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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 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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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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
    Up 1734
    Down 733

    most listed
    John Bonham

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 1362
    Down 547
    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1107
    Down 454
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 719
    Down 511
    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    77
  6. 6
    Up 625
    Down 455
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
  7. 7
    Up 772
    Down 657
    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    71
  8. 8
    Up 725
    Down 650
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    67
  9. 9
    Up 596
    Down 481
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore More
    67
  10. 10
    Up 489
    Down 282
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    66
  11. 11
    Up 409
    Down 349
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    65
  12. 12
    Up 424
    Down 345
    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    64
  13. 13
    Up 377
    Down 356
    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
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    Pop music, Rock music, World music More
    61
  16. 16
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    61
  17. 17
    Up 381
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    59
  18. 18
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    58
  19. 19
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock More
    58
  20. 20
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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
    58
  21. 21
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    57
  22. 22
    Up 323
    Down 268
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    56
  23. 23
    Up 288
    Down 204
    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    54
  24. 24
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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    53
  25. 25
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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal More
    53
  26. 26
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    53
  27. 27
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    53
  28. 28
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
  29. 29
    Up 395
    Down 505

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lars Ulrich

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    52
  30. 30
    Up 185
    Down 181
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    52
  31. 31
    Up 278
    Down 342

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Travis Barker

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal More
    51
  32. 32
    Up 230
    Down 196
    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  33. 33
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

    51
  34. 34
    Up 191
    Down 178
    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock More
    51
  35. 35
    Up 185
    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 130
    Down 140
    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  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
    Up 119
    Down 143
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    45
    added by: Mentor_rm9
  47. 47
    Up 99
    Down 120
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    45
  48. 48
    Up 100
    Down 125
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock More
    45
  49. 49
    Up 112
    Down 120
    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music More
    44
    added by: LarryHolland
  50. 50
    Up 81
    Down 113
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    43
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