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

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Adam Tyler added Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Adam Tyler added Pop music, Soft rock

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Adam Tyler added Pop music, Rock music, World music

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Adam Tyler added Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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Adam Tyler added 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
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Adam Tyler added Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Adam Tyler added Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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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 Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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Buddy Miles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
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 Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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

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

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

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Don Brewer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
RickDC777 added 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 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 Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore -
 

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Kelly Keagy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JulienFernandez added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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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

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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

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

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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
C_Moorehead added Indie rock

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Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Heavy metal, Hard rock

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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

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Andy Sturmer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
chalie00 added Power pop, Alternative rock

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

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Gil Moore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Blues

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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

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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

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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

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Leftee is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Deen Castronovo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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Kevin Godley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
VaniadeBie-vernet added 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 Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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Brandon Saller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
RichMoyleJr. added Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

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AndrewKelley added Aaron Gillipsie

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Yukihiro Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
VaniadeBie-vernet added Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Mario Duplantier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
orlando-van-outrive added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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OOMPH! is listed (or ranked) 45 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.

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
JahangirRahman added Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Mark O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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

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Ashton Irwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singing Drummers
Lenka AlienHumanoid Kostronova added