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A metal band is really only as good as their drummer. Unless they're Metallica. But, that's neither here nor there. So, here are the best metal drummers of all time! These are some of the best drummers in rock... the greatest bangers of things with sticks EVER in music.
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Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Lombardo Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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1,081 721
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Neil Peart Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

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1,000 730
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nicko McBrain Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

4
889 644
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Bonham Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

5
1,521 1,153
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

6
786 580
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

7
1,258 629
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

8
654 497
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Bill Ward Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
594 583
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Paul Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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423 386
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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501 478
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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533 523
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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372 317
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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327 388
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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457 350
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
slaft added Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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414 324
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Joey Jordison Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

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499 466
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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364 281
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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382 282
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Alex Van Halen Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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416 356
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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246 222
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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102 8
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

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249 214
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

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448 552
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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358 332
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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269 239
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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331 307
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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219 205
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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189 191
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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193 194
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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197 150
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Ian Paice Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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184 211
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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183 266
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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163 175
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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269 341
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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113 126
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Scott Travis Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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163 225
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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133 134
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Tomas Haake Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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147 182
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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173 169
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

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162 207
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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58 85
Frost is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad "Frost" Black metal, Death metal

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115 179
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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140 151
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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128 181
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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87 231
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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60 99
Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Taylor Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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60 114
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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47 90
Tom Hunting is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
raymond-fagertun added Tom Hunting

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14 39
Jan Axel Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Jan Axel Blomberg Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Black metal