Top Ten Most Overrated Rock Drummers


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!

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.

I'm just gonna say it: Lars Ulrich is overhated.

Am I doing this because he's in my favorite band, or is it because he's a deity in drumming? NO! Sure St. Anger wasn't his best work and yes, there are better drummers in Thrash Metal, but Ulrich was and still is a really good drummer. He might not have the best personality, but he is a pretty good businessman and his chemistry with James Hetfield does indicate how dedicated he is to Metallica and to his friend. And I'm pretty sure his personality has gotten somewhat better over the years. - CrimsonShark

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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 more.

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.

If this guy comes one in any top 10 countdown of the greatest drummers, any one can, lars ulrich, joey jordinson, the rev, not overrated, heres someone to put one on this list

I think that people just hates him because they are just to jealous about his talent - Th3Zm0nst3r

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3 Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

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

He is a Beatle, and they can get overrated. Plus he was from the sixties and there was no technical death metal drummers to compare him too, he was one of the most influential rock drummer. - Lucretia

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4 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.

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!

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5 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

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.

Great drummer during his time, but unfortunately he's a victim of getting overpraised after his death. He was exceptional for A7X, considering he did a lot other than just drum, but after his death, it seemed as if A7X fans wanted to immediately throw him into a pedestal. I love Avenged Sevenfold, but there are better drummers, even in the Traditional Heavy Metal category. - CrimsonShark

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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.

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 toms

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7 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.

Plays like he's Lars Ulrich. Which doesn't help when he plays really simple beats. Who cares if he's self taught? Buddy Rich never practiced at all. Josh's style doesn't fit Tyler's style. Most overrated drummer ever. - naFrovivuS

His fans clearly don't know how to differentiate bad drumming from good drumming. Passion doesn't count as talent. He and Tyler both play two different styles, and Josh just can't fit his style with Tyler. Being a wild drummer doesn't make you good. If he wanted to look good, then he should consult Ringo. - isaaonrtdmtr

My friend is 12 and is a better drummer than him. He makes simple beats, nothing more. - Gruunge

1. he sucks, 2. twenty one pilots suck, 3. its not rock

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8 Dave Grohl (Nirvana) Dave Grohl (Nirvana) 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.

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. "

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!

Overrated Dave Grohl? Piss off the mans a legend and a god! He shouldn't be ANYWHERE on the particular list! - Emms73x

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9 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 more.

nothing special
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.


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10 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 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

Every song is the same beat

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The Newcomers

? 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

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

Hair metal is overrated, especially since their is nothing very special about a lot of the musicians, and there is nothing special about him either. - Lucretia

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12 Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Rob Bourdon (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. - naFrovivuS

Last time I checked, he has no Wikipedia page

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13 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.

What are you supposed to expect from a punk drummer? Power fills every two seconds? This isn't Motley Crue guys. - naFrovivuS

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14 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).

I have never heard of this man or his music... - Lucretia

Steve is incredibly energetic on stage.

15 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.

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.

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16 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 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.

Whoever put Carey on this list needs to enter the spiral to hell. - OnyxDash

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17 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (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.

Neil Peart is definitely not overrated. After Buddy Rich, he's the best drummer in the world.

He is good, and Rush is not as overrated as people call it. Prog requires more talent then hair metal and pop at least. - Lucretia

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18 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

19 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.

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20 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.

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. - naFrovivuS

People think that just cause he has one arm and can play the drums that he is good.

He is a great drummer by far he fought and the help and support and his strong willing to play and his band members he really rocks

That's just rude man

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