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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1,253 838
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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1,052 723
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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1,137 816
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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970 646
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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1,363 722
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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756 565
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
741 659
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
676 569
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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497 441
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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601 533
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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417 424
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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560 379
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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461 353
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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521 400
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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596 536
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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471 325
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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407 316
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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501 419
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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296 251
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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306 237
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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320 269
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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296 229
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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259 235
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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374 351
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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247 180
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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585 697
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

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232 234
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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383 372
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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196 154
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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239 218
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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158 147
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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183 201
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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184 167
Randy Castillo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Randy Castillo Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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204 197
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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213 295
Phil Rudd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Phil Rudd Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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187 253
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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206 236
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

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308 385
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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107 37
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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163 205
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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98 122
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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42 18
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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104 109
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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149 201
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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105 261
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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84 136
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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177 195
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

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74 109
Frost is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
runȝy-wilsgård added Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad "Frost" Black metal, Death metal