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The Best Drummers of All Time

List Criteria: Vote on the most skilled drummers who predominately played the drums in a band; all genres of music are acceptable

Who is the greatest drummer ever? This is a list of the best drummers of all time, voted on and ranked by music lovers worldwide. Add your own list or vote on the greatest drummers here. Although many of the top drummers in history are rock drummers, this list is not restricted to just rock music. It covers all genres, so feel free to add anyone you think is missing.

Need some ideas for the best drummers of all time? Check out this list of the best female drummers -- many of them are outstanding and certainly worthy of inclusion here.

Debate about who is truly the best drummer ever can get heated. Once you start looking at the legendary drummers like John Bonham, Neil Peart, Keith Moon and Buddy Rich, well, it's hard to rank one over the other. Many of the drummers listed here are also singers and songwriters, and some are/were band leaders as well. If you need examples, check out this list of the best singing drummers for inspiration.

What made these famous drummers so amazing? An incredible sense of time and meter, for one thing. But it's more than just technical prowess: It's an overall presence, as well. Being a drummer is about skill, first and foremost, but it's also about showmanship, particularly in the rock genre. Disagree? That's totally fine. Just make sure you vote on these drummers, one way or the other.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    added by Mentor_rm9 Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    added by LarryHolland Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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