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The Best Metal Drummers of All Time 

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Updated February 24, 2020 55k votes 8.8k voters 51.6k views 79 items
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
1
Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Swing music, Heavy metal
2
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
3
Dave Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal
4
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore
5
John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal
6
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal
7
Nicko McBrain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
8
Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Industrial rock
9
Bill Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal
10
Vinnie Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinnie Paul Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
11
Mikkey Dee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mikkey Dee Black metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
12
Joey Jordison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Horror punk, Doom metal, Glam metal
13
Chris Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Melodic death metal
14
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
15
Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Jazz fusion, Hard rock
16
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Hard rock
17
Charlie Benante is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
18
Tommy Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Tommy Aldridge Glam metal, Blues-rock, Instrumental rock
19
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house
20
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz
21
Clive Burr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock
22
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
23
Nick Menza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
24
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
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge