Fastest Drum Soloists

The Top Ten

1 Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success more.

His presence, his dramatic stuff and his brutal speed makes him the top!

I see his solo in YouTube and he is incredibly fast. He can play piano as well. - ronluna

Yoshiki the only one in this top 10 which from Asia
Watch his solo v=xWVa8ffnvIU
Don't always think that everything from west are the best

2 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 more.

I like how he switches from being fast (without sounding monotonous) to technical.

If you've ever heard of Slipknot, you will definitely not argue that he has some insane talent, especially in speed. Even if he's not THE fastest drummer, he is definitely up there

Joey Is The Best. Everyone always argues with me about him not being the fastest double kick drummer in the world, but I've listened to 20,000 metal and hard rock bands and my ears tell me he's the fastest. Just Listen to the song "Sulfur". The only other drummer I could think that comes close is the Here Comes The Kraken guy. Listen to "The Legend Of The Rent".

Joey is the fastest drummer I have ever heard. Whenever I try to copy him my arms start to go numb and my legs start shaking. If you disagree, listen to vendetta - Danielsun182

3 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.

What... World's officially fastest drummer on 26... Man lars ulrich on 5.. I can't believe it... There's no frost( satyricon ) or inferno ( behemoth ) on this list. Very bad.. Even the drummer for morbid angel & all that remains is faster than lars, van halen or others.. I can only agree with joey. In the list above.. Rest are slow and mangini the fastest

This guy is actually officially the fastest drummer ever, at least the fastest that's a professional musician. With one hand, he can play way faster than Lars Ulrich can with two (though I love Lars Ulrich and Metallica) and as fast if not faster than most of the guys in the top 5.

4 George Kollias Georgios "George" Kollias is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American technical death metal band Nile.

People voting on names alone is useless. Please listen to other drummers and their style before voting. Example is Mr. Joey Jordison. He has never played at this guy speed and people claim he should be number 1, why, cause he plays for slipknot not because he deserves it.

This guy is not human. The Chuck Norris of drummers. Just check out his song "Aeons of Burning Galaxies" and you'll see what I mean.

He is the fastest drummer of all! And he uses single feet only! Watch his videos and they gonna convince you!

He is by far the fastest drummer I have ever watched. And I am a drummer myself.

5 Neil Peart

Watch His YYZ Drum Solo You Will Freak! - rocker1796

Nobody is as fast as Neal, since Buddy Rich

It's Neil not Neal - xSalDawnx

6 Francesco Paoli Francesco Paoli is the drummer for the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, formed in 2007.

He is Fleshgod Apocalypse's drumer, listen "The Violation"

I suppose the only reason francesco paoli is not leading this list is the fact that he is not as famous as most of the other drummers yet. just listen to his INSANE blastbeats in "The Violation" or the precision in "Minotaur"...

7 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.

He does not even come close to Buddy Rich, the greatest.

He or Buddy Rich... Contemporary vs. Before their time

Yeah, this man was so awesome. he can combine his speed, odd time signature, jamming and also his brain to make a good drum play. I think he can be compared with no one..

8 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.

I've watched youtube videos of most of the drummers on the list and none of them come close to matching what Buddy Rich was able to do with just a basic drum kit... I don't care for Jazz which is what he played but damn, just watch what he does.. So what if you can double bass your ass off which is what most of todays drummers do... it's the hand speed and coordination that makes a great musician! - ghs58

His use of numerous advanced techniques gave him virtuosic speed, among various other skills. It was as though he didn't even have to try to be fast, as though the stick and drumhead simply respond to his thought. No other drummer has ever mastered the single stroke roll to his level of command.

I've played drums professionaly for over 20 years and I have to say Buddy Rich was the best drummer to ever draw breath! No one comes close. He had the control, finess and most definitely the SPEED! There are many amazing drummers out there ( Carl Palmer, etc) but Buddy was a major cut above all others. These young guys with their fast double bass work are so one dimensional they are not worthy of kissing Buddy's drumsticks.

Why is Buddy Rich one rank above Phill Rudd, who as far as I'm concerned, has never even DONE a drum solo?

9 Flo Mounier Flo Mounier is the drummer of technical death metal band Cryptopsy. He has toured Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States as a headlining act over the last 24 years, and combined record sales have reached over 300,000 copies to date.
10 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

You know that another drummer recorded a few Metallica songs, because they were to fast for him, right?

People may hate Lars Ulrich because of the whole napster thing. But people need to realize that even if he is not the fastest drummer ever, he was influential to many upcoming drummers. Listen to "One" "Motorbreath" and "Sad But True" and you can really see Lars shine.

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.

Lars Ulrich faster than Lombardo? What a joke, and some of these other guys hit like pussies compared to him. Where is morbid angel and Igor cavalera as well?

Not only are his double bass parts extremely fast he also plays over 200 beats in a minute in studio songs, not to mention his incredible solos

Hits the double base drums faster than a sprinter running.

12 Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on July 26th,1949 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as "Under Pressure", "A Kind Of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga". Despite being well known in Queen more.

Vote Roger on the top, come on Queen fans all over the world!

Roger's date of birth: 26 July 1949

Mama just killed a man

Come on Queen fans!

13 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 more.

He is the best of all time. He has inspired many of musicians to play drums. He is known for his amazing work in Led Zeppelin as well as his solo, "Moby Dick."

Bonzo should be #1
he plays so fast you can't even see him! - OzzyVanHalen

honestly, he is amazing! moby dick! all I have to say - 678rob754

Bonzo was great. He was very original but he was no comparison to Buddy who was the Greatest drummer of all time. Period!

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.

Alex deserves a better place, he is a shredder on drums! - rock2metal

What he brought to Van Halen kept the group alive.

Hot For Teacher

15 Gene Hoglan Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.
16 The Rev 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 more.

If Lars Ulrich can be second in this list Rev DESERVES TO BE NO. 1! It does not matter wether you are young or old! What matters is wether you are talented or not! And Rev had a lot of talent! RIP!

He is the best drummer ever period.

I think the Rev had a little more creativity than Joey.


17 Awaji Yukihiro Awaji Yukihiro is a Japanese musician, best known as drummer of the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He also sings and plays bass for his solo project, Acid Android. Before joining L'Arc-en-Ciel he was in the popular visual kei bands Zi:Kill and Die in Cries.

Awesome drummer... Fastest, correct, very determined... Love to see his seriousness while playing drums...

His hands move like the wings of a hummingbird... Nothing more to say

The fastest Japanese drummer from the band l'arc~en~ciel - ronluna

18 Tetsu Kikuchi

one of the fastest drummers in japan - ronluna

19 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.
20 Tommy Lee Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

Tommy Lee is scuzzy but he plays drums.

Tommy Lee sucks.

21 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.

This Guy Is Awesome. Look Up One Of His Solo's And You Will Be Impressed!

Check out won't get fooled again, it's amazing!

How isn’t he higher? - Userguy44

22 Travis Barker Travis Landon Barker is an American musician and producer, and the drummer for the American rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop artists, and with the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock group the Transplants, and the alternative rock band Box Car more.

He is very amazing!, with his drum.. VERY FAST!, no one defeat him, no one who could beat him, even though Joey Jordison has the speed when stepping on the pedal.
But R.I.P Jimmy The Rev Sullivan only the number one from the other!

23 Eric Carr Paul Charles Caravello better known by his stage name Eric Carr, was an American musician who was the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left, when he chose the stage name "Eric Carr" and took up the "Fox" persona.
24 Chad Smith Chadwick "Chad" Smith is an American musician and current drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he joined in 1988 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
25 Phill Rudd
26 Aaron Kitcher

Infant Annihilator's drummer. Fastest you'll see and metal as hell.

27 James Kottak
28 Ginger Baker Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer," while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms.

Ginger is the to Buddy

29 Rob Bourdon Robert Gregory Bourdon is an American musician, best known as the drummer and one of the founding members of the American rock band Linkin Park.

Common man watch his solo at Milton Keynes! Then decide the list!

LP is the best

30 Sujk

Where is Mike Mangini? I didn't expect this drummer to be here so Sujk gets this vote, though I wouldn't say fastest.

31 Gene Krupa Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer.

He was measured by Life magazine and proved he was the fastest.

First jazz pianist to play that fast!

32 Jojo Mayer

The voters on this site are moronic. Jojo mayer is faster with one hand than some of these guys, I'm serious. YouTube his push-pull technique.

This bro is the god man

33 Inferno (Behemoth)

Listen to his solo on the live album and tell me if you've heard faster double bass.

34 Pete Sandoval

Look up "rum check" and you will see why he is called "the feet"

35 Yasunori Sakurazawa
36 Vinnie Paul Vincent Paul Abbott, better known as "Vinnie Paul" (March 11, 1964 - June 22nd, 2018) was an American professional drummer and producer. Alongside his late brother Dimebag Darrell, he co-founded the Heavy Metal Bands Pantera and Damageplan, with whom he would find success with in the former. After the more.
37 Louie Bellson Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, known by the stage name Louie Bellson, was an American jazz drummer.
38 Tico Torres
39 Minato Masafumi
40 Tommy Portimo
41 Zach Hill

This list just goes to show that not many people are aware of how fast this guy is. I've never seen anything like it.

42 Yuki
43 Kai (The Gazette)
44 Gar Samuelson

These Boots, Mechanix, RattleHead, Killing is my Business, Black Friday.. He was a fast jazz-fusion drummer, really under rated...

No seriously, he was blasting away before Lombardo or Jordison even knew what hit them.

Listen to the albums "Killing is my Business... And Business is good! " and "Peace Sells... But whos buying? " and youll agree he's number one

45 Arin Llejay

He is the new drummer of avenged sevenfold and he is doing really good.

46 Dave Mackintosh

He is simply awesome in his accurate kicks.

47 Scott Travis Mark Scott Travis is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.

Judas Priest's current drummer just listin to him in painkiller

48 Tomas Haake Tomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 more.

Ever listened to Bleed?

49 Carl Palmer Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist most famed for playing with the progressive rock bands Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia.
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