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The Best Drummers Of All Time 

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Updated April 29, 2020 675.7k votes 88.7k voters 1.2M views 575 items

List Rules Vote on the most skilled drummers who predominately played the drums in a band; all genres of music are acceptable

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Who is the greatest drummer ever? This is a list of the best drummers of all time, voted on and ranked by music lovers worldwide. Add your own list or vote on the greatest drummers of all time here. Although many of the top drummers in history are rock drummers, this list is not restricted to just rock music. It covers all genres, so feel free to add anyone you think is missing.

Need some ideas for the best drummers of all time? Check out this list of the best female drummers - many of them are outstanding and certainly worthy of inclusion here.

Debate about who is truly the best drummer ever can get heated. Once you start looking at the legendary drummers like John Bonham, Neil Peart, Keith Moon, and Buddy Rich, well, it's hard to rank one over the other. Many of the drummers listed here are also singers and songwriters, and some are/were band leaders as well. If you need examples, check out this list of the best singing drummers for inspiration.

What made these famous drummers so amazing? An incredible sense of time and meter, for one thing. But it's more than just technical prowess: it's an overall presence, as well. Being a drummer is about skill, first and foremost, but it's also about showmanship, particularly in the rock genre. Disagree? That's totally fine. Just make sure you vote on these best drummers in the world, one way or the other.

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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Steve Gadd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Chad Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Mitch Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Jeff Porcaro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Carter Beauford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
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Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time