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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1,258 776
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

2
1,211 814
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

3
1,024 704
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

4
1,108 797
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

5
935 626
Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore

6
1,327 701
Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Richard Christy Heavy metal

7
1,563 1,219
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

8
738 547
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
703 646
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
637 560
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

11
484 429
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

12
582 519
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

13
398 416
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

14
532 362
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

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

15
441 344
Gene Holgan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

16
503 391
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

17
403 306
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Cozy Powell Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

18
572 525
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

19
449 314
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

20
481 404
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

21
286 242
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

The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane

22
294 230
Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

23
307 262
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
273 218
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

25
252 226
Paul Bostaph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Paul Bostaph Thrash metal, Progressive metal

26
241 172
Ian Paice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Ian Paice Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
365 345
Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

28
558 663
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

Best Metal Bands From The American South

29
381 362
Eric Singer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Eric Singer Glam metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

30
223 228
Mike Mangini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mike Mangini Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

31
232 213
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

32
150 142
Scott Travis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
chazz-royster added Scott Travis Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

33
182 149
Tomas Haake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
håkon-sandviken-reinikka added Tomas Haake Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Extreme metal

34
175 197
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

35
209 287
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

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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198 192
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

37
172 164
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

38
183 247
Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

39
304 375
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

40
107 31
Joshua "nassaru" War... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Mujeeb Basha added Joshua "nassaru" Ward

41
196 230
Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Steven Adler Heavy metal, Hard rock

42
155 199
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

The Best Metal Songs for Funerals

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36 12
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

44
88 117
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

45
99 104
George Koolias is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
mathieu-dostie added George Koolias

46
104 253
John Dolmayan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
John Dolmayan Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

47
141 194
Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
Rick Allen Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Rock music

48
176 190
Tim Husung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Drummers of All Time
ÁngelGijón added Tim Husung

49
71 103
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

50
74 132
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