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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
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal
2
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal
3
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal
4
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore
5
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
6
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
7
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal
8
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
9
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal
10
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock
11
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Paul Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
12
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal
13
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal
14
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
15
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
16
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
17
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock
18
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
19
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house
20
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock
21
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock
22
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
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock
24
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal
25
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal