John Bonham

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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 more.


There are only a couple that can even share his spotlight... The off beat by a billisecond he plays at sets all pace and direction like no other... We can only march when he beats... Only Ginger Baker is close... Most others only bang the gong... Not many drummers have true effect on the sound... I am not even a tap my hands on the desk guy... But when I hear Zeppelin or Cream - I am compelled to listen first to the Drums of these two geniuses... The expert background of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jack Bruce and Robert Plant are only supporting roles to these different drummers...

Seriously! I would understand the almighty Bonzo (who is most certainly the best) being #7 behind Neil Peart (the only actual good drummer up ahead), Keith Moon, Carl Palmer, Ginger Baker, Bill Bruford, & Buddy Rich, but LARS ULRICH & that overrated joey guy from that overrated band that all these hipster teenagers who call themselves metalheads (I personally dislike metal) seem to adore, & what's with all these Japanese guys that nobody's ever heard of winning polls? I just died a little inside when I saw this.

just listen at "good times bad times".
enough said ;)

John Bonham had it all, power, finesse, a delicate touch when required, accuracy, speed and a totally unrivalled unique style. He is undoubtedly head and shoulders above any of the drummers on this list, an icon that many tried to emulate and failed, a rock GOD! He is second to NONE and as far as I'm concerned there aren't many who are worthy of being mentioned in the same breath. I was lucky enough to see Zepp live twice and John B. Just blew me away. On top of all this, he was a great guy. RIP John... There's no danger of you ever being forgotten and thanks for the memories.

He is the best drummer of all time. Peart is better than him in some ways, but no other drummer can beat him in any single aspect... Even if you compare him to Neil Peart, he definitely plays harder than him, and he seems to be doing a million things at once: and his drum solos are complete in themselves, unlike any other drummer's... This is in fact the first list I've seen where this drummer of the biggest band of the 70s is ranked below #2

I haven't heard of many of these greatest Drummers of all time! John Henry Bonham at #7 was this poll taken at a primary school drumming is about swing feel groove not how fast you can play Bonzo passed away at the age of 32 younger than most of the people on this sorry list but he still did 10 times more than these people will ever dream of doing 3 words ACHILLES LAST STAND

John Bonham was very simply the best rock drummer ever. He had timing, speed, power, finesse and the most amazing bass drum technique - he played with a single bass drum pedal and did more than drummers using double bass drum pedals.
Listen to Achilles Last Stand, Fool in the rain, Hots on for Nowhere, Good times Bad Times, When the Levee Breaks to name just a few tracks where he shone like a drum god.
He has been dead 34 years but still young aspiring drummers want to emulate his unique sound - why? Because he was the best at what he did.

I just love the fact that he played with four drum sticks. When you watch him play, you can see the sweat coming off of his body; drumming was a complete workout for him.

John Bonham needs to be number one! He influenced rock drumming and even inspired Neil Peart to pick up the stick! He had explosive energy and drumming power at concerts and made the bass drum to incredibly quick with only one pedal! His unbelievable beats, fills and solos combined create the greatest drummer ever!

John Bonham was an extremely skilled drummer, he was practically a human metronome. Much of the drumming he did for Led Zeppelin was relatively simple, but he kept time perfectly and always had great fills to play in between major parts of the song. Overall, John Bonham was a drummer like no other, and he will be missed.

Why the hell is Bonham placed on number 2? Just because there are more Neil Pearl fans? Bonham could play better with his little finger than most of the drummers these days do. No one compares to Bonzo. The power he brought to Led Zeppelin's music just shows his charisma. His technique, his way of understanding music, his grooves, his perfect kicks, everything is just on a whole other level. If god played drums, bonham would still play better because there never was and will never be a drummer who could come out of the shadow of Bonham. Just having fifty toms and a hundred cymbals doesn't make Neil better than the god himself.

There's nothing anyone past present or future, did, done, or gonna do on the drum's that this guy couldn't have done or even beat. Timing flowed from this guy like it unravels from order to chaos yet still stayed in time, I don't know how, He was obviously a God, Too create such time signatures.

Wow. Are you kidding me? Bonzo at 2nd place? Do anyone even has to explain what Bonzo did for drumming? He created the heavy metal speed style drumming that all drummers use today. Joey Jordison and The Rev use those styles, and yet Bonham's not even number 1. In my opinion, world's best drummer is always Bonzo.

John Bonham was without the greatest drummer. He was hugely influential and a tremendously powerful drummer. Bonham made a huge contribution to the unique sound of Led Zeppelin. He possessed a huge talent, small wonder he frequently performed solo's on numerous Led Zep tracks, most notably, his awesome solo on, 'Whole Lotta Love. ' He has influenced a plethora of top class drummers, which speaks volumes.

BONHAM #1, Moby Dick was amazing. Zeppelin wouldn't have been with another drummer. Too good to even be the 2nd all time. Bonham is clearly the best and unfortunately these people didn't get the memo, all other lists on the internet even have him at 1...

If you think otherwise, all you need to put this guy at at #3 or above (Peart and Rich could be above or below him) is watch his 1970 live performance of Moby Dick. Just go watch that and compare it to the greatest performances by the others on this list, then go ahead and form your opinions.

Without a doubt, Bonzo deserves to hold the top spot. He was the total package that any self-respecting drummer should aspire to be like. Those that disagree really need to go listen to 'Moby Dick' from "The Song Remains The Same" - ybothermatt

John Bonham is head and shoulders above any other drummer. A totally unique sound, powerful yet subtle, majestic, delicate when called for and awesome accurate speed. Unrivalled and in my opinion no-one ever will. Some of the drummers on here aren't worthy to be mentioned in the same breath. I've seen Zepp twice live and Bonham just blew me away! Not only a great drummer, but a great guy too.

John Bonham at #7? This list just lost ALL credibility. Bonzo remains the greatest rock drummer that ever lived... Go check every major drumming publication in the world... As well as virtually every fan poll of the last 40 years.

Okay, what is Shannon Leto doing above the legendary John Bonham? We're talking about JOHN BONHAM here. Guys seriously get real and think straight, We all know who is the genuinely more talented person here.

Bonzo is the best endurance drummer of all time! the man was like thunder and lighting when he played, he even played non stop in concerts, and they last 2 hours, including a 20 minute drum solo!

Bonham was and always will be the best of all time and any one that disputes this only has to watch his performance of moby duck if you still are not convinced then you are thinking with your heart and not your head

Make no mistake, Bonham is still absolutely the king of rock drumming. A very few Rush fanboys furiously voting multiple times each always distort these lists. Peart is the first to say (and has many times repeated) that John Bonham still has no equal. I, as well as huge majority of real rock fans wholeheartedly agree. RIP John Henry Bonham, the greatest rock drummer that ever lived.

There is a serious rift in rock, when john Bonham is this low on a top ten list, seriously its John Bonham... Not to mention he is way better than Neil peart. There is no way to describe the talent of this godly legend.

What a shame that most of the voters never heard a real drummer. Bonzo is the best. Period. I doubt that this poll is representative at all, but after all it's a matter of personal taste, too.