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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
    Up 1861
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    John Bonham

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1999
    Down 781
    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 1436
    Down 580
    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1185
    Down 471
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 763
    Down 541
    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    76
  6. 6
    Up 676
    Down 478
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    72
  7. 7
    Up 830
    Down 699
    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    71
  8. 8
    Up 783
    Down 687
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    68
  9. 9
    Up 626
    Down 511
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore More
    66
  10. 10
    Up 528
    Down 299
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz More
    66
  11. 11
    Up 442
    Down 364
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    65
  12. 12
    Up 452
    Down 363
    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    64
  13. 13
    Up 694
    Down 743
    Pop music, Rock music, World music More
    62
  14. 14
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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock More
    62
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock More
    62
  16. 16
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    61
  17. 17
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    59
  18. 18
    Up 301
    Down 284
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    58
  19. 19
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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
    58
  20. 20
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock More
    58
  21. 21
    Up 308
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    57
  22. 22
    Up 354
    Down 290
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    57
  23. 23
    Up 315
    Down 215
    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    55
  24. 24
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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  25. 25
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    54
  26. 26
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    53
  27. 27
    Up 235
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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal More
    53
  28. 28
    Up 424
    Down 537

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lars Ulrich

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    52
  29. 29
    Up 244
    Down 233
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
  30. 30
    Up 215
    Down 172

    ranked low on reranks
    Steve Gadd

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  31. 31
    Up 305
    Down 369

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Travis Barker

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal More
    52
  32. 32
    Up 393
    Down 248

    ranked low on reranks
    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

    52
  33. 33
    Up 215
    Down 187
    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock More
    51
  34. 34
    Up 193
    Down 192
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
    51
  35. 35
    Up 247
    Down 209
    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
  36. 36
    Up 201
    Down 214
    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal More
    50
  37. 37
    Up 154
    Down 148
    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  38. 38
    Up 198
    Down 228
    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz More
    48
  39. 39
    Up 178
    Down 156
    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    48
  40. 40
    Up 179
    Down 142

    ranked low on reranks
    Max Roach

    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
    48
  41. 41
    Up 182
    Down 199
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    47
  42. 42
    Up 162
    Down 164
    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop More
    47
  43. 43
    Up 139
    Down 161
    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop More
    47
  44. 44
    Up 254
    Down 272
    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
    46
  45. 45
    Up 126
    Down 139
    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    45
  46. 46
    Up 113
    Down 136
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock More
    45
  47. 47
    Up 99
    Down 122
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    45
  48. 48
    Up 107
    Down 130
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    45
  49. 49
    Up 125
    Down 157
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    45
    added by: Mentor_rm9
  50. 50
    Up 124
    Down 129
    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music More
    44
    added by: LarryHolland
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