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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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 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 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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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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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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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 9 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 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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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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147 215
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
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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