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

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1,127 731
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Neil Peart Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

3
1,029 747
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nicko McBrain Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

4
915 656
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Bonham Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

5
818 588
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,533 1,168
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

7
1,276 639
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

8
673 505
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

9
614 594
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

10
433 391
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

11
520 482
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

12
555 527
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

13
343 390
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

14
384 318
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

15
449 329
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Joey Jordison Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

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470 355
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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522 474
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
371 283
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

19
394 286
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Alex Van Halen Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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427 367
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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251 225
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

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257 218
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
277 242
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

24
336 314
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

25
472 573
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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204 151
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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361 337
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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223 207
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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104 12
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

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205 195
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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211 195
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 31 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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189 213
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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187 269
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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117 127
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 34 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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165 228
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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146 134
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 36 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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170 178
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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275 346
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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155 184
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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143 152
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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175 171
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

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165 211
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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129 184
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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63 88
Frost is listed (or ranked) 44 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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69 99
Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Taylor Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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81 87
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

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119 183
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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92 235
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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64 114
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

50
20 36
Martin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Mcgrath added Martin Lopez Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Progressive rock - Should be top 10 at the least.