Drummers 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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1,546 1,122
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

52
1,776 1,596
Max Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

53
1,743 1,414
Josh Freese is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

54
1,595 1,286
Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

55
1,230 1,141
Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

56
1,479 1,348
Tim Alexander is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

57
1,272 1,212
John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

58
1,025 972
Alan White is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

59
1,033 946
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

60
1,085 1,127
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

61
1,234 1,015
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

62
1,130 840
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
MuhammadRezaNoviandy added Heavy metal, Hard rock - Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

63
982 612
Jason Bonham is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
oliver-tripodi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

64
1,264 1,190
Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

65
1,054 965
Dennis Chambers is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chicano rock, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

66
2,120 2,743
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

67
1,169 1,045
Mike Bordin is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal

68
1,088 824
Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
WayneH.Price added Americana, Rock music, Folk music

69
1,139 827
Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
TommyWimmer added Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

70
1,019 943
Omar Hakim is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

71
1,103 962
Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

72
807 714
Thomas Lang is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
JohnE.Trump added Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

73
1,088 852
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

74
1,184 1,173
Shela E is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
DonHumber added Shela E

75
1,083 1,262
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

76
1,131 1,237
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
LarryHolland added Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

77
912 853
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

78
1,059 1,103
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Devereaux added Heavy metal, Hard rock

79
962 848
Jojo Mayer is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass

80
789 871
Virgil Donati is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

81
904 891
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

82
1,092 1,218
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock - Rock music, Folk rock

83
732 801
Abe Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop

84
751 840
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

85
807 871
Bernard
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

86
761 818
Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

87
752 645
Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mella78 added Tony Royster, Jr.

88
675 713
Dave Abbruzzese is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

89
553 509
Peter Erskine is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
looksharp added Jazz

90
752 781
Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

91
565 727
Thomas Pridgen is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz

92
1,004 1,350
Tré Cool is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

93
501 395
Morgan Rose is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

94
688 824
Greg Bissonette is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

95
769 965
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

96
834 1,089
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
KimberlyBoykoHayes added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Hard Rock Drummer, Musician, Singer, Kiss's Fox

97
984 1,547
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

98
494 550
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jazz fusion, Funk

99
670 765
Louie Bellson is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

100
619 697
George Kollias is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Gothic metal