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.

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61 Charlie Watts Charlie Watts

You only have to listen to a handful of stones songs to understand the genius Charlie brought to the high hat and snare. Songs such as jigsaw puzzle, honky tonk woman and stray cat blue all rely solely on his inventive fills and beats. Only a true talent like Watts could've brought together the ragged harmonies of Keith's guitar and Jaggers croon. Combined with Bill Wyman the Stones had themselves one of the greatest rhythm sections in history. Why isn't he higher?

The drummer of my favorite band Mr. Charlie Watts. Charlie would easily be in my top ten list. The Stones were never a band to go heavy on drums(or guitar for that matter). When I look back at the Stones extensive musical catalog and I listen to Charlies drum playing over the decades it's pretty incredible. This man has literally played the drums for 50 years for one band it's reason enough to put him on any Best Drummer list. After all it's Charlies beats that make Jagger do the "chicken dance" on stage.

Easily one of the most creative drummers ever and shines above all others

Charlie is just one of the best, he makes the Stones rhythm and beat.

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62 Joe Morello

Technically the best I have heard. His contribution was always more than one forth of The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Could achieve more with one hand while keeping his glasses on with the other hand than anyone I have seen or heard.

Joe could do more with unusual time signatures than any other drummer. A class act. Enormously talented.

No one could do a solo like Joe. No one had the perception and acuity. He was one of a kind.

It looks like this list is actually greatest "rock and roll" drummers instead of greatest drummers of all time. Otherwise, Mr. Morello would be closer to the top. v=7Kx1GVYPOos

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63 Paul Bostaph
64 Aaron Kitcher

Sure he's fast, but he doesn't have much else.

65 Bob Burns
66 Shawn Drover Shawn Drover Shawn Drover is a Canadian musician, best known for his work with the American thrash metal band Megadeth.
67 Jeff Porcaro

It was a shock when he died, toto did not know who was going to take he's place. and he is the best drummer in my heart, and my heart is a locked door

This guy should be at LEAST on top 20.

As a real drummer in the 80s and showing everyone his rocking spirit, he should be at least in the top 20.

This guy was one of the best, should at least have been in top ten, and definitely in front of Lars Ulrich and Steven Adler

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68 Chris Coleman

Have any of you even heard of Chris Coleman? Cause I seriously doubt it, if any of you heard of this guy you'd see he's better than almost everyone in the top ten, the only reason so called "drummers" like Joey jordison are in the top ten is because of commercial success, and John Bonham is great, and at one time I thought he was the best, and he was my favorite drummer, but now, the unknowns like Chris Coleman and Benny Greb are my favorite.

69 Brooks Wackerman
70 Aaron Spears

So his house drummer and this is the reason why he shouldn't on a list like this

Aaron spears happens to be one of the very few drummers who played for Usher, Alicia keys and James brown I vote Aaron spears pne of the best drummers alive right now.

71 Nick Augusto

Come on people. How is nick all the way down here? He should be in at least the top 20. He does the most insane double bass ever in shattering the skies above. GO TRIVIUM.

72 Paul Whaley

He is a member of Blue Cheer and did drumming like the true Rock way. His drumming sounds great like how he drumes all over. Other drummers are not like that and a lot of them just keep like a steady beat and are like have a more clean beat. How can Blue Cheer be so underrated? Part of is because a lot of people do not know Blue Cheer. Blue Cheer should be spread more and Blue Cheer should be more like. To learn how Blue Cheer is very good and why I like Blue Cheer so much you can look around my account to learn. - BlueFuse

73 Steve Smith Steve Smith Steve Elliott Smith is an American drummer known for being the drummer of the rock band Journey rejoining the band for the third time in 2015. Modern Drummer magazine readers voted him the #1 All-Around Drummer five years in a row.

I'm happy I even found this man in the list. Most people probably don't know, but this is the drummer for Journey during their greatest years of success. He is flawless and sharp in his style, and if anyone out there loves Steve Perry and/or Journey, don't forget about the drummer!

I'm slightly incredulous that Steve Smith is showing at 72nd!
Along with Buddy Rich, he is generally regarded by the majority of drummers worth their salt as being the ultimate talent. Neil Peart, no less, cites him as such.
Speaking as a drummer myself, so many of the names on here seem to be based on popularity and their band's success as opposed to their actual capability on the drum kit.
To be at the very top of this list for the simplistic title of 'Best' Drummer, the required qualities are more than just speed, power and flashy / impressive chops. Sure, good technique and employment of the rudiments is pretty vital (Steve Smith was taught by the legendary late drumming guru Freddie Gruber who also coached Peart and Dave Weckl amongst many other drummer's drummers)
Not that there is anything wrong with speed, power and outright flashy virtuosity - I grew up idolising Neil Peart for these qualities who is top of the tree in the rock field, in my opinion.
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If we're being objective here and truly comparing ALL rock drummers based on ability and style, not on fan awareness or a band's popularity, it's pretty obvious Smith is #1. Just a quick YouTube search of some of his clips show his insane technique, control, taste and groove. Ask any actual drummer. This guy is probably the best overall drummer on the planet right now. Watch this drum battle between him and Marvin Smitty Smith (who I used to put as #1 but he kind of slipped in the past decade). v=uzY_ofk--50

74 Charlie Benante

His drumming is fast and goes so well with the songs. He doesn't just try to play 1000 miles an hour but really shows his creativity and musicianship in songs like I Am the Law with the military styled intro beat and changes the whole pace and intensity of the songs without any other musicians having to change a thing of what they're playing.

One of the most underrated drummers. His work spans almost 30 years and pushes himself further with every new release.

Amazing drummer! Crazy double bass and hand speed. Listen to caught In a mosh!

75 George "Spanky" McCurdy
76 Steve Asheim
77 Taylor Hawkins Taylor Hawkins Oliver Taylor Hawkins is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.

Should be much higher than travis barker!

Should be much higher in my opinion.

Fast and highly energetic.

He should be at least 35

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78 Mick Fleetwood

You only have to listen to 'Go Your Own Way' from Rumours to know why he's the best drummer!

This guy loves partying behind his drums! You can see he's having a good time. Gotta love this guy!

Mick is more than just a drummer. He is an entertainer who obviously loves his work and his band.

When Mick is on the drums, you have no doubt who's playing. Together with John McVie, their sound is visceral.

79 Phil Rudd Phil Rudd Phillip Hugh Norman Rudd is a New Zealand-based Australian drummer, best known for his membership in Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1975 through 1983, and again from 1994 to 2015. Upon the 1977 departure of bass guitarist Mark Evans from AC/DC, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of the more.

This dude is a machine! AC/DC tried others (Simon Wright, Chris Slade) but none had the feel of Phil. As integral to AC/DC's sound as Angus...

Phil has great beat and rocks

Such an under-rated drummer


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80 Larry Mullen Jr

Larry is the best drummer in the world! AND he plays in the best band in the world! His best idea when he was a teenager: to look for people to start a band!
YES! He began to write music history! "The Larry Mullen Band, " "Feedback, " "the Hype" - and then finally they found to the name that everyone should know soon - worldwide!

Larry - the best drummer in the world... No doubt!

Larry not only is the BEST drummer EVER, he's also the reason we have the best band EVER. Larry's a street drummer. He simply is unique and MAGNIFICENT! -Mary Brown Holland

If you play live for millions of people, if your band albums have sold millions of copies, that makes you the best drummer.


The best drummer Ever

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