Top Ten Most Overrated Rock Drummers

Chris-1

The Top Ten

1 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.

I love Metallica, and even I agree 100% that Lars is the most over-rated drummer ever!

Not overrated. Just because he isn't as talented as the other members, people keep telling that he can't play drums at all, which is obviously taking things too far. If I didn't experience everyone hating him, I wouldn't have even recognized anything wrong with the drumming in Metallica (at least in the studio recordings) - Alkadikce

He used to be good but since the mid nineties he's engaged in a downward trend such that he's a little worse with each subsequent year.

Metallica s drums are easy

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2 Travis Barker (Blink-182) Travis Barker (Blink-182) 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 ...read more.

The Key Item of Blink-182!

Any musician here? Only frustated haters?

A solid rock drummer, and his time is good, but he's nothing special. He's got more tattoos than talent and he's WAY over rated.

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.

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3 Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

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.

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

Ringo is not overrated. No one ever said he was an outstanding drummer. To be overrated, people have to rank you amongst the best. No music analyst I've ever heard of has done so regarding Ringo. Ringo was an average drummer who was in the right place at the right time. Where I think people mistake him as being overrated is that they can't disassociate his average drumming skills with the extraordinary success of his band.

Ringo paved the way for all the future drummers to come. Yeah, he didn't do anything too impressive, and he hated drum solos. But listen to "Rain". Maybe that'll change your mind. He laid down a good beat for Paul, John and George to build on. - galaxyfox

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4 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)

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

His drumming was as forgettable and generic as AX7's music

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.

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5 Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) Shannon Leto is an American musician and songwriter best known as the drummer of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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.

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

He is # 1 on the best rock drummers! I can play all of his parts easily!

Why is he number 2 on the top ten greatest drummer ever? Obviously neil peart is 1# but Keith moon, John Bonham, Buddy rich and Stewart Copeland are WAY and I mean WAY more better than him.

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6 Joey Jordison (Slipknot) Joey Jordison (Slipknot) 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 ...read more.

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

A Speed Demon and nothing more, his lightning fast speed is what drove up to be regarded as one of the greatest drummers. If you watch him and others cover him, you say wow because they're fast not because it's technical and difficult to learn. There are tons of other drummers far more skilled than he is.

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.

I remember having a conversation with my drum teacher about Joey's solos. He only uses one technique: alternating between the toms and the bass. Jesus Christ, anyone can do that. Nothing special. Deserves to be up here. - AdamDestructorJr.

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7 Dave Grohl (Nirvana) Dave Grohl (Nirvana) David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.

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. "

He's an awesome guitarist and a vocal, but not an awesome drummer

Don't get me wrong, Dave is a fantastic drummer, it's just he's a little overrated. People keep on placing him in the top ten drummers, yet I could name about ten drummers better than him. So as much as I love him, he's just a tiny bit overrated. - Gruunge

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!

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8 Phil Rudd (AC/DC) Phil Rudd (AC/DC) Phillip Hugh Norman Rudd is a New Zealand-based Australian drummer, best known for his membership in Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1975 through 1983, and again from 1994 to 2015. Upon the 1977 departure of bass guitarist Mark Evans from AC/DC, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of the ...read more.

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

A majority of every song he plays uses the most basic beat any rock drummer could possibly learn. - DrummerBoyJack

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9 Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

Would vote for Ringo, but he's already very high. So, I'll say this. Tommy could have been replaceable. A good showman, not a great drummer. THe real reason that band was great was because of Mick Mars. - MattAffterburner

He is overrated in that when talking about the Crue everybody's like "they had a great drummer" but I don't think he stood out as much among his bandmates. But he's a real showman and that's not a common feature in drummers

Just because you have an amazing drum set, it doesn't mean you're good.

Tommy lee is a great drummer why the hell is he on this list

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10 Trè Cool (Green Day)

His name is cooler than his drum techniques

This list is a joke... All these people saying "All they do is keep a beat"... That's what you DO as a drummer, jeez. Look up on YouTube 'How to tell a bad drummer from a good drummer' then you will change your mind

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.

He just plays a straight forward beat. That's it

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The Contenders

11 Yoshiki Hayashi 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 ...read more.

He's the fastest drum soloist? They wish, he's not good. Not special.

Most overrated drummer among with lars

nothing special
btw why is danny carey on this list he is underated people - blaqksails92

Yoshiki is actually underrated

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12 Neil Peart Neil Peart 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.

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.

Exactly. You can just see by how he plays, it's so stiff and kind of hard to watch. - AdamDestructorJr.

Looks awkward and stiff when he plays. He looks like a roadie that has jumped up on the drummer's kit to have a bash.

Like RUSH spending years striving to be recognized amongst obviously better bands, Peart has spent so much time and effort telling everyone he's good and wants to be recognized. He isn't and they aren't.

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13 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 Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.

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.

While much as he does get a huge amount of praise for his skill on the drums, the praise is well-deserved. I'm not going to lie, he is one of the better drummers on this list, mainly because he incorporates polyrhythms instead of randomly hitting the toms and such. Dispute me, if you like. It's always interesting to debate people about musical tastes. - AdamDestructorJr.

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14 Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) 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.

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.

For the record, Rob Bourdon is not a unique drummer, Chester Bennington is not a unique singer, and Linkin Park is not a unique band.

Last time I checked, he has no Wikipedia page

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15 Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) Joshua William "Josh" Dun is an American musician. He is currently the drummer for the band Twenty One Pilots.

As much as I love TOP, it makes me cringe when people say that Josh is "The best drummer ever" due to the fact that he isn't quite up there. Sure he's alright, and he is currently in a very successful band, but he just doesn't quite have the experience or technique in my opinion to be rated so well, so for that reason I think he's a touch overrated.

I'm surprised he isn't at the top. I might be biased because I hate TOP.

I agree he's not that impressive, but he plays the pocket perfectly like every drum hit is meant to be very very intentional to make the song better. I'm talking about in the studio versions of course, I can't comment on live performances.

Looks like a YouTube star

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16 Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2)

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

17 Steve Forrest (Placebo)

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.

18 Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)

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.

best

19 Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) 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.

The fact that he's on this list is kinda funny... cause the man is way underrated. The man can play all his parts. Not the fastest, not the best, but the man can slap those skins! - connor2738

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.

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20 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 ...read more.

If you think he's overrated, you need to check yourself.

If you think he's overrated, you have more than a few brain cells. - AdamDestructorJr.

He was good at what he did but he was very limited, flashy, arm flailing and relied on triplets to sound good. He had a good foot but that was about it.

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

If he was still alive, he would not be worshiped in the insane way he is. He was the greatest if you measure him in the same way people that rate Page the greatest guitarist of all time. He was a sloppy, arrogant, over-player that was only ok even back then.

He wasn't arrogant, in fact he had low self-esteem unfortunately - galaxyfox

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21 Rick Allen - Def Leppard Rick Allen - Def Leppard Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

His "solo" is nothing that any good drummer could't do with one arm. Plus, he has an electronic kit that compensates for his disability and makes him sound like he's doing more than he is, which doesn't sound impressive to begin with.

I respect him for being able to play at all with one arm, but his style is so stiff and mechanical that it feels lifeless. Guys like Ringo, Bonzo, and Ian Paice had a great sense of swing and knew how make the music groove. Def Leppard, however, feels much more sterile to me, and I think that's in no small part due to Rick's drumming. - Gg2000

He is a terrible drummer and he beats his wife so he is terrible person

I feel as if people give him too much praise because he has one arm. There's no doubt he's amazing despite his disability, but he isn't suddenly some god for it. I respect his drumming skills, but I don't think he's anywhere close to the best.

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22 Alex Van Halen 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.

What the heck, listen to Hot For Teacher and change your mind(s). - galaxyfox

Alex plays to bring in the spirit of the band. If he played Hot For Teacher with a four piece kit, it would set off the wrong feel for the rest of the song. Van Halen is a hard rocking band, and Alex is the foundation, not Eddie.

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

He does not need that huge kit, he can play every Van Halen song in just a basic kit

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23 Meg White (The White Stripes) Meg White (The White Stripes) Megan Martha "Meg" White is an American drummer known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes.

As a 19 year old drummer who's been drumming since he was 1... I learned that time is the most important thing in the skill... if you lose time, it can mess a lot of things up. Now, in order to lose it, you actually have to have it... needless to say, Meg and her "band" are at a real loss here. I'm sure YouTube could help her out anyways!

Nothing better than average

Seeing this drummer right below the drummer from meshuggah on a top 100 drummers list from the rolling stones magazine made me lose will to live. this woman is nothing more than average

She is an extremely good drummer, not for the way she drums or her drumming skills, but her ability to write amazing songs. There is more to a great drummer than how well or how fast you can hit a thing with a stick.

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24 Aaron Solowoniuk

He's the Godfather of Drumming. Bottom line.

25 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.

Wait, I thought we were talking rock drummers? When did BR play rock?

For the record though, had he chosen to rock, yes, he would've been the greatest rock drummer of all time (just as he would've been the world's greatest salsa drummer or timpanist or any other kind of drummer you can come up with had he wanted to be).

I base that on what Slonimsky said: "It isn't that Buddy Rich is the greatest drummer who ever lived, it's only that he is better at playing his instrument than any other musician is better at whichever instrument they play."

Buddy Rich is the greatest jazz drummer ever

As a drummer, it's insulting to hear so many people call this guy the "greatest drummer of all time". It's like people calling Slash the "greatest guitarist of all time". There are metal bands with kids not even in there twenties yet that smoke this dude. I wonder if we will ever live in a world where mediocrity isn't worshipped.

That's like calling ZZ Top overrated. Buddy was a drummer ahead of his time. Kid might "smoke" him now, but back then no one, not even Gene Krupa, could do what he did. He has amazing balance and doesn't even move his torso when he slams the drums. And to mention, he never had practiced when he was young.

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26 Keith Moon 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.

He was eccentric, but one of the best and influential drummers ever! - Userguy44

Moon is amazing. Whoever voted for him don't know drumming.

This comment is to short and simple, music is about hearing the bigger picture, don't just focus on keith moons down falls. Most drummers get drunk and do strange things.

He was the best. Maybe he was a jerk, I didn't know him, but that doesn't take away from his drumming. He (and Daltrey's scream) made Won't get Fooled Again. HisIs drumming on Tommy is the best ever. They took a recording of him playing the drums to a physicist once who proclaimed that playing the drums that fast was not humanly possible. You can't rate him high enough.

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27 Cindy Blackman

On more than one occasion she hijacks the song. Instead of being the rhythm, she seems to think the whole song is a drum solo. I can’t even tell if she’s a good drummer it’s so annoying. I want to hear Santana’s guitar, not your ego.

28 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.

Peter Criss is an absolute disgrace to rock music. If you watch any KISS performances during the farewell tour, Peter plays unbelievably weak. In Paul Stanley's book, he said that Peter's drumming skills had deteriorated so much that special effects had to be implanted in each drum to sound everything Peter hit the drum head because he didn't have the strength to play loud enough for the audience to hear without them

He sucks a lot

People keep acting like Peter Criss is the greatest thing that ever happened to KISS, when Eric Carr and Eric Singer were both better. No one would know who he was if it weren't for Beth.

Kizzy my butt dude

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29 Phil Collins Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

If you think he's overrated you need to check more than "In The Air Tonight". Listen to early Genesis stuff, like The Cinema Show, for example. Or The Musical Box. His drumming is phenomenal in there. Just listen to anything from 1971-1976 Genesis and you'll see he's a great drummer. Not overrated, but overlooked. - MaxPap

One of the best

Phill colins is a great drummer, this list is for worst drummers take him off - Morbid_Deth

I really like his music, but people think Phil is the greatest ever. If you think he's one of the best, you've never heard Neil Peart, John Bonham, Keith Moon, or Danny Carey - ryanrimmel

OK, I can see why do most people think he's overrated because of his 80s pop albums. But just listen to the 70s Genesis albums (the ones with Peter Gabriel as lead singer) and you'll see he is one of the best drummers. - Nintendonix

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30 Chris Slade (AC/DC)

Made AC/DC sound like they used a drum machine. No groove. No feel.

Completely destroyed the already rickety Rock or Bust tour.

DOSEN'T KNOW WHAT A RIM SHOT IS AT ALL

31 Vinnie Paul (Pantera) Vinnie Paul (Pantera) 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 ...read more.

Vinnie Paul is not overrated! Anyone who says that he is, is not credible at all to even comment here.

He's awful

Vinnie Paul and Dimebag essentially created Groove Metal in the late 80's early 90's and Pantera as a whole saved metal from being relegated to history books and Holiday Inn Express Shows...This Man and is contributions to metal and music in general are vastly underrated...

I personally don't think he is great, but he is can groove damn well.

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32 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.

He's actually the best drummer Thrash Metal has to offer. However, I'm including him on the list solely because for a lot of people, its mandatory to mention Lombardo whenever someone starts mentioning how good any drummer of any genre is.

Person 1: "Oh man, "(Tre Cool/The Rev/ Travis Barker/Joey Jordison)" is a BEAST in drumming! "

Person 2: "Nah, he's crap. Dave Lombardo is THE REAL DEAL! "

Its bothersome really. It seems pretentious when people tend to bring up Lombardo as a superiority showoff. Furthermore, why compare Dave Lombardo to Punk Rock/Pop Punk drummers of all people. The two genres are way far off and the comparison just feels unbalanced and biased.

I think Punk Rock/Pop Punk drummers should be judged on how well they play for the genre, not to be compared in Metal where the situation is different. Lombardo is one of my favorite drummers and deserves to be a fan favorite, but comparing him to other drummers of completely different or somewhat ...more - CrimsonShark

33 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.

Can't imagine PF without him but alcohol and apathy really show up on any number of bootlegs you can find. Sloppy, late and otherwise mistimed fills that force the band to trudge forward without him appear often in those recordings.
He certainly had many, many magical moments from inside the studio on records starting with the aforementioned Saucerful and all through the 70s up to Wall. He has the driest sense of humor since Churchill, he's made noise on every piece of PF ever made, and he's always been living a dream.. that is why we all adore him.
Bottom line: I don't see how he can be overrated because I have never been aware of anyone or any mag listing him as highly rated in the first place.

Nick Mason overrated... I hardly think so. Nick may not have mind blowing speed or do amazing solos but the man is a great drummer. Always on the beat, complements the Floyd sound perfectly and doesn't show off. And he is quite stellar when he has to be, like on Saucerful of Secrets and Time. If anything he is underrated.

Really? Really? Nick Mason overrated? Go listen to his fills on the opening for Time and some of his stuff in Echoes (my favorite song to listen to the drums). Then try and say it again.

I would say underrated, not overrated - theone90990

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34 John Otto (Limp Bizkit)

John Otto is definitely not overrated. Does anybody even like Limp Bizkit anymore? Not really.

35 Eric Carr 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.

A really underrated drummer that almost know one knows about, he deserves more attenstion for his amazing drumming and skills RIP THE FOX

One of the most UNDERRATED and unrecognized drummers of his time. Eric Carr saved KISS's ass and is, in my opinion, one of the top 5 rock drummers of the 1980's, if not all time!

36 Daniel Adair (Nickelback)

If you're in a band people widely perceive as the worst thing ever, then that doesn't make you overrated. Check your dictionaries, people.

Simple beats, everyone thinks they're great though, somehow

Wait people think Nickelback is great? I've never heard of ANYONE who actually likes Nickelback.
Also simple beats aren't by default bad it's all in how they're used (See Ringo Starr)
However Nickelback just sucks in general.

OVERRATED BAND. OVERRATED DRUMMER. OVERRATED SINGER. THE WHOLE BAND SHOULD SUCK A HORSE'S WEINER.

37 Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)

He is the worst drummer ever! He is bull, a metronome makes a better job than him

The band's name is Bon Jovi, not Jon Bovi

Worst drummer ever? You must have never seen Lars play.

Jon Bovi!

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38 Brann Dailor (Mastodon) Brann Dailor (Mastodon) Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.

How can you call Brann Dailor, one of the greatest drummers of our time, overrated! A great singer and definitely an important part of Mastodon. They wouldn't be the same without him. - MattAffterburner

One of the best drummers ever. Pure talent.

He's an awesome metal drummer!

39 Eric Singer Eric Singer Eric Singer is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer, best known as a member of Kiss, portraying The Catman originally played by Peter Criss.

Awesome drummer. His early work with KISS on the Revenge album and Alive III is incredible!

40 Sib Hashian (Boston)

The Rock’s father-in-law. The man died while drumming on a cruise ship. Kept a good beat while with Boston.

41 Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains)

This man really ruined some parts of good songs - CristhianR

Underrated for sure. Defenenly not overrated

42 Gustav Schäfer (Tokio Hotel)

Tokio hotel sucks

43 Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member and founder of the groove metal band Lamb of God, and Grammy Award winning member of Megadeth.

Hmm, maybe. - AdamDestructorJr.

44 Neil Sanderson

The most boring drummer on the face of the earth

45 Roger Meddows - Taylor (Queen)

Roger Taylor is UNDERRATED, not overrated. You should see some of his drum solos on YouTube. It seems like no one knows him! Overshadowed by Freddie Mercury, but still amazing as John Bonham, Neil Peart, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Ward, Ginger Baker, and the rest of them!

He's great, even for the 1970's. Die je do anything special? - No, definitely not. Just another drummer that would be a fantastic simple blues drummer, but not a rock-god. You need to be more of a creative warrior for that. Maybe he is, but that doesn't make it irrelevant that his recorded drums were as simple as solving (2+2)-1 = quick maths

He's underrated. - Userguy44

Nah. He's got plenty of fans who respect him and vouch for him. I don't think he's underrated or overrated. Just rated. Fairly rated. - Gg2000

The only reason why guys like Rog, Bonzo, and Peart are on this list is because meth head heavy metal dopes are mad that their favorite bands drummer is not on the top 10 list.

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46 Mike Portnoy 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.

Lol. Portnoy overrated? If Marco Minneman auditions for your sit (and doesn't get it) you can never be overrated.

"He plays a giant set because he can't sound well when he plays a five piece." Stupidest comment ever, hater. Check out "loudwire unplugged where he rocks out on a ririculously small toy four-piece drum kit. In another video, he competely nails it again, this time witht wo four-piece children drum kit. Go check it out, and call him bad again.

Next to Peart, he's the greatest prog drummer ever. He plays with great balance and speed, and doesn't swing too much. Portnoy has a great spirit, and while he isn't in the band anymore, there was no doubt he rocked while he could. Mangini is great, but he can't beat Portnoy.

Mike portnoy is quite possibly the best progressive rock drummer there is. He is absolutely full of himself and there is no denying that. The thing is, is that dream theater and liquid tension experiment, for the most part, are bands only appreciated by other musicians. And of course not everyone on this list is gonna be a tony royster jr or a jojo Mayer, but they were able to play what was necessary to resonate with their band most soundly. Can you imagine portnoy in acdc? He would have over played so much. It would be a constant drum fart in the background. Although I do believe Travis barker is awful. If everyone had the opportunit to see another drummer mimic travis's drumming with the symbols and hi-hat 4 feet lower and without violently rocking his head up and down they would find that Travis only has the talent of putting on a good visable performance.

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47 Ian Paice Ian Paice 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.

I've seen Deep Purple in concert. Ian Paice deserves every bit of praise he gets...which isn't enough these days - TermonatorT888

Underrated! - galaxyfox

If he's overrated, then so is Michael Jackson.

48 Mark Zonder

The work Mark Zonder did with Fates Warning tops anybody you can name. He is a badass drummer who puts all others to shame.

49 David Silveria (Korn)

David actually is a pretty good drummer. He is also a very weird drummer. He is very creative with his beats and fills (some of the weirdest ones I've heard) and they definitely fit with Korn's music. (Listen to "Lies" and "Freak On A Leash".) Honestly I feel like every famous drummer in the world is on this list lol

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