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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  2. 2
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    - 5,898

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

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  3. 3
    + 20,368
    - 5,078

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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  4. 4
    + 9,249
    - 4,952


    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 9,772
    - 3,205


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  6. 6
    + 5,854
    - 3,662


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    + 6,105
    - 3,244


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 7,263
    - 4,029


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    + 9,554
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  10. 10
    + 3,686
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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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    + 3,213
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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    + 3,655
    - 2,165

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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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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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    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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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    + 1,950
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    Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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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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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    - 1,409


    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    + 2,356
    - 1,580


    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    + 2,269
    - 2,207

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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

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    + 1,500
    - 1,333


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 1,496
    - 1,102


    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    + 1,642
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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    - 894

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    + 1,728
    - 1,360


    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    + 1,401
    - 1,130


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sull... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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