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List Rules 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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Josh Freese is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Josh Freese Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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Max Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Max Weinberg Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

54
+ - 1,428 1,122
Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jimmy Chamberlin Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

55
+ - 1,410 1,181
Tim Alexander is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tim Alexander Rock music, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

56
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Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

57
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Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Elvin Jones Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

58
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Mike Bordin is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mike Bordin Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal

59
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Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tony Williams Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

60
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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock - Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

61
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John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
John Densmore Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

62
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Dennis Chambers is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dennis Chambers Chicano rock, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

63
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Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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Alan White is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Alan White Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

65
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Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Brad Wilk Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

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Thomas Lang is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thomas Lang Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

67
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Jason Bonham is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jason Bonham Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tito Puente Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

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Omar Hakim is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Omar Hakim Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

71
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Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chester Thompson Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

72
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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

73
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Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Levon Helm Americana, Rock music, Folk music

75
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Jojo Mayer is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jojo Mayer Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass

76
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Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

77
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Abe Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Abe Cunningham Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop

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Shela E is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Shela E

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Virgil Donati is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Virgil Donati Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

81
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Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

82
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Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

83
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Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jack DeJohnette Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

84
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Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tony Royster, Jr.

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Dave Abbruzzese is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dave Abbruzzese Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Thomas Pridgen is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thomas Pridgen Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz

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Bernard
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

88
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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock - Rock music, Folk rock

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Peter Erskine is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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George Kollias is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
George Kollias Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Gothic metal

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Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Aynsley Dunbar Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Greg Bissonette is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Joe Morello Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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Tré Cool is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tré Cool Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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+ - 699 828
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

96
+ - 411 433
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

97
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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Hard Rock Drummer, Musician, Singer, Kiss's Fox

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Louie Bellson is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

99
+ - 491 569
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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+ - 564 663
Chad Wackerman is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chad Wackerman Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz