound, and no drummer can argue that he didin't achieve a sound with his kit, let alone his almost computer/machine-like precision. As much as he was technically the best--at least by being the first in his genre, he envisioned how drums should sound.

I can't choose them in order I can only pick the ones I like...and this guy has always been great.

2 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.

Shannon Leto at number one? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Shannon doesn't have the talent that Bonham had in his LITTLE FINGER. He shouldn't even be in the top 100 drummers, it's absolutely ridiculous. Bonham was the most influential drummer of all time, all modern drummers would have studied Bonham like their life depended on it. He's influenced the likes of Dave Grohl (Who should be on this list anyway) Joey Kramer, Lee Kerslake, Tony Thompson, Tommy Lee, Peter Criss, Stewart Copeland, Chad Smith, Dave Lombardo and Brad Wilk... Some of the greatest drummers of today who quite frankly would outplay Shannon Leto blindfolded and with a single hand.

Here is my opinion on the top 10 best drummers. I will be judging them each by their skill level, creativity, and showmanship. I will also give the reasons for why I put them in each spot.

10. Phil Collins (Phil Collins, many know him as the drummer of the 70s rock band, Genesis, however, where he shined the most was when he became a solo artist in the early 80s. As a solo artist, he showed the world his magnificent ability to sing while drumming which is a rare skill to say the least and shows that he has some major skill. When it comes to his creativity and showmanship, he is very solid, if you listen to any of his drum fills, you will see the creativity he put into writing them).

9. Dave Grohl (The nicest guy in rock, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, and the drummer of many grunge/rock bands, Dave Grohl makes the number 9 spot due to his exceptional skill on the drums, creative drum fills, and top notch showmanship while on the drum set and off. Songs like Smells Like ...more

Why isn't Bonham #1? Also is it just me or are their about 7 names in the top ten I've never heard of? This list is a terrible representative of the best drummer of all time. Have you ever listened to one of Bonham's drum solos? He does so much with such a small set and can continue like 4 different rhythms at the same time. He is the best.

Danny Carey can play 4 different John Bonham SONGS at the same time. 4 rhythms, lol...

Neil Peart is great but John Bonham totally beats him. Also, to anyone reading this: Ringo Starr is the most overrated drummer on Earth. He is only famous because he was in the beatles. Everyone be like "He plays to the song" but John Bonham was a genius when it comes to matching the guitar and bass parts. Arguably the perfect drummer. Ringo Starr is lucky that the beatles carried him to fame without him having any talent on the drums.

3 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.

The Loon at 11th? You blokes realize that this is a list of DRUMMERS, right? Not people smashing sticks on surfaces and calling it art. As for Peart, the current #2 guy, he was inspired by the Master of Exploding Toilets himself. (For you kids that think music is just WUB WUB WEOOW that are voting for other drummers, that means Keith). Listen to Love, Reign O'er Me. That crashing sound you hear at the end is Moon flipping over and destroying his drumset, because he's just that badass. Fully improvised, for no other reason other than destroying something.

Just because someone is inspired by someone else doesn't make them better.

Wild, reckless... One crazy ass drummer that will never be replicated. Top 3 for sure.

Keith does it without even thinking about it as he was a pure natural talent when it came to playing the drums.

Keith was and still is the master of Rock and Roll drummers.

We can all have our opinions and who we think is best and there are many, many fine drummers in this world. So enjoy them all and remember keith was the best of his time on this planet.

Definitely MY favorite of the three drumming legends. I have nothing against Peart and Bonham or their bands (Actually The Who is my LEAST favorite out of Rush, Zeppelin, and The Who), Keith Moon's drumming just catches my ear the most out of the three. He had an incredible sense of rhythm, even when he was just seemingly slamming his drum sticks on anything in sight. He was destructive but still had control over everything he was doing. When he went crazy, he still kept perfect time and made it fun to listen to. It's just so sad that he died so young and we never got to hear what music would have evolved into if he had been around to continue influencing young musicians while he was alive. But maybe it's because he died so young that he's well known and that he's an influential drummer. I don't know. I'm digressing and I guess I'll just stop here.

4 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.

mike is the second best drummer in HISTORY. Only Neil Peart comes first. Anyone who disagrees is not a rock fan and you should keep your pathetic opinions to yourself. This genre is personified by Mike. I give Neil first place ONLY cause he did similar first. Mike took it to the next level and is the BEST nodern drummer. Im a big fan of death metal drummers like Origin and Pete Sandoval but overall no one can stand up to Mike Portnoy. Thanks Mike for the years of inspiration!

It's called an opinion. In the rock genre, Peart and Portnoy may dominate, but then there's Carey, Bonham, and Moon. And if you count every genre, then Buddy Rich would dominate all?

Almost as influential as Neil Peart, he's my personal favorite drummer, but Peart was just so ahead of his time. Mike did what Peart did, just more metal oriented.

Debate between who is better. Mike or Mike. I know Dream Theater fanatics who get in big arguments over this one. Despite that they both are top 10 drummers.

Mike certainly is one of the top drummers of all time. Neil Peart and John Bonham are the only drummers that could compare to Portnoy. Peart because of his overall talent and Bonham because of his style and how he revolutionized drumming (not to mention he was in Led Zeppelin and used only a single kick drum to play complex double kick fills). Let's be realistic, the Rev and Shannon Leto are good, but shouldn't belong on this list above Keith Moon, Thomas Lang, and Mike Portnoy. Thank god Peart is number one or else I wouldn't see any hope for the future of drumming.

5 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.

Buddy Rich is in a league of his own and easily surpasses every other drummer on the list.
His rolls were as smooth as milk and his dynamic range
And amazing stick control were awesome. Hearing Buddy play p diminuendo all the way to the edge of his snare drum with a sudden rimshot and heavy accent
Bomb on his bass drum was a mesmerizing thrill.

To those who write him off as a mere technical
Wizard, I suggest that you listen to his treatment
Of the lighter passages on 'Channel One Suite'
'I Can't Get Started' and 'Wave' and you'll be treated
To some of the most impeccably tasteful subtle musicianship possible. I recall hearing Buddy play
An extended duo with pianist Teddy Wilson at Ravinia
Park on Chicago's North Shore in which he used wire
Brushes exclusively. The delicate light touch of his playing was true poetic artistry.

I offer up the brilliant 'West Side Story Medley'
And the aforementioned 'Channel One Suite'
As examples of ...more

Buddy Rich was the Holy Grail of drummers. Any one who attempts to put a drummer ahead of Buddy Rich is insane. You can sum it up this way before Buddy died he said in an interview this his Music will Sustain forever. Buddy Rich was Right on time when he said that. You listen to Buddy Rich today at this time and all of his drumming sounds just as fresh and unbelievalbe as it did when he once performed it. What We are hearing today in drumming is just the same as a Washing Machine stuck in the Rinse Cycle. Same thing over and over no Creativity just pure noise. Buddy Rich just take a listen if or when he did take a drum solo. The Buddy Rich drum solo was like a GOOD BOOK it had a beginning a middle to it that kept you reading and staying with that solo and of course Buddy would give you a breathtaking finish. Today the drum solos you are hearing are just like the GRAND FINALE of a Fireworks Show. All noise and all loud loud louder FIREWORKS. No beginning just the END and a lot of ...more

I studied drums for a couple of years after I turned 10, played drums all my life, and my dad took me to see Buddy at 18 for my bday---I saw him close up and technically he's one of if not the best, N Peart and Carl Palmer both studied under B Rich and Neil led his band after he died that alone should tell us something, Phil Collins is one of the best as well---the 70's had a ton of great drummers not on the list at all so dump the list

You have to be old enough to understand, or at least google him to hear him play. He was fabulous! I don't know of another person that could play as fast as he. No one can make him.

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.

God
He played some astonishing drums
Smells like Teen Spirit

Dave grohl is the best musician in my opinion he plays guitar and sings for the foo fighters and did drumming for nirvana and over all he is a true legend

This guy from that awful and insanely overrated band nirvana ahead of Van Halen and stewart? Ok this list already sucks

If this were a list for underrated musicians, Grohl would have my vote. But as it's a list for best drummer, he's my second place choice (Favouring Peart). I certainly don't think Grohl is the best drummer--but probably the most versatile and effortless in his style. Able to play any genre, with anybody, drumming for many different bands each who had a very unique style. He definitely knew how to work with what he had, however simple, and make it a masterpiece. This man does not get 1/billionth of the credit he deserves or should have.

7 James 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.

I'm a fan of Avenged Sevenfold and I love jimmy but I don't think his the BEST drummer in the world but his drum cover is godlike although it is not the fastest but it sounds damn awesome with each and every song... as I said I don't think his the best drummer.. but he is 1 of the best drummer in the WORLD... the drum cover of a7x's first album is so godlike that it already beat most of the drummers! a 3rd position for jimmy is wonderful! he deserved it!

I think he is the beast of drumming because he has the speed and his own way of drumming

For me, he should be the no. 1 best drummer of all time, cause he makes his own way of drumming and own beat.. I also love the skill he always do, the "Double ride thing". It's why he is awesome.. FoREVer.. AVENGED SEVENFOLD FOREVER..

Who the hell even is yoshiki hayashi, if the rev were still her that guy would be dirt, foREVer R.I.P

Unique style, wacky beats, while also having an incredibly unique voice, and a great songwriter.

8 Glen Power

Anyone who has ever heard The Script, live or otherwise, can confidently agree with me in saying that Glen Power is a force to be reckoned with. Not only can he drum with incredible skill and talent, he can sing, write songs, and play the guitar and the piano. He is a living legend!

Glen is a versatile drummer who can drum to any music style. Not many drummers can sing such amazing harmonies and interact with the band and fans in the way he does while keeping a rhythm. Not only that, Glen is proficient in various other musical instruments including guitar and piano - he truly has a gift. As far as talent goes, he has bucket loads, turn that bucket upside down and he will give you a rhythm. Many of The Script songs have a powerful drum beat that is often simple yet effective. Always a clean sound and with a surname like Power - well it says it all! A very humble man and a truly underrated talent!

Glen Power is the only drummer who I can sit and watch doing his thing and be generally interested all the way through and that speaks volumes. Also he recently played live while being randomly blindfolded by his bandmate and never missed a beat. He not only plays but he sings and also has a versatile talent and can play piano as well. Need I give any more reasons why this man is a living legend and the best drummer to ever exist?

Technically, musically, even lyrically (he manages that on the drums)... The kind of perfectionist who makes his intriguing rhythms look easy. That's when you know you've got a bit of a genius before you.

9 Joey Jordison Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls. He is the co-founder and drummer for the Blackened Death Metal band Sinsaenum ...read more.

joey is the best drummer ever he speed and the rythem is awesome

He is my favorite and in my opinion #2, Peart is just to great, and Travis Barker isn't good at drumming, he is good at keeping rhythm and creating beats. He is a slow drummer

Best drummer in the world forever!

1001 variation music... Boundless inspiration!

Why isn't he number one! He is clearly the best drummer out there. He can do speed and precision perfectly.

10 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

Judging from the way the comments are written, it seems to me that those who voted for him are mainly Metallica fan boys who have probably never tried much of anything beyond Metallica. The guy is very sloppy and unoriginal. He is only at number 9 because he's the drummer of the biggest metal band in history yet easiest to listen to. It is a shame considering how many legends are beyond him in ranking...

@MUSHROOM so according to your statement anything have have great popularity are overrated?

Lars might not be Mike Portnoy but his random fills have appeared to work for Metallica for the last 40 years. Plus, Metallica revolutionized Thrash Metal and it all started from Lars. I think he's an amazing drummer and person so I say he deserves to be on this list despite all the hate he gets.

Lars revolutionized drumming. Listen to their first album. Whiplash motorbreath metal militia nobody played that fast in rock or metal bands before. On ride the lightning he proved he could make musical songs like fade to black and for whom the bell tolls work. On master of puppets he perfected his technique of thrash/speed metal while still playing songs Luke sanitarium and the thing that should not be... And justice for all saw his musical ability soar through the roof. Listen to one, dyers eve, blackened, you'll know what I'm talking about. On the black album he created great atmosphere with complementing all the other great players in Metallica's sound. Its about serving the song with Lars and the rest of Metallica. They proved this with load and reload. He didn't overplay. He let the other players do their thing. St. Anger is underrated in terms of his drumming. The title track heard him return partly to his thrash roots in the choruses. Frantic was also great. Death magnetic saw ...more

I hear a lot of hate about Ulrich, but in my opinion, he should be listed higher. Ok, maybe he plays one beat for half of Metallica's songs, but he makes them work well. Plus, when he adds a little bit of double bass to a consistent beat on the ride and snare on "Motorbreath" and "Hit the Lights", it sounds really good. He's not the best, but he should be ranked higher than #9.

The Newcomers

? 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.
? Andrew Forsman

The Contenders

11 Dave Lombardo David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Dave Lombardo is better, faster and more aggressive than Lars Ulrich.
He is in another level
Is the best and favorite metal drummer of all time
And SLAYER isn't as mainstream as many bands here
Slayer is true, rude and aggressive metal

some of the stuff that he does on the kit is just amazing. Lars Ulrich and Joey Jordison are WAY overated

IMO
1. John Bonham
2. Niel Peart
3. Kieth Moon
4. Dave Lombardo
5. Mike Portnoy
6. Danny Carey
7. Ginger Baker
9. Terry Bozzio
10. Ian Paice

He came with the fastest double bass to metal. He has insane drum fills. He has made metal drumming classics tuhat everyone uses nowadays. He has composed an opera and jazz music, can play slow to punk to thrash to anything.

This list includes some of the drummers that don't deserve to be in it. Then there's Dave Lombardo. He deserves to be among the top three drummers. Right after Bonham. Rest I don't care where you put them. If this guy would have been in a mainstream band, I wouldn't be writing this. Because then the world would have already done what I am trying to do, and this comment of mine wouldn't be needed.

12 Ginger Baker Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker was 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.

With Jazz and African influences and turning it into Rock is very hard to do but Ginger did it like it was a simple job! The song Toad by Cream shows his amazing talents and his solo song Ginger Spice shows his uniqueness when he drums!

The best I ever heard and with the broadest scope in jazz, rock, African, Japanese etc. A true genius. Only the like of Buddy Rich compare and they weren't nearly as wide in scope or as fanatically dedicated to their craft. A crazy genius and a great artist met in one! The first time I heard him I mentioned to the band member, listening to one of his long solos while sitting next to me, that he was the greatest drummer I ever heard and he said that he thought so too. I found out later that I was speaking to Eric Clapton. My opinion has never changed and I seriously doubt if Eric's has either.

He was a bastard to get along with but he was an artist on the drums.

3rd after Neil Pert and John Bonham why is he insanely low on this list!

13 Danny Carey Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jell├┐, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.

It is a rare thing when you recognize who the drummer is by the way he plays even if you have never heard the song before. It happens with guitar players. For example when Jimmy Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour or Eric clapton start to play you instantly recognize them because of their unique styles. Danny Carey is in that elite category as a drummer. A style all his own and that's what makes him one of the greatest. The boy can play!

Just an incredible musician. His polyrhythms, precision, power and innovation of drums as a melodic instrument make him, in my opinion, a top 5 of all time (so far.) For him to be so low on this list while lesser drummers of more popular bands are in the top ten make my heart skip beats.

Absolutely incredible drummer. Putting Grohl ahead of him is a sin. Not the best drummer alive, but as far as god-like abilities go, he is a top five drummer at least. His low ranking here is due to being part of progressive rock,a music style that doesn't appeal to most people. Someone playing a 5, 7 or 11 beat pattern tends to rub people the wrong way because simple 4 or 6 beat patterns are easier to bang your head to. The enjoyment of Tool is mathematical more than musical though there are certainly gloriously beautiful musical movements as well as precise and flowing odd time signatures that challenge the brain to keep up.

Of all of the drummers out there, only Neal Peart and Mike Portnoy Can keep up with Danny's complex beats and just completely hellish time signatures. Danny's Beats are simply ridiculous.

Ticks and Leeches and Hooker with a Penis showed his ridiculous speed and intensiveness, Parabola and Schism show how fast he can play off the hi hats and such, to the point where they are like spasms but sound musical, Jambi and Lateralus show how he can make the weirdest time signatures sound fantastic and make them flow, Bottom and Jimmy show how he uses the continued switch between cross-stick rims and hi hats or bells into his patterns, The Grudge and AEnima show Danny's ability to make creative rhythms out of simply using Toms, Eulogy and Pushit show his ability to use speed and off beat snare or hi hat hits in complex beats, and Sober just shows that he can make a beat sound really simple, while actually playing it is 10x harder than it sounds.

All of these songs show how Danny ...more

14 Alex Van Halen Alexander Arthur "Alex" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Come on! seriously why is Dave Grohl number 6 while he isn't in top 10! nirvana is so overrated, and Curt can NOT sing!

Eddie is the star in the family, but this guy is a monster. In addition to the method in which his drums are recorded (the sound is beautiful), his technique is flawless. His changes are dynamic and for the speed in which he plays, he is capable of downshifting in a nano-second. Very worthy of top 10 status.

Girl Gone Bad, Outta Love Again, Top Jimmy, Panama, Hot For Teacher. His touch and the way he finds the pocket of Eddies playing are paired with straight up showing off. He has a style like no other. Heavy Swing is the new category I'm inventing to put him in.

Dudes a beast but not number one but definitely top ten maybe even five behind Portnoy, The Rev, and Peart. Just listen to hot for teacher. Sounds like there are 4 drummers. But who in the hell put Ringo in this. He isn't the best drummer in the world, he wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles.

15 Vinnie Colaiuta

Rock's most underrated drummer. The bottomless pocket and unflappable technical mastery on display he showed working with Zappa is only equalled by Peart, In my opinion, but with deeper groove.

Only underrated because he was never in one particularly commercial band like the beatles or zeppelin.

Should be in the top three and Buddy Rich should be number one, can outplay Neil Peart with his eyes closed. Played better on five drums than Neil did on fifty in my opinion.

As a life-long drummer, I had developed morphing lists of "best" drummers based on favorite bands, styles, genres, etc. over the years. I had a standard kind of mish-mashed mixed-up list: Rich, Roach, Peart, Bonham, Moon, Copeland, Baker, Starr, etc.. Then I tried throwing out all pre-conceived notions and objectively started listening to drummers, and BOOM! Vinnie Colaiuta reigns supreme. There is no competition. He can play ALL styles better than anyone on any of my previous lists. The one possible exception is Buddy Rich at the height of his skills performing snare drum magic in solos. I'm sure Vinnie can do the same, but I just haven't found a recording. Yet.

16 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.

Sure he may not have gone ballistic on drum sets as lots of these other guys, but he was the perfect pop drummer. He knows exactly what to play for each song, and with his vast creativity, made many original drum beats. The beat from "In My Life" is a completely original beat, that to date, has not been known to be used in any other song. And if so, the song also probably just sounds like "In My Life." He was also, a human metronome. Had perfect rhythm. He seems to be underrated simply for the fact that his beats sound basic, but try playing some of The Beatles more complex songs like "Rain." You'll come to find that they are a lot harder to play than you'd realize.

How he can be at a list a best drummers? He is mediocre at least. He is just a part of very popular band and nothing more.

I'm surprised he's not higher. Not my favorite, but still, he was one of the pillars of rock and roll. Not to mention he's just popular.

Hey it's the Beatles and the greatest Rock N Roll Band couldn't be the greatest without one of the greatest drummers ever!

John bonham was amazing always but Ringo helped make the Beatles great!

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

Under rated. Made drums do what he wanted to hear. Great drummer.

This is a joke! Number #38? Whoever does not vote Phil Collins does not know what talent is. He NEEDS to be at his rightful place at #1! He is the greatest of the great, the coolest of the cool. He is far lower than he should be. Phil Collins isn't a rock god he IS the rock god! So please vote for Phil Collins!

I loved Phil's playing with Genesis before he became a front man and solo artist. He's a very talented man and a drummer first...his 70's style was very different to his 80's style, partly because of the way music was being produced and partly because he adapted to influences. When he worked on the 3rd Peter Gabriel album, Peter told him there were to be no cymbals on the entire record (check it out). The drumming style he adopted as a result was a forerunner of the "In the Air Tonight" style that most people know him for...but I still love his much looser and busier progressive style of the 70's...plus of course, his jazz outlet through Brand X...all good stuff

John bonham, Neil peart, phil Collins, Keith moon, ringo, Dave grohl, and Chad smith should all be in the top ten!

18 Stewart Copeland Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the drummer for the English-American rock band The Police and for his film and video game soundtracks.

This man is an absolute machine. He's got to be way higher. Top 10 at least. Maybe even top 5.

Below Dave Grohl from the widely overrated terrible band nirvana? Really? Copeland could probably easily hit top 3 or even top 2!

Bonham's really my favorite, but I had to vote Copeland to push him up a little in the polls. For me, when it comes to quintessential rock drumming, there are four names: John Bonham, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, and Keith Moon (who is really off in his own, unique category. )

Stewart Copeland's precision percussion, timing and rhythm must have this guy higher up this chart?

19 Rick Allen Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

Say whatever you want but you cannot question this man's love of his instrument. He learned to play without his arm! Seems freaking very difficult but I suppose he must of felt like he HAD to play...

The fact that he had one arm during Def Leppard's best day is absolutely incredible. Maybe that's why they're the best.

He should be in the top 10 of this list because he can destroy most of the drums out there with only one arm

eneyone who can play drums after loosing a arm is a brave man see his come back at donington great show

20 Dave Weckl

In terms of technical skill, control, execution and taste, he and Vinnie are the greatest. But where is Billy Cobham and Lenny White on this list?

One of the best, most sophisticated, outstanding drummer I ever heard in my life, and I heard all of them. Absolutely a genius on the drums. A top ten must!

What is dave doing all the way down here? God help me!

Hands down the most versatile and musical drummer today. Voters on these lists should always do their homework and actually listen to everyone before voting.

21 Bill Ward William Thomas "Bill" Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Any young drummer wood shedding to his favorite albums can figure out with a little hard work and understanding of syncopation, how to play any Led Zeppelin song, any Rush song, or any other popular music in their iPods. Yet I don't care who you are, or how good you think you are, Mike bordin, Tommy fluctose, it doesn't matter. None of us can play the Wizard, none of us can play Electric Funeral or any other Black Sabbath song because Bill Ward is on a different level. He is the 5th point of the alchemy star, the aetherial. His DNA is Black Sabbath and it birthed a new style of drumming where the open holes were as powerful as the notes on the drums. Sometimes his playing sounds like a marching band drum line falling down a flight of stairs. Yet as his notes land in a pile of rubble at the bottom of that stairwell, the chills go down your spine. This music was recorded over 40 years ago and sounds like it came from the depths of hell and played by the most powerful angels in heaven. ...more

One of the best drummers ever. Bill Ward is a living legend, a natural born talent, a God of the drums. Tony Iommi is of course the godfather of heavy metal but without Bill Black Sabbath would have been another story.

I can't believe he's so low. Just listen to The Wizard or any song really off the first album. This man kicked off metal drumming!

The thing about Bill Ward is that he was the drummer in THE FIRST metal band to ever exist. But I wouldn't say he's a metal drummer. He's more like a hip hop drummer mixed with a jazz drummer on steroids. He would lay down funky grooves with the kick pedal on songs like Hand of Doom and Behind the Wall of Sleep that could just as easily exist in a Biggie Smalls song as a metal song, and would then proceed to destroy your mind with lightning fast fills. The man had hands like a machine gun. And when you watch live footage of him, it's so amazing that the camera man practically focuses on him the whole time. He was an absolute maniac on the drums and his beats are among the grooviest ever written. 100% underrated. Probably due to the fact that Sabbath only really put out 3 amazing albums.

22 Nick Mason Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

Pink Floyd is a precision program rock band. Your leader of precision of time is always the dummer. I seriously doubt that any body else could have filled the role as well as nick mason.

Being a drummer does not mean that you need to be loud, need to be fast and crazy. Drummers are the backbone of most songs. Nick Mason was not only the backbone for Pink Floyd's songs, but he was the beauty and soul of their music. His drumming is an expression of his inner being and inner soul, and you can hear this in their music. It is not just the passion that you can hear in his drumming, but you can hear the expression of his inner being. His drumming show what is means to be human. Complete freedom, let your inner self be free, no restraint.

How come he is number 30? Why such a good drummer is that underrated? He is not an insane drummer but look at his sense man...listen to "live at Pompeii" stuffs..You will understand.. Banging the drums isn't about everything..you must feel the rhythm

Not an insane, crazy, drummer, but he set the mood for many of their greatest songs.

23 Vinnie Paul Abbott

Should be way closer to the top of this list.

Why is this man not in the top 10?

One of the greatest drummer in history!
Should be in first 10. Just listen some song of Pantera.

Are these voters on dope? This man is the
greatest..

24 Nicko McBrain Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.

The shear fact Nicko isn't in the top ten make's him the most underrated drummer in the world. Nicko is easily a top 10 drummer and I would even put in at #5.

Mr. Octopus. THE KING OF SINGLE PEDAL, he prefers to employ a fast, bare foot technique using a single pedal, so why not he be the first...

Nicko deserves to be in top 5. Because he can easily beat John Bonham and kick his ass. Nicko is one of the greatest drummer of the legendary heavy metal band iron maiden. He is fast and skilled. I am very disappointed to see him in number 20. He deserves more.

The minimum that he deserves to be in the top 5. his extreme beats done with a single pedal and skills like the 14/8 riff that not any drummer can perform. I think the octupus Nicko McBrain is the best in his british heavy metal music.

25 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.

I personally think Mangini is a little better than Portnoy, but I have friend who would strongly disagree with me. Despite my opinion they are both amazing Top 10 Drummers.

How the hell is Portnoy 4 and Mangini 24 right now? Mangini isn't any lesser of a drummer than Portnoy and he's way back here behind schmucks like Lars Ulrich? People should look up some of Mangini's live playing. I guess the mix really does screw up his sound on the albums.

There is no possible sequence of drumbeats that can't be played by him. Every style at every speed. Hardly comprehensible poly rhythms. Not only a top category drummer, he's also a good teacher using his former studies on human nervous system.

This guy is pure genius. Just hear him play, it is almost as if there are 4 people playing drums at the same time. He also at a time held the record of fastest drummer in a number of categories. He has rhythm and speed. He should be in the top ten for sure!

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