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The 25 Most Popular & Influential Black Drummers

Updated 13 Jul 2020 172 votes 21 voters25 items

From prominent jazz drummers Elvin Jones and Max Roach to popular drummers today, like Questlove, the most influential Black drummers deserve more recognition.While some are more popular than others, every one of these famous Black drummers have had some musical impact, whether it was recording alongside popular Motown bands or shaping the music we love today.

With so many music legends on this list, it's difficult to decide on the best Black drummers. Feel free to vote up the top Black drummers based on their session recordings, live performances, or overall careers. 

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