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
1,373 842
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,324 878
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,116 772
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

4
1,189 858
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

5
1,040 682
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,452 761
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,588 1,279
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
805 591
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
800 692
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
732 597
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
642 561
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
521 467
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
448 454
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
621 414
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
493 375
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

16
554 439
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
631 580
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
511 355
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
429 343
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
535 455
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
314 272
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

22
341 249
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

23
329 261
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

24
344 282
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

25
278 257
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal