musicians 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.
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1,192 800
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

2
1,240 768
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
1,009 692
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Bonham Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

4
1,098 791
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nicko McBrain Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

5
920 624
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
1,558 1,210
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
1,321 695
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

8
732 537
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
669 640
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
476 423
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
622 556
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

12
570 513
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

13
382 415
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
439 338
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

15
518 358
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

16
498 383
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

17
400 301
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

18
562 516
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

19
440 305
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

20
281 238
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
471 397
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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288 228
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
304 258
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
238 166
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Ian Paice Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

25
546 653
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

26
251 221
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

27
263 215
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
jesper-edström added The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

28
377 357
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

Best Metal Bands From The American South

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361 340
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

30
230 210
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

31
148 138
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Scott Travis Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

32
218 225
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

33
178 147
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Tomas Haake Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

34
194 189
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

35
168 160
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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171 194
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

37
181 244
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

38
205 286
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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106 28
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

40
300 369
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

41
193 228
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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150 195
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

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87 114
Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Taylor Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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34 9
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Guest_556f604a-3571-4b0e-911c-3edcccaff180 added Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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97 102
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

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176 188
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

47
138 192
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

48
102 251
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

49
71 102
Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad "Frost" Black metal, Death metal

50
73 130
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal