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The Best Metal Drummers of All Time 

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Updated February 24, 2020 55.3k votes 8.9k voters 52k views 77 items
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
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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Progressive metal, Swing music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Canada
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Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Instrumental rock; Nationality: England
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Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Thrash metal, Groove metal & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Thrash metal, Progressive metal & Metalcore; Nationality: United States of America
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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Folk rock & Heavy metal; Nationality: England
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Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Heavy metal & Progressive rock; Nationality: England
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Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Doom metal, Blues-rock & Heavy metal; Nationality: England
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Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Progressive metal, Experimental rock & Industrial rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Paul Genre: Glam metal, Thrash metal & Groove metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Genre: Black metal, Heavy metal & Speed metal; Nationality: Sweden
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Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Genre: Horror punk, Doom metal & Glam metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
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Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Thrash metal, Groove metal & Melodic death metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Heavy metal, Jazz fusion & Hard rock; Nationality: Netherlands
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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Heavy metal and Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Thrash metal, Heavy metal & Speed metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Genre: Glam metal, Blues-rock & Instrumental rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Glam metal, Nu metal & Electro house; Nationality: United States of America
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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Jazz fusion & Jazz; Nationality: England
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Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Heavy metal, Speed metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Genre: Blues-rock, Heavy metal & Progressive rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added Genre: Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska & Ska; Nationality: United States of America
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Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Thrash metal, Heavy metal & Speed metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Genre: Doom metal, Rock music & Grunge; Nationality: United States of America