The Best Drummers of All Time

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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.
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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

  2. 52
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

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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

  5. 55
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    Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

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    Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal

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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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    Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

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    Chicano rock, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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    Jason Bonham is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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    Jason Bonham Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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    Tito Puente Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

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    Alan White is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time


    Alan White Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

  20. 70
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    Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass

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    Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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    Shela E is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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    Shela E

  30. 80
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

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    Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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    Tony Royster, Jr.

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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Gothic metal

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Jazz

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

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    Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock Rock music, Folk rock

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    Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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    Joe Morello Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

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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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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    Jazz fusion, Funk

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    Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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

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    Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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