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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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1,664 1,245
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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52
1,392 1,058
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

53
1,579 1,393
Max Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Max Weinberg Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

54
1,435 1,130
Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jimmy Chamberlin Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

55
1,414 1,188
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
1,164 862
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
1,090 1,005
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
908 818
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tony Williams Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

59
1,103 906
Mike Bordin is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mike Bordin Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal

60
1,084 1,073
John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
John Densmore Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

61
975 716
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
MuhammadRezaNoviandy added Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock - Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

62
872 835
Alan White is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Alan White Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

63
929 992
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

64
962 833
Dennis Chambers is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dennis Chambers Chicano rock, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

65
1,137 1,078
Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chester Thompson Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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66
1,041 829
Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Brad Wilk Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

67
743 585
Thomas Lang is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
JohnE.Trump added Thomas Lang Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

68
704 452
Jason Bonham is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
oliver-tripodi added Jason Bonham Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

69
906 829
Omar Hakim is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Omar Hakim Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

70
1,017 716
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

71
993 709
Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
TommyWimmer added Tito Puente Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

72
1,769 2,469
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
885 698
Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
WayneH.Price added Levon Helm Americana, Rock music, Folk music

74
832 719
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

75
922 1,105
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

76
695 662
Abe Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Abe Cunningham Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop

77
972 993
Shela E is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
DonHumber added Shela E

78
887 723
Jojo Mayer is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jojo Mayer Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass

79
733 745
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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80
940 1,092
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
LarryHolland added Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

81
825 762
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
869 952
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Devereaux added Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

83
670 722
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
679 518
Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mella78 added Tony Royster, Jr.

85
606 581
Dave Abbruzzese is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dave Abbruzzese Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

86
543 599
Thomas Pridgen is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thomas Pridgen Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz

87
694 760
Bernard
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

88
869 1,045
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock - Rock music, Folk rock

89
458 400
Peter Erskine is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
looksharp added Peter Erskine Jazz

90
643 713
Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Aynsley Dunbar Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

91
591 574
George Kollias is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added George Kollias Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Gothic metal

92
659 671
Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Joe Morello Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

93
618 704
Greg Bissonette is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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94
867 1,171
Tré Cool is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tré Cool Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

95
701 833
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
417 438
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

97
700 932
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
KimberlyBoykoHayes added Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Hard Rock Drummer, Musician, Singer, Kiss's Fox

98
571 656
Louie Bellson is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

99
495 574
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

100
566 670
Chad Wackerman is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chad Wackerman Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz