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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 of all time 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 best drummers in the world, one way or the other.

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    - 1941

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    - 1889

    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

    ) open
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    + 1967
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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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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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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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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  17. 17
    + 1675
    - 1969

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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  18. 18
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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    + 948
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    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    - 509

    ranked low on reranks
    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    - 582

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 522
    - 454

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 636
    - 453

    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    + 592
    - 464

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  36. 36
    + 1041
    - 947

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    + 711
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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  38. 38
    + 466
    - 377

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    + 471
    - 335

    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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  40. 40
    + 356
    - 285

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    + 316
    - 156

    ranked low on reranks
    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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    + 479
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    + 458
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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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    + 519
    - 398

    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    + 322
    - 330

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    + 460
    - 442

    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    + 274
    - 331

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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