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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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    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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