bands/musicians The Best Drummers of All Time

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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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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Steve Smith Pop music, Rock music Heavy metal

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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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Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jimmy Chamberlin Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

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Max Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Max Weinberg Popular music, Rock music Jazz

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

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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

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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

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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

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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock - Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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

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Dennis Chambers is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dennis Chambers Chicano rock, Rock en Español Jazz fusion

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Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Brad Wilk Rock music, Rapcore Funk metal

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Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tony Williams Hard bop, Jazz fusion Post-bop

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Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock Instrumental rock

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Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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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

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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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Alan White is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Alan White Classic rock, Pop rock Progressive rock

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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

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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

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Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal Speed metal

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Abe Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Abe Cunningham Post-metal, Nu metal Trip hop

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Jojo Mayer is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jojo Mayer Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion Drum and bass

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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal Electro house

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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Levon Helm Americana, Rock music Folk music

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Virgil Donati is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Virgil Donati Progressive metal, Instrumental rock Jazz fusion

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Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal Rock and roll

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Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal Rock music

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Shela E is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Shela E

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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

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Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tony Royster, Jr.

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Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jack DeJohnette Kozmigroov, New Age New Age music

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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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George Kollias is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
George Kollias Thrash metal, Technical death metal Gothic metal

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

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

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 90 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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Greg Bissonette is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Aynsley Dunbar Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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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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Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

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Tré Cool is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tré Cool Pop punk, New Wave Rock music

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Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal Speed metal

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Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal Hard rock

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Chad Wackerman is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chad Wackerman Rock music, Jazz fusion Jazz

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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 99 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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Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal