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List Rules 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 Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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Don Henley Pop music, Rock music Country rock

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Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music Grunge

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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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Levon Helm Americana, Rock music Folk music

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Ringo Starr Pop music, Rock music World music

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Sheila E. Pop music, Rock music Contemporary R&B

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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Roger Meddows Taylor Rock music, Heavy metal Pop rock

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Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music Heavy metal

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Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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Taylor Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Taylor Hawkins Rock music, Post-grunge Alternative rock

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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Buddy Miles Rock music, Rhythm and blues Funk

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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion Jazz

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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal Hard rock

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Chicago Ballad, Ska Rock music

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Grant Hart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Grant Hart Alternative rock

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Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal Metalcore -  

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion Experimental music

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Albert Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Albert Bouchard Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock Hard rock

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George Grantham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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Aaron Gillipsie

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Andy Sturmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Andy Sturmer Power pop, Alternative rock

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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska Ska

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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Michael Diamond is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Michael Diamond

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Gil Moore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Gil Moore Heavy metal, Progressive rock Blues

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Jon Fishman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Jon Fishman Rock music, Neo-psychedelia Jazz fusion

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop Synthpop

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge Psychedelic pop

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Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Jen Ledger Rock music, Christian rock Alternative metal

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Dan Beehler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Dan Beehler Heavy metal

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Mark O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Layne Staley Doom metal, Glam metal Blues-rock

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Larrivee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Larrivee

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Kelly Keagy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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Don Brewer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Don Brewer 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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Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Caroline Corr Pop music, Rock music Celtic music

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Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal Heavy metal

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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Dave Clark Indie rock

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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Megan Martha White Blues-rock, Punk blues Garage rock

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Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Matt Cameron Garage rock, Grunge Neo-psychedelia

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Deen Castronovo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Deen Castronovo Rock music, Instrumental rock Heavy metal

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Brandon Saller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Brandon Saller Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

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Kevin Godley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Kevin Godley Rock music

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Jimmy Marinos is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Panda Bear New Weird America, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Dero Goi Post-metal, Electronic body music Industrial metal - Frontman for the German Industrial band Oomph! out of Wolfsburg, Germany.