Top Ten Greatest Rock and Jazz Drummers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Buddy Rich Buddy Rich

This guy is the king of drumming. Never have I seen fast drumming go so smoothly. - naFrovivuS

The King of Jazz drumming his fast fills and amazing inspiration! - Sam_10293847

Fast, technical, inspirational, and a rocking jazz drummer! - Sam_10293847

Best drummer ever drawn breathe

2 John Bonham John Bonham 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.

Powerful,Groovy,Rock and Roll,Amazing drums solos! No doubt that John Bonham was the greatest drummer of all time he could play anything yes Neil peart and keith moon are good but what would Bonham be like today if he was the king of the 70s he would be he king today! - Sam_10293847

Was blessed to see John and Led Zeppelin crew 4 times in the 1970-80's
truly the golden age in southern California, Living in the City Of Orange, arrived in a Airstream, Little duce coupe following us, My older brothers, 1st to build the duce coupe in Flint Michigan, 1940's
we arrived in Orange and on my 1st birthday, the month NASA was formed and the Space race was official. may17 1957 my adventure in Sothern California had begun, I went to EVERY CONCERT I COULD GET TO beginning with the 1969 Monterrey Jazz festival, at 11 I was traumatized, by the smells, the clothing or lack of, and the air was thick with wonder, voices, music, and one cool sunset, Jimi came on stage, humble quiet and then the STORM BEGAN IN MY HEART, pure terror, pure culture shock, guilt that I have done something because at the end my oldest brothers VW bus road trip, to do the SW every old city and antique store for 90 days and across
the Mojave we went again Back to mono lake up to Mammoth, Carson ...more

3 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. V 2 Comments
4 Keith Moon Keith Moon

Moon The Loon always knew how to destroy his drums! Literally... - Sam_10293847

5 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.

Amazing technical Double bass grooves! - Sam_10293847

6 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.

Hard rock drummer that knows his drumming experience! - Sam_10293847

7 Mitch Mitchell Mitch Mitchell John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience. V 1 Comment
8 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl 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.

Hard hitting drummer and Strong Heart player! - Sam_10293847

9 Ginger Baker

Cool double Bass patterns for his kit and songs! - Sam_10293847

10 Ringo Starr Ringo Starr Richard Starkey known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

Great Drummer for starting beats with his right hand and fills with his left! - Sam_10293847

He wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles!

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Randy Black Randy Black Randy Black is a Canadian-born metal drummer and recording artist best known for his stints as the drummer for Annihilator, Primal Fear, Duskmachine, and Bif Naked. He is an ambidextrous drummer.
13 George Kollias George Kollias Georgios "George" Kollias is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American technical death metal band Nile.
14 Mike Terrana
15 Gene Hoglan Gene Hoglan Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.
16 Nicko McBrain Nicko McBrain Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.
17 Cozy Powell Cozy Powell Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.
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