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List of famous male drummers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male drummers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being drummers. There are thousand of males working as drummers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic drummers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a drummer then the people below should give you inspiration.

Nick Jago and James Kottak are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

While this isn't a list of all male drummers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male drummers?" and "Who are the best male drummers?"
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Classical music, Pop rock, + more

Albums: Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Press to Play, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Labels: Decca Records, Swan Records, Parlophone, CBS Records, EMI, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

#7 on The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

#16 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#1 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#67 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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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 the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla ...more

Genres (Music): Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, + more

Albums: Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book, Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I, Music of My Mind, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records, Tamla Records

Career Began: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Also Ranked

#43 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#22 on The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

#45 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Starchuk ...more

Genres (Music): Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house, Rapcore, House music, + more

Albums: Never a Dull Moment, Tommyland: The Ride, Trying to Be Me, Static, Uncle Demon EP

Nationality: United States of America, Greece

Labels: MCA Records, Leathür Records, Elektra Records

Also Ranked

#67 on The Best Drummers of All Time

#21 on The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

#54 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#93 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist. Collins is one of the most successful songwriters ...more

Genres (Music): Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz fusion, + more

Albums: Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required, Hello, I Must Be Going!, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Virgin Records

Career Began: Chiswick, London, England

Also Ranked

#21 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#28 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#47 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#30 on The Best Rock Vocalists

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