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

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

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1,040 712
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

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1,120 808
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

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953 636
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

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1,332 713
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

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

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744 556
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

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720 653
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

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656 565
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

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490 434
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Charlie Benante Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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590 527
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

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404 421
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

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Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Joey Jordison Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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

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512 395
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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582 531
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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461 321
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Alex Van Halen Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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403 312
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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495 409
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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291 246
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

The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane

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

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312 266
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

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285 224
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 24 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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257 230
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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370 349
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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243 176
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

Best Metal Bands From The American South

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Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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383 365
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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191 151
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 31 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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236 216
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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152 144
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 33 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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178 199
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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202 194
Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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

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178 165
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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183 250
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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199 234
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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107 34
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

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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 Songs for Funerals

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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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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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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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145 197
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 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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104 256
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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176 192
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

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73 105
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

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77 134
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