Greatest Drummers of All TimeA 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 Greatest Drummers of All Time
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.
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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.
Sure, Keith Moon and John Bonham forever defined impressive drumming skills but for Neil Peart, it's in a whole new level. Neil Peart's drumming fits with many genres as well as punk, soul, metal especially Jazz which he still plays. Neil Peart is more than a drummer, he is a percussion maniac. YYZ is an example where the beat from the drums blossom to be the greatest song of Rush, even though it's instrumental and progressive. He inspired me to play the drums but I can't play good as him. YYZ is totally hard to play and his drum kit is worth more than my apartment. He's a complete legend.
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...
Hands down the hardest hitting drummer in rock history and ONLY takes a backseat to ONE other drummer...Neil Peart. Bonzo was and IS a Legend!
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.
A deeply troubled guy full of contrasts but what he did onstage and that explosive energy put on every performance is and ever will be plainly unmatched. Hands down moon the loon
What Moon did, better and more often than any other rock drummer, is create more memorable moments, more dramatic, exciting moments than any other drummer.
The fills before the scream on Wont Get Fooled Again. The call to arms after the bridge to "Baba O'Reilly" His euphoria during Amazing Journey during Woodstock.
Need more? The machine gun melodic tom work on Happy Jack. The pop art chaos of My Generation. The wall of sound and manic scream of "Substitute".
Dropping the mic. Best ever.
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?
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.
personally, I think its a tie between portnoy and mike mangini. look him up. lars ulrich sucks. portnoy is amazing. buddy rich is also an amazing and respectable drummer. those should be top 3. portnoy, mangini, and rich.
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
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.
If you ask every other guy above #5 who the best is they would have all pointed to Buddy
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
Dave Grohl? Are you kidding me.. He couldn't even play for the Begees.. This list is a Joke...
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.
People don't consider Dave to be an amazing drummer purely because in Nirvana his drum parts were energetic however simple. Yet if you listen to of his solo's or his work with queens of the stone age or them crooked vultures you'll get a completely different idea. Dave an animal and power house behind a drum kit
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
Favorite drummer and an all around legend, RIP Jimmy. You are foREVer in our hearts
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.
Best drummer in the world forever!
1001 variation music... Boundless inspiration!
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
Why isn't he number one! He is clearly the best drummer out there. He can do speed and precision perfectly.
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...
Shouldn't be anywhere near the top 100! He throws in random fills, he loses track of time, he replaced his ride cymbal with a China cymbal and uses it to mask his mistakes, he can't play double bass, he simplifies down a song painfully so take him off the list!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
One of the most overrated drummers ever he is only known for one song which hot for a teacher which the song it self sucks
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.
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.
Played in jazz bands in high school with the guy. He never stopped drumming! I think Vinny and drums have evolved into a symbiotic relationship; can’t tell one from the other. Should be higher on the list; # 1 in my opinion.
Should be at least top 3, he can do it all at an exceptional level.
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!
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.
Just saw him last night - the guy is not of this world! Completely felt the vibe of my personal favourite Neil Peart with him. He actually makes the drums a melodic instrument (no easy task), both complimenting and accentuating the song structure, and of course, the time signature changes. Prog Metal at it's finest! I too cannot understand this list - Lars & Alex would have an aneurysm trying to do half of what this guy pulls off!
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.
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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.
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!
Under rated. Made drums do what he wanted to hear. Great drummer.
Lucky enough to seem him live 6 times - a life memory that never leaves me.
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
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. )
From the first time I heard the Police I fell in love with drums. I was able pick up on the beats and that was something I was definitely illiterate about! He is amazing!
His music like in Spyro the Dragon made me appreciate what the guy put out there for gamers who grew up listening to the sweet melody in his music.
Stewart Copeland's precision percussion, timing and rhythm must have this guy higher up this chart?
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
He has obviously slowed down over the years, but the things that man can do while drumming is beyond me. Def Leppards best album by far was after Rick’s accident
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.
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.
Multi talented. Bachelors degree in music. A Kind Of Magic Man. World Class Act.
I have almost a million reasons why Roger Taylor is the best Drummer, Musician, and Person ever, First of all, Listen to Breakthru and think how he did that amazing sound with only Drums?! Next find a live version of I'm In Love With My Car and think how he could play drums, and sing and still be able to breath after wards, and people, Ringo Starr, you barely know there are drums in Beatles songs, and after that's all sunk in listen to the back-up vocals on Somebody to love and then think about how ROGER TAYLOR IS TOTALLY NUMBER ONE!
Kicking ass at drumming and singing at the same time... That deserves higher than place 19. He may not be the fastest drummer, but his actual ability to hold a song together whilst backing up vocals and providing main vocals is a lot more than any of the other nominees can do.
Extremely underrated - even though he is always generally in top 15. But his amazing vocals, song writing, and showmanship tend to make the average person think he is more of a “show”, than the incredible savant he was. In fact, Neil Peart often has been quoted naming Roger Taylor as one of his rock contemporaries who continually work at their craft, as well as his technical proficiency.
Too often underrated by common folk.
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
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.
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.
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!
This list really is silly. People are just voting for the drummer of their favourite bands (Hence 30 Seconds to Mars and X-Japan being in the top ten! If only real drummers voted and it was actually down to skill and talent, then this guy, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Chris Adler, Tomas Haake, Joey Jordison, Buddy Rich, John Bohnam, Gavin Harrison & Dave Lombardo would be in the top 10, as well as others not far behind like Dave Grohl and Mitch Mitchell etc. NOT regular drummers from popular bands!
One of the greatest drummers of all time...part of Dethklok's success is due to Mr. Hoglan.
This Guy is a heavy metal legend
He drum for two legenadry DEATH albums!
Donati has pushed well past the boundaries most drummers didn't know existed. His style is unique and his combination of precision, speed and complexity is an example of what someone can accomplish when they dedicate their lives to pushing the limits of what is achievable on a drum kit. BUT he doesn't play in a popular rock band and doesn't stay inside the limits of the basic 4/4 time signature and therefore most voters here won't even have heard of this master. This laughable list is far from accurate and is merely people's opinion on their favourite drummers, as evident in the comments for Tommy Lee. Being able to play without a shirt on or while spinning upside down does not make you an amazing drummer.
Virgil donati is not only the best and most complex drummer who has ever lived but will be the best long after he has gone. That's how far advanced this guy is. It will literally take many many years before earth see another Virgil donati! I have studied him my hole life met him and all. He should not only be number 1 on this list but there should be a big gap between 1 and 2 and 2 should definitely be weckl. But donati is number one by farr!
Seen Virgil play live in different bands, went to 3 of Virgil's drum clinics, went to a Simon Phillips drum clinic in Australia and asked him a question about double kick technique, he said ask Virgil because he's the best.
His drum solo on Cruise Missile while playing with Loose Change in Melbourne, is out of the world, 15 minutes of pure genius.
Only drummer capable of counting and playing overlapping series of 3, 5, 7, 13 notes, each series with each different hand and foot simultaneously. He is unbeatable, the only drummer who makes his colleagues feel weak and nervous. He will never be on the top of the list because he will never play with a monster band
He should be in the Top 5! He is the most technical and skilled drummer ever. All those lists are subjective, based on author's likes and dislikes, and all of them are different. But the truth is the only one!
An absolute monster. His independence is remarkable. I believe he is the most skilled drummer on the planet right now.
This list is just a popularity contest. There are only a few people on it who deserve to be. Thomas Lang would wipe the floor with all of them.
Richie Sambora plays in a band with drums in it. That qualifies him for this list, doesn't it?
Just listen to his Birdman score. Incredible drumming.
Can hang in the Pat Metheny Group
Steve Gadd, the father of modern drumming is rated #30 on this list. That right there blows completely all credibility out of this so called best drummer list.
Should be in the top 10! He is my personal favorite. My top 10 would go like this.
1. Steve Gadd
2. Jeff Porcaro
3. Carter Beauford
4. John Bonham
5. Phil Collins
6. Dave Weckl
7. Bernard Purdie
8. Niel Peart
9. Buddy Rich
10. Lars Ulrich
Gadd is a drummers drummer and like Buddy Rich, a natural talent with an innate ability to feel the music. He lives it, just look at his face when he plays. His drumming contributes, it doesn't dominate, but is it incredibly skilled in a very subtle way. Check out his playing with Chick Corea and of course, the legendary "50 ways to leave your lover" drum part...
style, finesse, control and metronomic time-keeping! It's no wonder everyone was after him. In Japan he was called Steve God. Period.
One of the best pop musicians ever. Seriously, the amount of sheer energy he puts into Green Day's music elevates them above other pop artists.
Go to almost any Green Day song and listen to the drums, he’s either doing something complex or really fast on almost all of their songs.
The. Best. Maybe he's not #1 because perhaps the others are better in some way(I don't listen to Japanese music... ) But Mr. Wright deserves a position above #5, unanimously, hands down, and THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING!
I am a big Green Day fan but Green Day would be nothing without Tre Cool. All those great songs would not be so great. American Idiot would be really bad. But The how crew is amazing and they are going in the hall fame in the next few years maybe this year. Love yah Green Day. Best of the best. They are the punk rock kings.
Made the drums into more than something to keep time with. His solos are still masterpieces.
How you can have Phil colins and Ringo Starr in front of Gene Krupa just shows what a shower of crap this list is... Gene and buddy and many of the same era would embarrass most of these drummers on this list
I agree I have lived through the 50's to present and have music in my back ground. I understand going with what you know but historical record show the facts not opinion to this day Gene Krupa has no equal. The truth is a simple fact krupa is simply the best. He born with a gift unmatched in talent and speed.
The fact that Krupa is 22nd on this list proves that you can't ask this question without going genre-specific. I think you need to card some of these voters at the door too. Meaning no disrespect, in most cases a teenager is not going to have a wide enough scope to make a meaningful vote on something like this- hence, Leto at #2!!?? I guarantee 90% or more of the voters here don't listen to jazz or swing and have never seen this guy rip it up. I like a lot of the other guys on this list, but search up a couple of his videos on the web and just watch and "feel" this guy play. My #1 drummer in any category because he was a technical genius that still played with passion and flare. Truly awesome.
The best is Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell.
Both are jazz oriented and smooth. Very fast from Mitch if you watch Monterey Pop Festival and end of Wild Thing. Look how fast and accurate and smooth he is. It is like watching Buddy Rich in fast motion.
Like Ginger and Eric said, "I get mad when someone mentions my name along the likes of Bonham or Moon". Both are good, but they cannot compare to these two greats.
I've been playing for over 55 years and started with Rich, Krupa, Roach, and all the other jazz greats and not-so-greats. Then I listened to Holly, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Elvis, Fats, Del Vikings, and The Ventures.
When I was seven The Beatles were on WMCA that Christmas. The Dave Clark Five were already known to me as was The Yardbirds and the Stones. I then moved into The Airplane, Hot Tuna, Santana, Cream, Hendrix, Climax Blues Bank, Allman Bros., and Billy Cobham.
Some of these people I know, and most I have met. Some I even played ...more
Most people don't know about this guy because Hendrix was always standing in front of him, and rightly so, it's his band, but this was still really, listen to Hey Joe, or Voodoo Child, because his fills are great.
Overshadowed by Jimi of course, but he totally kills it, equally as talented as Jimi in their respective instruments. Has and always will be underrated so had to vote for him.
I personally think that Mitch deserves to be way higher than 17 he was one of the greatest drummers in history he was the foundation for jazz fusion he should be at least 6
These lists are terrible because everyone votes for there favourite bands instead of the best.
A lot of people would not have heard Meshuggah's music and are able to digest the shear undeniable inventory of rhythm this man has created... A complete, totally unique and ground braking drummer of epic proportion... Tomas Haake has taken a simple 4/4 beat and created the most mathematical equations to blow your brain into separating peices... I think he is a genius and should be recognised for taking rhythm to a place we have never seen before... When talking about greatest drummers of ALL TIME, this man has re-created time and should be recognised as one of the most significant influences of the next many generations... It will be years before people actually realise the depth of this man's raw talent...
Wow! this guy should be in the top 10! his mastery of the polyrhythm is almost that of Danny Carey's mastery! This list is ridiculous. Here is my opinion to make up for it (top 20):
20. Bill Ward - Black Sabbath
19. Phil Collins - Genesis
18. Lars Ulrich - Metallica
17. Nick Menza - Megadeth
16. Dave Grohl - Nirvana
15. Alex Van Halen - Van Halen
14. Dave Lombardo - Slayer
13. Joey Jordison - Slipknot
12. Gene Krupa
11. Mitch Mitchell - Jimi Hendrix Experience
10. Ginger Baker - Cream
9. Nicko McBrain - Iron Maiden
8. Thomas Haake - Meshuggah
7. Mike Mangini - Dream Theater
6. Danny Carey - Tool
5. Mike Portnoy - Dream Theater
4. Keith Moon - The Who
3. Buddy Rich
2. Neil Peart - Rush
1. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin
Tomas Haake at 33. Tf? He should be in at least top 10 if not top 5.
His drumming is very complex combined with djent grooves. And how that sloppy Ulrich is in top 10
Chad Smith is one of the most sought-after session drummers in the world - and probably one of the loudest. In the late 80s, he blew away the newly-formed Red Hot Chilli Peppers lineup, though his hard rock and hell's angels style appearance looked out of place, so singer Anthony Kiedis told him to ditch the bandana and come back the next day. Smith kept it on, but they admired his persistence. Today he's also touring with the supergroup Chickenfoot, when he gets a chance.
besides the fact that he was voted by drummer magazine the best drummer alive he also holds the world record for playing the worlds largest drum kit
Look up "RHCP-I Like Dirt, Rolling Rock Festival 2000". It's crazy.
chad play drums like a animal.. he has got a rocker spirit but he don't know that. red hot chili peppers the best ever.
Denis Chambers at 10 was better than Gene Kruper who was himself a drum genius. He has played with santana and a whole number of funk bands. He is a virtuoso. Look up the tube clip with denis chambers and McGlaghlon playing and see the awe in his eyes when Chambers goes into a solo break which lasts for about 5 minutes. Buddy Rich was all speed by comparison to Chambers. Tony Royster Junior who I don't think is even on here was playing drums at age 4 and competed against Chambers in a drum off when Chambers was about 30 and Roster Jnr was about 10 - wow what a great drummer he is too. Jo Jo Mayer may not be pecifically a funk drummer but he is the quitessential 'everything drummer'. May just be better than Roster but not better than Chambers.
Drum extrodinaire. Has play with George Clinton, Santana, various jazz musicians, as well as Latin and other types. Probably the most diverse drummer of our time.
Top five for sure. I guess metal fans are the only ones voting on this bunk list.
Dennis Chambers down here at #35 is CRIMINAL. Top 5 easily.
Lol he needs to be at least around the 20's mark... while Gojira isn't all that well known, they are a kick-ass band, and Mario Duplantier destroys on the drums. Just listen to "L'Enfant Sauvage", 'toxic garbage island", or "Silvera"
I am so disappointed in everyone who voted otherwise. Listen to the Gojira song "The Heaviest Matter in the Universe", and have your minds blown. Yes, he is the only one drumming.
Just watch a live from Gojira. It's worth it.
Wordless, just vote with the ear and feel
Hottest drummer ever! Rob bourden should be in first place you inspired me to play the drum's I'm 14 years old and I've been playing since 2002!
Best drummer ever! He plays in my favourite band, and he's the best drummer I know! He should be at first place! VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE GO SOLDIERS!
Alright I gotta admit leaving Meteora and MTM aside he didn't actually did any awesome drumming till The Hunting Party. That album shows his flair, fast yet smooth transitions. A Line in the Sand and other songs are pretty good example. His Given Up solo should also not be forgotten. He may not deserve to be in the Top 5 but he clearly is a Top 10 material now!
Guys He is not the best but definitely deserves a spot in the top ten. He is one of the best. Rob Bourdon Rocks. GO go Rob Bourdon.
I first saw Tommy in 1985 THEATER OF PAIN at Madison Square Garden, NY. When I left the Garden a cab was waiting at the light. The passenger asked who was playing. All I could say was GOD on drums!
Well he can play upside-down, surely with his talent puts him in the top 10.
This guy brought much more than drumming to every show. This man was an entertainer as well. His speed and over all skill is nothing I’ve seen before
In my opinion Tommy Lee has always been and always will be the best drummer in the world. Watching Tommy play amazing and unforgettable. He also has gorgeous tattoo's and I don't believe I have ever seen him play while wearing a shirt, for his age, lifestyle and the drugs he abused along with having Hepatitis C he looks amazing for his age. Anyone that misses out on seeing Tommy Lee perform has missed out on the chance of a lifetime to see a rock legend.
A true progressive, programmer, musician, and all-around artist, Carl Palmer belongs in ANYONE'S top ten list!... Anyone who is informed and knows the difference between cheap thumping showmanship, and true technique and virtuosity, anyway. What a biased, superficial list of drummers, this is. A popularity contest for many. Carl Palmer is amazing, in a word, and his gifts and talent are legendary. If most of you could please remove your collective heads out of your asses and LISTEN and WATCH, you would know well what I mean. Carl Palmer is "the show that never ends! "
Welcome back my friends. Let's get to the point, Carl Palmer is the best drummer of all time. He is insanely adept at playing any kind of music. He is a model for drummers everywhere. You think Neil Peart is #1? In Peart's biography he stated his number one influence was Carl Palmer. Palmer won Rolling Stone's drummer of the year 1970-1976. He is so forgotten, but when progressive rock was on the rise, this man along with Emerson, was a GOD of progressive rock. He is the rock drummer, no THE drummer. Legendary musician. Percussion virtuoso.
This list is quite lame overall, but Palmer at this rank must mean that he and ELP have been forgotten. To see what this guy can do, see YouTube. In addition to all else he's a showman, by far the best solos in rock (caveat: never saw Moon play live). I think of his performances as a Cirque de Soleil of drumming - - technically dazzling, cross-genre, acrobatic and with laser precision against an extremely complex musical backdrop.
The best ever. Check out his live solo on Karen evil nice 1st part 2
How in God's name is Lars Ulrich and Tre Cool above this epic man? Can they attempt to play Burn as well as he does? 71 and he still has the power. Jeez
Huge fan of deep purple and he has decades of drumming. His style.
Most underrated, almost as good as bonham, rock solid, groovy, and heavy.
The list is objective.. more of a popularity vote... I love ian's drumming... Am disappointed at the placement of most of these guys... Where is Danny Seraphine (Chicago)?
The master of technicality, almost all of his work is amazing, but songs like Provision, The Wake (but really only the drum track on that one), Meddler, White Washed, and Endorphins really showcase the best of what he can do
Total monster and the best modern metal drummer out there. Listen to composure, marianas trench, beauty in tragedy, and animals then try and say otherwise
He is truly a musician from pummeling songs like Back Burner to creativity shown in songs like Internal Cannon, he can play at sonic speeds and throw down grooves for Spanish-esque style beats
He's god of drums the speed he plays is stunning
His hands go to over one million speed
Just listen to the whole of the Agony album.
not the best drummer of all time but he deserves some credit. No one suited guns n roses bluesy/hard rock style on appetite for destruction like steven did. You gotta love that cow bell!!
On the drum, Mr. Steven "Popcorn" Adler
which is better than Matt sorum, Frank Ferrer and other drummers that guns n roses had
Popcorn Adler. The Original Guns N' Roses Drummer. Brilliance was in his work. Deserves appreciation. Especially in Rocket Queen!
How can people not like steven adler he should be in a better position
Totally underrated. He was a beast in his prime. The intro to "addicted to chaos" still gets me every time I hear it...25 years later. Simple, precise, powerful and just the perfect sound. Matter of fact, I may go listen to it right now followed by a complete spin of...Rust In Peace. Thanks for the music and for being part of the best group of guys to put up with Mustaine!
He is so complex and passionate player!
This is a ridiculous list. Nick should easily be in the top 20.
It's a shame that he's so low and Lars is at 9. Worst is that Gar isn't even on the list!
Just to the person who said he played in Rainbow, he didn't. The only other Dio member who did was Jimmy Bain
Straight Through the Heart (Dio). The intro requires serious skills. How is he not way higher than this?
He played greatest bands like rainbow, dio, and black Sabbath ( after bill ward left the band)
Runs in the family like brother Carmine
You tend to get addicted to the beats & rhythm he creates, cannot explain. Painkiller, Hell Patrol... Need to be much higher than this
Rightly said, you tend to develop an addiction. This guy is very special, and I cannot tolerate to see him listed low in the order.
Fair, accurate, hits like clockwork, irreplaceable Judas!
He stands 5th in the greatest drummers behind Phil collins
Drummer for Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, two of the greatest Alternative rock bands of all time.
I have now seen Pearl Jam 3 times in my life just to hear Matt play. Massive thanks to Matt for every single note he has have ever hit.
Wow! He should be at least number 10. He's just amazing. Cheak his work in Soundgarden. Just great
He's incredible cheak out his work on the song "Jesus Christ Pose"