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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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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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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

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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

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Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

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Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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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

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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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Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Joey Jordison Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

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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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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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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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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

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Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ian Paice Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Scott Travis Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tomas Haake Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tim Husung

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Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Taylor Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Mario Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mario Duplantier, oh he the man! Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Cameron Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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Joey Kramer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Joey Kramer Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Christoph Schneider is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Christoph Schneider Industrial metal, European industrial metal, Neue Deutsche Härte