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
1,341 820
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,283 864
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,163 842
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

4
1,080 753
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

5
1,003 665
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,421 739
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,578 1,256
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
786 574
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
766 677
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
701 582
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
616 550
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
506 456
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
431 442
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
472 366
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

15
581 399
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

16
540 416
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
616 562
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
490 341
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
418 332
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
516 438
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
306 263
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

22
324 251
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
338 272
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

24
315 241
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

25
266 224
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

26
384 368
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

27
261 194
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

28
612 736
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

29
266 251
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal

30
244 246
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

31
390 384
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
167 158
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

33
206 168
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

34
191 214
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

35
193 177
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

36
222 309
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

37
209 211
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

38
195 268
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

39
221 246
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

40
317 402
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

41
107 134
Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

42
168 220
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

43
54 28
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Guest_556f604a-3571-4b0e-911c-3edcccaff180 added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

44
107 52
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

45
110 272
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

46
153 212
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

47
90 145
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

48
107 121
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

49
79 118
Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Black metal, Death metal

50
177 207
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung