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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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1,076 710
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

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1,107 728
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
1,017 740
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nicko McBrain Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

4
902 653
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Bonham Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

5
1,528 1,163
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

6
805 587
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

7
1,272 636
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

8
662 503
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
607 590
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
431 389
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
513 480
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Adler Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal

12
543 526
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Danny Carey Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock

13
379 318
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

14
338 389
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Nick Menza Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

15
434 326
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

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463 353
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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510 469
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

18
368 281
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

19
389 283
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

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424 362
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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247 223
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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254 215
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
273 240
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
463 564
Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Lars Ulrich Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

25
359 334
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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335 310
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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222 206
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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103 11
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

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205 192
The Rev is listed (or ranked) 29 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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199 195
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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200 150
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 31 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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187 212
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

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184 267
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

34
166 176
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
273 343
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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115 126
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 36 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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164 226
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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138 134
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 38 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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151 183
Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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173 170
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

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165 210
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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62 86
Frost is listed (or ranked) 42 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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65 99
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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117 182
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 44 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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90 233
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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140 151
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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129 182
Matt Sorum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Matt Sorum Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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61 114
Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
gregory-henning added Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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17 35
Martin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Chris Mcgrath added Martin Lopez Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Progressive rock - Should be top 10 at the least.

50
16 39
Jan Axel Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Jan Axel Blomberg Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Black metal