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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

    most listed & added by rockboy
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Dave Grohl

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Don Henley

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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    Karen Carpenter

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Levon Helm

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ringo Starr

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    Micky Dolenz

    the people's #1 & added by rockboy

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Sheila E.

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    Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    Roger Meddows Taylor

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Peter Criss

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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


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    added by Numnuts
    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    added by misterp01
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Footballfan360
    Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore  

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Alternative rock

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    added by JanMatthieu
    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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    Aaron Gillipsie

    added by AndrewKelley
    Aaron Gillipsie

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    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

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    Ranked High on Reranks
    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JulienFernandez
    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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    ranked low on reranks & added by StevenYoung
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Meg White

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MeyerHirschhorn
    Rock music, Christian rock, Alternative metal

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Blues

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    George Grantham

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    added by JulienFernandez
    Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    added by MeyerHirschhorn
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock

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    added by C_Moorehead
    Indie rock

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    added by RickDC777
    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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    Kelly Keagy

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    added by JulienFernandez
    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    added by misterp01
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Blues-rock, Garage rock, Indie rock

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    added by RichMoyleJr.
    Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

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    added by orlando-van-outrive
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    added by VaniadeBie-vernet
    Rock music

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    Jimmy Marinos

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    added by UrsulaScrimgeour
    New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    added by jenn5000
    Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal Frontman for the German Industrial band Oomph! out of Wolfsburg, Germany.

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    added by VaniadeBie-vernet
    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Michael Diamond

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