Most Influential Rock DrummersCriteria: - Drummers are ranked for their influence, innovation, originality, and technical ability.
The Top Ten Most Influential Rock Drummers
Influential... Even if you don't think he's the best (he is) or you like somebody more because you swoon over their band like a teenager, Peart undeniably has influenced more drummers than anyone. If you disagree your just basically blind or stupid. Laugh out loud
1. La Villa Strangiato
2. By-Tor And The Snow Dog
7. Cygnus X-1
8. Fountain Of Lamneth
9. Jacob's Ladder
10. Red Barchetta
Best Album: Moving Pictures (Rush)
Superb, true excellence, top notch musicianship! Listen you all very closely and learn! Feel honored that he was in your lifetime!
How can you not put this guy at one, remember yyz, or spirit of the radio, or tom sawyer, the professor rocks em all
While Peart is more technically efficient than Bonham, Bonham is undeniably more influential. He came onto the scene far before Peart did, and was the first true great Rock drummer. This list should probably go more like John Bonham at first, Keith Moon second, Bill Ward third, and Neil Peart fourth. Again, of those four, Peart is the most technically proficient and undoubtedly has some of the best drumming work in all of rock, but in terms of influence, the other three are just better.
Do I really have to explain why Bonzo's the best?! Listen to Four Sticks, When the Levee Breaks, Rock and Roll, Moby Dick, Achilles Last Stand, Fool in the Rain.
Overrated. That's all I can say. His drumming skills are not particularly impressive at all.
The best of the best ask Jason
1. Won't Get Fooled Again
2. A Quick One
3. Cobwebs And Strange
4. I Can See For Miles
5. My Generation
6. The Ox
8. Baby Don't You Do It
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Getting In Tune
Best Album: Who's Next (The Who)
Usually competes for the #1 spot with Bonham and Peart. If you compare all three at their peak powers, Moon blows em all away. Unique style which has never been duplicated. Watch him cut loose on Heaven and Hell from the 1969 London Coliseum show.
He is the Jimi Hendrix of the drums-- he set the standard
Neil is from the 80s who do you think he looked up to
Ian Paice, by far my favorite drummer of all time! I saw him once in 2017, and I'm going to see him at the tons of rock festival 2020 as well. And I've gotta ask about one thing, how is Travis Baker on this list? Just because he can play a bloody 4/4 beat doesn't mean he's one of the best drummers of all time, my vote goes to the master Ian Paice, because that's a guy that really can play drums. I almost clicked on phil collins, but Ian (in my opinion) is slightly better, so don't take it the wrong way Phil but, you get a 2nd place.
The greatest drummer over forty years still the best
He's amazing and VERY underrated
Simply the best
Great drummer, songwriter and singer. He has 4 octave vocal range, and his falsettos...I just can't...
Simply the best, as a composer, frequence, ability and charisma.
He inspired Yoshiki, but why is he below him? Oh yeah, Yoshiki can play piano, too but does he sing high vocals like Roger does?
He is the best drummer in the world, because he is not only drum player, but he is also the best musician in the world. With out Freddie, he still alive in the music scene!
HE IS LITERALLY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL DRUMMER OF ALL TIME. He pioneered the Double Bass Drum, he invented the Drum Solo, and he changed the face of drumming. He should be #1. Without Baker, drummers like Bonham and Peart WOULD NOT EVEN BE AROUND. Peart even said that Baker was the ultimate inspiration for him drumming. Before Baker, Drum beats were pretty boring, just basic beats. But when he came around, drum beats transformed. You can't ignore him. He deserves #1, not #19.
2. Do What You Like
3. Rollin' And Tumblin'
4. White Room
5. We're Going Wrong
6. Sunshine Of Your Love
7. Sitting On Top Of The World
8. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
9. Those Were The Days
10. I'm So Glad
Best Album: Fresh Cream (Cream)
One of the best!
I ilke how he brings reggae into rock
1. Stream Of Consciousness
2. Constant Motion
4. Dance Of Eternity
6. Paradigm Shift
7. Acid Rain
8. In The Presence Of Enemies
10. Metropolis, Pt. 1
Best Album: Awake (Dream Theater)
HONOR THY FATHER!
He plays the hardest drum parts in his solos and songs
Mike Mangini was an equal replacement for him though
This is a joke right
He made headlines, when he appeared on the BBC's programme Record Breakers, where he set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television.
He should be at the top!
1. Raining Blood
2. Seasons In The Abyss
4. War Ensemble
5. Angel Of Death
6. Bug Juice
7. Silent Scream
8. Sewn Shut Eyes
9. Agressive Perfector
10. Praise Of Death
Best Album: Seasons In The Abyss (Slayer)
How is this beast not in the top 5 (at least)?
This man inspired a lot of drummers too. He should be on the top ten.
2. US Drag
6. Friendly Little Finger
7. The Only Thing She Needs
8. Ms. Pinky
9. Carrying No Cross
10. The Torture Never Stops
Best Album: Situation Dangerous (Bozzio Levin Stevens
You X Japan fans need to calm down and be a little more realistic here. Whether he's good or not, I don't think a lot of people started drumming thanks to him...
Lol 7 you serious? not even in a top 30
Easily, one of the best drummers of all time.
Listen to: Art of Life, Kurenai, Rusty Nail etc.
He is literally the best
Even if you hate rock music, you can't help yourself going "woah" while watching his performances!
He was the first known ever 1 armed drummer ever.
Simply amazing. What the greats do with two arms, he does with one
I LOVE born to be wild
If anything, he's the opposite of influential. He looks so creepy and plays so repetitively that he makes you want to avoid the drums.
While he was kind of a cocky jerk, he still was an incredible drummer. And anyway, this is about INFLUENCE, not how good the person is. Seriously, without Buddy Rich, Bonzo, Neil Pearl, and Keith Moon would have been COMPLETELY different players.
He's so good, he can be a one-man band and still top all others.
The list says "influential", Lars definitely comes in top 15 in terms of influence on rock/metal drummers today.
This one knows how to rock hard
Yeah? Check the basic dude doing "say the word love" when the rest of the were in diapers. They just never showed ringo and when they get to a few parts he goes crazy like moon but didn't repeat it. He I'd on the cymbal what moon did on the floor Tom but in this 1964 song, Ringo does a fill, just like moon and I'm sure had there been an Abby road 2 (no let it be was recorded first- kills me how. Many don't know that. Ringo influenced many. Do a YouTube search ringo underrated? Song say the word love and that was a decade before all the singers that couldn't play anything, swung the mic around. Zep, who, Beatles wrote stones firstv2 records. Beatles let it be stones let it bleed. Sgt pepper. Stones have something identical. The Beatles changed not only music but politic, the world, governments. Anyone else do that? Paul
Makes about $24, 000 for a 3 minute trip to the toilet.
RIngo is the father of modern rock drummer and, in one way or another, has influenced every rock drummer since the early 60's. Should be at the top of this list.
Why is Ringo below anybody else? Dave Grohl once said that he is one of his inspirations in playing the drums! What a joke!
Nothing special - he is known just because he was a drummer of a popular band. Same for Dave Grohl.
Just saw Carl Palmer last night in Atlanta with Asia anniversary tour. He needs to be much higher on this list, definitely within the top 7. If all the lists have Neil Peart as Number 1 then Carl needs to be very close I said within the top 5 at least. He is a complete machine on the drums!
simply the best, and still going strong
Is a gift from god
This drummer I would recognize from the very fast hit...
Very interesting style
Jimmy? Little jimmy? Here?
1. Beast and the Harlot
2. Almost Easy
3. Bat Country
6. Critical Acclaim
7. Blinded in Chains
8. A little piece of heaven
9. Danger line
Best Album:City of Evil
His drum style was the epitome of punk rock and it became legendary.
Longest serving drummer for The Ramones at 15 years. Also a living legend.
The only Ramones drummer to be the sole composer and writer of Ramones songs.
So fast and also creative and he plays for slipknot
I'm usually playing this guy's songs...
This one is most dominant in his band...
Greatest album performance goes to 'Wasting Lights'
He is just the best drummer in a sense that he doesn't play the same beat on any two songs