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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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    John Bonham

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 811
    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal More
    100
  3. 3
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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1240
    Down 482
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    86
  5. 5
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    Down 563
    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    76
  6. 6
    Up 709
    Down 495
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
  7. 7
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    70
  8. 8
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    67
  9. 9
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore More
    66
  10. 10
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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    66
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    65
  12. 12
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    63
  13. 13
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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock More
    61
  14. 14
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    Pop music, Rock music, World music More
    61
  15. 15
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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock More
    61
  16. 16
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    60
  17. 17
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    59
  18. 18
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    58
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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
    57
  20. 20
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock More
    57
  21. 21
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    56
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    56
  23. 23
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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    54
  24. 24
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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    54
  25. 25
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    54
  26. 26
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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal More
    53
  27. 27
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    53
  28. 28
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  29. 29
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
  30. 30
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    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  31. 31
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    often listed
    Travis Barker

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal More
    51
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lars Ulrich

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  33. 33
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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

    51
  34. 34
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    51
  35. 35
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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock More
    51
  36. 36
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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal More
    51
  37. 37
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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  38. 38
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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz More
    48
  39. 39
    Up 185
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
    48
  40. 40
    Up 186
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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    48
  41. 41
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
    47
  42. 42
    Up 193
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    47
  43. 43
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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop More
    46
  44. 44
    Up 262
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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
    46
  45. 45
    Up 121
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    45
  46. 46
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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    45
  47. 47
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    44
    added by: Mentor_rm9
  48. 48
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock More
    44
  49. 49
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    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music More
    44
    added by: LarryHolland
  50. 50
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    43
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