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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.
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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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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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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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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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

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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    ranked low on reranks Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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

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

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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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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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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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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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