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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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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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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951 636
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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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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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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488 434
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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589 527
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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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

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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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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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460 321
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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494 409
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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290 246
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

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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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310 266
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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284 224
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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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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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

The Best Metal Albums Of 2018

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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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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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151 144
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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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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Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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Igor Graziano Cavalera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Igor Graziano Cavalera Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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177 165
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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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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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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Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
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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

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Stewart Copeland is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Taylor Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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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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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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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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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