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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
1,392 855
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,338 884
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,135 779
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

4
1,199 866
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

5
1,058 690
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,463 768
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,590 1,285
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
811 598
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
813 694
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
740 600
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
651 564
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
524 470
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
643 418
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

14
450 456
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

15
500 378
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

16
555 446
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
638 591
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
516 368
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
433 350
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
549 465
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
354 252
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

22
315 277
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

23
330 263
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

24
345 283
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

25
278 233
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz