Drummers 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 Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Adam Tyler added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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Adam Tyler added Dave Grohl Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Adam Tyler added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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Adam Tyler added Levon Helm Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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Adam Tyler added Ringo Starr Pop music, Rock music, World music

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Adam Tyler added Micky Dolenz

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Adam Tyler added Sheila E. Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Adam Tyler added Roger Meddows Taylor Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Adam Tyler added Peter Criss Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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Stewart Copeland New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Taylor Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
gamedemon24 added Taylor Hawkins Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Buddy Miles Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Numnuts added Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Eric Carr Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Grant Hart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
fallen88zero added Grant Hart Alternative rock

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Don Brewer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
RickDC777 added Don Brewer Rock music, Hard rock - GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Sang Are you ready, High On a Horse, I Can Feel Him In The Morning, We're An American Band, Shinin' On, Take Me, Walk Like A Man, Some Kid Of Wonderful, etc., 

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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Footballfan360 added The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Mike Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
tjodalv added Mike Portnoy Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore -  

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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Kelly Keagy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JeremyCohen added Kelly Keagy

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Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
MeyerHirschhorn added Jen Ledger Rock music, Christian rock, Alternative metal

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Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Ana Grifus added Caroline Corr Pop music, Rock music, Celtic music

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Robert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JanMatthieu added Robert Wyatt Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Vinny Appice Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
C_Moorehead added Dave Clark Indie rock

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Albert Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
VaniadeBie-vernet added Albert Bouchard Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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Gil Moore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Gil Moore Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Blues

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Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
ColleenBentle added Carmine Appice Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
StevenYoung added Layne Staley Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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Brann Dailor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Brann Dailor Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
MeyerHirschhorn added Megan Martha White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock

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Deen Castronovo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Deen Castronovo Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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Andy Sturmer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
chalie00 added Andy Sturmer Power pop, Alternative rock

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Leftee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Terrence Sheehan added Leftee 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 Kevin Godley Rock music

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George Grantham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Matt Cameron Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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Aaron Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
skoopy added Aaron Gillespie Pop punk, Christian music, Emo

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Brandon Saller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
RichMoyleJr. added Brandon Saller Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

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AndrewKelley added Aaron Gillipsie

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Michael Diamond is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Michael Diamond

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Yukihiro Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
VaniadeBie-vernet added Yukihiro Takahashi Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
jenn5000 added Dero Goi Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal - Frontman for the German Industrial band Oomph! out of Wolfsburg, Germany.

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Mario Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
orlando-van-outrive added Mario Duplantier Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Dan Beehler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Dan Beehler Heavy metal

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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Mark O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singing Drummers