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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1,105 1,290
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll
77
931 872
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
78
1,093 1,122
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Devereaux added Heavy metal, Hard rock
79
972 865
Jojo Mayer is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Oldschool jungle, Jazz fusion, Drum and bass
80
795 890
Virgil Donati is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion
81
1,125 1,239
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
Rock music, Folk rock
82
915 907
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
83
773 857
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music
84
735 820
Abe Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Post-metal, Nu metal, Trip hop
85
788 833
Aynsley Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
86
385 200
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
tigran-hamalbashyan added
87
821 887
Bernard
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
88
759 661
Tony Royster, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Mella78 added Tony Royster, Jr.
89
681 734
Dave Abbruzzese is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
90
572 524
Peter Erskine is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
looksharp added Jazz
91
776 799
Joe Morello is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
SteveFrediani added Cool jazz, Third stream, Jazz
92
1,032 1,373
Tré Cool is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
93
571 739
Thomas Pridgen is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Jazz
94
857 1,110
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 94 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
95
505 415
Morgan Rose is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal
96
1,007 1,574
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal
97
699 839
Greg Bissonette is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
98
779 984
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
99
686 781
Louie Bellson is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
100
506 564
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Drummers of All Time
Jazz fusion, Funk