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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.

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    - 1928

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    - 1876

    Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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    Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    + 1957
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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ) open
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    - 712

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    + 1665
    - 1960

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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    often listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    ranked low on reranks
    Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

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

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

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

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    + 480
    - 335

    Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 704
    - 489

    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    + 465
    - 373

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    + 464
    - 333

    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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    + 304
    - 154

    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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    + 343
    - 283

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    + 477
    - 430

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    + 457
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    Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

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    + 510
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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    - 340

    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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    - 249

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    + 455
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    Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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