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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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    Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal, Big band, Jazz + 2 more
    Albums: Anatomy of a Drum Solo, The Hockey Theme
    Nationality: Canada
    Labels: Atlantic Records, Mercury, Anthem Records
    Career Began: Hamilton, Canada
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    Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock
    Albums: Rock and Roll Highway
    Nationality: England
    Labels: Atlantic Records, Swan Song Records
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    Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Volcano Entertainment, Zoo Entertainment
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    Genres (Music): Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music, Protopunk, Heavy metal + 7 more
    Albums: Two Sides of the Moon
    Nationality: England
    Career Began: Harlesden, London, United Kingdom
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    Genres (Music): Swing music, Big band, Jazz, Bebop
    Albums: Buddy and Sweets, Rich Versus Roach, The Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich Trio + 70 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Blue Note Records, MCA Records, Pacific Jazz Records, Verve Music Group, EmArcy Records + 2 more
    Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Genres (Music): Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal, Progressive rock + 1 more
    Albums: Cover to Cover, Live in Tokyo, Cover 2 Cover, Prime Cuts
    Nationality: United States of America
    Labels: Roadrunner Records
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