Greatest Drummers of All Time
AKPickinA hard category, due to the number of drumming styles, but selected are the most complete and versatile drummers. These drummers should be able to play more than one style. In addition, their impact and influence in music should be felt on a global scale. Not just suburban America. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.
The Top Ten
CesterikaMore comments about Neil Peart
deadgrass27More comments about Mike Portnoy
All of the drummers on top are the "popular" drummers that everyone knows. This guy is almost unknown yet he is far better than some of the drummers in the top ten
Wow goes to show how little people know about great drumming, vinnie has skills beyond any above him
On the list. You people need to hear his "going no where"
Watch his Baked potato performance. He is by far better than anybody who has ever lived. He is the Michael Schumacher of drumming
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zack182daleyMore comments about Joey Jordison
metfan001More comments about Lars Ulrich
I don't know why I voted in this list cause it has no credibility. The drummer from bon jovi is in the top ten. It has to be a joke, its like naming the backstreet boys drummer best drummer.
Jokes aside, there is a small number of very talented drummers in the world naming anyone among them is useless. My personal favorite is danny carey and he is among the top.
Carey is not necessarily as fast as most of the other drummers out there today. But he's definitely the most intricate and well versed in drums.
He deserves better than 16th. I don't know of any other drummer with as sound an internal clock and ability to play according to the song as him.
is it even possible to compare to him
sure some ppl can play really fast and do drum solos etc. but this is a man who has such an intricate way of playing that puts the songs together
OkamiMore comments about Danny Carey
what is dave doing all the way down here? God help me!
This dude is technically way more gifted than many of the names above. Jimmy "the REV" the best? he┬┤s good but COME ON, i┬┤m sure most of the people who voted never heard weckl
just a amazingly funky drummer the best I recoun
ThisIsTheArtOfStratoMore comments about Thomas Lang
Mike mangini's control is amazing. If there is someone who has the right to claim that he's mastered the Drums on a completely different level then most other proffesional drummers have then it is Mike Mangini. He has mastered absolutely each and every aspect of the drums
There is no possible sequence of drumbeats that can't be played by him. Every style at every speed. Hardly comprehensible poly rhythms. Not only a top category drummer, he's also a good teacher using his former studies on human nervous system.
Queen-aholicMore comments about Roger Taylor
The minimum that he deserves to be in the top 5. his extreme beats done with a single pedal and skills like the 14/8 riff that not any drummer can perform. I think the octupus Nicko McBrain is the best in his british heavy metal music.
this guy deserves to be in the top 10 for sure his skill is unmatched
Mr. Octopus. THE KING OF SINGLE PEDAL, he prefers to employ a fast, bare foot technique using a single pedal, so why not he be the first...More comments about Nicko McBrain
Denis Chambers at 10 was better than Gene Kruper who was himself a drum genius. He has played with santana and a whole number of funk bands. He is a virtuoso. Look up the tube clip with denis chambers and McGlaghlon playing and see the awe in his eyes when Chambers goes into a solo break which lasts for about 5 minutes. Buddy Rich was all speed by comparison to Chambers. Tony Royster Junior who I don't think is even on here was playing drums at age 4 and competed against Chambers in a drum off when Chambers was about 30 and Roster Jnr was about 10 - wow what a great drummer he is too. Jo Jo Mayer may not be pecifically a funk drummer but he is the quitessential 'everything drummer'. May just be better than Roster but not better than Chambers.
Drum extrodinaire. Has play with George Clinton, Santana, various jazz musicians, as well as Latin and other types. Probably the most diverse drummer of our time.
Hottest drummer ever! Rob bourden should be in first place you inspired me to play the drum's I'm 14 years old and I've been playing since 2002!
Best drummer ever! He plays in my favourite band, and he's the best drummer I know! He should be at first place! VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE GO SOLDIERS!
Guys He is not the best but definitely deserves a spot in the top ten. He is one of the best. Rob Bourdon Rocks. GO go Rob Bourdon.More comments about Rob Bourdon
style, finesse, control and metronomic time-keeping! It's no wonder everyone was after him. In Japan he was called Steve God. Period.
If you asked pro drummers across all genres to compile this list, Steve Gadd would be in the top ten easily.
Stewart Copeland's precision percussion, timing and rhythm must have this guy higher up this chart?
Bonham's really my favorite, but I had to vote Copeland to push him up a little in the polls. For me, when it comes to quintessential rock drumming, there are four names: John Bonham, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, and Keith Moon (who is really off in his own, unique category. )
Probably controversial, but Copeland is wicked in many styles and worthy of his place on this list.
AKPickinMore comments about Alex Van Halen
50 piece drum set! come on!
probably the fastest drummer ever
no body can did like him. play on the spinning cage! he's the best!
NUMBER 31!!!!!Who made this list,Im sorry to say but Tommy should be at least in the top 10 i mean drumming while spinning upside down and all the other stuff.Come on u must be blind or something.Who ever made this list needs to be shot or giving a new pair of ears.Tommy is one of the best drummers in the World.PERIOD
Dom Howard, in my opinion, is one of the best drummers EVER! He should be in the top ten.
All of the members of Muse should at least be in the top ten of all their "fields". So, Matt should be in the top ten guitarists, Chris the top ten bassists and Dom in the top ten drummers. Because, in my opinion, they are ALL amazing. X
He is amazing drummer can play a lot of drum. He can play a lot of song that was so hard to play it. He can play fast as he can. He also can play very long time without exhausted and looking tired when play at the concert. He is the best player drum I had saw at the wembley stadium before.
Knights of cydonia. Resistance. Dom howard is the best. We love you dom! Keep up the good workMore comments about Dominic Howard
John bonham, Neil peart, phil Collins, Keith moon, ringo, Dave grohl, and Chad smith should all be in the top ten!
Anybody who has 15 minutes should go on youtube and check his solo's or his duets with Chester Thompson, especially Genesis in concert. Truely mesmerising!
good drummer and vocalistMore comments about Phil Collins
what makes a drummer the best? it is not only their technical performance, but also charisma and feeling. yukkie has all that
Yukihiro is simply amazing! Despite his skinny appearance, his tempo, beats and speed are unbelievable! He'll always be the best for me <33
did you see him perform live in DIES IN CRIES and L'Arc~en~Ciel? his beats are so fast that make his drumsticks fly.
ronlunaMore comments about Awaji Yukihiro
Larry not only is the BEST drummer EVER, he's also the reason we have the best band EVER. Larry's a street drummer. He simply is unique and MAGNIFICENT! -Mary Brown Holland
If you play live for millions of people, if your band albums have sold millions of copies, that makes you the best drummer.
Larry is just a genius. He is such a special and such a unique drum player. He also was the one who started U2 and should be given real credit for that!
He just has a great drum technique and was born to play the drums!
~ Thomas McKernan
He is so complex and passionate player!
he isn't the best but his work with rainbow was great
besides the fact that he was voted by drummer magazine the best drummer alive he also holds the world record for playing the worlds largest drum kit
Look up "RHCP-I Like Dirt, Rolling Rock Festival 2000". It's crazy.
chad play drums like a animal.. he has got a rocker spirit but he don't know that. red hot chili peppers the best ever.
Listen to Manic Depression, this man should be easily higher than position 42.
Carter's style is versatile and his groove relentless. His presence in the ensemble's sound is both essential and completely natural.
He's the best, for sure!
No one play drums like Carter! I'm falling in love with his way to play drums!
He's the best! For sure! He may be in the top of this list! Where's the dave mathhews band fans?More comments about Carter Anthony Beauford
This guy's blast beats are so fast that sometimes you have to wonder if it's a drum machine put on 500 bpm. He manages to keep a perfect beat and play the fastest solid double bass I've ever heard. Some people can't even keep up with him with a triple bass. I don't see how this guy isn't number 1.
DarrellMore comments about Nick Mason
Never misses a beat both live and at the recording studio. Fast, hard, and unforgiving.
Just the fact that he can do double base, fast drum rolls, and always has a natural rhythm set up in every System of a Down song puts him at #1 in my book. Listen to Soil. That's him at his best.
the only bassist alive that can keep up with les claypool's inhuman bass playing
Rick allen deserves to be in the top 20! He's only got one arm for gods sake! You try that and see how well you play the skins!
Rick Allen was a beast when he had two arms... Check out Pyromania and high n Dry! At the time, he was only about 20 years old... Had he matured and had both arms, think of all the legends he would've left behind. But alas, even with one arm, he'll destroy most of the drummers out there. I vote him as top 5 drummers of all time hands down!
Even before he had one arm he was truly great at drums. Listen to "Rock of Ages" and he was one fantastic drummer! Yet he can still do that work with one arm!More comments about Rick Allen
Pat Travers, Ozzy Osborne this guy can destroy a set of drums
That man made me wanna play drums!
Sublime is awesome. I would put bud in the top 10 if it were up to me. He is awesome he made me want to play
Thanks Dub and Had A that inspired me to take up the drums.
His high hat progression and use of the bass drum convinced me to buy a drum set and jam along to Sublime's tunes.
Can't deny it, the man is an underrated genius.
A lot of people would not have heard Meshuggah's music and are able to digest the shear undeniable inventory of rhythm this man has created... A complete, totally unique and ground braking drummer of epic proportion... Tomas Haake has taken a simple 4/4 beat and created the most mathematical equations to blow your brain into separating peices... I think he is a genius and should be recognised for taking rhythm to a place we have never seen before... When talking about greatest drummers of ALL TIME, this man has re-created time and should be recognised as one of the most significant influences of the next many generations... It will be years before people actually realise the depth of this man's raw talent...
tomas haake is the best drummer of all time but few of them know about him his simply born as a drummer and after him is george kollias
why is this guy after lars ulrich? metallica are great but when it comes to talent meshuggah rape
Listen to Barracuda and you will agree.
Mike is as good or better than any one on this list.
the best of all time
he also play dw drums, wtf, he so the best!
he can play any kind of music... he started out with jazz. then rock. then rnb. that covers almost all styles.
Tetsu Kikuchi is one of the best (If not the best) drummers out there. I hope everyone votes for him. D'erlanger is one of the best bands, his fills and rhythm are just incredible. Long life to Tetsu Kikuchi! The best drummer of the world!
One of the best and fastest rock drummers in Japan from the band D'ERLANGER. He was the drummer of SAVER TIGER and ZI:KILL. He and CIPHER created CRAZE after D'ERLANGER disbanded and in 2007 his main band reunited again.
The fact that travis barker was ranked way ahead of this guy is absolutely insane and ridiculous. Chads the man.
Chad is the best drummer of all time, yet he never gets any credit. Do yourself a favor and go check out a 311 show and you will be amazed by his drumming.
totally amazing if you see 311 eleven live he also will impress you with a inhuman drum solo and he does this unique drum style thing in "applied science"
You only have to listen to a handful of stones songs to understand the genius Charlie brought to the high hat and snare. Songs such as jigsaw puzzle, honky tonk woman and stray cat blue all rely solely on his inventive fills and beats. Only a true talent like Watts could've brought together the ragged harmonies of Keith's guitar and Jaggers croon. Combined with Bill Wyman the Stones had themselves one of the greatest rhythm sections in history. Why isn't he higher?
How? How? 59?!?! He is undoubtedly the best... Nobody can question his sheer brilliance. How many other drummers in his genre actually play without triggers? He is the reason I started playing the drums.
just the most talented drummer in the world... chris is my personal insperation on music and life. listen to blacken the cursed sun or 11th hour you'll see what I'm takkin about!
Just listen to now you've got something to die for or ruin. His drumming is fast yet unique. Probably one of the best metal bands out there right now. Won best metal drummer. I don't know why he is this low?
To place Bruford at such a low rating means two things: First, you people need to learn what polyrhythmic drumming means (Bruford can play four separate time signatures at once, a different signature per limb) and Second, you people have no idea what qualifies a good/better/best drummer. Most of this poll is a popularity contest, NOT based on skill level.
He not only is technically perfect, but his tuned kits make music which separates Bill from just skin bangers
One word: Starless (of the red album), just listen to it and you┬'ll understand!
Probably the mentor of all great drummers to-day.. Brian Blakey Davison as he would have liked to have been known as.. Instead of Brian "Blinky Davison" of The Nice, refugee, etc. Not on this list.. An artist in the art of rhythm drumming. Art Blakey was his inspiration
Probably the most complete drummer to pick up sticks. Though jazz was his focus, he could play many different genres of music.
Mikkey is the beast with motorhead. Like lemmy sad. "the best drummer he had ever played with"
Mikkey is insane! Rocked with Motorhead, Helloween, King Diamond and Dokken, thats a pretty impressive list. Listen to Hell Was Made In Heaven and tell me he doesn't belong in the top 10
most underrated drummer. should be way ahead of steven adler.
One of the greatest drummers of all time...part of Dethklok's success is due to Mr. Hoglan.
Responsible for a totally new style of drumming.
The most innovative drummer of them all - and his technique is unparalleled!
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Updated Saturday, May 25, 2013