Best Progressive Rock Drummers

I have the highest respect for Progressive Rock Drummers, as their songs have overly complex rhythms and odd time signatures!

That's why I decided to make a list about those drumming legends!

The Top Ten

1 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 is a drumming legend, who has a overly complex sound a insabe drum kit for it!
Overall Peart is definitely one of the all-time most talented drummers ever! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

2 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. V 2 Comments
3 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

Mangini was the replacement of Portnoy in Dream Theater and honestly he was good! Not as technical or complex, but still he managed to remain what was awesome about thr drumming in Dream Theater! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

4 Gavin Harrison

The best drummer in the world. Makes every song he plays in so much better.

5 Brann Dailor Brann Dailor 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.

Mastodon has a interesting mix of sounds, which this master drummer manages to pull off! Basically his drumming shows a lot of technic and energy! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

6 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.

He started with Genesis and then went solo! He had mqny great drumming qualities and overall extinguished Genesis from the rest of the genre! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

7 Bill Bruford Bill Bruford William Scott "Bill" Bruford is an English retired drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner.

Really glad to see him on this list. - IronSabbathPriest

Godfather of prog percussion

8 Alan White
9 Martin Lopez

Check out "April Ethereal" (Opeth) - IronSabbathPriest

10 Danny Carey Danny Carey 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 Jell├┐, Pigface, Skinny more.

He isn't a drummer. He's a percussionist.

The Contenders

11 Carl Palmer Carl Palmer Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist most famed for playing with the prog-rock bands Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia.

An incredible drummer who rightly belongs on this list who demonstrated keen precision and creativity while complementing both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake's music. The solo on Karn Evil 9 live version is still one of the best ever...

12 Nick Mason Nick Mason Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.
13 Matt Garstka
14 Terry Bozzio Terry Bozzio Terry John "Ted" Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa.

I can't believe I almost forgot Bozzio! He played with Fran Zappa, but honestly this guys talent is mostly shown in his great solo career!
Also Bozzio has the biggest drum kit I've ever seen! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

15 Tomas Haake Tomas Haake Tomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 more.
16 Andy Ward

The rhythmic heartbeat of Camel!

17 Rob Bourdon Rob Bourdon

Who added this? Linkin Park aren't prog.

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19 Jason Rullo
20 Scott Rockenfield
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