The Best Drummers of All Time Bands/Musicians

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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    1. 1
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      the people's #1
      Neil Peart

      Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal More
      100
    2. 2
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      Down 733

      most listed
      John Bonham

      Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
      100
    3. 3
      Up 1360
      Down 545
      Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
      95
    4. 4
      Up 1106
      Down 453
      Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
      86
    5. 5
      Up 719
      Down 510
      Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
      77
    6. 6
      Up 625
      Down 453
      New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
      71
    7. 7
      Up 772
      Down 655
      Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
      71
    8. 8
      Up 724
      Down 649
      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
      67
    9. 9
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      Down 480
      Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore More
      67
    10. 10
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      Down 280
      Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
      66
    11. 11
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      Down 347
      Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
      65
    12. 12
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      Down 343
      Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
      64
    13. 13
      Up 377
      Down 355
      Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock More
      62
    14. 14
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      Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock More
      61
    15. 15
      Up 646
      Down 684
      Pop music, Rock music, World music More
      61
    16. 16
      Up 336
      Down 289
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
      61
    17. 17
      Up 381
      Down 333
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
      59
    18. 18
      Up 284
      Down 270
      Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
      58
    19. 19
      Up 417
      Down 348
      Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock More
      58
    20. 20
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      Down 280
      Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
      58
    21. 21
      Up 293
      Down 275
      Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
      57
    22. 22
      Up 323
      Down 268
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
      56
    23. 23
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      Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

      54
    24. 24
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      Down 204
      New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
      54
    25. 25
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      Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal More
      53
    26. 26
      Up 231
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      Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave More
      53
    27. 27
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
      53
    28. 28
      Up 201
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      Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
      53
    29. 29
      Up 229
      Down 221
      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      52
    30. 30
      Up 395
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Lars Ulrich

      Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
      52
    31. 31
      Up 185
      Down 181
      Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
      52
    32. 32
      Up 278
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Travis Barker

      Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal More
      51
    33. 33
      Up 229
      Down 196
      Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      51
    34. 34
      Up 189
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      Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock More
      50
    35. 35
      Up 184
      Down 166
      Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
      50
    36. 36
      Up 187
      Down 206
      Fusion, Rock music, Black metal More
      49
    37. 37
      Up 190
      Down 217
      Popular music, Rock music, Jazz More
      49
    38. 38
      Up 170
      Down 135

      ranked low on reranks
      Max Roach

      Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
      49
    39. 39
      Up 129
      Down 140
      Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music More
      48
    40. 40
      Up 177
      Down 186
      Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
      48
    41. 41
      Up 161
      Down 146
      Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
      48
    42. 42
      Up 150
      Down 157
      Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
      47
    43. 43
      Up 130
      Down 155
      Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop More
      47
    44. 44
      Up 242
      Down 264
      Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
      46
    45. 45
      Up 120
      Down 131
      Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
      45
    46. 46
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      Down 143
      Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
      45
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    47. 47
      Up 81
      Down 61
      Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
      45
    48. 48
      Up 112
      Down 120
      Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music More
      45
      added by: LarryHolland
    49. 49
      Up 99
      Down 120
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
      45
    50. 50
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock More
      45
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