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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.

The Best Drummers of All Time Bands/Musicians
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  1. 1
    + 17675
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    the people's #1
    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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  2. 2
    + 15128
    - 5173

    most listed
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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  3. 3
    + 19840
    - 4329

    ranked low on reranks
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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  4. 4
    + 8269
    - 4557


    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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  5. 5
    + 8811
    - 2863


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  6. 6
    + 6836
    - 3577


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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  7. 7
    + 5253
    - 3298


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  8. 8
    + 5583
    - 2888


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  9. 9
    + 8986
    - 6239


    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  10. 10
    + 3345
    - 2392


    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  11. 11
    + 5660
    - 4544


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 4507
    - 2196

    ranked low on reranks
    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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  13. 13
    + 2853
    - 1932


    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  14. 14
    + 2879
    - 2045


    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  15. 15
    + 2959
    - 2138


    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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  16. 16
    + 3265
    - 1906


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  17. 17
    + 3278
    - 2310


    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    + 3417
    - 2962

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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  19. 19
    + 2966
    - 1903


    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  20. 20
    + 2572
    - 1781


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  21. 21
    + 3600
    - 1971

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

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  22. 22
    + 2164
    - 2072

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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  23. 23
    + 3481
    - 2042


    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  24. 24
    + 2076
    - 1399


    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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  25. 25
    + 2191
    - 1252


    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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  26. 26
    + 1970
    - 1178


    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 2543
    - 590

    ranked low on reranks & added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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  28. 28
    + 1833
    - 941


    Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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  29. 29
    + 2482
    - 1354


    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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  30. 30
    + 1643
    - 889


    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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  31. 31
    + 2073
    - 1232

    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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  32. 32
    + 3811
    - 4862

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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  33. 33
    + 2090
    - 879

    ranked low on reranks & added by SensitivePsych0
    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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  34. 34
    + 1914
    - 1280


    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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  35. 35
    + 2238
    - 1424


    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  36. 36
    + 2252
    - 1785


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  37. 37
    + 1774
    - 1244


    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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  38. 38
    + 2046
    - 2042

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  39. 39
    + 1390
    - 739

    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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  40. 40
    + 1458
    - 1181


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  41. 41
    + 4003
    - 5468

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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  42. 42
    + 3112
    - 2838


    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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  43. 43
    + 1348
    - 998


    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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  44. 44
    + 1349
    - 786

    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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  45. 45
    + 1354
    - 1230


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  46. 46
    + 1299
    - 1041


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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  47. 47
    + 1577
    - 1051

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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  48. 48
    + 1121
    - 974

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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  49. 49
    + 1009
    - 843


    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  50. 50
    + 2618
    - 1735


    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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