Considered by most drumming aficionados to be "The Greatest Living Drummer", Neil Peart combines stunning precision with huge bombast with the prog rock band Rush. His solos are legendary and he is cited as a major influence for nearly every current drummer today.
Bonham was a rock anomaly, a drummer so astounding he often stole the show from his bandmates. His drumming was so powerful it felt like mountains crashing down around the stage, yet the precision with which he filled every space allowed you to hear every single beat. A force of nature.
While he's one of the greatest drummers ever, Moon is better known for his extracurricular activities. He was a legendary party animal, hell bent of self destruction with a dangerous violent streak and no regard for the rules. The prototypical rock rebel, Moon also possessed the fastest hands ever and an uncanny sense of timing and rhythm.
An amazing solo drummer. has a huge drumset and uses all of his pieces to perfection.
A jazz drummer who played in blues bands, Baker had the incredible stamina of two drummers and the manual dexterity in both limbs to pull off complex jazz beats and extended solos
Called the “The Godfather of Double Bass” Lombardo's sets feature some of the powerful beats ever. His unpredictable and genre bending fills make him stand out from just about every other metal drummer out there.
Simon Phillips (born 6 February 1957) is an English jazz, pop and rock drummer. He went on to play with a wide array of musicians including Big Jim Sullivan, Big Country, Toto, Steve Lukather and Los Lobotomys, Jeff Beck, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, Brian Eno, Duncan Browne, Toyah, Mike Oldfield, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Gary Moore, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Ph.D., Joe Satriani, Russ Ballard, Mike Rutherford, Phil Manzanera, John Wetton, flamenco guitarist Juan Martin, Asia, Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Earl, Derek Sherinian, Nik Kershaw, Gordon Giltrap and Jordan Rudess. And he was the drummer for The Who in their 1989 American reunion tour.
Considered by many as "The man with the golden arm" he has a 7-minute drum solo in a Sweet song of the same title. People used to say that Tucker had spinners in his hands to account for the fact he can spin his drum sticks during fills.
Criminally underrated - played with Big Country, Midge Ure, Ultravox, The Cult, Procol Harum, The Pretenders, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Fish...
With his 250 bpm, the guy deserves to be ranked in the top 10 of greatest drummers of all time. He has already filled in for Lars Ulrich of metallica, toured with KoRn, and played with Satyricon. He just owns the drums these days
He is a growing boy who needs validation of his abilities from other people. While he may not be the best, he has...potential.
Fantastic drummer with Japan, Rain Tree Crow, Dolphin Brothers, David Sylvian, Nine Horses, and more...as well as a solo career. Legendary.
One of the best drummers of all time. Currently plays with Porcupine Tree. Notable drumming tracks "Sound of Muzak", "Lazarus" and "Blackest Eyes".
he is one of the most awesome drummer in my opinion in many of his live concerts he has 4 drum foot bases how insane is that and he has his own 10-15 min drum solo and after most of the solos he has this part where he plays drum so fast the it sounds like a helicopter and during that his drum lifts 20-30 feet away from the ground usind hydrolics or somthin!!!!!!!!!! awesome!! must listen 2's 1-hot for teachers 2-get up
Remarkable drummer - listen to The Icicle Works' first album (1984), and look for the live version of Oasis' Shock of the Lightning, in which Sharrock performs an amazing solo. He's an absolute legendary drummer!
How many drummers have played with a drum kit that has spun upside down, He I think was the first one to do it. There was a report that on the Girls,Girls,Girls Tour that he fell out of it tho. But this did not stop him from still doing it on the rest of the tour. A true drumming legend.
Insane math rock drumming with the ability to switch between elaborate time signatures while still keeping the flow of the music.
Are you kidding me! This guy came back from what would have been the end of most peoples dreams. My man plays with one hand and one foot...are you kidding me? Enough said!
Sting refers to him as the best drummer in the world. When legendary guitarists Jeff Beck and John McLaughlin need a drummer he's the man. Modern drummer cited Colaiuta as being the most important drummer of our time.
have you seen this guy! He can do epic solos. He always has an awesome expression. Hes always got a sense of humor. This drummer from Green Day can show some people how its done!
Such a unique style, he is honestly everything you can look for in a drummer. Taking drumming to the next level. He blast beats and rides are ****ing breathtaking.
While he may not be good his bass chops are growing and plays for his high school jazz band
Exeptional drumming skills and one of the few drummers that have developped a totally unique style, which is so difficult to comprehend
SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 10! had a major influnce on british alternative rock drumming and makes massive use of his hit hat pedal and knows how to experiment with things. on top of all that, this guy sings, and he sings high!!
This guy has great speed and awesome rhythm. Not noticed much but i think he is incredible
fast. controlled. tight. and he records all his drum parts. he's actually legit unlike other metal drummers who do the double kicks on a keyboard so it sounds inhumanely tight.
Watch any video of Benny Greb soloing and you will see that he has amazing limb independence, almost as good as someone like Neil Peart. Lots of drummers on this list show no limb independence and can just play fast, while Benny can do it all. He has amazing technique which is much more important than speed. He should be waaya high up on this list. If you don't believe me, watch a video of him!
The beast drummer for the Foo Fighters. One of the best active rock drummers today.
An amazing Austrian drummer who composes background music for his own solos and is very active at drum clinics around the world. Check him out on YouTube
An overrated drummer, but a powerful one. His jazz rock technique really feats with Van der Graaf Generator style as surrealistic ("Man Erg", "The Sleepwalkers", "Lost") or really agressive ("Killer", "Scorched Earth", "Lemmings"). An essential drummer.
Crazy time signatures and incredible ability to keep a serious beat while laying down some vocals. If you dont think he should be on here you obviouslly dont know drumming.
Paul is the son of Carolina Abbot and Jerry Abbott, a country music songwriter and producer. He played in Pantera, Tres Diablos, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel with his brother, late guitarist Dimebag Darrell. His professional musical relationship with his brother often earned them comparisons to hard rock musicians Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Currently, Paul, along with members from Mudvayne and Nothingface, have formed the supergroup - Hellyeah. His biggest influence is Peter Criss of KISS
Practically invented R&B / rock drumming back in the day. Was THE monster session guy. Just Wiki this dude, check him out, and then push him to damn near the top of this list (because you won't be able to help yourselves... ; ) ) And check out his playing with David Axelrod in the late 60's and early 70s. ILL. (Much sampled by DJ Shadow, et al.)
80's Heavy Metal wouldnt be possible without hard hittin drummers like Robert Sweet from Stryper
one of the earliest poineers of progressive rock...his ability to flow over the music with odd beats and fills smoothly was almost unheard of..was regarded as the best drummer in the world at that time by rock magazines..was a major influence to neil peart and others
By far he was the most energetic drummer I've ever seen. The fact he's gone now is a shame becuase KISS has never found a drummer that has the charisma and energy he brought to the band Eric Singer is a very close second. Gone but not forgotten he will always be a trooper in The KISSARMY!!!!!!
The Best Salsa Drummer, He's the image of Yamaha Drum Machines, just hear his and You'll be impressed
Amazing ability and influence in british indie and new era punk... Very underated!... Real nice geeza aswel ;-)
A former session drummer who played in Heart in the 1970,s into early 80,s....very musical style and did a monster drum solo on Led Zepplins rock and roll (1980) and can be found on several heart cd,s.....dont kill me buts its better than johns. (john bonham is the best ever so dont get me wrong)
Out-to-lunch in a GOOD way! Very strange beats and grooves. Check out the album "Safe as Milk".
He plays with accessional power, speed and the one thing that most modern drummers lack- Feel.
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