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.
Lars Ulrich is not overrated! He is a great drummer.V 94 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.
He is a shame to the art of drumsV 33 Comments
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
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
Are you serious? The only overrated drummers on this top ten list are Lars Ulrich, Travis Barker and Shannon LetoV 43 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.
His drumming was as forgettable and generic as AX7's musicV 24 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.
People say he is the best drummer ever only because he is in Slipknot, which has more than one drummer, so that automatically means he is nowhere near best of all time level. - christangrantV 16 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. "
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!
Better Guitarist than Drummer! - RogerWatersfan1999V 26 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
Didn't he go to jail? - RevradV 23 Comments
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
Drumming is not about looking stylish or flashy while you play.V 11 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
Tommy lee is a great drummer why the hell is he on this listV 18 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.
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
The best drummer? Lol no he sounds like he's doing it on a synthesizer he sucksV 7 Comments
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.
Ok. How is he on the list. He is nowhere near as overrated - KartmanV 14 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
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.
All style no substance.V 7 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.
Exactly. You can just see by how he plays, it's so stiff and kind of hard to watch. - AdamDestructorJr.
Neil Peart is definitely not overrated. After Buddy Rich, he's the best drummer in the world.
That's ironic in a way, with 'best drummer in the world' being in the same comment as 'definitely not overrated'. - AdamDestructorJr.
Rush sucks, neil peart sucks tooV 55 Comments
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
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
Pour some Sugar on meV 3 Comments
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. - naFrovivuS
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
Alex Van Halen Is the fastest and best drummer out there! These other comments are so mean! He is A great drummer - VanHalenV 2 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.
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.
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.
The most overrated drummer - ever.V 33 Comments
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!
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.
If she blew quarters out of her butt at the drums it would be more interesting.
Nothing better than averageV 6 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.
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.V 7 Comments
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.
Overrated but half of the drummers wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him. - zxmV 8 Comments
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.
Rrrroger Taylor! Anyone dissing him knows not what they speak of. One of the great drummers who played on some of the most complex progressive rock music of the 70's and he could sing his ass off too.
Bo roger not overrated
One of the worst drummers ever. His tendency to accent and open hih-hat on 3rd is simply annoying. Half of his beats is simply kick on the 1st and snare on the 3rd - that's no drumming. His sense of tempo was also nothing compared to the one of Freddie Mercury, so instead of leading the group rythmically he followed the others. Many Queen songs are unlistenable simply because the drum beat is so stupid that it offense your intelligence and taste.V 1 Comment
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.
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.
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
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.
He sucks a lot
Kiss sucks period. I don't mean this ".". I mean the red stuff soaked into a maxipad.V 1 Comment
Vinnie Paul is not overrated! Anyone who says that he is, is not credible at all to even comment here.
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.
I can’t take anyone seriously that criticizes Vinnie’s drumming who spelled RIDICULOUS as rediclous. That says it all about this commenter. Vinnie was one of the best. RIP Vinnie. We Cowboys from Hell and from Dallas, Texas love you.V 4 Comments
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. - NintendonixV 1 Comment
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
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
It's not Mason's job to play wild. He's in a psychedelic rock band, so he shouldn't be playing wildly. - naFrovivuSV 5 Comments
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.
Isn't it Toco Tirres of Jon Bovi?V 1 Comment
John Otto is definitely not overrated. Does anybody even like Limp Bizkit anymore? Not really.
Awesome drummer. His early work with KISS on the Revenge album and Alive III is incredible!
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. - naFrovivuS
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.
He's the Godfather of Drumming. Bottom line.
This man really ruined some parts of good songs - CristhianR
Underrated for sure. Defenenly not overrated
One of the best drummers ever. Pure talent.
He's an awesome metal drummer!
Tokio hotel sucks
Hmm, maybe. - AdamDestructorJr.
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!
The most boring drummer on the face of the earth
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. - naFrovivuS
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.
What? Who put Mike on this list?
Overrated. He has ZERO dynamics, doesn't move out of his comfort zone, doesn't challenge himself, and plays the same way every song. He does the same fill over and over again: linear sextuplets (R L R L on snare and R L on bass). If you listen to any of his songs you'll hear it. He overuses the double bass not to mention I can do everything he does with one pedal. Super uncreative. Thinks he's the best around. Admired by amateur players who think he's a GOD. He plays a giant set because he can't sound well when he plays a five piece. The most overrated drummer of all time.V 3 Comments
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. - naFrovivuS
Overrated? Maybe. Rock. No. - zxmV 11 Comments
If he's overrated, then so is Michael Jackson.
The work Mark Zonder did with Fates Warning tops anybody you can name. He is a badass drummer who puts all others to shame.
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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