Drummers The Best Metal Drummers of All Time  

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A metal band is really only as good as their drummer. Unless they're Metallica. But, that's neither here nor there. So, here are the best metal drummers of all time! These are some of the best drummers in rock... the greatest bangers of things with sticks EVER in music.
list ordered by

1
1,367 835
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,311 875
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,183 853
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

4
1,105 767
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

5
1,032 674
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,446 755
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,585 1,271
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
800 586
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
793 687
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
724 593
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
636 556
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

12
519 463
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
441 449
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
613 409
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

15
489 371
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

16
551 434
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
slaft added Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

17
628 575
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
505 353
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

19
424 341
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
529 449
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
309 271
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

22
327 260
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
335 247
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

24
343 280
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

25
275 255
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal