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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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1,665 1,247
Josh Freese is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Josh Freese Pop punk, Industrial metal, Rock music

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52
1,396 1,060
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Art Blakey Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

53
1,583 1,394
Max Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Max Weinberg Popular music, Rock music, Jazz

54
1,437 1,132
Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jimmy Chamberlin Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

55
1,414 1,190
Tim Alexander is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tim Alexander Rock music, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion

56
1,166 863
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

57
1,091 1,008
Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Elvin Jones Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

58
909 820
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tony Williams Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

59
1,105 907
Mike Bordin is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mike Bordin Grunge, Funk metal, Heavy metal

60
1,087 1,074
John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
John Densmore Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

61
978 717
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
MuhammadRezaNoviandy added Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock - Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

62
877 836
Alan White is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Alan White Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock

63
932 992
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

64
965 834
Dennis Chambers is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dennis Chambers Chicano rock, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

65
1,141 1,078
Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Chester Thompson Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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66
1,042 830
Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Brad Wilk Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

67
746 586
Thomas Lang is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
JohnE.Trump added Thomas Lang Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

68
907 830
Omar Hakim is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Omar Hakim Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

69
707 455
Jason Bonham is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
oliver-tripodi added Jason Bonham Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

70
1,019 717
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

71
995 711
Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
TommyWimmer added Tito Puente Mambo, Salsa music, Latin jazz

72
1,780 2,473
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

73
888 700
Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
WayneH.Price added Levon Helm Americana, Rock music, Folk music

74
833 720
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

75
926 1,106
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

76
977 996
Shela E is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
DonHumber added Shela E

77
695 665
Abe Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Abe Cunningham Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop

78
889 725
Jojo Mayer is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jojo Mayer Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass

79
733 747
Virgil Donati is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Virgil Donati Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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80
945 1,094
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
LarryHolland added Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

81
826 764
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

82
875 954
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Devereaux added Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

83
670 723
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jack DeJohnette Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

84
681 519
Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mella78 added Tony Royster, Jr.

85
606 583
Dave Abbruzzese is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Dave Abbruzzese Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

86
543 600
Thomas Pridgen is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thomas Pridgen Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz

87
698 760
Bernard
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

88
873 1,047
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock - Rock music, Folk rock

89
458 402
Peter Erskine is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
looksharp added Peter Erskine Jazz

90
644 714
Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Aynsley Dunbar Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

91
592 576
George Kollias is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mentor_rm9 added George Kollias Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Gothic metal

92
660 674
Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Joe Morello Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz

93
618 706
Greg Bissonette is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

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94
869 1,174
Tré Cool is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Tré Cool Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

95
702 834
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

96
419 439
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

97
705 934
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
KimberlyBoykoHayes added Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Hard Rock Drummer, Musician, Singer, Kiss's Fox

98
575 657
Louie Bellson is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time

99
496 576
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

100
576 855
Roger Meddows Taylor is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
MarleneAureliePfeiffer added Roger Mewddows Tayler Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock