Most Inspirational Drummers


The Top Ten

1 Neil Peart (Rush) Neil Peart (Rush) Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.
2 Keith Moon (The Who) Keith Moon (The Who) 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.
3 Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) 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.
4 Buddy Rich 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.
5 Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) 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.

Between 2002 and 2005, he set five World's Fastest Drummer records (when he was the drummer for Annihilator). - Metal_Treasure

6 Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.

Currently 99% of the metal bands use double bass drum and Ian Paice was the guy who first used it on an early metal song - "Fireball" (1971). It was a very primitive drum kit - just another bass drum put next to the first one but this enabled him to play faster. If this isn't inspirational I don't what it is. The young Lars Ulrich saw Paice performing the song live in Denmark and was so hypnotized that decided to play something fast one day.
Ian Paice complex beat on "The Mule" is also remarkable, his drum groove on "Black Knight' is amazing, too. - Metal_Treasure

7 Dave Lombardo (Slayer) Dave Lombardo (Slayer) David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
8 Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Testament) Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Testament) 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.
9 John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) 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.
10 Gene Krupa Gene Krupa Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer.

Arguably the first rock drummer.

The Contenders

11 George Kollias (Nile) George Kollias (Nile) Georgios "George" Kollias is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American technical death metal band Nile.
12 Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake) Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake) Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

In 1991 he set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television.
Powell had appeared on at least 66 albums, with contributions on many other recordings. Many rock/metal drummers have cited him as a major influence.
In the 70s he was one of the fastest and most technical drummers. His work on the genre defining metal album "Rising" by Rainbow was awesome (A Light In the Black, Stargazer). - Metal_Treasure

13 Ginger Baker (Cream) Ginger Baker (Cream) 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.
14 Travis Barker (Blink-182)
15 Phil Collins (Genesis) Phil Collins (Genesis) Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.
16 Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) 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.

This guy is insane - fast and brutal (technical brutal death metal). - Metal_Treasure

17 Danny Carey (Tool) Danny Carey (Tool) 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 more.
18 Randy Black (Primal Fear, Annihilator) Randy Black (Primal Fear, Annihilator) 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.

He is an ambidextrous drummer and I love watching him play because he does certain things that are simply sick - he isn't dependant on left/right limbs and this freedom shows in his playing. Of course he is very fast and technical because he plays technical thrash and speed/power metal. I also love his fills and solos - very creative. - Metal_Treasure

19 Stewart Copeland (The Police) Stewart Copeland (The Police) 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.
20 Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
21 The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold) The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold) 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.
22 Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) Alex Van Halen (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.
23 Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse) Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse) Francesco Paoli is the drummer for the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, formed in 2007.

Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation. - Metal_Treasure

24 Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) 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.
25 Clive Bunker - Jethro Tull
26 Sal Mineo

Check out his work in "The Gene Krupa Story."

27 Carl Palmer - Emerson, Lake and Palmer Carl Palmer - Emerson, Lake and 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.
28 Alan White - Yes
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Top Remixes

1. Neil Peart (Rush)
2. Buddy Rich
3. Keith Moon (The Who)
1. Neil Peart (Rush)
2. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
3. Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Testament)


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