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List of famous percussionists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top percussionists in the world? This includes the most prominent percussionists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable percussionists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic percussionists 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 percussionists.

List is made up of many different famous percussion players, including Frank Zappa and John Bonham.

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

Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Buddy Rich 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,

Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Mick Fleetwood 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

Charlie Watts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Charlie Watts Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of an eponymous jazz band, a record producer, commercial ...more

Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Ginger Baker Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. Baker's work in the 1960s earned him praise as "rock's first superstar ...more

Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
John Densmore John Paul Densmore is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock group The Doors.

Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed ...more

Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Vinny Appice Vincent Paul "Vinny" Appice, is an American rock drummer and the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice. He is best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven ...more

Bill Berry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Bill Berry William Thomas "Bill" Berry is a retired American musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band R.E.M. In addition to his drumming duties, ...more

Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Mick Avory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Mick Avory Michael Charles "Mick" Avory is an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer and percussionist for the British rock band, The Kinks, joining them shortly after their ...more

Kenny Aronoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Kenny Aronoff Kenny Aronoff is an American rock drummer. He has played drums for many musicians, including John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Belinda Carlisle, Elton John, John Fogerty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, ...more

Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Carmine Appice Carmine Appice is an American drummer/percussionist, most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of ...more

Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Fred Astaire Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more

Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Rick Allen Richard "Rick" John Cyril Allen is an English drummer, who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to ...more

Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Known for his distinctive and powerful ...more

Joey Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Joey Kramer Joseph Michael "Joey" Kramer is the drummer for the American hard rock band Aerosmith. Kramer was born in The Bronx, New York City. His memoir, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom ...more

Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Cozy Powell Colin Flooks, better known as Cozy Powell, was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath. Powell had ...more

Steve Gadd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Steve Gadd Stephen Kendall "Steve" Gadd is an American musician. Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry. Gadd's groove on Paul Simon's ...more

Roger Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

D. J. Fontana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
D. J. Fontana Dominic Joseph Fontana, is an American musician best known as the drummer for Elvis Presley for 14 years. He played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. Nicknamed "D. J.", he was employed ...more

Eric Carr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Eric Carr 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

Jack White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Phil Anselmo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead singer of the heavy metal band Pantera. He is currently the frontman for the Louisiana-based ...more

Anton Fig is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Anton Fig Anton Fig, known as "The Thunder from Down Under," is a South African/American session drummer, noted for his work in David Letterman's house band, the CBS Orchestra. Letterman often ...more

John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Simon Kirke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Simon Kirke Simon Frederick St George Kirke is an English rock drummer best known as a member of Free and Bad Company.

Jim Keltner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Jim Keltner James Lee "Jim" Keltner is an American drummer and percussionist known primarily for his session work; he also played the ukulele. He has contributed to the work of many well-known ...more

Jimmy Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Jimmy Chamberlin 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

Matt Cameron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Matt Cameron Matthew David "Matt" Cameron is an American musician who serves as the drummer for the American rock bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. After getting his start with the Seattle, ...more

Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Philly Joe Jones Joseph Rudolph "Philly Joe" Jones was a Philadelphia-born American jazz drummer, known as the drummer for the first "Great" Miles Davis Quintet. He was often confused with ...more

Kenney Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Kenney Jones Kenneth Thomas "Kenney" Jones is a veteran English rock drummer best known for his work in the groups Small Faces, Faces and then The Who, after Keith Moon's death in 1978. Jones was ...more

Steven Drozd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Steven Drozd Steven Gregory Drozd is an American musician. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Flaming Lips.

Micky Dolenz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
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

Chad Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Chad Smith Chadwick Gaylord "Chad" Smith is an American musician, and current drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, whom he joined in 1988 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith is ...more

Carl Palmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Carl Palmer Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist. He is credited as one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from the 1960s. In addition, Palmer is a veteran of a ...more

Jayaram is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Jayaram Jayaram Subramaniam, better known as Jayaram, is an Indian film actor who predominantly acts in Malayalam films, and at times in Tamil films. He is also a chenda percussionist and mimic artist. ...more

Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Zakir Hussain 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

Mathieu Soucy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Mathieu Soucy Mathieu Soucy is a professionnal drummer, composer and multi-instrumentist musician based in Quebec city. Drummer and percussionist for many bands and artists such as Quebec city rock ...more

Danny Carey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Danny Carey Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey is an American drummer best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by artists ...more

Alex Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Alex Van Halen Alexander Arthur Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Originally, his brother Eddie had taken lessons for drums, ...more

Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Tony Allen Tony Oladipo Allen is a Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris. His career and life story have been documented in his 2013 autobiography Tony Allen: ...more