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
    + 19,099
    - 5,838

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

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  3. 3
    + 20,345
    - 4,995

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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  4. 4
    + 9,706
    - 3,164


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  5. 5
    + 9,150
    - 4,926


    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 6
    + 5,791
    - 3,622


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  7. 7
    + 6,054
    - 3,206


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  8. 8
    + 7,242
    - 3,986


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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  9. 9
    + 9,508
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  10. 10
    + 3,655
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  11. 11
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 4,758
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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    + 3,182
    - 2,300


    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    + 3,628
    - 2,133

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    + 3,063
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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    + 2,843
    - 1,953


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    + 3,697
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    often listed
    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    + 3,183
    - 2,344


    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    + 3,163
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    + 2,269
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    + 3,628
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    + 2,131
    - 1,304


    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 2,635
    - 1,482


    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    + 1,940
    - 1,079


    Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    - 733

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

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    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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

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    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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

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    + 2,456
    - 1,930


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    + 1,966
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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    + 2,009
    - 1,398


    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    + 2,347
    - 1,567


    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    + 2,244
    - 2,195

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    + 1,482
    - 1,090


    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    + 4,288
    - 5,768

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

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    + 1,627
    - 1,279


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  42. 42
    + 1,481
    - 1,327


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 3,357
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    + 1,439
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    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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    + 1,435
    - 884

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    + 1,705
    - 1,348


    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    + 1,394
    - 1,120


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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  48. 48
    + 1,633
    - 1,145


    Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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  50. 50
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    - 1,825
    Jimmy "The Rev" Sull... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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