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The Best Singing Drummers

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

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 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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    Grant Hart

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    from the late great Secret Machines
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    George Grantham

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    Mike Portnoy

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    Technical drummer annnd sings backing and some leads. 
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    Aaron Gillipsie

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    GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Sang Are you ready, High On a Horse, I Can Feel Him In The Morning, We're ... more
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