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The Best Drummers Of All Time  

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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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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, World music
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Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
28
Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music
29
Carter Beauford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Fusion, Rock music, Black metal
30
Gavin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Experimental music
31
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop
32
Mario Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal
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Jeff Porcaro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Arena rock
34
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal
35
Charlie Watts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
36
Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues
37
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
38
Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
39
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock
40
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
41
Taylor Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
42
Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia
43
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock
44
Simon Phillips is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion
45
Travis Barker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Rap metal
46
Jimmy "The Rev"... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
47
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
48
Marco Minnemann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal
49
Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk
50
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Drummers Of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal