The Best Drummers Of All Time

Voting Rules
Drummers only.

Who is the greatest drummer of all time? This list features all of the best drummers to ever walk the Earth, with the order ranked by fans worldwide. While many of music history's top drummers are hard rockers, this list spans all genres, including pop, heavy metal, alternative, hip hop, jazz, and even electronic music. 

From legendary instrumentalists John Bonham and Neil Peart, to Keith Moon and Buddy Rich, this compilation of artists includes all of your favorite drummers. In addition to playing the drums, these dynamic music artists also identify as singers, songwriters, and some are/were even band leaders as well.

That being said, what actually made these famous drummers so amazing? An incredible sense of time and meter, for one thing. But it's more than just technical prowess: it's an overall presence, as well. In addition to skill, first and foremost, being a drummer also requires showmanship, particularly in the rock genre. Disagree? That's totally fine; just make sure to vote on the best drummers in the world based on their talent, music (i.e. albums and songs) and overall influence, rather than simply their popularity or fame.

Vote below for the top drummers, and after doing so, check out this list of the best female drummers ever.

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