Most Influential Rock Drummers


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21 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

Is a gift from god

22 Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf)

I LOVE born to be wild

23 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.

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. - naFrovivuS

24 Travis Barker 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.

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. - RalphSaad

25 Robb Reiner (Anvil) Robb Reiner (Anvil)
26 Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer) Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer) Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist most famed for playing with the prog-rock bands Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia.

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

27 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold) Jimmy 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 heavy metal band Avenged more.

Jimmy? Little jimmy? Here? - GREYBOYY

1. Beast and the Harlot
2. Almost Easy
3. Bat Country
4. Afterlife
5. Scream
6. Critical Acclaim
7. Blinded in Chains
8. A little piece of heaven
9. Danger line
10. Gunslinger
Best Album:City of Evil

28 Ringo Starr Ringo Starr Richard Starkey known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

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. - Metal_Treasure

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29 Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band) Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band) Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks is an American drummer who is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. One of Trucks' first bands was local Jacksonville band The Vikings, who made one 7-inch record in 1964.
30 Lars Ulrich (Metallica) Lars Ulrich (Metallica) Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

This one knows how to rock hard

31 Tommy Ramone Tommy Ramone Thomas Erdelyi, better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer, musician, and songwriter.

His drum style was the epitome of punk rock and it became legendary.

32 Marky Ramone

Longest serving drummer for The Ramones at 15 years. Also a living legend.

33 Richie Ramone

The only Ramones drummer to be the sole composer and writer of Ramones songs.

34 Peter Criss Peter Criss George Peter John Criscuola, better known by his stage name Peter Criss, is an American musician and actor, best known as a co-founder, the original drummer, and an occasional vocalist of the hard rock band Kiss.
35 Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) 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.
36 Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
37 Joey Jordison 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.

So fast and also creative and he plays for slipknot

38 Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)

I'm usually playing this guy's songs...

39 Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

This drummer I would recognize from the very fast hit...

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40 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.

This one is most dominant in his band...

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