The Best Drummers of All Time Bands/Musicians

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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    most listed
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    the people's #1
    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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  4. 4
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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    - 3409


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    - 1984

    ranked low on reranks
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  20. 20
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    - 1984


    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    + 2162
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1893
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    Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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  36. 36
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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    - 1286


    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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  38. 38
    + 1410
    - 1036


    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    + 2133
    - 2106


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    + 1413
    - 1278


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 4123
    - 5592

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    + 1541
    - 1221


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    + 1415
    - 792

    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    + 1343
    - 1076


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    + 1601
    - 1094


    Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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