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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 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.

The Best Drummers of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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  2. 52
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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  3. 53
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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  4. 54
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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

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  6. 56
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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  11. 61
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    Chicano rock, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MuhammadRezaNoviandy
    Heavy metal, Hard rock Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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    Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop

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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass

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    Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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    ranked low on reranks & added by oliver-tripodi
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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    added by LarryHolland
    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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    Shela E

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Mella78
    Tony Royster, Jr.

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    added by WayneH.Price
    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Gothic metal

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    Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

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    Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock Rock music, Folk rock

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  40. 90
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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dan808
    Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by SteveFrediani
    Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    Jazz

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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Progressive metal

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock Hard Rock Drummer, Musician, Singer, Kiss's Fox

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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