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
1,365 834
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,311 872
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,104 765
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

4
1,181 851
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

5
1,030 673
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,444 752
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,585 1,269
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
800 584
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
792 685
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
723 591
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
636 555
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
519 462
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
440 448
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
613 408
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
489 370
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

16
550 433
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
628 574
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
505 352
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
424 340
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
529 448
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
308 270
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

22
327 259
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
333 246
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
343 279
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

25
275 254
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal