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

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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

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    ranked low on reranks Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    added by Mentor_rm9 Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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