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The Best Drummers of All Time

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

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    the people's #1
    Neil Peart

    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    John Bonham

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    100
  3. 3
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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
    96
  4. 4
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    Down 375
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    86
  5. 5
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    Down 422
    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    74
  6. 6
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    Down 514

    controversial
    Dave Grohl

    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    71
  7. 7
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    68
  8. 8
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore More
    68
  9. 9
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    66
  10. 10
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    65
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    65
  12. 12
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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    64
  13. 13
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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock More
    62
  14. 14
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    ranked high on reranks
    Mitch Mitchell

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    61
  15. 15
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    controversial
    Ringo Starr

    Pop music, Rock music, World music More
    60
  16. 16
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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock More
    60
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    often listed
    Danny Carey

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock More
    60
  18. 18
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    often listed
    Bill Ward

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    59
  19. 19
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    often listed
    Nicko McBrain

    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    59
  20. 20
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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

    58
  21. 21
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    often listed &controversial
    Charlie Watts

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    57
  22. 22
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    often listed
    Nick Mason

    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
    57
  23. 23
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    55
  24. 24
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    often listed
    Dave Lombardo

    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal More
    54
  25. 25
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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    53
  26. 26
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    controversial
    Carmine Appice

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    53
  27. 27
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    53
  28. 28
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    controversial
    Terry Bozzio

    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    52
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    often listed
    Cozy Powell

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    52
  30. 30
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    often listed
    Billy Cobham

    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    52
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    often listed &controversial
    Lars Ulrich

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  32. 32
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    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  33. 33
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    often listed &controversial
    Travis Barker

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal More
    51
  34. 34
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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock More
    50
  35. 35
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    50
  36. 36
    Up 123
    Down 98
    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    50
  37. 37
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    49
  38. 38
    Up 124
    Down 92
    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
    49
  39. 39
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    controversial
    Max Weinberg

    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz More
    48
  40. 40
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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop More
    48
  41. 41
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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    47
  42. 42
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    47
    added by: Mentor_rm9
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    controversial
    Carter Beauford

    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal More
    47
  44. 44
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    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music More
    47
    added by: LarryHolland
  45. 45
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
    46
  46. 46
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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
    46
  47. 47
    Up 88
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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  48. 48
    Up 68
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    45
  49. 49
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock More
    45
  50. 50
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    Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    44
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