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

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1,353 828
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal

2
1,302 868
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

3
1,094 758
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

4
1,172 847
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

5
1,015 670
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,426 744
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal

7
1,583 1,262
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
797 577
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

9
781 679
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

10
715 585
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

11
623 553
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
514 459
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
437 446
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

14
481 368
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

15
597 405
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
546 424
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
625 567
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
500 345
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
424 334
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
523 442
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

21
308 265
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock

22
326 254
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
339 275
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

24
323 244
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
272 253
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal

26
268 227
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

27
621 743
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

28
264 197
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

29
386 373
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

30
247 247
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

31
394 386
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
168 160
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
209 170
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
193 216
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

35
194 179
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

36
223 312
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
214 211
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
199 270
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

39
223 248
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock

40
319 405
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

41
58 31
Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Guest_556f604a-3571-4b0e-911c-3edcccaff180 added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

42
109 136
Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

43
170 222
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
107 54
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
111 274
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

46
94 147
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

47
154 215
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

48
108 123
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

49
79 120
Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Black metal, Death metal

50
177 209
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung