Top Ten Most Underrated Drummers

These are the drummers of any genre that don't get the props they deserve.

The Top Ten

1 Mitch Mitchell John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Sucks big time?!

No, no, you don't know who you're talking about, he's one of the greatest drummers ever and he's the drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix, one of the greatest guitarists ever!

To the person who said "he sucks big time" I want to tell you something:
You just haven't heard of him

You're on drugs. Mitch Mitchell was one of the greatest - ekmkqvrk

Amazing drummer. Very underrated.

2 Stewart Copeland Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the drummer for the English-American rock band The Police and for his film and video game soundtracks.

He is very underrated and played for one of the best bands...the Police!

Crazy off beat timing and creative fills

I love his style of drumming. - Userguy44

3 Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

Listen to Brand X and you will see

Los Endos.

Your argument is invalid.

4 Chad Smith Chadwick "Chad" Smith is an American musician and current drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he joined in 1988 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
5 Ginger Baker Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer," while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms.

He's in almost every top 10 list I see. The man gets his due credit;. - marmalade_skies

Too crazy how did he get on the list

6 Bill Ward William Thomas "Bill" Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Underrated on the underrated list

One of the best - gameofIceandFire

7 Phil Seamen
8 Dave Lombardo David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Not really underrated. - Userguy44


9 Jojo Mayer
10 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.

He's underrated by the people who underrate him. - marmalade_skies

The Contenders

11 Butch Trucks Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks is an American drummer who is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. One of Trucks' first bands was local Jacksonville band The Vikings, who made one 7-inch record in 1964.
12 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.
13 Lee Kerslake
14 Mick Avory
15 Philip Selway Philip James "Phil" Selway is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the drummer of English rock group Radiohead.

Go home get a life sucks

Tight and solid drummer! Very handy drumming skills with different time signatures and moods of the songs. (like in Paranoid Android, Airbag, Pyramide Song, Everything In Its Right Place, Bloom, Reckoner)

Yep, very underrated drummer.

16 Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on July 26th,1949 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as "Under Pressure", "A Kind Of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga". Despite being well known in Queen more.

I mean drumming it self is already underrated and this guy had a pretty unique drumming style! And the fact was since people went to the concerts for only Freddie and he would be at the back kinda made people forget him

17 Sean Kinney
18 Carl Palmer Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist most famed for playing with the progressive rock bands Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia.

He's still the best!

Just listen to the man's work a top five let alone top 10. Genius

Should be in top 10 lists,

Simply the greatest

19 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.
20 Tommy Ramone Thomas Erdelyi, better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer, musician, and songwriter.
21 Taylor Hawkins Oliver Taylor Hawkins is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.

he's good

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

I think every budding drummer could learn something from Bill Bruford. He's tight, can play songs in complex meters, and still doesn't let the drumming get in the way of the song. - Gg2000

23 Charlie Watts Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones. Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.

He's so under appreciated that people didn't even think about voting for him on this list

He is the most underrated. - MontyPython

24 Matt Cameron Matt Cameron is an American composer, and musician. He is mostly famous for being the drummer of the three grunge bands Soundagrden, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog.

Matt Cameron is a master of the odd time signature, especially in Soundgarden, and is the only Pearl Jam drummer to last more than 5 years so he must be doing something right.

25 Jimmy Chamberlin James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin is an American drummer and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.

There are some Smashing Pumpkins songs where Jimmy is going insane on the drums (Geek U.S.A. is one that comes to mind). He knows how to keep a great groove going and can make some incredibly creative fills that help give his style that notch up above some of the others in his category. - cjWriter1997

26 Mick Tucker

Is everyone in the drum world living in a cave. This guy was a beast. Technical and effortless. Just listen to The Sweet, Keep It In. Then go watch their live performance Musikladen 11-11-1974

27 Josh Dun Joshua William "Josh" Dun is an American musician. He is currently the drummer for the band Twenty One Pilots.

Overrated actually - Gruunge

28 Nick Mason Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

Nick Mason should honestly be in the Top 5. I don't see him get nearly enough credit as he deserves. Listen to him play "One Of These Days" at Pompeii with Pink Floyd. It's something else. - DiamondJoyride

29 Frank Beard
30 Barriemore Barlow

A criminally underrated player, along with many other Jethro Tull members. One of the earlier players to use double kick. Check out the song "Hunting Girl" for a great example.

31 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.
32 Tico Torres

Fits on the list perfectly

33 Phil Rudd Phillip Hugh Norman Rudd is a New Zealand-based Australian drummer, best known for his membership in Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1975 through 1983, and again from 1994 to 2015. Upon the 1977 departure of bass guitarist Mark Evans from AC/DC, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of the more.

His beat is simple, but it fits AC/DC's style so well.

34 John Densmore

He adds a restrained pep of energy to The Doors. I'm a big fan of his drumming. - marmalade_skies

Great drummer. Massively underrated.

John is G

35 Steve Shelley
36 Christian Vander

Christian Vander is easily the best drummer alive today. Despite being 70 he miraculously seems to be getting better and better with age. The fact that he was only #100 on Rolling Stones 'Top 100 drummers of all-time list' is a joke.

One of, if not THE most amazing European drummers ever.

37 Stephen Morris
38 John Dolmayan John Dolmayan is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American songwriter and drummer. He is best known as the drummer of System of a Down.
39 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.
40 Dale Crover

Best Drummer Ever!

41 Mike Bordin
42 Pick Withers
43 Todd Sucherman
44 Brian Downey
45 Chris Vrenna
46 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.

Annihilator - Ultra Motion
Primal Fear - Riding The Eagle - Metal_Treasure

47 David Robinson (The Cars)
48 Chad Channing

Bleach album, man... listen to a song like "scoff" and you'll release he was one hell of underrated!

49 Terry Williams
50 Rod de'Ath
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