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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 67 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 35 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 25 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 54 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 49 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 42 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 60 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 42 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 52 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 51 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 73 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 53 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 37 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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Ahmir-Khalib Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 47 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 56 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 55 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 33 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

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Joshua Homme is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 44 Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme is an American musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band ...more

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Andy Hurley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 37 Andrew John "Andy" Hurley is an American musician and drummer. He is best known as the drummer of the Chicago-based rock band Fall Out Boy. Prior to Fall Out Boy, Hurley played in ...more

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Micky Dolenz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 73 George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as the drummer and lead singer of the 1960s ...more

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Chad Sexton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
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Zac Hanson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 32 Zachary Walker "Zac" Hanson is an American musician, best known as a member of the pop rock band Hanson. He plays drums, percussion, piano, guitar and also sings back-up and lead ...more

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 43 Cedric Bixler-Zavala is a Grammy Award-winning American musician known for his work as frontman and lyricist of the progressive rock band The Mars Volta, and as frontman and occasional guitarist ...more

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Tommy Ramone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 62 (1952-2014) Thomas Erdelyi, better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for the ...more

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Marvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 56 Marvin "Smitty" Smith is an American jazz drummer and composer. Marvin Smith was born in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father, Marvin Sr., was a drummer. As a result, ...more

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Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 45 Shelton Hank Williams, also known as Hank Williams III and Hank 3, is an American musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his honky tonk recordings, Williams' style alternates ...more

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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 66 Michael McDonald is an American singer and songwriter. McDonald is known for his soulful baritone and the richness of his voice in the higher registers. His early career included singing vocals ...more

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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 28 (1981-2009) James Owen Sullivan, more commonly known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer and founding member for the American heavy metal band ...more

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Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 73 Maureen Ann "Moe" Tucker is an American drummer, singer and musician best known for having been the drummer for the New York City-based experimental avant-garde ensemble the Velvet

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Rachel Trachtenburg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 24 Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg, better known as Rachel Trachtenburg, is an American musician, singer, actress, model, talk radio host and activist. Trachtenburg is most notable for her key ...more

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Frank Iero is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 36 Frank Iero is a musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance as well as the vocalist of the post-hardcore band Leathermouth and ...more

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Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 41 (1950-1991) Eric Carr was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left, when he chose the ...more

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Gary Burghoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 74 Gary Rich Burghoff is an American actor, known for playing Charlie Brown in the 1967 Off-Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and the character Corporal Walter Eugene ...more

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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1917-1987) Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove,

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Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 70 Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood is a British musician and actor, best known for his role as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood, whose surname was ...more

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Grant Hart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 57 Grant Hart is an American musician, best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for the influential alternative rock and hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü. After the band's breakup in 1988, ...more

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Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 53 James Joseph "Jimmy" Chamberlin is an American drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the former drummer for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Following ...more

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Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 67 Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also ...more

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 69 David Robinson is an American rock drummer. He has performed with many rock bands including The Rising Tide, The Modern Lovers, The Pop!, DMZ and The Cars.

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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 69 Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop star, supported by the certified gold solo double ...more

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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 67 Jan Hammer is a composer, pianist and keyboardist. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores ...more

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Keith Strickland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Drummers from the United States
age 64 Keith Strickland is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and one of the founding members of the The B-52s. He was born in Athens, Georgia. Originally the band's drummer, Strickland ...more