musicians 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.

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

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1,215 817
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Lombardo Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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1,029 706
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Bonham Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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1,109 801
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nicko McBrain Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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936 630
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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1,327 704
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

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

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740 549
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Bill Ward Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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708 648
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Paul Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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638 562
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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484 431
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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583 521
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

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398 418
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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534 367
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Joey Jordison Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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

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506 393
Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
slaft added Keith Moon Skiffle, Pop music, Rock music

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403 308
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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452 316
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Alex Van Halen Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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573 528
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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484 405
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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287 243
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane

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295 231
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

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307 263
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Clive Burr Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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275 219
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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252 227
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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241 173
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Ian Paice Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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365 346
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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561 666
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

Best Metal Bands From The American South

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381 362
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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223 228
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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234 213
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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150 142
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Scott Travis Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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183 149
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Tomas Haake Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

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176 197
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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199 192
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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209 288
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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174 164
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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183 247
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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304 376
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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107 31
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

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196 231
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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156 199
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Guest_556f604a-3571-4b0e-911c-3edcccaff180 added Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Taylor Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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100 104
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

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104 253
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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141 195
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

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176 190
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

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71 103
Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad "Frost" Black metal, Death metal

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74 132
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal