Famous Male Drummers

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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 (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history. After the group disbanded in 1970, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. A self-taught musician, McCartney is proficient on bass, guitar, and keyboards. He is known for his melodic approach to bass-playing (mainly playing with a plectrum), his versatile and wide tenor vocal range (spanning over four octaves), and his eclecticism (exploring styles ranging from early ...more on Wikipedia

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

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, he is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century. Wonder's "classic period", between 1972 and 1977, is noted for his funky keyboard style, personal control of production, and series of songs integrated with one another to make a concept album.Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder leading him to sign with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11. In 1963, the single "Fingertips" was a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 when Wonder ...more on Wikipedia

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

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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and founding member of 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. ...more on Wikipedia

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

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Drummers
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Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the drummer and later became singer of the rock band Genesis, and is also a solo artist. Between 1982 and 1989, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, he had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. His most successful singles from the period include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day in ...more on Wikipedia

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

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