The Best Drummers of All Time

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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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    most listed
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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  3. 3
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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  4. 4
    + 8,878
    - 4,829


    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 9,490
    - 3,034


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    + 5,650
    - 3,482


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    + 7,142
    - 3,825


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    + 5,930
    - 3,070


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 9,398
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  10. 10
    + 3,570
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    + 3,009
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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    + 3,529
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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    - 1,039


    Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    - 1,315


    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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

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    + 1,450
    - 1,066


    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    + 1,450
    - 1,305


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    + 1,374
    - 1,099


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sull... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time


    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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