The Best Singing Drummers

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List Criteria: Rank the list based on their singing prowess, not their drumming skills.

Prepare to be impressed by this list of drummers who also sing. These musicians are both notable as capable drummers and as vocalists. Many of them performed in both roles in a single band, including Ringo Starr (who did vocals and drums on The Beatles' "Octopus Garden" and "Yellow Submarine," among others) and Karen Carpenter. Other singing drummers became notable for their vocal skills only after parting ways with their former band, as is the case with Dave Grohl. Initially known primarily as the drummers for iconic grunge band Nirvana, he stepped out from behind the drum kit to serve as the frontman and lead singer for his follow-up project, Foo Fighters.

Drummers are often the least visible, famous members of a large, popular rock band, making the number of great percussionists who have proven themselves to be great singers rather low. (The number dwindled even further on April 19, 2012, when the world lost the legendary Band drummer Levon Helm.) Vote for your favorite drummer/vocalists, and if you can think of any that haven't made the cut, add them at the bottom of the page.
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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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    Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    Micky Dolenz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    Roger Meddows Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singing Drummers


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore  

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    Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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    Aaron Gillipsie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Aaron Gillipsie

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Blues

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    Meg White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singing Drummers


    Meg White

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    Rock music, Christian rock, Alternative metal

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    George Grantham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    George Grantham

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    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Kelly Keagy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Kelly Keagy

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    Rock music, Hard rock GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Sang Are you ready, High On a Horse, I Can Feel Him In The Morning, We're An American Band, Shinin' On, Take Me, Walk Like A Man, Some Kid Of Wonderful, etc., 

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    Indie rock

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    Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music

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    Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    Jimmy Marinos

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    New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal Frontman for the German Industrial band Oomph! out of Wolfsburg, Germany.

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    Dan Beehler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singing Drummers


    Dan Beehler Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Christian music, Emo

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    Michael Diamond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singing Drummers


    Michael Diamond

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