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List of famous drummers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top drummers in the world? This includes the most prominent drummers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable drummers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic drummers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned drummers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known drummers to the lesser known drummers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the drummer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous drummers ever?" and "What are the names of famous drummers?" then you're in the right place. (1685 items)

Frankie Muniz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Paul McCartney 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 ...more

Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Stevie Wonder 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

Jason Schwartzman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Jason Schwartzman 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

Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Tommy Lee 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 ...more

Nick Jonas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Nick Jonas 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

Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Phil Collins 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 ...more

Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Keith Moon Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was ...more

Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Ringo Starr Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On ...more

Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Lars Ulrich 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

Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Dave Grohl 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) 13 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Adam Brody 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

Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Sheila E. 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

Jack White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Jack White 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

Lex van den Berghe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Drummers

Ed Shaughnessy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Ed Shaughnessy 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) 18 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Richard Christy 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

Mike D is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Mike D 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.

Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Fred Armisen 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

John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Drummers
John Bonham John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and ...more

Dennis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Dennis Wilson 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) 23 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Karen Carpenter 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

Emeril Lagasse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Drummers
John Densmore John Paul Densmore is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock group The Doors.

Steven Adler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Steven Adler 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

apl.de.ap is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Drummers
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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Jacki R. Chan 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

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Ahmir-Khalib Thompson 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

Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band ...more

Joe Escalante is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Joe Escalante 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

Rikki Rockett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Rikki Rockett 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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Andre Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Andre Perry André Perry is a 1980 Juno Award nominated record producer.

Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Levon Helm 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

Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Patrick Stump 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

Joshua Homme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Joshua Homme 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

Andy Hurley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Andy Hurley 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) 38 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Micky Dolenz 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

Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known ...more

Chad Sexton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Drummers

Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Peter Criss George Peter John Criscuola, better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician and actor, best known as the co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of hard rock band Kiss. Criss ...more

Cedric Bixler-Zavala is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Cedric Bixler-Zavala 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) 43 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Tommy Ramone 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

Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Roger Taylor Roger Andrew Taylor is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Duran Duran from their inception until 1985, and again from 2001 onwards, the band selling in excess of 70 ...more

Marvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Marvin Smith 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

Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Hank Williams III 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

Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Michael McDonald 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

Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Drummers
Nick Mason Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of Pink Floyd. He is the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965. ...more

Phil Robertson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Drummers

The Rev is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Drummers
The Rev 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