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

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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1
18,576 7,242
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
John Bonham Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

2
21,821 6,786
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Neil Peart Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

3
10,758 5,733
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

4
11,174 3,724
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

5
20,993 5,942
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

6
6,849 4,271
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

7
6,952 3,817
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

8
7,905 4,646
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

9
10,635 7,615
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

10
7,159 5,708
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

11
4,183 3,130
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

12
4,313 2,468
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

13
3,356 2,270
Mitch Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mitch Mitchell Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
4,305 3,765
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Alex Van Halen Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

15
3,701 2,692
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Ian Paice Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

16
5,087 2,987
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dave Lombardo Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

17
3,969 2,936
Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nick Mason Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

18
3,601 2,681
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Bill Ward Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

19
3,017 2,525
Carl Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Carl Palmer Rock music, Electronic dance music, Pop rock

20
3,391 2,566
Terry Bozzio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Terry Bozzio Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

21
4,288 2,549
Chad Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chad Smith Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock

The Greatest Albums of All Time

22
2,639 1,776
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

23
3,479 2,371
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nicko McBrain Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

24
2,846 1,609
Steve Gadd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Steve Gadd Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

25
5,098 5,830
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Ringo Starr Pop music, Rock music, World music

26
3,870 2,574
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Paul Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

27
2,410 1,544
Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Colaiuta Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

28
2,904 1,736
Carter Beauford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Carter Beauford Fusion, Rock music, Black metal

26 Rock Stars Who Married Supermodels

29
2,079 1,214
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dave Weckl Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

30
2,101 1,321
Gavin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Gavin Harrison Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

31
2,965 2,217
Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mick Fleetwood Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

32
2,724 2,506
Charlie Watts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Charlie Watts Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

33
2,329 1,528
Jeff Porcaro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jeff Porcaro Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock

34
2,366 1,603
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

35
4,879 6,375
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

21 Celebrities Who Play Drums

36
2,676 1,807
Taylor Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Taylor Hawkins Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

37
1,947 1,452
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

38
2,647 982
Mario Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Mario Duplantier Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

39
1,774 1,250
Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Max Roach Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

40
2,189 1,605
Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Matt Cameron Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

41
1,788 1,497
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
2,341 1,245
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

The Best Rock Vocalists

43
3,767 3,335
Travis Barker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Travis Barker Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal

44
2,089 1,544
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Roger Taylor New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

45
1,591 1,277
Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Buddy Miles Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

46
1,429 1,248
Simon Phillips is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Simon Phillips Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

47
1,331 1,087
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Steve Smith Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
3,136 2,019
Jimmy "The Rev" Sull... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

49
1,543 1,072
Marco Minnemann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Marco Minnemann Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

50
1,508 1,044
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Tomas Haake Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal