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.
list ordered by

1
1,320 811
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,266 849
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,068 735
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

4
1,147 825
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

5
982 655
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,412 728
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,573 1,243
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
767 569
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
752 666
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
688 572
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
501 446
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

12
608 539
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

13
424 431
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
470 357
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

15
568 389
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

16
532 403
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
608 547
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
482 330
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
415 323
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
509 428
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
301 256
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

22
314 242
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
306 232
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
326 271
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

25
380 357
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

26
255 185
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
262 241
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal

28
239 237
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

29
596 715
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

30
250 219
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

31
202 157
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

32
385 376
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

33
162 150
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

34
186 206
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

35
188 171
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

36
219 299
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

37
207 203
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

38
192 258
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

39
216 238
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

40
314 389
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

41
50 20
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Guest_556f604a-3571-4b0e-911c-3edcccaff180 added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

42
168 210
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

43
105 125
Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

44
107 43
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

45
152 204
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

46
107 114
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

47
89 138
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

48
108 265
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

49
77 112
Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Black metal, Death metal

50
177 200
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung