Top Ten Most Overrated Rock DrummersChris-1
The Top Ten
I love Metallica, and even I agree 100% that Lars is the most over-rated drummer ever!
How come everyone thinks he's good? He's OK but nothing great. I know guys who can do what he does
If anyone ever tells you he's one of the best, well, they must be trolling you. He plays repetitive material with no dynamics. He's not bad, but he hasn't proven anything as a drummer other than being able to play in time. There's much more that goes into music than just that. Call him an alright drummer, but do not call him great. You won't be taken seriously by many.
He is not a good drummer at all... its funny u watch the other band members drowl when Jordison or lombardo played... poor metalica having to deal with ulrich all these yrsV 77 Comments
The band REVOLVES around Barker. Which is unfortunate because he's not that good. That's great that you can drum super fast and not keep a beat but that's what anyone could do. Anyone who thinks that Barker is at all a talented drummer needs to look at Bonham and Moon. By far the best drummers the world has ever seen. Not only did they drum with speed and precision, but they didn't make their band revolve around there sound. They made their sound fit and flow with the rest of the song. That's talent. Not aimless drumming.
Just because he drums fast, doesn't mean that he is good. He cannot execute Polyrhythms and hell yeah, Danny Carry is on this list?! What has happened to all the people here? Travis Barker drums fast, undoubtedly. But he doesn't have the technicality to drum and who loves to have bashing snare noises that literally make no sense? Overrated according to me.
He gets progressively worse as his career moves forward. This guy was best in the Aquabats. I hate his hip hop productions.
Everyone 'song' he participates in is just nonsense drumming that never fits the actual music that he is SUPPOSED TO BE KEEPING THE BEAT TO but he just spends half the song making noise on his little snare drum. As bad as Lars is at least he is part of a band that makes decent music.V 27 Comments
Not "The Worst" But EASILY the "Most Overrated". There is absolutely NO WAY he even Approaches being one of the best drummers. Sure, he kept a good beat, and was tasteful, and there's nothing wrong with his playing at all, he's just not that amazing. One of the other Beatles, I can't remember who, said, "He's not the best drummer in the World. He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles! " There's absolutely nothing special about his playing. That, combined with his consistent place at the top of "Best drummer of all time" lists, makes him the most overrated drummer in my opinion. He has the greatest discrepancy between his actual talent, and peoples' opinion of his talent.
John Lennon said that, but it was just one of his witty sarcastic comments. Not anything to take seriously. Paul was a good drummer (he did Back in the USSR and Dear Prudence). And yes, he made a good beat for 2 songs. But I highly doubt he had the inventiveness and variety to drum well on 150 tracks before people would get bored. - marmalade_skies
I don't think you knuckleheads get it. If the band swings, it's because the drummer swings. Ringo is one of the most consistently underrated drummers because he was not a soloist, wasn't flashy or showcased. He just played the drummers tastefully, supported the music. The lead instrument in a lot of the Beatles was the bass, which means that the drummer had to stay out of the way.
I love the Beatles but Ringo was a mediocre drummer. People only regard him as a great drummer because of the band he was in. - Chris-1
I've always liked Ringo Starr's music, but I'll defer to Dave Grohl, Stewart Copeland, Jim Keltner, Chad Smith, Tre Cool, Taylor Hawkins, Abe Laboriel Jr., Max Weinberg and Questlove; all of whom admire Ringo. And if you have to look up any of those names, you don't belong commenting in this thread. - MickMickV 36 Comments
I don't hate him, btw I admire him and I love Avenged sevenfold.
But I just can't stand that only because he is dead he is gettin overrated and he is over such more talented drummers as John Dolmayan from SOAD...
RIP jimmy sullivan but I can't stand him, lars and travis being so overrated
He's okay but the fact that A7X bitc_es compare him to the likes of John Bonham or Dave Lombardo makes me sick.
He's in Avenged Sevenfold, a favorite group of many visitors on this site. That's the only reason you'll see a guy like him on a best, worst, and/or overrated drummers list. Most people here don't know too much about music, or at least they only know a limited amount of music due to underexposure. If you think The Rev is one of the all-time best, listen to more music, please.
He's greatV 20 Comments
I think every drummer deserves place like Leto. I mean he is not so special to be the best drummer. I don't like his drum beats his style and not even their band 30sec 2 mars. They are the most overrated rock artist. - Itzme
Leto & Lars (mostly because he's also an ass) are way too over-hyped. Honestly, Leto is okay, but #2 on best of all time? Really? The only reason a tard like this is that high up is because of retarded little fangirls and fanboys of 30 seconds to mars (which isn't even that good of a band). I know for a fact that John Bonham, Keith Moon, Stew Copeland, Nick Menza, Nicko McBrain, Ringo Starr (no bull, people just hate him because they want flashy drummers instead of those who can keep a great beat), Bill Ward, and Mike Portnoy could kick his ass with the tip of their pinky on a cymbal.
He is # 1 on the best rock drummers! I can play all of his parts easily!
Shannon is a girl's name!V 9 Comments
I wouldn't say he's still riding coat tails. Dave gets Grammys in his sleep, and still sells a lot of records. As far as his drumming goes, ever hear his work with QOTSA, or Them Crooked Vultures? Its good stuff people. I'll quote Elton John in reference to Dave Grohl. "There isn't a musician worth his salt that doesn't respect that man. "
As much as I love Nirvanas music and all but Dave Grohl is extremely overrated! I love Dave too but just because he can hit hard and play the same beat every song doesn't mean he is "amazing". There really is nothing special about him! He doesn't even have perfect timing!
I have heard people say that Dave Grohl is a new age John Bonham. I almost wanted to punch them for saying that. He is a good drummer, and I love both Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, but he is really not as great as everyone says he is. I think Taylor Hawkins (current Foo Fighters drummer) is at the same level as Dave, if not better. But really, saying Dave is one of the best drummers of all time is a stretch, and a large one at that.
Great guy, terrible drummer. Can't keep time, no technique and just hits hard. Brilliant bloke though!V 21 Comments
Basic drumming in every song. Nothing but fast double bass pedal and basic fills. Plus the guy triggers the crap out of his drums. Very overrated drummer. I would vote for Lars but he's already number 1. - nickblack
I hate this guy. When I was at high school I admired this guy. You know posters everywhere, coverinf slipknot songs. But later on I found that he doesn't have anything special. Is he the fastest? No. Does he have super skills? No. Is the drumming melodic or integrated with the song? No. Does he have "solos" by randomly hitting toms and etc.? Yes. Did he get any awards such as greatest ever? Yes. He is way too overrated.
Fast, simple double bass, generic triggered drum sounds, and lack of complex rhythms define his style. I have never seen such an overrated, generic drummer that many people consider to be one of the best in rock. His fan base is composed of 12 year old "metal heads" gushing over his "talent." Some REAL metal drummers who are worlds better than this guy include, but are not limited to: Danny Carey, Neil Peart, Marco Minneman, Virgil Donati, Brann Dailor, Matt Gartska, Blake Richardson, Matt Halpern, etc... The list goes on and on. Jordison has close to zero technical talent, generic drumming, lack of creative influence, and sloppy technique that I have witness in a drummer who is held in such high regard. OVERRATED.
I want to defecate in this guys tomsV 11 Comments
btw why is danny carey on this list he is underated people - blaqksails92
Yoshiki is actually underrated
Simply a liar. He doesn't even know how to hold his drumsticks properly.
HE IS SO OVErrated AND WHY IS THE REV ON HERE I THINK THE REV IS A GREAT DRUMMERV 3 Comments
I swear everything he does sounds exactly the same. No creativity. - Chris-1
Everybody says he's so amazing but he just isn't very creative. He doesn't use that many fills and just keeps a solid rock beat. I've never even heard him open the hi hat. Everyone say he suits the music and that's what matters but I think one of the most important qualities of a drummer is their creativity.
He plays the same drum beat every song without variation and his idea of a drum fill is hitting a tom once
I love AC/DC but yeah he is overratedV 19 Comments
Just because you have an amazing drum set, it doesn't mean you're good.
Tommy Lee is a rock drummer. That is all. No jazz, no country, not even pop... He did a special and they wanted him to play with a marching band... He couldn't do it, He tried but just couldn't play simple drum techniques.
You're not good just because you can play a rock beat upside-Down and look cool. He's fine, but nothing more
I get it, upside down drums, endlessly twirling one drum stick... all image, no substance.V 16 Comments
Neil Peart does NOT belong on this list. He is the greatest rock drummer of all time.
RUSH fanboys troll the internet distorting every "greatest drummer ever" poll that they can find. It's juvenile & embarrassing. And I think he's a great drummer... BUT... NO WAY is he the best.
Neil Peart is definitely not overrated. After Buddy Rich, he's the best drummer in the world.
The paradiddle ride beat gets a little tiringV 44 Comments
His name is cooler than his drum techniques
He just plays a straight forward beat. That's it
He is underrated. And is really good and does not do the same beat over and over again some times the song is like that. And the only one that is like stray heart.
No way, he has some very complex fills. Ever heard "Jesus of Suburbia? " - TheAwesomeBrosVotesV 12 Comments
Danny Carey's name shouldn't be mentioned anywhere near the word overrated, he deserves every ounce of praise he gets. You don't have to like Tool to understand this guy has undeniable talent and creativity. One of my favorite drummers of all time.
Danny is a god, easily one of the best drummers of our time. His ability to play perfectly with perfect fills in a variety of weird ass time signatures is a testament in itself. Plus he's wicked fast and his approach to drumming is creative and intelligent. Anyone who thinks Danny doesn't deserve the credit he gets should probably get their hearing checked
As to the guy who says he has never seen Danny Carey do anything special, I can confirm you haven't actually listened to Danny Carey.
Whoever put Carey on this list needs to enter the spiral to hell. - OnyxDashV 6 Comments
An overrrated punk-rock drummer who hits his kit with too much intensity. That's not bad when properly done (The Killers), but his lack of technique is annoying. Not only he screwed the few acoustic sessions Placebo did while he was in the band, but he never managed to keep the beat in a whole bunch of songs (Meds is the most obvious one).
Steve is incredibly energetic on stage.
Elevate higher on list.. Great performers but not musicians.
Overrated same as U2
An overrated drummer for a mega- overrated band
U2. Sucks and is over rated
He's pretty good at doing fast hi-hats and the like, but on Arctic Monkeys' older stuff, it sounds like he's playing the same beat, just faster or slower. Also, his drumming has become more simple in recent years.
Come on, this guy is the best! Love AM and he is an agile beast from sheffield!
Well he's not the best but I don't find him overrated.V 1 Comment
If you think he's overrated, you need to check yourself.
For you penalty of having Bonham on this list you will never be allowed to listen to Led Zeppelin again. You will be forced to listen to the Go Go's
Is Bonham overrated? Moby Dick is the essence of drumming. definitely one of my top 5 drummers.
He ruined Ramble On with that stupid pitter-patting.V 29 Comments
The whole band is far too overrated
His contributions on The Hunting Party actually sound like a retarded four year old slamming himself into the wall repeatedly.
Last time I checked, he has no Wikipedia page
Is anyone calling him GOAT drumming material anyway? - marmalade_skiesV 4 Comments
He does not need that huge kit, he can play every Van Halen song in just a basic kit
I can't listen to that fuzzy old beat. Every song it is the same. Van Halen would have been a lot netter without him. He would have never been in a successful rock band without his brother.
He shouldn't even be in this list. He's not overrated for one... And even if he was it'd kinda make sense... He's the best drummer in my opinion
Listen to Hot For Teacher you speds - BrianScott01V 2 Comments
Are you kidding me, Chad smith is awesome
When I heard Californication the first time, I felt like farting and then smelling my fart at the same time. That's how gross the whole point of Red Hot Chili Peppers is. The whole point of this comment is the band being highly overrated and the drummer of course, is highly deteriorating. Peace to all the fanboys who love Chad Smith and my drum machine which is better than Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Yeah, he sweetened his sound in their most famous songs like Under The Bridge, Californication, and Scar Tissue, but listen to him in songs like Suck My Kiss or just hear him solo.
Just keeps time, I think. That's about it.V 6 Comments
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