Best Rock Drummers
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How in the name of GOD is Bonzo near the bottom? Where is Keith Moon as well? Do you people even know what good drumming is? It's not just ridiculous thrashing about on a kit at a mind numbing pace. You have to find a rhythm and keep its pace while sounding unique. Without this man none of these guys would even be up on that list! Nobody on this list is even CLOSE to the quality of Bonham's style and groove. You all suck, I give up on music!
Really? Number 8? Bonham should be a lot closer to number one after all he was the drummer for Led Zeppelin, the greatest rock band of all time! Yes that's right "greatest rock band of all time"
Kept scrolling thinking "Well surely Bonham's next... " Sixth? Really? I'm about to give up on humanity. It should be Bonham and Neil Peart battling for first and Keith Moon being satisfied with third and by "satisfied" I mean smashing his drums in disappointment.
I've got bad news for everyone who thinks the top 4 are even the best drummers today. They aren't. Mastodon's drummer makes them all look retarded. 32nd notes on one hand? Yeah, he's that good. He was trained as a jazz drummer too, so his technical precision is rediculous. His hands are as fast as Bonham's right foot.
No one can touch Bonzo though.
Anyone who hasn't seen Led Zeppelins' Song Remains The Same and doesn't believe he's the best drummer ever is crazy. Neil Pert is technically untouchable, but John is using his stick to change the tone and timbre of his snare, playing with his hands, and holding down with rock solid timing and power, the hippy, rock rhythm of the best band ever. Holding down the foundation with Jimmy Page on guitar? That's his guitar player that he's leading? John Paul Jones? Can play any instrument and one of the most musically proficient people who ever was born... Top 1 % for sure in history maybe, excluding Mozart and Beethoven. A true prodigy thought and he's linked and riding with John as the foundation, and Bonham can not only play at this caliber with some of the best musician at guitar and base that ever lived, but quarterbacking this power house flawlessly. Not only hold it down, but shining over these guys and uh? Shine with Robert Plant at the mic? Led Zeppelin created and influenced modern rock on a huge scale. Totally took over like the beatles in creating, in the 70's, modern rock n roll and hard rock. It was one of the first bands that showcased a four man band showcasing each mans top dominating skill during their shows. Each one a leviathan. John Bonham was the quarterback on that team. Rush has a great technical edge and broke in a modern streak to a rockband with their own feel. Love em, but Led Zeppelin would break their back in a show down, each in their prime. Love rush, but impact and switching speeds throughout the show with complete changes in feel and mood, changing the concerts whole tempo and emotional feel. The diversity of Led Zeps songs? Sorry, no body can touch the diversity and John Bonham was the backbone of that band holding it together flawlessly. I'll take his drum solo on Black Dog to anything Neil can dish up. It's not the same music, but Bohams diversity is the breaking point for me. Neil Pert is a very close second in my book but overall style wise and overall impactwise on the overall influence on modern music with the band they were in. Rush songs all sound the same drumwise. Anyone hear any bands that sound like or influenced by Rush? What about Led Zeppelin? Who would you rather see in their prime... Yeah... Pretty much hands down and John Bonham is the bad ass drummer it's riding on.
John Bonham is the best drummer of all time, period. Who the heck is that Japanese guy up in front?! Anyways, Bonzo deserves to be in the number one spot! Have you heard Bonzo's Montreaux and Moby Dick?! Those are master pieces! He is the king of accents and he could accomplish more on his bass drum with one foot than those with double bass pedals!
Just because he didn't have a huge f-off kit, doesn't mean he is crap. On the contrary, it means he is remarkable. Mr. Bonham could make more sounds with his simple drum kit than Neil Peart can with his unecessarily large kit!
Not only was Bonzo an absolute God on the kit, he was creative. Who else has thought of playing with four sticks? Who else has two timpani drums added with their kit? Who else thought of throwing away their sticks and playing with their hands, and still sound awesome? No one. Mr. Bonham is THE best drummer I have ever heard, I cannot stress it enough. He fuels me to continue to play the drums. He is a true Drum God and deserves the Number one spot!
With this list, I have given up on humanity. Bonzo accomplished the greatest sound of all time on a drum kit. His place was with Led Zeppelin and he gave Zep the awesome sound that still endures to this day. Drummers, including myself, use techniques he pioneered, or at least made well known. (Such as playing on the drums with his hands, Joe Morello inspired him to do the same thing as a kid)
When it comes to the best drummer of all time though, he wasn't. I would give Vinnie Colaiuta or Dennis Chambers that position. But something about Bonzo playing makes him my favorite drummer and he continues to inspire me.
Although, he deserves at least 3rd on this list. Seriously, go on YouTube and watch Moby Dick or anything live that he performed. My personal favorite (Zeppelin is my favorite band too) performance of his is Whole Lotta Love at MSG in 1973. Especially the there in part. It will give a drummer an orgasm with his insane right foot.
the drummers ahead John Bonham (not for Neil Peart) are really overrated:
- The Rev is good, but is nothing against Bonzo!
- WHAT THE HELL IS DOING SHANNON LETO HERE? This is the list of the best drummers, not the list of the most commercial "drummers" without talent...
- Go to any music list, in most of them you'll find in the first places something of X Japan... they really don't deserve that
- Joey Jordison ahead John Bonham? Slipknot is the synonym of overrated.
John is one the greatest (if not the greatest) drummers ever! there are tons of great songs showing his great talent in drums: Rock and Roll, Moby Dick, Bonzo's Montreux, Stairway to Heaven, In My Time of Dying, Good Times Bad Times... people should really think when they vote, they just insult rock and drumming history
Oh my god, John Bonham is in a completely different class than Neil Peart. All Neil did was making himself look better at the expense of the rest of his band. Whenever I listen to Rush, I am not blown away by Neil but Alex Lifeson. I think the only rock drummer that is remotely close to John is Keith Moon. FOr those of you that think that John is the best just because of Moby Dick think again. The way he kept the band together with his drums is amazing. Listen to the drums in Achilles last stand, it always blows me away. The fact that he was in easily the best band ever also ups his reputation.
This is ridiculous! I HATE YOU MORE THAN EVER 30 SECONDS TO MARS! I am sick of everyone thinking their the best band ever! And I'm sick of seeing their members above deserving people on this list! Fine, you can have your guitarist above the likes of Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. And fine, you can have your singer above the likes of Robert Plant and Paul McCartney. But when your drummer is above John Bonham, that's when it gets too much. Your drummer can't even compare with Bonzo, I bet that he can't even think as fast as Bonzo can drum. R.I.P Bonzo!
No, I do not know what good drumming is. The only thing I know is what my intuition (and my ears) say about music: do I like it or not. Drumming 'like a beast' (i. E. Making a lot of noise - like Keith Moon) doesn't make someone a good drummer. It is how you look a the position of a drummer in a band. Is he a full member of the group, like Bonham was at Led Zeppelin, or is he, more or less, a 'rythmic cornerstone', more 'modest' in performing, in a more 'serving' role. That is something totally different. In this last category, certainly Charlie Watts (RS) is one of the best, or probably the best.
I feel ashamed that I am 18 years old now and live amongst all these.. Children that can't enjoy music musicians or talented bands.. But rather listen to linkin park, tokio hotel or terrible music like trance etc etc.. And then when you think you have found good music.. The best musicians are placed near the bottom... John bonham may you strike everyone down that don't respect you what you are.. The best drummer that have ever lived! I hope you will be doing it with both your sticks!
This list is stupid John Bonham right here at least 2 if not 1 no one here knows what they are talking about where is Keith Moon? Do you people even know what good drumming is? It's not just ridiculous thrashing about on a kit at a mind numbing pace. You have to find a rhythm and keep its pace while sounding unique. Without this man none of these guys would even be up on that list! Nobody on this list is even CLOSE to the quality of Bonham's style and groove. You all suck, I give up on music!
Number nine? That is ridiculous, he and neil peart should be much higher than they actually are on this list, the only people ahead of them that I've even heard of is tre cool, and he's good, but he doesn't even scratch the surface compared to peirt and bohnam. John has crazy solos like the song remains the same version of moby dick, or the small solo at the end of rock and roll, and he has insane beats, such as in the song "out on the tiles" and "Good times bad times" very poor list
OH COME ON! WITHOUT JOHN BONHAM, THE NOTION OF DRUMMING IS FLAT AND BORING! HE IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL, PRECISE DRUMMERS IN ROCK AND DEFLTY WALKS BETWEEN THE SAVAGE TECHNICAL PLAYING IN "MOBY DICK" AND THE ACUTE RHYTHM IN "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN". ALONG WITH NICKO MCBRAIN OF IRON MAIDEN, HE IS PROOF THAT YOU DON'T NEED DOUBLE BASS PEDALS TO BE GOOD AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, PLAYS FASTER WITH ONE PEDAL THAN MOST WITH DOUBLE BASS
Bonham, Peart, and Portnoy are the only ones in the top ten that deserve to be on the list. I've been looking around lists on this site and 30 seconds to mars and Tokio hotel are always in the top ten. It so many people on this list are voting them up because they're in their favorite and therefore MUST be the best goddamned players around. But honestly they're just average. Bonham was creative and inspired some of rocks best drummers. That's my opinion. Take it or leave it.
Does nobody understand the whole "BONHAM BAKER MOON" thing anymore? Baker started the sound, Moon branched out, and Bonham rocked the hell out of it and made it better. How is it that the drummer from a supergroup such as Led Zeppelin, the only band to ever exceed the Beatle's attendance records at shows, isn't at the top? As far as originality, speed, precision and feel... Bonham is HANDS DOWN the greatest rock drummer of all time...
Who is in charge of this list... MORONS? John was definitely the best drummer of all time. Neil you get props, but rip down that drum monstrosity of a drum set and start from scratch. And now that music has gone the way of Akai and Roland who knows if good drummers will even exist in the future (at least not like Bonham). Frankly, I think its sad. I can't stand half the crap I hear on the radio anymore. I sound really old so I'm gonna stop before have a heart attack.
John Bonham is in 6th and is being beaten by Tre Cool?! As in John Bonham, the guy who pretty much revolutionized drumming and without whom drumming as we know it may not have existed? No one can top his groove and his technique. Then factor in that his right foot is a JACKHAMMER, meaning he uses the single pedal like a double. Oh, and he could crack out 32nd notes on one hand. May I remind you that this is back as early as 1969?
Bonham should be number one without question. He plays drums like a force of nature. He has an outstandingly fast right foot and his technique and style are unparalleled. I'm sick of listening to people talk about neil peart being the best. He is fast but he sounds like a drum machine. No distinct sound to set him apart. He's just fast. I wont even say anything about Travis Barker being near the top of this list...
Okay, my favourite band is Muse, and I intended to come on here and vote for Dom Howard, but when I saw Bonzo was only 6th, I knew where my vote was going.
This is actually shameful, Bonzo is a freaking legend, who deserves to be #1.
The problem is that all the 30 Seconds To Mars fangirls just vote for the drummer of their favourite band, rather than the most talented drummer. BONZO SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE. Peace.
Probably one of the most powerful drummers of all time, and best too. Can't believe he isn't any higher up on the list, same with keith moon. John deserves to be at least in the top three spot, along with many other underrated drummers on this list, what a shame...
This is like trying to compare Jordan to Dr J. Dr J set the standard of excellence in hoops that showed Jordan how to become great. Bonham did the same thing in the music industry. He didn't play for Led Zeppelin, they played BEHIND him. He was clearly the lead musician in the band and that is saying something because many believe Jimmy Page was the best lead guitar ever.
How on earth is the almighty john bonham, king of drums, in 5th place. I've hardly heard of any of the others and I don't need to because I know that there's no chamce that they are better than john bonham. His beat, rhythm and fills were created to perfection... Just the end of rock 'n' roll is enough to beat half of these other dudes on this list. John Bonham Gods second son and obvouisly Jimmy page is god ;)
John Henry Bonham. The three most important words in all of music. The moment one listens to Moby Dick live, they will realize that they are listening to a god. He could play with four sticks or no sticks and still be the greatest. He played the drums with a passion and skill that put all imitators to shame. Because you can't imitate John Bonham: you can only revere him.
I honestly do not understand how he can be placed anywhere below number 5. He is an amazing drummer, I only wish I was born at the apex of his career and actually had a chance to listen to him live. He is brilliant and there is absolutely no way anyone, I mean anyone, could imitate him. He is truly the one of a kind drummer. Never the less I do not believe a list can prove a drummers prowess. Just a thought.
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