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List of famous drummers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top drummers in the world? This includes the most prominent drummers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable drummers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic drummers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned drummers.

A factual list, featuring people like John Bonham and Paul McCartney.

From reputable, prominent, and well known drummers to the lesser known drummers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the drummer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous drummers ever?" and "What are the names of famous drummers?" then you're in the right place. (1685 items)
Frankie Muniz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Francisco "Frankie" Muñiz IV is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, and racing driver. He is known primarily as the star of the FOX television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Award nominations. In 2003, he was considered ...more

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, USA

Profession: Race car driver, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Malcolm in the Middle, My Dog Skip, Big Fat Liar, Agent Cody Banks

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer Television director, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Silver Linings Playbook, Die Hard, I Am Legend, I Robot

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Jason Schwartzman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Jason Francesco Schwartzman is an American actor, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He has also appeared in films such as I Heart ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor Drummer, + more

Credits: Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Starchuk ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Film Producer, + more

Credits: Knocked Up, The New Guy, Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson, Dear Jack

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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. The Jonas Brothers originally started as an attempted solo singing career for Nick Jonas, but the record producer liked the ...more

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Age: 24

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist. Collins is one of the most successful songwriters ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Tarzan, American Psycho, Brother Bear, The Hangover

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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. His drumming continues to be ...more

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Age: Died at 32 (1946-1978)

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Model Actor, + more

Credits: The Kids Are Alright, Monterey Pop, Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970, The Who's Tommy the Amazing Journey

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#8 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

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