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The Best Singing Drummers

Updated July 22, 2020 41.1k votes 8.0k voters 153.5k views52 items

List RulesRank 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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    Phil Collins
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    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    AlbumsFace Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required, Hello, I Must Be Going!

    Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Don Henley
    2,035
    1,156

    Don Henley

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsThe End of the Innocence, Building the Perfect Beast, I Can't Stand Still, End of the Innocence, Dirty Laundry

    Donald Hugh Henley (born July 22, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Dave Grohl
    2,261
    1,294

    Dave Grohl

    Doom metal, Rock music

    AlbumsFoo Fighters, Probot, Pocketwatch, Touch, Sign of Love

    David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Karen Carpenter
    1,657
    1,010

    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock

    AlbumsKaren Carpenter

    Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Levon Helm
    1,466
    856

    Levon Helm

    Americana, Rock music

    AlbumsDirt Farmer, The Ties That Bind: The Best of... 1975-1996, American Son, Electric Dirt, Levon Helm

    Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Ringo Starr
    1,450
    1,076

    Ringo Starr

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsI Wanna Be Santa Claus, Concert for George, Sentimental Journey, VH1 Storytellers, Vertical Man

    Sir Richard Starkey (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Roger Meddows Taylor
    1,081
    730

    Roger Meddows Taylor

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsI Wanna Testify, Surrender, Electric Fire, Fun in Space, Happiness?

    Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Peter Gabriel
    959
    680

    Peter Gabriel

    New Wave, Pop music

    AlbumsPeter Gabriel, Us, Security, Up, Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats

    Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Roger Taylor
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  • 10
    Micky Dolenz
    1,179
    944
    George Michael Dolenz Jr. (born March 8, 1945) is an American actor, musician, television... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Sheila E.
    703
    634

    Sheila E.

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsRicky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, Romance 1600, The Glamorous Life, Sex Cymbal, Sheila E.

    Sheila Cecelia Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known under the stage name Sheila E.,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Taylor Hawkins
    669
    505

    Taylor Hawkins

    Rock music, Post-grunge
    Oliver Taylor Hawkins (born February 17, 1972) is an American musician, best known as the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Chris Cornell
    498
    342

    Chris Cornell

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsCarry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning, Scream, Part of Me

    Christopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Ginger Baker
    622
    484

    Ginger Baker

    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion

    AlbumsHorses & Trees, Stratavarious, The Early Cream of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, Middle Passage

    Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (born 19 August 1939) is an English drummer and a founder of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Peter Criss
    664
    665

    Peter Criss

    Glam metal, Pop music

    AlbumsOne for All, Peter Criss, Let Me Rock You, Cat #1, Out of Control

    George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known by his stage name Peter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Stewart Copeland
    493
    493

    Stewart Copeland

    New Wave, Pop music

    AlbumsKollected Works, Klark Kent: Music Madness From the Kinetic Kid, The Rhythmatist, Orchestralli, The Stewart Copeland Anthology

    Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician and composer. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Buddy Miles
    330
    380

    Buddy Miles

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsCarlos Santana and Buddy Miles - Live! / Love Devotion Surrender, All the Faces of Buddy Miles, A Message to the People, Blues Berries, Sneak Attack

    George Allen "Buddy" Miles Jr. (September 5, 1947 – February 26, 2008), was an American rock... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Jimi Hendrix
    152
    186

    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsFirst Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Don Brewer
    233
    342

    Don Brewer

    Rock music, Hard rock

    AlbumsWe're An American Band, Shinin On, Born To Die, Good Singin Good Plahyin, Grand Funk

    Donald George Brewer (born September 3, 1948) is an American drummer who is best known as the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Eric Carr
    281
    435

    Eric Carr

    Glam metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsRockology, Unfinished Business

    Paul Charles Caravello (July 12, 1950 – November 24, 1991) better known by his stage name Eric... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Gil Moore
    149
    218

    Gil Moore

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock
    Gil Moore (born October 4, 1953) is a Canadian musician. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Rev
    264
    408

    The Rev

    Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska
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  • 23
    Mike Portnoy
    208
    327

    Mike Portnoy

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsCover to Cover, Live in Tokyo, Cover 2 Cover, Prime Cuts


     
  • 24
    Chicago
    190
    292

    Chicago

    Ballad, Ska

    AlbumsChicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be, Santa?, Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits

    Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Caroline Corr
    112
    195

    Caroline Corr

    Pop music, Rock music
    Caroline Georgina Corr MBE (born 17 March 1973), known to fans as the "Chick with Stick", is... more on Wikipedia