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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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    + 17640
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    the people's #1
    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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  2. 2
    + 15086
    - 5162

    most listed
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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  3. 3
    + 19821
    - 4314

    ranked low on reranks
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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  4. 4
    + 8255
    - 4544


    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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  5. 5
    + 8783
    - 2860


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  6. 6
    + 6820
    - 3568


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    + 5243
    - 3290


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  8. 8
    + 5571
    - 2881


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  9. 9
    + 8962
    - 6229


    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  10. 10
    + 3340
    - 2386


    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  11. 11
    + 5645
    - 4533


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 4495
    - 2186

    ranked low on reranks
    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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  13. 13
    + 2845
    - 1927


    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  14. 14
    + 2873
    - 2039


    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  15. 15
    + 2954
    - 2130


    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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  16. 16
    + 3257
    - 1903


    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  17. 17
    + 3272
    - 2304


    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    + 3410
    - 2951

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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  19. 19
    + 2959
    - 1895


    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  20. 20
    + 2570
    - 1772


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  21. 21
    + 3592
    - 1965

    ranked low on reranks
    Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  22. 22
    + 2161
    - 2067

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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  23. 23
    + 3475
    - 2036

    ranked low on reranks
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  24. 24
    + 2072
    - 1396

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    + 2187
    - 1250


    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    + 2543
    - 585

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

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  27. 27
    + 1966
    - 1175


    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1830
    - 938


    Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    + 2475
    - 1351


    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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  30. 30
    + 1639
    - 887


    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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    + 2069
    - 1230

    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    + 2086
    - 875

    ranked low on reranks & added by SensitivePsych0
    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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  33. 33
    + 3799
    - 4856

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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  34. 34
    + 1911
    - 1277


    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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  35. 35
    + 2249
    - 1781


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  36. 36
    + 2234
    - 1420


    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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  37. 37
    + 1773
    - 1241


    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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  38. 38
    + 1389
    - 736

    added by Mentor_rm9
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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  39. 39
    + 2044
    - 2037

    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  40. 40
    + 1456
    - 1177


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  41. 41
    + 3993
    - 5458

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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  42. 42
    + 1345
    - 996


    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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  43. 43
    + 1347
    - 784

    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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  44. 44
    + 1352
    - 1227


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  45. 45
    + 3100
    - 2835


    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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  46. 46
    + 1297
    - 1039


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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  47. 47
    + 1576
    - 1049

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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  48. 48
    + 1118
    - 973

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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  49. 49
    + 1006
    - 843


    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 2610
    - 1732


    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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