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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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    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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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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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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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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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    ranked low on reranks Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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

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

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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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

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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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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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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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    added by LarryHolland Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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