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List of notable or famous drummers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top drummers born in the United States and even some popular drummers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American drummers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These drummers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known drummer from the United States is included when available.

List ranges from Stevie Wonder to Buddy Rich, plus much more.

This historic drummers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American drummers of note?" and "Who are the most famous drummers from the United States?" These prominent drummers of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American drummers.

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 68
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more
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Jason Schwartzman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 38
Jason Francesco Schwartzman is an American actor, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic ...more
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Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 23
Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. The Jonas ...more
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Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 36 (1973-2009)
DJ AM was an American DJ, remixer, record producer and musician. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, co-owner of a management company called Deckstar and worked on albums for ...more
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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 52
Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle-class family. A tennis player in his ...more
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 50
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 Brody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 36
Adam Jared Brody is an American film and television actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C. Brody has also co-starred in many film roles, including Mr. & ...more
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Travis Barker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 43
Travis Landon Barker is an American musician and producer, most noted as the drummer for the American rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop ...more
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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 61
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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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 43
Jack White is an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the The White Stripes, although he has had success in other bands ...more
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Lex van den Berghe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
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Ed Shaughnessy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1929-2013)
Edwin Thomas "Ed" Shaughnessy was a swing music and bebop drummer best known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
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Richard Christy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 44
Thomas Richard Christy Jr is an American musician and radio personality who currently works on The Howard Stern Show. Christy began to work on the show after winning the "Get John's ...more
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Mike D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 53
Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D, is a founding member of New York City hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Mike D raps, sings, and plays drums.
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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 52
Fred Robert Armisen is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, director, singer, musician, and comedian. Widely known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013, ...more
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Dennis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 39 (1944-1983)
Dennis Carl Wilson was an American drummer, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Beach Boys, alongside his brothers, Brian and Carl, cousin, Mike ...more
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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 33 (1950-1983)
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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John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 74
John Paul Densmore is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock group The Doors.
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Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 50
Steven Adler is an American musician. He is best known as the former drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s. ...more
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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 38
Jaclyn Roxane Chan, also known simply as Jacki R. Chan or Jacki Chan, is an American actress, musician, and Model. She has appeared in various magazines, calendars and print ads, as well as ...more
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Questlove is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 48
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman for ...more
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Rikki Rockett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 57
Richard Allan Ream, better known by the stage name Rikki Rockett, is an American drummer for the multi-platinum selling Hard rock band, Poison. The band have sold over 45 million records ...more
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Joe Escalante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 56
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Escalante is an American musician, record label owner, radio host, film and music video director, and amateur matador, as well as a former television executive and ...more
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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)
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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Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 34
Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, ...more