Top Ten Most Overrated Rock Drummers


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21 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.

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

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

Alex Van Halen Is the fastest and best drummer out there! These other comments are so mean! He is A great drummer - VanHalen

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22 Aaron Solowoniuk

He's the Godfather of Drumming. Bottom line.

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.

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.

I played drums since I was 10. Meg White's drumming is so beginner. Heck she doesn't even belong in 35th place. She belongs in 200th!

This chick sucks

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24 Keith Moon Keith Moon

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. - zxm

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26 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.

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.

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27 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

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.

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28 Vinnie Paul (Pantera) Vinnie Paul (Pantera) Vincent Paul Abbott, also known as "Vinnie Paul", is an American professional drummer and producer who is best known for being a former member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera.

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

Overrated. Dimebag was a lot more talented then he will ever be and the most talented member of Pantera, even though he was on guitar. He is around Lars Ulrich with drummers. - Lucretia

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...

He's not that great, also the bands he was in after Pantera suck.

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29 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 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.

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.

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30 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.

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. - naFrovivuS

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31 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.

One of the best

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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32 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.

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

33 John Otto (Limp Bizkit)

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

34 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!

35 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. - 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.


36 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.

Isn't it Toco Tirres of Jon Bovi?

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37 Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains)

This man really ruined some parts of good songs - CristhianR

Underrated for sure. Defenenly not overrated

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.

One of the best drummers ever. Pure talent.

He's an awesome metal drummer!

39 Gustav Schäfer (Tokio Hotel)

Tokio hotel sucks

40 Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God.

Hmm, maybe. - AdamDestructorJr.

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