Singers The Best Singing Drummers  

Adam Tyler
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List Rules Rank the list based on their singing prowess, not their drumming skills.

Prepare to be impressed by this list of drummers who also sing. These musicians are both notable as capable drummers and as vocalists. Many of them performed in both roles in a single band, including Ringo Starr (who did vocals and drums on The Beatles' "Octopus Garden" and "Yellow Submarine," among others) and Karen Carpenter. Other singing drummers became notable for their vocal skills only after parting ways with their former band, as is the case with Dave Grohl. Initially known primarily as the drummers for iconic grunge band Nirvana, he stepped out from behind the drum kit to serve as the frontman and lead singer for his follow-up project, Foo Fighters.

Drummers are often the least visible, famous members of a large, popular rock band, making the number of great percussionists who have proven themselves to be great singers rather low. (The number dwindled even further on April 19, 2012, when the world lost the legendary Band drummer Levon Helm.) Vote for your favorite drummer/vocalists, and if you can think of any that haven't made the cut, add them at the bottom of the page.
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Adam Tyler added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the ...more

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Adam Tyler added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles ...more

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Adam Tyler added Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who is best known as the former drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the ...more

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Adam Tyler added Pop music, Soft rock Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming ...more

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Adam Tyler added Americana, Rock music, Folk music Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock and Americana musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for the Band. Helm was known for his deeply ...more

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Adam Tyler added Pop music, Rock music, World music Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On ...more

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Adam Tyler added George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as the drummer and lead singer of the 1960s ...more

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving ...more

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Adam Tyler added Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Prince, Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo ...more

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Adam Tyler added Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Queen, but has also served as occasional songwriter ...more

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Adam Tyler added Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal George Peter John Criscuola, better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician and actor, best known as the co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of hard rock band Kiss. Criss ...more

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New Wave, Pop music, Rock music Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the drummer for the band The Police and for his film music soundtracks. He has also written ...more

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Taylor Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
gamedemon24 added Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock Oliver Taylor Hawkins is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters. Prior to joining the band in 1997, he was the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette on her ...more

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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Numnuts added Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. Baker's work in the 1960s earned him praise as "rock's first superstar ...more

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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk George Allen Miles, Jr., known professionally as Buddy Miles, was an American rock and funk drummer, vocalist, composer, and producer. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag, a member of ...more

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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock Eric Carr was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left, when he chose the ...more

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Ballad, Ska, Rock music Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock ...more

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Grant Hart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
fallen88zero added Alternative rock Grant Hart is an American musician, best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for the influential alternative rock and hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü. After the band's breakup in 1988, ...more

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Don Brewer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
RickDC777 added Rock music, Hard rock Donald George "Don" Brewer is the drummer and co-lead singer for American rock band Grand Funk Railroad.

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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Footballfan360 added Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska James Owen Sullivan, more commonly known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer and founding member for the American heavy metal band ...more

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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
tjodalv added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore
 
Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known ...more

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead ...more

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Kelly Keagy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JeremyCohen added Kelly Keagy is an American drummer and vocalist, best known for his work with Night Ranger. Keagy sang lead vocals on several of their hits, such as "Sister Christian", "Sing Me ...more

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Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
MeyerHirschhorn added Rock music, Christian rock, Alternative metal Jennifer Carole "Jen" Ledger is an English drummer and co-vocalist for the American Christian rock/hard rock band Skillet. At the age of eighteen she became Skillet's drummer, when ...more

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Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Ana Grifus added Pop music, Rock music, Celtic music Caroline Georgina Corr, known to fans as the "Chick with Stick", is an Irish singer and drummer for the Celtic folk rock band The Corrs. In addition to the drums, Corr plays the ...more

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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Heavy metal, Hard rock Vincent Paul "Vinny" Appice, is an American rock drummer and the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice. He is best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven ...more

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JanMatthieu added Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music Robert Wyatt is an English musician, and founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine, with a long and distinguished solo career. He is married to English painter and ...more

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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
C_Moorehead added Indie rock Dave Clark is a Canadian musician from Etobicoke, Ontario.

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Albert Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
VaniadeBie-vernet added Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock Albert Bouchard is an American drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a founding member of the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult.

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Andy Sturmer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
chalie00 added Power pop, Alternative rock Andy Sturmer is both an Emmy & Brit nominated American musical artist, composer and producer. He was one of the founding members of the band Beatnik Beatch, which led to the formation of

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Gil Moore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Blues Gil Moore is the drummer and vocalist of the Canadian power trio, Triumph. Before Gil was in Triumph he was in a band called Sherman & Peabody which also featured Buzz Shearman of Moxy and ...more

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Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
ColleenBentle added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music Carmine Appice is an American drummer/percussionist, most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of ...more

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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
StevenYoung added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, ...more

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Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal Brann Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist. ...more

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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
MeyerHirschhorn added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock Meg White is an American drummer from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan best known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. She and White decided to form a band two ...more

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Deen Castronovo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal Deen Castronovo is an American drummer and singer who has played in several notable hard rock and metal acts, such as Cacophony, Bad English, Journey, Wild Dogs, Dr. Mastermind, Hardline, Planet ...more

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Leftee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
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Rock, Reggae, Jam Band - YouTube - https://youtu.be/jeSKpEhCD2M - Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ASvh0R5bUzzeWNgHW3NHx

Leftee is Lead Singer and Vocalist for the Michigan Rock Reggae Band ThreePeace.

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Kevin Godley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
VaniadeBie-vernet added Rock music Kevin Michael Godley is a British musician and music video director. He was born in a family with Jewish ancestry, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. The first band he was ...more

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Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia Matthew David "Matt" Cameron is an American musician who serves as the drummer for the American rock bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. After getting his start with the Seattle, ...more

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Brandon Saller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
RichMoyleJr. added Alternative rock, Post-hardcore Brandon Kyle Saller is the drummer and vocalist of post-hardcore band, Atreyu. He is responsible for the melodic singing found in the band's music. He is the band's primary songwriter, along ...more

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George Grantham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
George Grantham is a drummer and vocalist best known for his work with pioneering American country-rock band Poco. Grantham and pedal steel guitarist Rusty Young were members of a Denver-based ...more

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Mario Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
orlando-van-outrive added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal Mario Duplantier is a French musician and artist who is the drummer of the technical death metal band, Gojira.

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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
jenn5000 added Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal Frontman for the German Industrial band Oomph! out of Wolfsburg, Germany.
Oomph! is a German musical group formed in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1989. The band is considered the pioneers of the German Neue Deutsche Härte movement. Since the band's formation there have ...more

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Ashton Irwin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Lenka AlienHumanoid Kostronova added Ashton Irwin is a drummer and a member of the group 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JahangirRahman added Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

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Anderson Paak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson Paak, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California.

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yawnssmith added John Dittrich Country, Rock, Pop

Great lead and backing vocals of Restless Heart. Listen to "When She Cries" & "Tell Me What You Dream" for a sample.

John Dittrich is a member of the musical group Restless Heart.

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Will Champion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JahangirRahman added Alternative rock William "Will" Champion is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer and backing vocalist of the alternative rock band Coldplay.