Top 10 Most Influential Rock DrummersWhen you think about the heart-pounding beat that drives rock 'n' roll, it's impossible to overlook the undeniable role of the drummer. The rhythmic patterns, dynamic variations, and powerful solos are more than just a backdrop to a rock song; they're a vital, living part of the music that brings it to life. But who are the most influential rock drummers that have shaped this genre?
The criteria for ranking these drummers include several factors that are essential to understanding their impact and legacy. First and foremost, their influence on other musicians, both peers and newcomers, is weighed heavily. This is about looking at how their playing style, techniques, or even attitude towards drumming have affected or even transformed the drumming landscape.
Innovation is another key aspect of the ranking. Here, you'll be considering how a drummer has pushed the boundaries of what's possible on their instrument, whether it's through unusual rhythms, unconventional setups, or even the way they approach live performances. Originality speaks to their unique voice as a drummer, that special something that makes them stand out from the crowd. It might be a signature beat, a particular flair, or simply an approach that no one else has quite replicated.
Technical ability is also a significant factor. This isn't just about playing fast or loud but mastering the intricate techniques, timings, and nuances that make a great drummer. It's about control, precision, and understanding every aspect of the instrument and how it can be used to create something extraordinary.
Influential... Even if you don't think he's the best (he is), or you like somebody more because you swoon over their band like a teenager, Peart undeniably has influenced more drummers than anyone.
Superb, true excellence, top-notch musicianship! Listen, you all, very closely and learn! Feel honored that he was in your lifetime!
How can you not put this guy at one? Remember YYZ, or Spirit of the Radio, or Tom Sawyer? The professor rocks them all.
While Peart is more technically efficient than Bonham, Bonham is undeniably more influential. He came onto the scene far before Peart did, and was the first true great rock drummer. This list should probably go more like John Bonham at first, Keith Moon second, Bill Ward third, and Neil Peart fourth. Again, of those four, Peart is the most technically proficient and undoubtedly has some of the best drumming work in all of rock, but in terms of influence, the other three are just better.
Everybody who votes for Peart isn't a musician. Plain and simple. Bonham is far superior to Peart in every way. Kids need to understand that speed ain't everything...
Do I really have to explain why Bonzo's the best? Listen to Four Sticks, When the Levee Breaks, Rock and Roll, Moby Dick, Achilles Last Stand, Fool in the Rain.
He usually competes for the #1 spot with Bonham and Peart. If you compare all three at their peak powers, Moon blows them all away. Unique style which has never been duplicated. Watch him cut loose on Heaven and Hell from the 1969 London Coliseum show.
He is the Jimi Hendrix of the drums--he set the standard.
Should be at the top.
Ian Paice, by far my favorite drummer of all time! I saw him once in 2017, and I'm going to see him at the Tons of Rock Festival 2020 as well. And I've got to ask about one thing: how is Travis Baker on this list? Just because he can play a bloody 4/4 beat doesn't mean he's one of the best drummers of all time. My vote goes to the master Ian Paice because that's a guy who really can play drums. I almost clicked on Phil Collins, but Ian (in my opinion) is slightly better, so don't take it the wrong way, Phil, but you get 2nd place.
The greatest drummer over forty years, still the best.
Simply the best.
He is the best drummer in the world, because he is not only a drum player, but he is also the best musician in the world. Without Freddie, he is still alive in the music scene!
He inspired Yoshiki, but why is he below him? Oh yeah, Yoshiki can play the piano, too, but does he sing high vocals like Roger does?
Great drummer, songwriter, and singer. He has a 4-octave vocal range, and his falsettos... I just can't...
This drummer knows something about originality and creativity...
I like how he brings reggae into rock.
One of the best!
This is the kind of drummer I would wish to play like...
He made headlines when he appeared on the BBC's programme Record Breakers, where he set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television.
He should be at the top!
How is this beast not in the top 5 (at least)?
This man inspired a lot of drummers too. He should be in the top ten.
He is literally the best.
Even if you hate rock music, you can't help yourself going "woah" while watching his performances!
Easily one of the best drummers of all time.
Listen to: Art of Life, Kurenai, Rusty Nail, etc.
Yoshiki Hayashi of X JAPAN. Search for him, and you will love him.
He was the first known ever one-armed drummer.
Simply amazing. What the greats do with two arms, he does with one.
While he was kind of a cocky jerk, he still was an incredible drummer. And anyway, this is about INFLUENCE, not how good the person is. Seriously, without Buddy Rich, Bonzo, Neil Peart, and Keith Moon would have been COMPLETELY different players.
He's so good, he can be a one-man band and still top all others.