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The 50 Greatest Drummers

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50 Greatest Drummers Of All Time

It’s that time again! It’s another uDiscover Poll of Polls. So just to remind everyone, this is not our choice of the 50 Greatest Drummers, this is us searching the web, and other sources, to see what other publications and tastemakers say are the best drummers in the world.

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Now, for starters there’s no place for drumming legend, Dave Clark, nor the wonderfully named, Honey Lantree (above). But it’s great to see Ex-Toto drummer and one of the most in demand ses-sion drummers, the late, Jeff Porcaro make the list; similarly, Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew and Steve Gadd.

Almost inevitably it’s rock drummers that dominate, but there’s some jazz drummers including, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Gene Krupa that have made it, along with another who made the top ten… but he will be revealed later.

No doubt many of you will tell us that this list is completely stupid because we left off the drummer from The Throbbing Goats or Stumpy Pepys. But you can’t argue with the facts! This is what all the other polls out there, deem to be the Greatest Drummers. We’ve scientifically analysed it and these are the results.

If we’d have had our way Charlie Watts would be way higher, so would Benny Benjamin. To be honest some would be much lower… but we’ll keep our own council on that.

50. Jeff Porcaro
49. Gene Krupa
48. Steve Smith
47. Hal Blaine
46. Max Roach
45. Topper Headon
44. Steve Gadd
43. Art Blakey
42. Benny Banjamin
41. Travis Barker
40. Nicko McBain
39. Alan White
38. Simon Phillips
37. Billy Cobham
36. Josh Freese
35. Vinnie Paul
34. Chad Smith
33. Cozy Powell
32. Vinnie Colaiuta
31. Charlie Watts
30. ?uestlove
29. Ansley Dunbar
28. Janet Weiss
27. Carmine Appice
26. Clyde Stubblefield
25. Matt Cemeron
24. Michael Shrieve
23. Bill Ward
22. Roger Taylor
21. Sheila E
20. Lars Ulrich
19. Tommy Aldridge
18. Mike Portnoy
17. Alex Van Halen
16. Ian Paice
15. Bill Bruford
14. Carl Palmer
13. Mitch Mitchell
12. Phil Collins
11. Ringo Starr
10. Terry Bozzio
9. Dave Grohl
8. Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo
7. Stewart Copeland
The Police, Stewart Copeland
6. Danny Carey
Danny Carey
5. Buddy Rich
4. Ginger Baker
3. Neil Peart
2. Keith Moon
Photo of Keith MOON and WHO
1. John Bonham



  1. jeff murt

    August 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

    BS. Ringo should be # 1 hands down. His style. Longevity. Fame.

    • Cliff

      August 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Ringo was a crap drummer. so was Dave Clarke.

      • banteron

        August 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        Ringo has a signature style, and plays the drum instrumentally, not to overpower melody.

        • Billy Mieder

          August 31, 2015 at 11:30 pm

          … >>> BANTERON !!! … SHUT UP !!! … YOU ARE AN IDIOT !!! … LOL !!! …

          • Tom Borowski

            September 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

            Billy Mieder eats dicks! Lol!

          • Wade Rave

            April 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm

            Billy how many cocks did you suck today?

          • BIlly Mieder

            April 19, 2018 at 5:19 am

            Billy Mieder ! Rock & Roll !

          • BIlly Mieder

            April 19, 2018 at 11:15 pm

            Billy Mieder is a great Drummer !!

          • BIlly Mieder

            April 21, 2018 at 3:32 am

            Wade Rave eats crap !

          • Billy Mieder

            April 26, 2018 at 1:59 am

            Drumming is a form of artistic expression. Just enjoy it !!

          • BIlly Mieder

            June 20, 2018 at 11:22 am

            Let’s just ROCK & ROLL !!!!

        • Billy Mieder

          April 26, 2018 at 1:54 am

          Music should not be a competition. Just enjoy it.

      • Matt

        August 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        You are wrong about Ringo
        I heard drummers talk about how he played and what sound came out of 4 drums.

        Again you are 100% wrong

        • Billy Mieder

          August 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm

          >>>> MATT !!! … SHUT UP !!! … YOU ARE A NUT JOB !!! … LOL !!!!

          • Ralph

            January 5, 2018 at 4:49 am

            Hey idiot you seem to have a lot to say about nothing so my question to you what about Nick Mason?? ( pink Floyd. )

        • BIlly Mieder

          April 19, 2018 at 5:04 am

          Rock & Roll !!!

        • BIlly Mieder

          April 19, 2018 at 5:21 am

          Billy Mieder ! Rock & Roll !

      • dion

        August 31, 2015 at 11:16 pm

        your obviously not a drummer and know nothing about the mathematics of drumming nor the understanding of complex rhythms. just keep listening to your favorite 80`s metal bands and leave the complicated stuff to the experts.

        • Billy Mieder

          August 31, 2015 at 11:33 pm

          >>>> DION !!! … LOL !!! … SHUT UP !!! … YOU ARE A JACK ASS !!! …

          • BIlly Mieder

            April 19, 2018 at 5:06 am

            Rock & Roll !!!!

        • Billy Mieder

          August 31, 2015 at 11:43 pm

          >>> DION !!! … SHUT UP !!! … YOU ARE A JACK ASS !!!! … LOL !!! …

        • Barbara Innes

          December 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm

          Dion is right on with his comment, if it’s the Dion I think it is, he knew my husband, a first rate drummer who discussed this with him many times. Richard was a blues drummer, not R&R, and had magical technique, he played with many musicians and made many records and CD’s. He spent much of the beginning as a member of “The Hollywood Fats Band”, and most of the last 15 years as a member of “Kim Wilson’s Blues Review”. If unfamiliar with his style, check him out.

      • DRUMMER

        October 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

        You obviously don’t play drums.

      • ron

        January 6, 2017 at 9:09 pm

        Ringo Starr wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles!!!!

        • Dale

          February 15, 2018 at 12:49 am

          That is a quote by John Lennon when asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world.

          • Rob

            February 24, 2018 at 10:36 pm

            No it wasn’t. It was actually a joke by Jasper Carrott. It has been erroniously attributed to Lennon.

        • Nick

          February 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm

          Pete Best was & should be on this list

          • Phil

            February 25, 2018 at 3:55 am

            Pete Best..lol

        • BIlly Mieder

          April 19, 2018 at 4:50 am

          I agree !


        August 13, 2017 at 2:30 am

        Cliff, you obviously know nothing about drumming as both Ringo and Dave Clark have been highly praised by real drummers. You are a moron so please shut the hell up!

      • BIlly Mieder

        April 19, 2018 at 4:51 am

        I agree …

      • BIlly Mieder

        April 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

        Rock & Roll !!!

    • Dave F

      August 31, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      John lennon was asked if Ringo was he best drummer in the world – his reply was “Ringo isn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles” !!

      • gil

        August 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm


      • Bryan E

        August 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm

        You obviously don’t know when John Lennon is joking.

        When he was asked, he jokingly said that “Ringo isn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles”, because before Ringo, there was actually a time when The Beatles was a 3-piece band, and Paul played the drums for a bit.


        If that helps.

        • Tim

          August 31, 2015 at 9:48 pm

          You need to remember, Pete Best was the Beatles first drummer, and he didn’t keep time well, that is why they got rid of him, even their produced George Martin has said that. Ringo had a style all of his own and it worked very well, I too feel that he should be #1.

          • Billy Mieder

            August 31, 2015 at 11:47 pm


          • blankend

            November 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

            I have to agree about Ringo’s ‘Style’ and ability to play to compliment the song, much like his great work on the song ‘Rain’. It was ironic that George Martin didn’t allow Ringo to play on the first recording sessions he made with the band, and used a replacement. If he thought so much of his style of playing, why did he not show any confidence in him during their first recording session? There have long been rumors of Paul going back after sessions and over-dubbing Ringo’s contributions. I had never fully believed them, but this kind of talk will continue to follow Starr. When you are considered by many to be the least talented in the most famous band in the world, this kind of thing is inevitable. I, personally love Ringo and think he is a great drummer.

        • Carlos Martinez

          August 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm

          urban myth. John never said that.

        • Mac

          November 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

          Paul *is* known for his mildly exagerated mumblings – harmless, but what can lead to wrong imprsssions and people reading more into them than is actually valid. The Beatles were *never* as three piece, they simply were forced to play that way on about er, one occasion, when Pete Best had a sprained wrist from moving beer barrels at his Mum’s club. Also, it’s fantasy that John Lennon ever said that about Ringo – a fantasy that Paul seems to have found amusing and gone and run with. The originator of the ‘Ringo isn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles’ was a British (Welsh) stand up comedian called Jasper Carrot in the eighties – well after John Lennon had been killed. Stay off the fantasy!

      • jan edvinsson

        September 1, 2015 at 1:43 am

        According to my knowledge John Lennon never said that, it was a comedian who said it and then it took off and are repeated again and again. As Hitler said….tell a lie and repeat endlessly and people will think it´s the truth. John did not over estimated Ringo, he knew his weaknesses but also his strengths.

        • DrummerGuy

          September 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          That’s very true!

      • Giorgio

        September 1, 2015 at 5:34 am

        i think the top 3 are interchangeable in many ways . i i still think that Neil Peart is the best hands down he has one thing the others don’t longevity whether Keith Moon would have or could have lived what 1 or 2 more years he basically had ruined his body with all the drugs and booze he was done. now John Bonham was a very hard guy on his body as well. but i think had he not passed away so sadly i think he would have still been able to continue and perform as he always did like a clock and hard . but getting back to Neil Peart he has always changed learned different techniques maintained his speed and precision and he still keeps the beat like a clock ! as for Ringo a lot of things were said about each of the Beatles ok. my studied musician friends claim that Ringo is a clock the end . and when in a band you need a good clock ! ! thanks for your time

        • Michael M

          October 23, 2015 at 9:24 am

          Peart doesn’t belong in the top 10 let alone the top 5. Carl Palmer and Bill Bruford are better. Terry Bozzio is LIGHT YEARS better as is Vinnie Colaiuta and Chad Wackerman (another Frank Zappa drummer). Sheila E is not a top 50 drummer but her father and uncles are.

          • Daveyboy816

            April 4, 2016 at 4:17 am

            Michael agree with you bud. Where is Narada Michael Waldon on this list? A fantastic stick man-played with Beck and 19 year old bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld

        • Pete

          February 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm

          Keith Moon was a very influential drummer BUT IMO does not belong in the top 20 and Lars Ulrich does not belong in the top 1,000 however Barry James Wilson should be in this list ! Speaking about timing Carl Palmer can’t keep time but in a band like ELP he was a perfect fit.

          • BIlly Mieder

            April 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

            Rock & Roll !!!!

      • kluu

        September 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

        This wasn’t him saying other currrent members were better drummers than Ringo, it was a play on the word, best, since Best was the last name of their first drummer.

      • Denny Weaver

        March 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        I have been playing for 55 years now and he is right about John Lennon’s comment on Ringo. On a lot the more intricate and recorded songs, Paul played and showed Ringo how to play for live performances! Paul is such great musician and person. If you saw the show with Ringo and Paul uniting, they had a second drummer playing and Ringo played the basic beat while the other drummer played the more intricate parts and Ringo also was watching the other drummer all the time. You can learn a lot of things watching performances of real “live” shows, not some of those ones where they are playing to the recorded music being played. I learned how to teach left handed students, from watching an old “Wings” concert, how to play with mostly right handed drum set-up and now one can play left or right handed.

        • Mac

          November 30, 2017 at 7:23 pm

          You need to change your name to Dream Weaver from Denny Weaver as you are an absolute fantasist. McCartney? Phhh….

      • Mac

        November 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm

        That isn’t actually true. It’s a ruse that was started by a British (Welsh) comedian called Jasper Carrot. The ruse didn’t even start till the eighties – long afterLennon had been killed. Get a life, bro’.

      • BIlly Mieder

        April 19, 2018 at 4:55 am

        LOL ! I LOVE IT !

      • GMR

        May 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        He never said that MORON

    • Carl

      August 31, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Ringo #1. Yeah sure.

    • Don Garduno

      August 31, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Billy Cobham should be much higher, And Danny Seraphine way up there.

    • Mare

      August 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      And Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Jojo Mayer, Mike Mangini???? I really can’t understand how did you miss those guys?

    • Mare

      August 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      And Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Jojo Mayer, Mike Mangini???? I really can’t understand how did you miss those guys?

      • Tom

        August 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        No Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad? She can take Shelia E. place. GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZ

        • Sergey

          September 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

          Poor guys, they didn’t listen to GFR at all!

      • Billy Meider

        October 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

        WHO THE FUCK ARE THOSE GUYS????? WHO ? HO?????

    • Steve

      August 31, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Obviously you don’t know much about music. Ringo shouldn’t have even made this list.

    • FramusJack

      August 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      when I read through the list I thought how come Ringo is so high up the list, bearing in mind that in an interview with the other members of the Beatles they were asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world they replied that he was not even the best drummer in the beatles!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bryan E

        August 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm

        They were making a joke. There was a time where the Beatles were a 3-piece band and Paul picked up the slack on drums.


        If that helps.

        • Guy L'Hoste

          September 3, 2015 at 1:32 am

          Not on the list is an exaggeration as is the top twenty let alone where he ended up. I know twenty jazz drummers off the top of my head who bury this list Colaiutta should have been higher Bozzio should have made the top five as should have Gadd and Weckl, so throw in at least Buddy Rich and it’s easy to see how wack this thing is. By the way, Sir Paul is a revisionist. Sad. Wants more than his fair share of The Beatles, John Lennon never wanted one song without McCartney’s name on it and Paul is going around talking smack about Lennon being a martyr. He’s a tool. If Ringo had played blues and jazz as was his intention the idiots who think he can’t play drums would just shut up. George Martin REAL QUOTE “with recordings we never needed a click track, we had RINGO.” A fukin metronome. Yea, that’s right, that’s why when they analyzed the time on the recordings they even asked that question, so of course the first track of everything from Rubber Souls forward Ringo was recorded and the rest played along. Yea. Paul is senile.

          • Robert L.

            October 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

            Since they did not specify rock drummers, I can’t understand why Buddy is the only “jazz” drummer. Where’s Elvin, Tony, DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe, etc.? Why isn’t Vinnie C. up at the top? I mean Vinnie Colaiuta would probably make everyone else’s jaw drop, they’d throw up their sticks laughing and leave the room.

    • ken

      August 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      buddy rich 1 hands down bonham was a slower carbon copy even down to hi kit setup crossovers and the doubleing of a single bass he even says so himself where is mitch mitchell dave weckyll

      • matt

        August 31, 2015 at 10:36 pm

        Rich could drum circles around everyone on this list, except maybe Krupa. The others may have been fine for their group’s style of music, but none have even close to the chops of Buddy Rich.

        • jorgebuja

          August 31, 2015 at 10:51 pm

          Actually, Buddy Rich publicly praised one of the “rock drummers” in the list, and that was Keith Moon. He had the greatest respect and admiration for Moon for his “musical, not functional” style.

        • Carol

          September 1, 2015 at 5:35 am

          You nailed that one . . . Krupa and Rich should be at the very top of that list!

          • Gary Todd

            January 8, 2018 at 12:09 am

            Joe Morello didn’t even make the list, so I don’t give the list much credibility. Also, Krupa confined hisself to a room for hours and listened to tribal drum beats to hone his craft.

        • TONY

          September 20, 2015 at 1:05 am

          Man, you got that right about Buddy his chops were incredible his speed was extraordinary. Unless your a drummer you just wouldn’t know. I saw Buddy at the OLD BIRD LAND for the first in 1959 when if you were a union Musician local 802 you could sit in the musician section and see his phenomenal technique.

        • Frank

          May 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

          From Krupa/Rich on up until yesterday with Art Blakey and Max Roach is all
          good. But let’s talk about today:Antonio Sanchez,Terry Lynn Carrington,etc.

      • Billy Mieder

        August 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm

        >>> HEY ! … KEN !!! … FUCK YOU !!! … YOU ARE AN IDIOT !!! …

    • Mark

      August 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Style, longevity, fame do not a good drummer make!

    • Bob

      August 31, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Ringo who?

    • Obomski

      August 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Come of it buddy; Ringo couldn’t hit a teacup if he wanted to. He’s a total zero, just allowed in ‘The Beatles’ becaus of his looks.

      • DrummerGuy

        September 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        No. Ringo was allowed in the Beatles because of Pete Best’s isolation from the rest of the band and Ringo is a better drummer.

      • Dale

        February 15, 2018 at 12:56 am

        Time to get off the meth Obomski

    • Python

      August 31, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Cant say I’ve seen Ringo or Charlie Watts show any real tecnical proficiency. Their music style either doesnt allow or call for it. Compare them with for example someone like Mike Mangini of Dream Theatre where enormous technical prowess is used or Tom Brechtlein from Robben Fords Blue Line. Ringo is a good drummer but is he worthy of being high on the list simply because he’s so famous? No. As for Charlie Watts? Is he even alive? Seriously watch him when he plays. He looks so damn bored and all he plays is a simple 2/4 beat. Occassionally he’ll appear to remember he has a tom tom.

      • Joe

        January 9, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        thats bs, Charlie Watts was like clockwork, the drums on the old Stones songs sounded great.

        • Terry

          March 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

          Charlie’s abilities were rarely seen as he was stuck in a great garage band that hit it big for other than musical reasons. Hard to beat those great classic jazz drummers. Not sure why Jon Hiseman rarely makes these lists. Not enough stock is given to full spectrum musicians who can write musical scores and understand harmonies, writing and melodies.

    • Billy Mieder

      August 31, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      … CLIFF !!! … YOU ARE A NUT JOB !!! … SHUT THE FUCK UP !!! … LOL !!! …

    • Billy Mieder

      August 31, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      … >>>> JEFF MURT !!! … You are an IDIOT !!! … LOL !!! …

    • Billy Mieder

      August 31, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      >>>> JEFF MURT !!! … YOU ARE A DOUCHE BAG !!! LOL !!!

    • Travis

      September 1, 2015 at 12:47 am

      When John Lennon was asked if Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world he replied “He is not even the best drummer in the band” (He was implying McCartney was better.)

      • Stephen Warne

        October 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

        I always thought that Pete was the Best drummer in the Beatles..

      • Peter X

        November 26, 2016 at 6:07 am

        That wasn’t John Lennon, it was British comedian Jasper Carrott parodying Lennon in 1983.
        Ringo is a better drummer than he sounds. There are things he played on those Beatles records that ae quite surprising.
        Keith Moon & John Bonham shouldn’t be top 2 and certainly not ahead of Ginger Baker. Neil Peart, Ian Paice & Mike Portnoy would be my top 3.

    • Gary Allen

      September 1, 2015 at 1:45 am

      I totally agree with the top three drummers, In my opinion the list can stop there.

    • Eolo Nizzi II

      September 1, 2015 at 2:23 am

      Buddy Rich has all of those guys beat, Buddy was the best, hands down!!

      • Brian Walton

        September 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

        Agree with you Eolo. Buddy was a great drummer live. Also think Cozy Powell and Roger Taylor should be higher. Only my opinion.

    • Brian

      September 1, 2015 at 3:14 am

      First off, ringo wasn’t that great, second, I would put terry bosio and Neil learnt up in number one and two. Just my opinion. Chester Thompson at least needs a mention.

      • Ken

        September 1, 2015 at 7:57 am

        Who is this Neil Learnt? Do you mean Neil PEART?

    • TNovak

      September 1, 2015 at 5:15 am

      Lenny White, Chester Thompson, Narada Michael Walden…Ringo…I dunno…

    • DrummerGuy

      September 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      If I were to rank the Greatest Drummers ELIMINATING the technical proficiency, Ringo would be NUMBER ONE on my list. But If I have to rank drummers WITH the technical proficiency, Ringo is NOT number One.

    • Chris

      September 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      You guys are killin me……I’m howling at so many comments…..I think what matters most is that we’ve all enjoyed most if not all these drummers at some point….and I’m not only lucky enough to have been able to listen and appreciate thier music….but I grew up in the best musical decades….60’s and 70’s….. Even that will be challenged however, musical greats regardless of era……

    • Steve

      September 2, 2015 at 12:07 am

      One of the best I ever watched was Ed Cassidy from Spirit!

    • Ummiami44

      October 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Ringo fucking sucks and if u think he is number 1 then u definitely don’t shit about music.

    • Michael M

      October 23, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Ringo was and he wasn’t. Ringo wasn’t flashy and he wasn’t a soloist. All Ringo did was hold down the beat. You could have him on the deck of a steamship in the middle of a typhoon in middle of a battlezone in the middle of a nuclear was and he would never miss a beat. He does it flawlessly. That still does not make him equal to Keith Moon or John Bonham.

    • John

      October 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Lol. Another “he should be #1 because he was the drummer in my favorite band” commenter. Ringo rarely stood out. He was a timekeeper

    • Tim Roberts

      October 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      John Lennon was once asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world. He replied, “he is not even the best drummer in the Beatles.”

    • Stu

      October 24, 2015 at 7:49 am

      No. If he wasn’t a Beatle, it wouldn’t matter. As great as The Beatles were–and they were great–people–especially Beatles fans, must look at them objectively.

    • Clint

      October 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Ringo very unique drummer ..Very different style not a drummer i would put in top 11 ..top 50 yes..

    • Rickey

      October 25, 2015 at 2:52 am

      Jeff, you’re either 16 years old and stupid or you’re just stupid. Ringo? Give me a friggin’ break. Famous…. Yes. Only because of the Beatles fame. Ringo wasn’t even used on most of their recordings. But since he’s even on this list tells me idiots put this waste of time list together. Not one, other than Buddy Rich, could hold a candle to Gene Krupa.

    • Carbonc60

      August 17, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Fame? How does Fame constitute ‘good drumming?’

    • Carbonc60

      August 17, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Fame? How does Fame constitute ‘good drumming?”

    • Amo Green

      October 1, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Ringo Was ” Ringo ” – Doin What HE Did ” Best “-(Pardon The ” Pun ” )- All oF These Great Drummers Had The Abilty To Play Well But We’re Part oF The Right Combination Of Band Members To Achieve That ” Greatness ” – RIP To All Those Who Are No Longer With Us & May All Still Here – Live Long & Keep On Keepin’ On !!!!


      August 13, 2017 at 2:39 am

      Sorry Jeff, I didn’t see any other way to leave a comment other than reply. I want to say that this list is definitely missing SANDY WEST, the amazing drummer and founder if the Runaways. Also for female drummers, ROXY PETRUCCI of Vixen should be on this list.
      Thank you,

    • Erik

      January 25, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      How does Carl Palmer not rank in the top ten? I love Bonham (Jason is pretty good too) but seriously, Palmer isn’t in the top ten? And Gene Krupa at 49? And Dingo Starr ahead of both of them? What criteria were you using for this? (Or what drugs?)

    • Ronaldr

      February 22, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      YES that’s why the Beatles had to also use a session drummer at times

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 4:57 am

      I totally disagree.

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 5:02 am

      Rock & Roll !!!!!!!

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 5:20 am

      Billy Mieder ! Rock & Roll !

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Billy Mieder says … I disagree …

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      Billy Mieder says … No way !! …

    • William A Mieder

      April 21, 2018 at 12:20 am

      Billy Mieder eats food

    • William A Mieder

      April 21, 2018 at 3:09 am

      Wade Rave eats shit ! LOL !

    • Billy Mieder

      April 26, 2018 at 1:37 am

      Music should not be a competition. Just enjoy it.

    • Ron

      May 15, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      What about Bartholomew Smith Frost (“Frosty”). Played with Lee Michaels…

    • Rob

      December 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Find me a drummer who is more inspired by Ringo Starr than John Bonham, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, or Buddy Rich.

    • tom

      January 21, 2019 at 1:17 am

      when a reporter asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world john Lennon replied he’s not even the best drummer in the Beatles dont believe me google it

  2. Aw

    August 31, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Is this for the comedy awards lmfao!!!!

    • tommo

      August 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      yeah mate.. Karen Carpenter isn’t even on the list, who made this list up, roger taylor above Charlie, you are having a laugh…

  3. Brammer

    August 31, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Never heard off Dave Weckl ????? The best drummer in the world !!!
    Not even in the list !???

  4. John

    August 31, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Tony Williams…who could outplay everyone on this list. He played with Miles Davis at age 17.

    • Cameron Hood

      September 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Couldn’t outplay Buddy Rich…sorry!

    • Michael M

      October 23, 2015 at 9:48 am

      I just heard a Tony Williams/Billy Cobham duet that was absolutely GENIUS!

    • Kevin Wayne Hudson

      December 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      … thank you so much for that comment!! Who made up this list?? Too many current drummers phenomenal drummers missing; Antonio Sanchez, Kendrick Scott,Brian Blade, Eric Harland, Lenny White!! WTF???

  5. Adrian

    August 31, 2015 at 11:50 am


    • Roy

      August 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      I agree! Apart from the top 2, a completely American (& Canadian) biased list. Dave Grohl is a pedestrian drummer at best. Lars Ulrich is allegedly better than Art Blakey? What a load of crap!

      • david

        October 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        Travis fucking barker….he aint shit and Sheila e is far above lars

  6. john

    August 31, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Tony Williams…how could you leave off Tony Williams? He was so good he played with Miles Davis at age 17.

    • OP

      August 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm


  7. Bobby

    August 31, 2015 at 11:53 am

    how could you leave Viv Prince off this list?

  8. Carlos Alberto Guglielmelli Viglioni

    August 31, 2015 at 11:54 am


    • Steve livingston

      August 31, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Shut up

  9. Fr Louis

    August 31, 2015 at 11:56 am

    No Al Jackson Jr (Stax/Hi)? No Fred Below (Chess)?

  10. JohnR

    August 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I always like to take a gander at these lists, but to me they’re worthless. I’ve never heard of most of the drummers in this list. That’s not to say they don’t deserve to be there. It simply points out the folly of these lists. How is it possible to rank people in a Top 50 list if you don’t even know the names of all the nominees or heard their body of work? And as the years go by you’ll continue to see more recent drummers included at the expense of truly gifted drummers of the past. I’m glad to see Jazz Age and Big Band Era drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich included. They both deserve it, but if you’re going to include them you should include Chauncey Morehouse as well from that era.

    • gus cooper

      September 30, 2015 at 12:44 am

      What about louis bellson.his track skin deep from the 50’s was a classic.

  11. Marloes

    August 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Like there are no fabulous good drummers outside the UK and USA! And where is Carter Beauford?

  12. Skin Reaper

    August 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    This is shit. where is Joey Jordison?

    • Leozam

      August 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Totally concur re: Jordison. Stevie Wonder is an amazing drummer. He should be there.

  13. john cooper

    August 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    No mark brzezicki??

  14. Gary

    August 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Where’s Tony Williams ???

  15. Bluesjunkie

    August 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    This is a laugh…. Ringo Strarr???? yeah right… And where is Mat Abts?? Steve Gadd should also be in the top 10…. and so on….

  16. Kevin

    August 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    What about Tony Royster jr and Kenny Aronoff?

  17. X

    August 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Buddy Rich is only at #5
    What are you smoking?

    • Fred Derf

      August 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Gene Krupa should also be in there.

      • CHRis

        August 31, 2015 at 11:21 pm

        Gene Krupa was criminally listed as #49.

  18. Frank Z

    August 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Ansley Dunbar was the best I’ve seen.

  19. Allison Thrash

    August 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    You’ve serious credibility issues with me…stunned to see the omission of Hunt Sales (David Bowie/Tin Machine, Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Sales Brothers). Hunt Sales has actually been named the greatest living drummer in the world.

  20. Rayang

    August 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    omg, i dont see “Gavin Harrison” for me one of the best 5 drummer worldwide – a “real” drummer!!!

  21. Andres

    August 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    John Bonham over Ginger Baker Keith Moon or Neil Peart? what a joke.

    • Joe Agostino

      August 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      I agree with ya Brother

    • Ronaldr

      February 22, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      of course your list is the joke – Keith Moon & Ginger Baker LMAO

  22. Greg

    August 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Chad Wackerman? Dennis Chambers?

    • ed

      August 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Chad Wackerman should be on the list. Buddy Rich, Clyde Stubblefield, Noel Redding, Ian Paste, much higher on the list.
      Drum players who also could play Ed Shaughnessy, Sandy Nelson, Dave Gaibaldi Got lessons from Buddy Rich when I was 19 and Clyde Stubblefield when I was 23. The Technician then the FUNK Master

  23. Jeremy

    August 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Looks more like a popularity contest than a ranking of actual skill.

    • Phil

      September 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      That’s what I was thinking. Hard to believe someone like Carter Bueford isn’t a top 50 drummer?! Really?!

  24. Kolvorok

    August 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Where is the great drummers from the east? Like Rishad Shafi of Turkmenistan, Wojtek Szadkowski of Poland, Stomu Yamashta of Japan…

    • Paul

      August 31, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Stomu Yamashta, wow a great drummer and percussionist, I have so many of his albums.

  25. Craig

    August 31, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Chris “Whipper” Layton, Double Trouble’s drummer – the backing band of one of the all time greats – Stevie Ray Vaughn. Beach Boys Drummer, Dennis Wilson, Phil Collins. These were also greats.

  26. Dale Navarre

    August 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    What about Don Brewer from Grand Funk? His drum solo from the song T.N.U.C. should’ve put him somewhere in the top 15.

  27. Pablo

    August 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Keeith Moon mejor que Neil Peart?????, Ginger Baker mejor que Terry Bozzio?????? El imbécil de Ringo Star mejor que Bill Brufford???????????? Ustedes están drogados o qué????

  28. Pekka Mäkelä

    August 31, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Without Jon Hiseman( Colosseum & Tempest etc.) is this list pure shit!!

  29. Jackie

    August 31, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    C’mon, no Mick Fleetwood???

    • Wayne

      August 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Yes Mick Fleetwood should be on that list as should Clem Burke.

  30. Mark

    August 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Uh…..John Densmore?

  31. Malcolm

    August 31, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    The late Tony Meehan, original drummer of The Shadows and his long-serving replacement Brian Bennett take a lot of [drum] beating. And Terry Williams formerly of Dire Straits would make practically all the rest of the rock drummers listed look and sound pretty silly. As for Stewart Copeland and Phil Collins – please! Who drew up this motley assortment of no-hopers?


      September 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Saw Tony Meehan with Jet Harris at Cheltenham Town Hall in early 60’s. Lights went down and just sticks flashed!

  32. Stuart Brenner

    August 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    No Earl Palmer? A truly worthless list.

  33. Bernice

    August 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I’m surprised Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, drummers for the Grateful Dead didn’t make the list! Because they’ve blown the minds of countless fans!!! Love them!

  34. Tom Lamb

    August 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Holy hell!! Joe Morello….Brubecks drummer?

    • Paul Maxwell

      May 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

      It’s about time someone recognizes Morello.
      His style sometimes overshadows his real talent.
      I was at a concert where he performed a solo lasting more than 24 minutes, with no goofs. The master of time changes!

  35. Michael Mastro

    August 31, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    What, no Rod Morgenstein?!

  36. Brian Lewis.

    August 31, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Were-s SANDY NELSON. LET THERE BE DRUMS..The Only Drum Record In The Pop Charts..

    • Python

      August 31, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      “Let There Be Drums”? was a fun tune for its time but lets be honest, none of the drumming in there was all that amazing.

      • Magrat

        May 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm

        Sandy Nelson was the best at 74 I still enjoy playing his l.p. record

  37. Derek Trucks

    August 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm


  38. ron

    August 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    buddy rich is #1…you people are trippin’…

  39. larry smith

    August 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Why can’t Dave Clark of the Dave Clark five be on this list? Ringo Starr should have been number one hands down!!!

  40. Mel

    August 31, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    No Paul Wertico or Dave Mattacks? Disappointed

  41. Kurt

    August 31, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    No Peter Erskine? Ridiculous!!

  42. Ingo Grinowski

    August 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Ringo must be in the first 10.

  43. Jack Bond

    August 31, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Prairie Prince?
    Truly great drummer from The Tubes, Prairie was a founding member of Journey.

  44. Dwayne Ernst

    August 31, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I’m assuming this list is for popularity drummer and not necessarily skill drummer. If it is meant for skill, Charlie Watts and Ringo should be nowhere near this list. Where is Tony Williams? Love Bonham, but as a lifetime drummer I personally would put Buddy Rich at the very top. The greatest of the greats.

  45. Per

    August 31, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Where is Sandy Nelson?

  46. Michael DesAulniers

    August 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Please!!… Off the top of my head, Bryan Devendorf(The National) could drum circles around most on your list, and Micky Waller, Kenny Jones, Paul Thompson! All of them clearly, CLEARLY deserving of inclusion to such a list. You claim science was involved in the selection process, yet from what I can see, it appears that you simply scimmed your record collection.

    • Keith

      June 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Paul Thompson. Yes. Thank you.

  47. Mark

    August 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Ian Paice at 16. Has whoever compiled this ilist heard him play???????
    Paice was/is the guvnor. The fastest most technically gifted rock drummer ever. Have a listen to Fireball. 16, I think not.

  48. Richard Balsam

    August 31, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Michael Giles. Early King Crimson (21st Century Schizoid Man! Listen to him!) and esp McDonald & Giles LP. Incredible. Should be top 50 just for those performances alone!

    • Peter

      September 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Agree!! Michael Giles. And where is Pierre Moerlen of Gong? two of the best!

  49. jack

    August 31, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    sandy nelson and mick fleetwood and dave clark should be on this list and be rated high.

  50. Todd

    August 31, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I think this Poll should qualify that it is generally rock drummers that are profiled. Great jazz and jazz rock drummers are conspicuously absent with the exception of Buddy Rich. How about Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Lenny White, Chester Thompson, to name a few?

    • Dave

      August 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Cobham is on the list at no 37

  51. Paul

    August 31, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t see one of my favorites on the list. Edward Claude “Cass” Cassidy was an American jazz and rock drummer who was one of the founders of the rock group Spirit in 1967. Born: May 4, 1923, Harvey, IL
    Died: December 6, 2012, San Jose, CA
    Music groups: Spirit, Rising Sons (1964 – 1965) and numerous jazz bands , he kept playing almost up to the day he died.

  52. Raphael LLontop

    August 31, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Personalmente Buddy Rich es el numero -1.

  53. roger

    August 31, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Say this out loud and with sincerity: Ringo… is a greater drummer… than Carl Palmer and Bill Bruford.

  54. D

    August 31, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Jack Dejohnette??

  55. C-Pop

    August 31, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Insanity! Any list of the greatest drummers of all time should include Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree at the top. Or its not a list!

  56. Peter Semus

    August 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    No Praire Prince or Lee Pierson?

  57. Chris

    August 31, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Buddy Rich at 5?!!! Neil Peart at 3?!!! No Jo Jones or Levon Helm?!!!!

  58. Lyman flenner

    August 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    RINGO at #11!!!!! that puts the whole list in question

  59. Ian

    August 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Jimmy Chamberlain. He’s unreal. Smashing Pumpkins owe him everything

  60. Debiruman

    August 31, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Dave Grolh, seriously ?

    And where the f**k is Yoshiki (X Japan) ?

    And among the Metal dummers, Ingo Schwichtenberg (former Helloween drummer, who died in 1995, one of the greatest Metal drummer in the late 80’s), Les Binks (Judas Priest’s drummer in the late 70’s, almost developped modern Metal drumming), Scott Travis (actual Judas Priest’s drummer), Scott Colombus (former ManOwaR drummer, who died in 2011, he had a unique sound), Ricardo Confessori (former Angra, Shaaman) and Jason Rullo (Symphony X) are absolute beasts too.

  61. Bill Gumhold

    August 31, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Mick Fleetwood one of the all time great drummers not in the top 50 really.

  62. Keith

    August 31, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I loved Keith Moon, but would be the first to admit that technically he wasn’t in the same league as Ginger Baker. Ask Eric Clapton!

  63. Pilotdrum

    August 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Clem Cattini, played on 45 UK Number one hits. Bobby Elliott of the Hollies, probably the best ‘Pop’ drummer of the ’60s.

  64. Mr. Whirly

    August 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, look, another excuse to argue about our opinions!! Let’s settle nothing!!

  65. Breen Deegan

    August 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I really mean this Ringo Starr is a much better drummer than Gene Krupa.
    Where’s Earl Palmer – Ever hear of DJ Fontana
    Oh yea . Sandy Nelson wasn’t as good as Ringo Yea right

  66. TONY

    August 31, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Art Blakey #43 Phil Collins #12 what a joke!!!!!!

  67. Bill Boyer

    August 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Danny Serephine!!!!!!!! Ask any of those other of the living 50 on that list and see what they have to say about the original drummer from Chicago Transit Authority!!!! Truly paved the way for jazz drummers in rock!!

  68. Doug A

    August 31, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    David Garibaldi?

  69. JC

    August 31, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    This list is completely bogus. Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earing) isn’t even on it.

  70. Benny Rees

    August 31, 2015 at 6:11 pm


    No Larry Mullen Jnr. of U2?!

    • DrummerGuy

      September 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Larry is a fine drummer for U2 but he’s not really the best drummer in the world

  71. Dave

    August 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Robert Wyatt is a staggering omission.

  72. Carl

    August 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Anyone ahead of Neil Peart means the list is a joke.

  73. Cj

    August 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    What no michael Shrieve of Santana, he had Woodstock in the plalm of his hand one afternoon with Soul Sacrifice………and on 4 drums!!

    • Rishabh Thakur

      August 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      True that, he is on 24, should be way higher than that.

    • Peter

      September 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Outstanding Shrieve was!!

  74. Denis Version

    August 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    No problem with Ringo being high up in this list, but a greatest drummer list without Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Jaki Liebezeit is not to be taken seriously.

  75. steve peters

    August 31, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Music didn’t begin in September 1962. Where’s Earl Palmer? Where’s Buddy Harmon?

  76. Colin twine

    August 31, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    No Ronnie tutt ? One of the best rock drummers ever

  77. Gerard

    August 31, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Where’s Joe Morello ??? Oh yeah, that’s right: In heaven, kickin’ every drummer’s ASS !!!! 😉

    • Steve

      September 1, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Agree….Morelo played incredible time signatures!

  78. mfgolden@comcast.net

    August 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    What about Butch Trucks and Jaimoe?

  79. PunkAndrew

    August 31, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Ringo Star, Phil Collins…. and Dave Grohl in #9? … WTF … how about Tim Herb Alexander? is it a list of best drummers or most popular drummers? remember be popular not means be good… Buddy Rich indisputably #1

  80. Donald

    August 31, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    What! No harvey bartswonkle ? That’s total bs .he is hands down the best drummer in the universe im quitting this page as of now kma people!!!

  81. John

    August 31, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    They had #1 listed correctly. John Bonham was the right choice. The man was born to play drums. He had the energy and the timing along with great improvisation skills to fill gaps with amazing sounds.

  82. Michael

    August 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    The fact that the late Bruce Gary of the Knack isn’t on this list shows it’s more of a popularity contest than anything else. Sheila E? Good grief. Google “Your Number Or Your Name” and watch the live performance at Carnegie Hall. Ridiculous skill and personality to boot. Very respected session drummer. Why not go with only the opinion of drummers and who they find the best in their profession? The list is bunk.

  83. Gary

    August 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Clapton has been quoted as saying Jamie Oldacre was part of the best rhythm section and best band he was in … that’s Clapton …

  84. Darrell Parks

    August 31, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Ginger Baker? It was the drugs playing, he had no talent. Gene Krupa should have been way higher. Sandy Nelson, even the drummer from the Surfaris. Of course, it just HAD TO BE a Led Zep at number one. Nerve wracking twerps. “The Song That Does Not End” describes a lot of their music.

    • Joe

      January 9, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      boy, you couldn’t be more wrong about Ginger Baker, at least the part about no talent.

  85. Jim C

    August 31, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    This list is a travesty. Bill Bruford should be #1. He can drum ANY style. Ringo shouldn’t even be on the list. Buddy Rich #2. I agree with most of the names that were omitted. There are many here that shouldn’t even be mentioned.

  86. Edgar Islas Barajas

    August 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Ringo Starr no. 1 y Jim Keltner cerca de el!!!

  87. Ric

    August 31, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Barrett Deems was the worlds fastest

  88. Kay Heymer

    August 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    What about Sly Dunbar, the most influential Reggae drummer? And Style Scott? Jaki Liebezeit from Can? Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke?? Chester Thompson? John Weathers from Gentle Giant was a great drummer., too. Christian Vander from Magma was unique and great, as was Mani Neumeier from Guru Guru. This clearly is a list of sales records, not of musical quality and innovation.

  89. Samiam181

    August 31, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I think moon should have taken the cake he was a Mitch better performer than bonham it also feels like moon had a tighter sound

  90. H. Hart

    August 31, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Not too many arguments. Keith Moon might not be the technician, but his gonzo style (both behind the set and elsewhere) is legendary. I would have probably put Josh Freese significantly higher… easily within the top 20. IMHO, he is phenomenal.

  91. Joe

    August 31, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    And where, I ask, is Dave Mackintosh?!

  92. Tam Bourine

    August 31, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Dave Mattacks anyone?

    • Ady

      August 31, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Yes mate

  93. miguel parra

    August 31, 2015 at 7:13 pm


  94. wobblytuba

    August 31, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    All I can say is Ginger Baker should be #1!

  95. LibraryMike

    August 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Ringo, number 11? Shurely shome mishtake. He doesn’t even rate 111. In an interview, at the height of The Beatles fame, John Lennon was asked: “Is Ringo Starr the greatest drummer in the world?”
    His reply? “Ringo Starr isn’t even the greatest drummer in The Beatles!”

  96. j

    August 31, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Where the hell is Richie Hayward……….??????????????

    • BMurph

      September 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Ritchie Hayward came to mind immediately! Should of been on list. Buddy Rich #1 is spot on.

  97. Iron

    August 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Lars is surrely not better than Nicko McBrain. Nicko is awesome drummer, keep in mind that he never uses double pedal, and you can hear some serious gallop kicks from him, he is the beast. Deserves much higher place.

  98. Mario

    August 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    And where’s Jon Hiseman?

    • Skipper_a_il

      April 16, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Yea! I was also looking for Jon Hiseman from Colosseum. I think he’s worth better than some of the list.
      And Brian Bennett from the Shadows (Big B and Little B for those who might have forgotten).

  99. Ady

    August 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    For goodness sake no John Coghlan and no Dave Mattacks, you’re kidding.

  100. Bobby

    August 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Lots of great drummers on that list, but Lars Ulrich? Please. I can play circles around him. Moon is way overrated.Crazy character, great rock personality..sloppy drummer. I like Roger Taylor, original sound, perfect for his band. But he’s not #22. Ringo will always be a topic of debate, not impressive technically…but without his unique minimalist style the Beatles sound wouldn’t be the same…or nearly as cool.

  101. Clark

    August 31, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Are you kidding me! Butch Miles is not even mentioned! And what about Carter Beauford? Yes Ringo- too much is not better! He fit his drumming into the song without standing out- a solid beat is everything.

  102. Moose442

    August 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    WHAT? No Little Drummer Boy?!!?

    YOU People are IN-SANE!!!!

  103. Rishabh Thakur

    August 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Man, Mitch Mitchell is damn too low at 13, he was damn good to be in top 10. Also Michael Shreive should be above 24 certainly.

  104. Eric

    August 31, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    um……as long as Buddy Rich is on the list, along with Art Blakley and Max Roach….what about:

    Louie Bellson????

  105. Too Old To Be Cool

    August 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Liberty DeVitto.

    And, of course, Animal.

  106. Moby

    August 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Surprised at no Gavin Harrison or Marco Minnemann. Bonham better than Rich mmmmm? Not sure. But Rich better than both Moon and Baker.

  107. Phil Grabar

    August 31, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Sheila E ahead of Charlie Watts?!? Ahead of anybody?!? Bogus list. Gene Krupa would be spinning in his grave if he read this list.

  108. Lexx

    August 31, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    What about Barrymore Barlow (Jethro Tull) and Mattias Olsson (Anglagard) ?

  109. Farid

    August 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I don’t know who made this but he or she needs to make his homework.

  110. Phil Grabar

    August 31, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    BJ Wilson from Procol Harum – overlooked…again.

  111. Mike

    August 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Any list of drummers that has Neil Peart at number THREE and Mike Mangini omitted is a completely irrelevant list and the author of said list should be given a triple-drumstick enema.

  112. Bry

    August 31, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Mick Fleetwood. Kramer from ASmith…..

  113. Wicumun

    August 31, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Gene Krupa was as good if not better than Buddy Rich. So Gene Krupa should be much higher than 49

    • Ed Encelewski

      August 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      and Chick Webb was better than both of them….

  114. Anti Dentite

    August 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    What does a drummer use for contraception?
    His personality.

    • Anti Dentite

      August 31, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      What do you call a drummer that breaks up with his girlfriend?

    • Anti Dentite

      August 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      How do you get a drummer off of your porch?
      Pay him 10 bucks for the pizza.

    • Anti Dentite

      August 31, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      How many drummers does it take to wallpaper a room?
      Three, if you slice them thin enough!

    • Kandee Riggio

      August 31, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      You obviously know nothing about drummers—- Rhythm and stamina —- not to mention some of the best personalities I’ve ever know. I’ll match anyone’s personality against Carl Palmer’s any day–

  115. Dylan Wold

    August 31, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Where’s Dave Mackintosh from DragonForce?

  116. Terry Mcgoldrick

    August 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Todd Sucherman of Styx has been winning numerous awards lately….and, he is a sensational drummer, better than most of those on this list. If you don’t believe me, play any of the many Styx songs on YouTube especially One with Everything-with the contemporary youth Orchestra…he lights up the sky!

  117. Ron

    August 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Ringo, No. 1 and Jeff Porcaro No. 2. Ringo started the whole thing.

  118. Steve

    August 31, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I would add Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, English Electric) to the “Ya missed one” list. And, perhaps un-categorizable, is Dame Evelyn Glennie, drummer and percussionist extraordinaire. Drums, hand percussion, tuned percussion – nothing is off limits for her. I also second the gentlemen who brought up Joe Morello and Jack DeJohnette. In fact, there’s probably a “50 Drummers Who Deserve To Be Included in the ’50 Best Drummers’ But We Left Them Out” list that we could make. It’s a bit like “The Three Best Writers of the 20th Century” list – only 3, are there?

    Of course, the all-time glaring omission on this list is Chris Partridge. He could be explosive when he wanted (“I Think I Love You,” “I’ll Meet You Halfway”), or admirably restrained (“Echo Valley 2-6809.”) In fact, Hart and Kreutzmann took many of their cues from the P-Fam’s punitive pounders of Chris and Tracy. Such oversights are intolerable.

  119. Kevin

    August 31, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Jimmy Chamberlain left off tells me this isn’t a serious list of top drummers.

    • Jerry

      October 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Tre cool was missing as well – I would put him in the 40s somewhere. Jimmy should be somewhere in the top 20.

  120. John

    August 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    No Levon Helm, Liberty DeVito….really????

  121. Rich

    August 31, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Wow. No Louie Bellson? No Charlie Benante? How is Travis Barker on this list and Louie and Charlie are not? No offense to Bonham and Moon, great drummers in their time, over 30 years ago! Just saying.

  122. Garry Cowan

    August 31, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    John bohnham number 1 is spot on nuff said

  123. bob

    August 31, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Look up a drummer called Lois Bellson

  124. Brad

    August 31, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    The best I ever saw live was Jerry Mercer of April Wine. A close 2nd would be Peter Criss of KISS. They belong on the list. Honorable mention: Johnnie Bolin of Black Oak Arkansas, The Tommy Bolin Band and DVC.

  125. Claire

    August 31, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I’m very surprised that Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys & the current drummer for The Beach Boys John Cowsill is not on that list. Dennis was and John is an incredible drummer.

  126. Andy G

    August 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Three Brits in the top five including first and second.Get in!

  127. Marcus

    August 31, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Max Weinberg an Ginger Baker

  128. steve

    August 31, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    where the hell is Jim Gordon???

    • John B

      January 7, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Jim Gordon is in Gotham City!

  129. Tom

    August 31, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I’d add Russ Kunkel, Jim Keltner and Buddy Miles

  130. Steve Heidelberg

    August 31, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t care what anybody else says or thinks but THOMAS LANG is the best drummer ever until somebody better comes along probably won’t be any time soon.

  131. Ed

    August 31, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Chester Thompson isn’t too shabby.

  132. Kevin

    August 31, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    No love for LEVON HELM????…take out Sheila E… and slide in Levon

  133. Laurie

    August 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Gene Krupa is better than all of this skin bashers – get real and understand talent at the highest level.

    • Cameron Hood

      September 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Krupa isn’t better than Rich. Rich had speed, control, and style.

  134. Dave

    August 31, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd #10. Neil Peart #1.

  135. Dominic Pennachio

    August 31, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Bill Bruford should be high on list. Don Brewer should be on the list. Dino Danelli should have made the list.

  136. Tommy Burns

    August 31, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Likes 3 of the 4 especially Keith and Ginger. I did not see John Densmore of the Doors who I think is better then Ringo and Charlie.

  137. Mike Jacobs

    August 31, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Were is Joey Kramer of Aerosmith

  138. Carlos Martinez

    August 31, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Lars Ulrich? Seriously?

  139. Peter Ellis

    August 31, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    …….any compilation of this nature , that doesn’t include Tony Williams, Joe Morello, and Brian Blade…is valueless!!!!!

  140. Jim Jim

    August 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Come on people, stop getting so emotional, this list is obviously in order of popularity and not technical ability (as these lists most often are).

  141. me

    August 31, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Where the hell is Francky Costanza of Dagoba ?!

  142. leif Clavenheim

    August 31, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    The Canned Heat. Refried Boogie. Drummer Adolfo Fito . 1968

  143. warwick

    September 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    wow you all do get excited lol
    A drummer is no different to anything else…we all have our own preferences….no one is right nor wrong….but for me personally its Buddy Rich

  144. Billy Mieder

    September 1, 2015 at 12:03 am

    … >>>> TO EVERYONE !!! … Who has commented on this LIST !!! … SHUT THE FUCK UP !!! … MUSIC is NOT a COMPETITION !!! … And NONE of you have the musical chops, to say ANYTHING about ANYONE !!!! …

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Yes ! Billy Mieder is correct !

  145. Joan

    September 1, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Well-balanced list. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann deserve a grateful nod. How many drummers have successfully complimented each other’s sounds and shared the stage and the road for decades? Unique drumming, no egos. Have a nice day. 🙂

  146. Roy

    September 1, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Totally agree with the top three… but in reverse…. Love Moon and Bonzo ..both amazing drummers …BUT… I have never heard anyone with the versatility of Neil Peart…To my mind, I’d place him above all drummers, followed by Bonzo, then Moon, then you have to give props to the great Jazz drummers like Rich and Krupa….

    Ringo shouldnt be on the list…as a drummer, he is mediocre at best…


  147. Billy Mieder

    September 1, 2015 at 12:22 am

    … >>>> TO EVERYONE !!! … Who has commented on this LIST !!! … SHUT THE HELL UP !!! … NONE of you have the musical chops to say ANYTHING about ANYONE … Music is NOT a competition !!! … MUSIC, like LIFE, is RELATIVE PERCEPTION !!!! …

    • JohnR

      December 9, 2015 at 3:21 am

      And everyone here perceives you to be a total bigmouth douchebag.

  148. Bruce darling

    September 1, 2015 at 12:35 am

    This is why no list should be made.. out of all the great drummers out there, some not even famous, could be on this list!! its impossible to pick!! Different styles, different , music, different decades!! why not just enjoy all there is that these guys offered and leave it at that!!
    it turns into a battle no body wins!!

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 6:44 am

      … I totally agree !!! …

  149. Bob

    September 1, 2015 at 12:51 am

    They all SUCK. And so do YOU, Billy Mieder.

  150. glen bass

    September 1, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Levon Helm should’ve been on this list!!

  151. ken.nelson

    September 1, 2015 at 12:53 am

    What…no Art Taylor? He was on SO many great jazz albums in the 50s and 60s…don’t think I saw Philly Joe Jones’ name on the list either. As far as rock drummers go, how about Paul Hammond of Atomic Rooster? And a drummer for Rory Gallagher – Rod D’Ath?

  152. david Lozano

    September 1, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Ginger Baker isnthe best

  153. Son Setz

    September 1, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Mick Avory of the KinK’s was far better than most in the Brit Invasion. He should be on the list.

  154. Mike

    September 1, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I would have put don brewer on here and the one drummer that nobody seemed to mention at all was paul t riddle from the marshall tucker band his drum rolls are legend!!

  155. John Bean

    September 1, 2015 at 1:55 am

    @Ian Paice, best lefthanded drummer ever, has been hittin’ that rimshot for 50 yrs.
    @Michael Tegza of 1st 2 HP Lovecraft studio and legacy released Live at Fillmore West lps, and 1st lp by Chicago band, Bangor Flying Circus. You will never hear a closer player to Keith Moon (saw him 5 times).
    Drummers of note) – for hittin’ a crash cymbal, from the bottom up – @Ross Salome, replaced Mr. Tegza BFC, see above, renamed Madura, check him out “Electra Glide in Blue” movie, @Mike Kellie, Spooky Tooth, Billy Mundi, Mothers of Invention, Rhinocerous (monster).

  156. gilbert

    September 1, 2015 at 2:10 am

    neil peart is the greatest drummer ever hands down

  157. Lou

    September 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I would move Gene Krupa way up on the list. He was my earliest inspiration as a drummer. Also where is Dino Dinelli from the Young Rascals? Big inspiration for me. FYI love Keith, Ginger, and John. Plus BJ Wilson from Procol Harum?

  158. Chuck

    September 1, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Although maybe not tops, but certainly Levon Helm should be in the top 50…

  159. Lasmono Hadiatmadji

    September 1, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Phil Erhart ( Kansas ), Don Brewer ( Grand Funk Railroad ), Lee Kerslake ( Uriah Heep ), Stu Cook ( Creedence Clearwater Revival ) are great drummers, must be on th list please

  160. Lasmono Hadiatmadji

    September 1, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Corection I should say Doug Clifford ( Creedence Clearwater Revival )

  161. jafitz58mb

    September 1, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Jerry Edmonton of Steppenwolf Listen to his diverse style

  162. Rocky Slaghurst

    September 1, 2015 at 4:23 am

    If you have never heard Billy Cobham play One Word – try ‘er on for size and then revisit this list. As much as I dig listening to Cream and Led Zeppelin – seriously…..

  163. Patrick

    September 1, 2015 at 4:34 am

    No Steve Gadd or B.J. Wilson? Someone messed up.

  164. Roy Morales

    September 1, 2015 at 4:44 am

    While I don’t agree with the order and the omission of some of my favorite drummers, I think Steve Gadd’s playing on Steely Dan’s “Aja” ranks as one of the best performances ever. And I should be on this list somewhere around # 1,999,998 I’m pretty awesome!

  165. Romper

    September 1, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Why not Carl Palmer- Steve Jordon- Clive Bunker- Neil Smith- Carmen Appice-Simon Phillips-can’t think of his name but the drummer for The Young Rascals….

    • Caveman Chuck

      September 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Neal Smith — a long time favorite of mine.

      • bob b.

        September 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

        SO glad you mentioned Neal. Truly one of a kind, and underrated talent!

      • bob b.

        September 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

        I would add Corky Laing and Cindy Blackman Santana…and move Steve Gadd up!

        • Dan_McCoy

          January 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm

          I too would have liked to have seen Corky Laing on this list.

  166. Bob

    September 1, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I don’t understand how the hell Ringo Starr gets a mention when the original drummer with the Beatles was Pete Best a much better drummer than Ringo could ever be. Also no mention of the drummer Sandy Nelson who had many hits with drum solo’s in the 50s and 60s he is a legend!

  167. Greg Leary

    September 1, 2015 at 5:11 am

    There is someone missing from this list because she is first and foremost thought of as a vocalist although she considered herself a drummer first. Karen Carpenter was a phenomenal drummer!


    September 1, 2015 at 5:23 am


  169. Bee Kay

    September 1, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Not a single mention of John Densmore? Clearly the improvisational jazz and bosa nova beat would be missing in the Doors if not for his amazing and unique contribution.

  170. georgert

    September 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I saw Iron Butterfly in concert back in the day and after Ron Bushy finished his five minute drum solo, or whatever it was, he was so wrecked that a couple of stage hands had to pick him up off the floor, give him some water and fan him off before he could get back on the stool to pound out the finale. Now he was a drummer.

  171. dr linus

    September 1, 2015 at 6:41 am

    really not a place for John Densmore from the doors???????

  172. rockit

    September 1, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Where is Rick Allen the one arm drummer? He should be on the list right ?

  173. Alan

    September 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

    John Lennon was absolutely right when he said Ringo was not even the best drummer in the band

  174. Merlin

    September 1, 2015 at 9:34 am

    No Andy Ward of Camel??

  175. Francois ACID

    September 1, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Also…why they forget Phil Collins?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hne5B6nBKhg …that’s a drummer!

  176. BennyB

    September 1, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Ummm… 2 names left out…
    Chester Thompson & Barimore Barlow (Jethro Tull)

  177. rod

    September 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Cannot disagree with Bonham and Moon the top 2, only I would have Moon No.1. Another drummer was Fito De La Parra (spelling is probably wrong) from Canned heat. Their style didn’t allow him to show his skill/style. One song that he shined on was ‘Fried Hickey Boogie’ with a legendary 30 second solo.

  178. Antonio Martínez

    September 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Buena lista, ¿pero donde está Richard Christy? para mi de los mejores.

  179. bRUCE gUNN

    September 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Graham Lear!!!! Hello????

  180. ian Crawford

    September 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

    If you play and know drums, the list you have put forward is a joke and the order is all wrong. How could Jeff Porcaro be no 50. He has been incredibly influential in so many songs and with so many different artists. The same applies for Steve Gadd. I don”t dispute John Bonham listed as number one for innovation, but putting guys like David Grohl in the same company is ridiculous. He might be a great front man and pull out the chops on the drums but this doesn”t mean he has earn”t the respect from serious drummers and produced anything memorable.

  181. Johny S.

    September 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Gene Kruppa, the greatest drummer of all time, at 49?? and all the jazz drummers low on the list. There is too much rock bias. A lot of people need to listen to more jazz, particularly from the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s.

  182. Michael

    September 1, 2015 at 11:58 am

    What about Joey Jordison ?

  183. Cameron Hood

    September 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Buddy Rich is by far the best drummer. Ringo Starr wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles; Paul was. Sheila E and Charlie Watts…gimme a break.

  184. JRAD

    September 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Clem Burke is at least in the Top 50. Check this out:


  185. Craig McKenzie

    September 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Why would Max Roach and Art Blakey be so low on this list? Also notably missing: George Hurley from Minutemen/fIREHOSE.

  186. Fred

    September 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Where the f**ck is Jojo Mayer and Daniel Gerendas?

  187. DrummerGuy

    September 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Go ahead and spit on Ringo all you want Motherfuckers. Keep mentioning the Lennon quote that he’s “Not Even The Best Drummer In The Beatles”. GO FUCK YOURSELVES ALL OF YOU!

  188. Glenn

    September 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Tim Alexander, Harvey Mason, Glenn Kotche, Steve Jansen

  189. Andy

    September 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    This list is meaningless! No John Densmore and Topper and Charlie Watts should be much higher placed!As for Ringo……I think it’s all been said!

    • John

      October 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Dude, The Doors are my absolute favorite classic rock band by far, but i don’t see Densmore being on this list. He was fine, but not top 50 or anything. He knew how to blend with the other 3

  190. Shorthairs

    September 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Joe Morello…R.I.P….

  191. Shorthairs

    September 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Joe Morello…R.I.P….

  192. Shadeofpale

    September 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Come on!!!!! No ‘Animal’ from the muppets band. This list is total shit.

  193. Ollie raisin

    September 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Bonham at number one. What the fuck. Most overated drummer of all time. Yes he was good but Paice was better in a band setting and his solos were crap. Louis maholo had more talent in his penis than anyone mentioned here in there sticks.

  194. terje

    September 1, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Ringo ranged as 11. Chalie Watts 31. What is wrong With the People who made this list, they cant understand music

  195. frank

    September 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    It’s too bad that people overlook some of the true greats. You guys will laugh but what about Karen Carpenter. Karen peat out Bonham for drummer of the year according to Drummers Mag. You can laugh all you want but just type in her and drumsolo on YOUTUBE and I’m betting she’ll put you all to shame. Then there is my personal favourite, Mr BJ Wilson. Who you ask, the guy who was approached to drum for Led Zep before they invited Bonham. BJ played for Procol Harum and Joe Cocker. He also played in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Those are two greats I don’t see listed.

  196. Ray Welsh

    September 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor should’ve made the Top10 . His drum solo on the ‘live’ version of Brighton Rock is by far one of the greatest ever.

  197. Dave

    September 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Real drummers do it in a tuxedo. Buddy Rich is the fastest, he goes nuts at about 3:30. see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9esWG6A6g-k

  198. Steve

    September 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    John Bonham was a very good drummer, but come on, Keith Moon was hands down the best drummer in rock and roll with Ginger Baker a close second. Ringo? Nice drummer, but other session drummers were used over the years to supplement his work.

  199. Saul Pimon

    September 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Really? You’ve got Dave Grohl and Ringo but no Nick Mason?

  200. Mike Wolfe

    September 1, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    What no Danny Serephine from Chicago. This list sucks.

  201. Mikael

    September 1, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I was attending The Who in Malmö 1966 and it is still my biggest moment seeing and hearing Keith Moon in action. HE was without doubt the most charismatic drummer I ever seen or heard.

  202. AZA

    September 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Jon Hiseman could wipe the floor with a lot of these. I once saw Keith Moon and Aynsley Dunbar in a drum battle, and Dunbar just quietly sat behind his kit and blew Moon away. But put Keith Moon in the Who and he was perfect. Most great bands are far bigger than the sum of the individuals in them.

    • Mikael

      September 2, 2015 at 12:41 am

      Who is the best drummer or best musician it is all about taste and likes but still no drummer or a very very few left the same impression like Keith Moon did both live and in the studio. Maybe he wasnt the best and I never said that but I think he will stay in peoples minds longer than any other. And for those in doubt listen to the Ox from different live albums.

  203. Guillermo

    September 2, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Maureen Tucker of Velvet Underground? What about her?

  204. john ladino

    September 2, 2015 at 2:28 am


  205. Jeff

    September 2, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I think Krupa and Rich should be in the top 5.

    More important….how is Carter Beuford left off of this list? The dude is a BEAST

  206. Seba Musica

    September 2, 2015 at 5:33 am

    No Chris Adler?? smh

  207. debi drums pomeroy

    September 2, 2015 at 6:39 am

    ya know, i’ve been around a long long time. playing drums and living every drum moment to break barriers for women drummers who never ever had a freakin’ chance for an audition with any of the name acts even when they/me were worthy. Drummers ARE the backbeat, timekeeper of thee band. We are thee most important member of the band because if we couldn’t keep time or count time or play a phenomenal fill the entire band would disintegrate into a million pieces. No guitar solo or any other solo instrument could make it work if the drummer couldn’t keep time. A good drummer knows when to put what where. Its also about the feel. I remember doing a solo with a phenomenal saxman. it was just me and him. me on the floor toms underneath his remarkable sax solo. It was mesmerizing. It was amazing. It is all about the feel and the timing. Even when a good musician plays ‘outa time’ if its in time it grooves. You all need to listen to some of thee greats before you make any ridiculous remarks about certain famous drummers that everyone knows. How about the thousands of drummers, men and women, who are unknown but love their instrument soo much that they make sacrifices every day to play their drums.

  208. Chris

    September 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Moon. Bargain. End of story.

  209. Bebopster

    September 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Any top drummer list that does not include Elvin Jones loses all credibility.

  210. Jim the Pinko

    September 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I feel strongly both ways.

  211. bob b.

    September 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I would add Corky Laing and Cindy Blackman Santana…and move Steve Gadd up!

  212. ron Lavallee

    September 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Doesn’t singing ability count?? What about Micky Dolenz? Where would the monkees be without him? He is the best singing drummer of all-time

  213. peter

    September 3, 2015 at 11:50 am

    No Jim Gordon (Layla) Its like leaving Patrick Roy off a list of top 50 Goaltenders. Yes he was insane, but a human metronome. This omission deeply damages the credibility of the list. F

  214. Peter

    September 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

    No Jim Gordon on list (Layla) That is like picking the top 50 goaltenders and leaving Patrick Roy off, For those that are not sure who he was and what he did (an amazing career) I recommend you do a little research. Yes, he was insane, but a human metronome. Layla album to me is such good music, that quality standard was not met prior to or after that session by anyone, ever… I love a lot of music, but he was part of a ton of special stuff…

  215. Gerry

    September 5, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Barriemore Barlow “He was called “the greatest rock drummer England ever produced” by John Bonham (wiki).

    • Brother vern

      October 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Amen to the mention Of Barriemore Barlow Mr.Gerry, indeed worthy of a top ten spot in my list as well. Excellent mention.

  216. spareme

    September 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    No words for how cringeworthy this whole page is — list and comments.

    Gregory Hutchinson, Elvin Jones, Brian Blade, Bill Stewart, Ari Hoenig, Art Blakey, Mark Guiliana, Antonio Sanchez… There’s a list that doesn’t look like a joke. But don’t go listening to them! There is no way that YOU are ignorant to the vast majority of music out there. After all, you’ve done extensive study of these drummers, spending 8 hours a day for years listening, transcribing, and practicing, and perhaps you’ve played gigs with a few of them too — right? Stand firm in your beliefs, and why not watch some Whiplash in the meantime?

    – a professional, working musician

  217. Brother vern

    October 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Got a big problem with this list: Alan White at #39…really?!! Seen about 1000 concerts in my 55yrs, and he put on the best solos I ever witnessed…hands down, with respects to the all the greats, especially those I did not see…Alan White gets my vote for #1.

  218. rikki

    October 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    load o shite no buddy rich ?

  219. Gary Lee Twissell

    October 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Peart is number one…..we all know that. Phil Collins should have been second. Shit list.


    October 22, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    of course this list is a bunch of bunk…. what about Bobby Caldwell, Mick Fleetwood, Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchell, just to name a few who would blow any of these drummers out of the water but are not even on the list….

  221. Steve

    October 23, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Ringo belongs on the list, pals. And high on the list. Do you really think John and Paul would have put up with a crap drummer for very long? What’s wrong with some of you? They were two of the greatest song writers of the 20th century, maybe THE best. Why in hell would they have had Ringo unless they thought he was great? He was great. Very confident, very creative. Very unusual. Perfect for the Beatles.

  222. indigofruit

    October 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    listen to steve gadd on “Aja” or Alan White on “Tales from Topographic Oceans” . Those two pieces of work alone place them way above anything roger taylor or dave grohl did.

  223. DARYL

    October 23, 2015 at 11:39 am


  224. Frantek

    October 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Jeff Porcaro at #50 ?

    …this must be a joke…

  225. Sledge

    October 23, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    How can you have Phil Collins on the list and NOT Chester Thompson? And Ringo Starr…R E A L L Y…smh

  226. Pascal

    October 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    ‘The best..’ lists are always arguable and I will keep away from that but why just anglo american drummers? As if there are no good drummers outside USA and UK.

  227. gary

    October 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    How could anyone leave out Gil Moore of Triumph?

  228. Lee H

    October 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    This list is incomplete without Elvin Jones. Questlove would be the first to say it…along with most of the drummers on this list.

  229. zootsi

    October 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I can’t believe that Earl Palmer is not there. The sad part is most don’t even know who he is.
    Also, where is Bernie Purdie?

  230. RSS

    October 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Keith is #1

  231. Joshua m

    October 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I personally feel that Neil peart is the world’s best drummer

    • Brett Stafford

      November 7, 2015 at 12:50 am

      Where is Brian Downey?! Played drums faultlessly for Thin Lizzy for years. I always liked Clive Burr and he started me off loving drumming and was my inspiration. He should be ahead of the other Iron Maiden drummer here, Nicko McBrain. Clive locked into Steve Harris’ bass far better and night after night Nicko kept cocking up Clive’s rhythms till Steve just said, ‘okay play it your way’ lol. Even Bruce (who wanted to be a drummer himself) said that Clive was the better drummer for Maiden’s music. My teacher always would talk about Joe Morello as his fave along with Steve Gadd. I think we all are very lucky to even be having this discussion in this period of history. Appreciate them all, don’t bicker like schoolchildren over who has not been sharing the prize toy properly. 70 years ago, none of this existed, and perhaps in 70 years time, it won’t either …

  232. anon

    October 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Ringo? Lars? Where is Carl Palmer… Naná Vasconcelos…

  233. John

    October 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Nice to see Terry Bozzio get the credit he deserves. That dude can play his BALLS OFF. I was never really into any of his projects, outside Missing Persons. but he blisters. Most of the top choices were obvious. Big Copeland fan here. I am very surprised to see Krupa and Porcaro so low. I think Tim Alexander of Primus should be on it as well

  234. Ruben Vrielynck

    October 23, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    no Mick Fleetwood, Nick Mason or John Densmore ?

  235. Daniel

    October 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Where’s Jim Keltner?

  236. Jeff

    October 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    No Bun E. Carlos? This has no merit. Sheila E.? Are you kidding me?

  237. Leroy Jethro Gibbs

    October 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I like Nirvana and Foo Fighters but Dave Grohl is way too high on this list. Put him back at 34 and bring Chad Smith of RHCP up to 9.

  238. lilej2

    October 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Not a bad list. But even with your “factual research” it’s hard to believe there’s no room for drummers like Carter Beauford of DMB, Tim Alexander of Primus, Mick FREAKIN Fleatwood of Fleetwood Mac, or even Mickey and Bill of The Grateful Dead. Sure, maybe a top 100 list, but some of those guys would be in the top 50 of a top 100 list

  239. rdz

    October 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    only keith moon could do what he can do i am 62 treied for years to competed hi drummed come close but john boham is too easy for me he moves alot but his beat i find the simplist to copy on my set keith all the way

  240. Chera

    October 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    What, no love for Portnoy?

  241. Scott M

    October 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I thought Keith Moon was crazy but a total genius on the drums.. he would change from a right foot lead to a left foot lead in the middle of a particularly hard part of the song which is like a guitarist spinning his guitar and swapping hands.. near impossible ..and he never practiced which in my mind makes him the best

  242. Paul Condon

    October 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Crappy list,anybody ever hear of Bernard Purdie and David Garibaldi, not to mention Rod Morgenstein !!!!

    • dai ev

      October 29, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Well said Bernard “pretty” purdy the most recorded drummer ever

  243. dan avis

    October 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Where’s A. J. Hale of Halestorm?

  244. G Man

    October 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I agree that this is an incomplete list. Clem Burke should be here as well as “Ziggy” Modeliste of the Meters.

  245. richard

    October 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Wilcos drummer Glenn Kotche without a moments doubt one of the top five ever im old enough to have seen all the legends even Keith, Buddy , Jon RIP

  246. Jyri Mikkola

    October 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm

  247. Celso

    October 23, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Excuse me, but this list is completely distorted, not part of it names like Eric Carr (KISS), Mick Tucker (The Sweet), Chris Slade (AC / DC) and Eric Singer (KISS) and others is very strange.

  248. greg

    October 23, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Where is Alan Wren and Dolpin Taylor? Kak list.

  249. Max DuBois

    October 23, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    #1 Buddy Rich #2 Neil Pert #3 is the drummer for carlos Santana at Woodstock!!!Everyone has forgot about him!!!!Michael Shrieve…1969 -1974

  250. Phil Bauer

    October 24, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I believe that Liberty Devito was the greatest rock & roll drummer of all time. From Elvis to Billie Joel. Period!

  251. Peter Ross

    October 24, 2015 at 12:17 am

    The only thing we should be arguing about is what fucking assholes at Rolling stone dared leave Keith Moon off of their list when they named the greatest drummer of all time. arguing about lesser drummers like Neil P, or Ringo is a waste of time. When Ringo and Bonham were asked who the greatest rock and roll drummer of all time was…They did not hesitate to say Keith Moon.

  252. John

    October 24, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Terry Bozzio doesn’t deserve to be on the list.

  253. Jimmy Clark

    October 24, 2015 at 1:32 am

    *RINGO* others dare to compare,….history is set in stone….

  254. Fred R

    October 24, 2015 at 1:37 am

    So where was Chik Webb of the Apollo!?

  255. Rich

    October 24, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Listen to Cream and you’ll know hands down it’s Ginger Baker. He can p,at so many styles and is knowledgeable about them.

  256. G.J Williams

    October 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Has everyone so easily forgotten a man considered the greatest swing drummer of them all…Chick Webb.
    He blew Gene Krupa off-stage in a very famous “battle of the swing bands” in NY in the 30’s.
    I am a Bonham and Moon man (re rock drumming) from way back….but folks do yourself a favour (if you are drummer) and get a hold of some Chick Webb..

  257. Stu

    October 24, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Where are Buddy Saltzman and Gary Chester??? Both were first call New York session drummers and were probably more likely to have played on more sessions than Hal Blaine–believe it or not–despite his claims.

  258. Micheal

    October 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Elvin Jones ?

  259. Sid

    October 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I find it hard to have Jazz drummers and rock drummers in the same.list. No Elvin Jones? I can’t believe Zac Starkey isn’t even.listed. For me rock wise it would be Ian Paice, followed by Starkey, Bonham, Phil Collins, Moon and Brian Downey. Also a shout for Roger Taylor. Additionally the drummer from Buzzcocks John Maher and Sterling Campbell.

  260. RockabillyRob

    October 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    What about Dickie Harrall From Gene Vincents Blue Caps? one of the best drummers of the 50s and still working today….!!

  261. Stu

    October 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    How could anyone forget Al Jackson of Booker T & The MGs and Stax Records???

    If the list was a “Top 50”, I would have to say Rick Bucker would qualify somewhere among the ranks.

  262. Tommy

    October 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Where’s Sandy Nelson whys he not on the list?

  263. Dave Oswald

    October 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    No Elvin Jones
    No Jack DeJohnrtte
    No Bill Stewart
    No Peter Erskine
    No Ed Blackwell
    No Pail Motian
    No John Marshall
    No Hohn Hiseman
    No Alex Cline
    Why did I look at this list – it is ludicrously stupid
    Compiled by people who know nothing about real music

  264. spaski

    October 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    so where is Robert Wyatt,at least he’s still alive and kicking?

  265. yvon

    October 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    bill bruford 1
    carl palmer 2
    phil collins 3

  266. Drummer

    October 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Most certainly not my top 50. And the order is a bit off too. Why do people vote due to myth and tinted glasses about how they remember that time when….. rather than judge on talent.

  267. Chuck AzEee

    October 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Too bad such polls are trolled by a bunch of immature know it all geeks that truly do not know anything beyond their limited realm. These polls when comparing Jazz and Rock drummers can be as dumb as one can get, and as phenomenal as Buddy Rich was, many lose sight of being a musical drummer, a metronome and being speed demon.

    I’ll take a Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts 10 times out of 10 before any of the drummers outside of John Bonham in my Top 10. To me, it’s about the feel for the music, not how fast or how many notes you can play in a 3 minute song.

  268. Jim Kleinfelder

    October 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    As usual, the person or persons who do these ratings, I firmly disagree with. This one is no exception.

  269. Mike Lockyer

    October 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Marco Minneman?

  270. Freddie

    October 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Levon Helm is really missing here…

  271. andres

    October 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    mm what is really sad ,,see your ccomments about the list ,,bitchin anyone for this in that ,,,ey buddies is just a list nothing more ,,,and love it ,,a lot of good drummers in this list,, be prouds for what you see there and no bitchin ourselves and the must funniest part those drummers in this list looks your eggo or ?? comments and theys are like ,,,heuu wow we soupose to be brothers of drumming ,,,sad ,,,,

  272. winnili

    October 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    – I migliori 50 batteristi al mondo o solamente della musica angloamericana? Vorrei citare 2 batteristi italiani.
    Il primo, un certo Gegè Di Giacomo (nipote del poeta Salvatore Di Giacomo), della compagnia di Renato Carosone, che esordì al fianco di Peter Van Wood suonando bicchieri, tazze, sedie, barattoli con grande stupore e successo degli astanti. Era il 1949!
    Il secondo, Tullio De Piscopo, un eccellente batterista ex della formazione del defunto Pino Daniele, chitarrista portavoce della Naple’s Power.
    Un saluto.
    – The 50 best drummers in the world or only the Anglo-American music? I would mention two drummers Italians.
    The first, a certain Gege Di Giacomo (nephew of the poet Salvatore Di Giacomo), the company Renato Carosone, who debuted alongside Peter Van Wood ringing glasses, cups, chairs, jars with amazement and success of the onlookers. It was 1949!
    The second, Tullio De Piscopo, a former drummer of the excellent training of the deceased Pino Daniele, guitarist spokesman Naple’s Power.
    A greeting.

  273. Tom Martin

    October 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    This is such crap. John Bonham (and Keith Moon) were heavy handed bangers with no versatility or sensitivity. Could either of them swing? Of course not. At least Carl Palmer wasn’t on the list (was he?) Even the best rock drummers can’t hold a candle to average jazz drummers. Where’s Elvin Jones? Where’s Connie Kay or Joe Morello? Glad that Hal Blaine made it, but where’s his wrecking crew partner Earl Palmer? If you wan’t to call this the best Rock Drummers, then call it that and this list might make more sense, but to call it The 50 Greatest Drummers totally discredits it.

  274. Big Ed

    October 26, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Omissions: Pip Pyle, Guy Evans, Furio Chirico..never heard of ’em? Look ’em up..

  275. paulito

    October 26, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Where the F*** is Drum God ; JoJo Meyer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  276. paulito

    October 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Where the F*** is Drum God ; JoJo Mayer, Stanton Moore and Benny Greb !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  277. Milan

    October 27, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Barriemore Barlow Better quality and better drummer of John Bonham

  278. Neil Powell

    October 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Great to see Simon Phillips and Bill Bruford on there. And who’d argue with John Bonham? I’m not too fussed by the order these are in, just that they are all recognised.

  279. Jimmix

    October 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This Can’t Be Real?
    This is really way too stupid to be real
    The List seems to be established by people who are into popular/Rock music…
    After viewing the Grammys over the past couple of years, I noticed most of the
    music was of very low quality and the instrumentals were worst. To any person
    that thinks even the first 10 selections are legitimate with regards to being
    great drummers MUST have a hearing problem… (exception to maybe Buddy Rich, but not in the first 10)
    Ringo Starr, what the f*ck is THAT all along with a MOST of these DRUM BEATERS


  280. Joachim

    October 27, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    You forgot John Hiseman from Colosseum. It’s a shame that he is not mentioned here.
    On the subject of Ringo: He’s a good drummer. His timing is outstanding. For the Beatles there was no better drummer than Ringo

    • Skipper_a_il

      April 16, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I agree on Jon Hiseman. A pity he was omitted.

  281. Jimmix

    October 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    No Tony Williams???
    The meek have inherited the earth or I think YOU, (who have compiled this list), are not exposed to enough music and this listing really addresses that issue. Jazz drummers are some of the greatest in the world and very poorly represented here. I did not mean to sound harsh toward Ringo Starr but there was and STILL IS a lot more going on in music than the Beetles then or some of the pop crap played on the airways today. This listing has a very narrow focus and looks like it could be a top 50 drummers from Billboard Publication, that would explain everything.

  282. Eleazar Antonio Quintero

    October 30, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Excelente pagina, con toda la información importante de los artistas, músicos y géneros musicales…me encanto de sobremanera su estilo y diseño.

  283. Brett Stafford

    November 7, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Where is Brian Downey?! Played drums faultlessly for Thin Lizzy for years. I always liked Clive Burr and he started me off loving drumming and was my inspiration. He should be ahead of the other Iron Maiden drummer here, Nicko McBrain. Clive locked into Steve Harris’ bass far better and night after night Nicko kept cocking up Clive’s rhythms till Steve just said, ‘okay play it your way’ lol. Even Bruce (who wanted to be a drummer himself) said that Clive was the better drummer for Maiden’s music. My teacher always would talk about Joe Morello as his fave along with Steve Gadd. I think we all are very lucky to even be having this discussion in this period of history. Appreciate them all, don’t bicker like schoolchildren over who has not been sharing the prize toy properly. 70 years ago, none of this existed, and perhaps in 70 years time, it won’t either. My fave is Neil Peart, because he is one of the few drummers that also wrote lyrics. Clive Burr also wrote. But not Nicko : (

  284. John

    November 7, 2015 at 5:11 am

    This is one of those trolling articles right? I mean this can’t be a serious list of the greatest drummers.

    • Jim greenfield

      December 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Not without Dino Daneli it can’t.

  285. byronmoore@hotmail.com

    December 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    neil peart a better drummer than ginger baker? i don’t think so! in fact neither was keith moon nor john bonham. moon may have been the most fun and wild drummer, bonham was a hard hitter whose prowess was heightened by jimmy page’s production, but baker was easily the best of them all, he could play anything. you can’t say that about the 3 you’ve chosen ahead of him.

  286. yvon

    December 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    bill bruford
    phil collins
    carl palmer

    • Brian

      March 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Phil Collins? Hahahahaha…. Songwriter, singer, producer… OK. But not drummer. He’s stale and machine-like. Nothing interesting ever came out of his drumming.

      • Victor

        January 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        Not drummer? Machine like? Did you listen to Brand X? No? Check it out on YT.

  287. jeff sarrow

    December 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    If the List is limited to Rock drummers, knock yourself out. Aside from Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Bonham and Mike Shrieve, the others can,’t be mentioned in the same breath as Max Roach, Philly Jo Jones, Krupa, Tony Williams, Joe Morello, Jack DeJohnette, and , of course , Buddy Rich , one of the most amazing talents on any instrument. Touch, speed, sense of time and taste, incredibly exciting and explosive.

  288. fraz

    January 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Keith Moon is #1.
    There are two types of drummers – those that came before Keith Moon and those that came after him. Moon changed everything about drummers and their role in a band, transitioning them from background timekeepers to lead instrumentalists. John Bonham and Neil Peart are outstanding, but they are the product of Moon’s pioneering work. Each of these three musicians could do things the others couldn’t, but Moon earns the top spot for being the originator of the modern rock drummer.

  289. Geoff

    January 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    There is one drummer that didn’t get a mention at all and in my book should be right up there in the top 5 or so and that is the late, great Ritchie Hayward from Little Feat. He was the man! If you are not familiar with his work, do yourself a favour……

  290. Ajay

    February 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    damn ;_; where is joey jordison

  291. Mae West

    February 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    This is a popularity drummer list. Not a talented drummer list. Where’s Dave Weckl? JoJo Meyer? Barriemore Barlow? Clive Bunker? Eddie Bayers?

  292. Brian

    March 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    This list is not based on technical skill as a drummer, or even musicality. Otherwise the studio champs like Colaiuta and Gadd would be #1 and #2. Phil Collins over these two?? In what alternative universe?

  293. Ron

    March 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Nice to see Stewart Copeland (personal Favorite) And Buddy Rich up there.

  294. Patrick Longworth

    March 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    So…the drummer from Triumph is not on the list nor is the main drummer from Survivor’s peak? Matt from Loverboy? The drummer from Chilliwack?
    The drummer from Jeff Healey’s band?
    What is this prejudice against Canadian musicians?

  295. Peter Visser

    March 31, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Unbelievable, I’m missing “John Weathers” of Gentle Giant the man with the best performance.
    For me the number one.

  296. Daveyboy816

    April 4, 2016 at 4:46 am

    What about Narada Michael Waldon? A big time stickster-played for Jeff Beck. And don’t laugh: Mel Torme. I saw a drum-off between Krupa Torme and Buddy Rich and Torme blew both of them off the stage. I couldn’t believe it.

  297. Skipper_a_il

    April 16, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Jon Hiseman of Colosseum and Brian Bennett of The Shadows, Two poles but Great drummers who should be on this list.

  298. John Hughes

    April 21, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    What, no Earl Palmer!

  299. jan kuipers

    May 12, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Did somebody heard of Huub Jansen from the Netherlands.
    He was a famous jazz drummer .You must have heard AND you must have seen him!

  300. G.F.Woolley

    June 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I remember back when there were Big Bands = 1940’S = 1950’S I heard Eric Delaney play LET THERE BE DRUMS ‘ NOW THAT ‘S DRUMMING FOLKS’ also WIPE OUT’ AND AVAN AGEELA WILL TEST ANY GOOD DRUMMER TOO’

  301. alain

    September 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Keith Moon would be the First

  302. chris

    September 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I cant believe mick Fleetwood or nick mason is not on the list ..watch pink Floyd live at Pompeii 1971 track one of these days .nick breaks he’s drum sticks & still makes the track

  303. Patvyn

    September 9, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    (too) often forgotten:
    – Brian Downey
    – Barriemore Barlow
    – Jon Hiseman
    – Aynsley Dunbar
    – Ralph Humphrey
    – Billy Mundi
    – Chester Thompson
    – Christian Vander
    – Pierre Moerlen

    • Andrew P

      September 13, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Frankly, a very important pre-British Invasion and R&R drummer, that took the USA in popularity in his own right in the late 50’s and early 60’s and had several Top Ten Bill Board Hits, and sold many vinyl albums: Sandy Nelson !!

  304. Jennifer

    September 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Mixing genres is a dumbass idea. If I wanted to pick a piano player, I wouldn’t compare classical and jazz as a basis of ability. Frankly I’m disappointed that on two greatest lists Queen was placed in the middle.

  305. Jeff G.

    September 27, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I must say,that best this, best that, is nothing more than BS. One thing though, how many on this list are dead from being stupid from drugs & drinking. How many can read and write music?
    Harvey Mason is not listed WTF, Bill Buford not listed Dave Weckel Peter Erskine.
    Bottom line its a B S list.

  306. Alex

    October 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    And what’s about Billy Kilson? A monster…

  307. Major Tom

    December 24, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Steve Gadd anyone?

  308. Erland Eikestad

    January 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    A Very Interesting discussion on Ringo here.
    I’ll shamefully have to admit that I once upon a time, had the idea that Ringo was a crappy drummer.

    After re-approaching The Beatles at more seasoned adult age (I never really “left” them as such. But didn’t play their records myself for quite some time.)
    Buying the Albums that I’d actually never explored as ALBUMS until now “Beatles For Sale” and the previous “Mop-Top”- Period-Albums (In my teens I’d prefer the Albums from “Revolver” and forward.) which I’d for the most were familiar with the Singles from in my pre-10-years through my older sister.

    And one clear day, I recalled how I used to stack up My mums Cookie tins and Casserole-Lids and stuffed them with various size Pillows and play along Ringo’s Tom-tom Solo on “Abbey Road”, and how FOND I was of Ringo as a Drummer.
    And what a Fantastic Rock’n Roll Drummer he was as “Fab”, and not to forget his Drumming on George Harrisons (And the other Beatles’s ) Solo-albums.
    And what an Important and Iconic Drummer that he IS!

    As for the Poll- list as such:
    Elvin Jones should so Definitely have been there.
    Stomu Yamash’ta as well.
    And Jon Christensen.
    The Norwegian Jazz-drummer alongside Modern Jazz Icons such as Jan Garbarek and Guitar-Icon Terje Rypdal and other International renown Jazz Stars at the German”ECM”-Label.
    Check out on YouTube: Terje Rypdal Trio in a Televised (French television) Outdoor-Concert from 1973, and You’ll see what i mean!

  309. Scott

    January 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    By what or whose standards,fame or skill?? I don’t recognize all of them but sure know who shouldn’t be on this list if it’s based on talent: Alex Van Halen,Keith Moon,Charlie Watts,Ringo Starr,Bill Ward,especially.Keith Moon at # 2.I love all these dudes and their in but c’mon!!

  310. Scott

    January 5, 2017 at 7:18 am

    By what standard skill or fame? If it’s skill then way too many omissions/admissions.Alex Van Halen,Ringo?? C’mon gimme a break!

  311. Steve

    January 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Hands down…the most misguided laughable top drummer list Ive seen in all my years. Soon as I saw the likes of Trevor Barker and Vinnie Paul over Steve Smith I discarded. Thanks for the laugh though…maybe some day guys like Dave Weckl and Dennis Chambers will be good enough to make the list…ha ha….what a joke.

  312. dana mcdonald

    January 6, 2017 at 1:33 am

    too bad we all missed Steve Mitchell from San Francisco from back in the day…truly a monster…
    Rick Quintanal, from Don Ellis days…kicked double bass like a beast…still playin back east…Ralph”Buddy” Humphreys from Frank Zappa….top drummers….

  313. judy owens

    January 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    where is mick fleetwood?

  314. Horvipepe79

    January 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Stewart Copeland 7th?? The dullest of all……, and where is Jon Hiseman?

  315. per bernt

    January 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Where are Kenny Aranoff ?

  316. wendell f

    January 7, 2017 at 2:48 am

    NO Simon kirke BAD COMPANY ? Robbie Dinsmor DOORS ? mick Avery KINKS ? lot more good ones out there . some of them of your top 50 should not be there !!!

  317. RT

    January 7, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Jon Farriss?

  318. Harry Lags

    January 7, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This is rubbish, where is DJ Fontana or the great Ronnie Tutt
    from Elvis Presley’s band in the 70’s..

  319. Jenny Baron

    January 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

    what a joke, No DJ Fontana great drummer who played for Elvis in the 50’s
    or the great Ronnie Tutt from the 70’s..
    Maybe some day these guys like will be good enough to make the list…
    what a joke….

  320. John B

    January 7, 2017 at 8:33 am

    What about Guy Patterson from The Wonders?

  321. Darren England

    January 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I believe that Mark Rogers should be on that list.

    Mark Rogers is the model of versatility, both musically and professionally. Along with full-time gigs anchoring the award winning Gospel Soul of Newworldson AND seasoned funkateers LMT Connection, he also finds time to maintain a busy recording schedule and operate his own production company New Century Productions. Life moves fast for the in-demand drummer and producer and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

  322. Jack K.

    January 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Lars Ulrich at #20 makes this list idiotic.He’s not worthy to wipe the ass of anyone on this list.

  323. Richard B

    January 7, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    People. First things first. My thought is what is the criteria? Is it technique or style? Billy Cobham is mind blowing,however, Ringo and Charlie have s style and feel that can not be duplicated. As Mick would say, no Charlie, no Rolling Stones.
    What about the one and only Kenny Aronoff? He’s won so many times he’s not allowed to be considered. Congrats for John in the number one spot, not to mention Neil Peart ( Canadian) for being in top ten.


  324. Cheeze Nub

    January 8, 2017 at 12:38 am

    No Bill Bruford or Danny Seraphine? This list is a popularity list, not a talent list

  325. Alexander Agnew

    January 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Gene Krupa no. 49? Fuck off. Who voted?Radio one listeners who always vote Eric Clapton as the greatest guitarist ever?

  326. Al Childs

    January 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Look, I love Ringo, but he is not better than Carl Palmer, who was the best that I ever saw. Also, Gene Krupa and Billy Cobham should have been much higher on the list.

    • Victor

      January 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      I like Palmer a lot, though he’s quite irregular on tempo. I like Krupa and Cobham too. But check Gavin Harrison, I’m sure you’ll love it..

  327. Sticks Molloy

    January 10, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    What about Michael Giles, Steve Upton and Billy Cobham. Ringo? Paleassee!

    • Phil Banegrese

      September 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Steve Upton should be on this list by all means, but I think the others You mentioned should take place either

  328. Alan Young

    January 11, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Can’t believe Jim Gordon not on the list, best and most musical player of the 20th century!

  329. Mark Heller

    January 12, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Hal Blaine. #1 by a mile! World’s most recorded musician, for starters.

  330. vern

    January 12, 2017 at 12:58 am

    As for Ringo’s drumming, remember in the earlier 60’s pop music was geared for 3 minute songs at most and groups were going for ‘hit’ songs with hopefully ‘catchy’ phrases. They were looking for the next ‘number one song on the hit parade’. So technically drumming wasn’t what they were going for. When ‘rock’ started in the ‘late 60’s’ music changed.

  331. Danden Jensen

    January 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Joe Morello.
    Played with Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gene Wright.
    Listen to Catsalian Drums and just lean back.
    For me, anyway, he is one of the best I´ve ever heard.

  332. Ed Howe

    January 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Without a doubt, Buddy Rich should be #1. He used a fairly basic drum kit, and did things that the others who are surrounded by drums could never dream of. And Ringo should be ranked higher, not because of his technical prowess, or his fame. He created unique parts on his instrument that fit the songs to perfection. Really, what more can be asked of a drummer?

  333. 6164817

    January 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This list is such a joke, it should have been titled “50 popular drummers”. Seriously, how could Joe Morello be omitted? Ringo at 11? In the words of John Lennon, “he isn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles”…

  334. Al Collins

    January 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Many comments here already, so very good, others from people 1 neuron short of a synapse.
    First, Ginger is most deserving of his rank, if not higher. No, he’ll never win a popularity contest, which sadly is what many poles end up being.
    I’ve Never appreciated Alex Van Halen’s drumming. He’s as exciting as a metronome in a shoe box. No depth to his play. I’m obviously not a drum player, and do not have the technical vocabulary to describe what I hear, or do not hear when various percussionists play.
    I’d have to agree with Bill Ward when he says he is not a drummer, he’s a percussionist. Bill, Ginger, Neil and John Bonham ALL had the ability to make their bands sound like FAR MORE than two guitar players and a drummer. They all filled the songs with complimentary sounds, Without being over bearing. Truly talented men.

  335. Al Collins

    January 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Forgot to mention EdCassidy. The long time jazz drummer who switched to rock in order to play with his Step Son, Randy California in the group SPIRIT. Ed passed away a few years ago. Having seen him live a few times, as well as listening to him on vinyl countless times, Rather than listen to one of Spirit ‘s better known tracks, go to utube , etc and give a listen to “Mr. Skin” to get the flavor of his style.

  336. Kit carson

    January 13, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Ginger at number1 and where’s jim keltner ??…ry cooder band and travelling wilburys think he s ace

  337. Brad

    January 26, 2017 at 3:48 am

    No Tony Williams in the top ten, make this list invalid.

  338. Eugene

    February 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Where is Billy Kilson?

  339. Jefph

    March 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm



  340. Glenn

    April 11, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Where is Ron Bushy?? I don’t understand why Iron Butterfly gets no respect in the classic rock genre!!!

  341. Jim C

    April 25, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    These lists are always subjective but this one is one of the worst I have ever seen. Ringo Starr shouldn’t be anywhere near the top of this list. Laughable. Bill Bruford should be higher due to his wide range and incredibly different feel. He is the best ever in my opinion. Phill Collins should be higher due to his incredible work with Brand X. Not enough space here to point out all the other errors

  342. Dave McMullan

    May 10, 2017 at 1:50 am

    No Clem Burke from Blondie? I know he’s a bit of a Moonie clone but excellent none the less.

  343. Scott Bloom

    May 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    After a while you just scroll down past all the ludicrous comments about who should or should not be on the list, the loudmouth know-nothing who keeps telling everybody else to shut up, the same stupid debunked quote by Lennon and the insistence that McCartney was really a better drummer than Ringo, (Who cares? He wasn’t the drummer.) No list is going to be complete, and no list will please everyone. Debate all you want you aren’t going to change this list. For my money Carl Palmer – Playboy’s Music Poll picked him 3 times I think, but I couldn’t count the number of times they picked Buddy Rich. Be careful not to confuse flashy and fast with real musicality, and most drummers would definitely vote Ringo somewhere on their list. Keith Moon and Ginger Baker were insane drummers who probably expended more energy than anyone else, but were they really that good? Doesn’t matter – they were both impossible to imitate. And if you’re talking about technical prowess, there are half a dozen teenage girls in Japan that blow most of these out of the water. (Do a YouTube search on female drummers and see if you don’t agree.) Most of the metal and hard rock drummers want to come up with their own style rather than debate technical skill, so why try to compare them? In any case, it isn’t your list, you don’t have to agree, and you’re free to endlessly debate, but your opinions probably aren’t any better than anyone else, so at least keep it civil and respectful.

  344. Frank geary

    June 5, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I vote for Louis Nelson ,Kenny Clare and Ronnie Stephenson.

  345. Chris

    June 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    ANy list of great drummers that doesn’t have Elvin Jones on it is meaningless.

    And the only reason everyone makes such a big deal about Buddy Rich was because he did a lot of television. I’ve yet to meet anyone who can actually name any of the “great” records that Buddy played on.

  346. John R

    June 22, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Ever hear of the Japanese girl Senri Kawaguchi? She’d kick most of these drummers arses!

  347. John R

    June 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Can’t believe Bobby Colomby of Blood Sweat and Tears fame is not only not in the top 50 list, but not even mentioned by anyone in this long thread! One of the best ever!

  348. Jesper Munck

    June 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I’m sure Charlie Watts is a nice guy, but…

  349. Tony Davidson

    June 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    It’s a crying shame that very few have heard Robert Wyatt (before his tragic back-breaking accident) play drums on the first 4 Soft Machine albums – his audacity is liberating; whimsical yet profound IMHO…

    • Victor

      January 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm


  350. T. Lack

    June 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Buddy Rich was a drummers drummer, from which all the others are measured.

  351. Plôm

    June 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Canterbury seems to stink : No Robert Wyatt, no Chris Cutler.
    No french guys like Christian Vander, Philippe Gleizes.
    Such a shame.

    And Dave Grohl… are you kidding ?

  352. Dubhgie

    June 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    A list obviously compiled by kindergarten drummers!

  353. Larry D Peek

    July 1, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Gene Krupa was Number 1, Buddy Rich Number 2………………..the others NOT EVEN in the same league.

  354. Brian

    July 1, 2017 at 4:19 am

    With no Gene Krupa there would have been no Buddy Rich. This list, although it does have some drummers that deserve to be on it, is poorly compiled. Ralph Salmins, arguably the best session drummer in UK should be there, as well as Charlie Adams who plays with Yanni, (would kill Rich in any drum battle if Rich was still around), Arno van Nuienhuize also, great Dutch session drummer , ex Metropole Orchestra, and even current Metropole Orchestra drummer Martin Vjink, plays jazz better than Rich ever did.

  355. Xaq

    July 2, 2017 at 3:58 am

    This list is obviously just a matter of opinion. IMO Danny Carey is underrated on this list. He is at least top 3 all time if not #1

  356. Teza

    July 2, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Well dudes it seems to me those that are being so smart with their answers are good with the beat….that is their dicks…that’s all they can beat…you morons wouldn’t know a real drummer if you screwed one….its a shame you knock Ringo as as you say he is a bad drummer…oh wait..he’s a millionaire…must be cos hes so lousy…get a life you meat beaters
    “boom boom”

  357. Des walsh

    July 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    To those who say Ringo wasn’t a great drummer just listen carefully to his crumming on “Strawberry Fields”. I love it!!

  358. Joe Moer

    July 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Congratulations Gary Lee & Sid for their mention of the fabulous drumming of Phil Collins. It’s glaring obvious in postings that most others have no clue of Mr. Collins’s ability as a wonderfully gifted musician. Suggested is that those who criticise Phil Collins take note of JIM C’s mention of BRAND X, where Phil Collins portrays incredible drumming talent. Yes Jim, I have that BRAND X CD as you probably do as well, we one of few I imagine, if comments above are worthy of consideration. All said, we all appreciate our favored. Some of the correspondents in this forum are totally disgusting in comment, blithering idiots they are destined to remain for the rest of their pathetic lives.

  359. Roostertlc

    July 16, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Pretty good list but you forgot Lenny White, Carmine Appice, Michael Shrieve, Chapita Areas, Wayne Evans, Edgar Winter and a few others.

  360. JB

    July 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    You have to add Tony Brock. The Babys (then and now), Rod Stewart (12 years) Jimmy Barnes and Bernie Taupin.
    Checkout his drum solo with Rod in Rio. Unbelievable

  361. Gary

    July 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I just saw GFR a week ago and Don Brewer did a fantastic solo. No Ron Bushy? WTF

  362. BUTCH

    August 8, 2017 at 2:26 am

    If anyone of you heard the drummer of the Band “Spring Fever”, from Minnesota, You would know that he (Beater) was one of the best drummers of his time. R.I.P. Beater


  363. skeleton clique

    August 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    why is josh dun not number one

  364. Traylor Trasch

    September 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Chester Thompson, Phil Collins…

  365. Lobo

    September 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    …miss Pat Mastelotto!!!

  366. Andrew P

    September 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Well it appears that these Drummers are in general R & R venues….most of these top 10 drummers likely learned from a ‘master’ drummer of the late 50’s and early 60’s who had many, many, albums, like the Birth of the Beat, Teen Beat….at the time it was very unusual to have a VINYL album with almost 90% drumming contents ! The likes of Ringo, Phil Collins etc were just starting out and likely learning from the very popular…..the one and only- ‘SANDY NELSON’. Check it out…do an internet enquiry….I rest my case 🙂

  367. Paul

    September 13, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Does anyone remember Sandy Nelson?
    Surely he should be included

  368. Jordan Bachelis

    September 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Here’s something i just learned,he just passed away recently character actor Frank Vincent (known for
    his roles as a mob henchmen (or goon),was a top session drummer before hi acting career took of.Some of the artists he drummed for were,Paul Anka,Del Shannon,Trini Lopez,The Belmonts and
    others artists. Also how about Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring),Phil Taylor (Motorhead),ahd a few
    others to list. Now complain about that.

  369. Doggy dog

    October 18, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Buddy Rich #1

  370. Des McClelland

    November 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Where’s Max Weinberg? And Graham Millington?

  371. Mac

    November 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Vinnie Colaiuta #32….?????
    I gots to stop reading these idiot bullshit lists.
    #32…??? Phhh…
    Fuckin idiots.

  372. Schambion

    December 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Lars Ulrich, Ringo Starr, but no Jojo Mayer ? How can you be serious ?

  373. bil Forshay

    January 5, 2018 at 3:08 am

    When you omit Barbara Borden your list is faulty/ I’m 86 and remember names not even thought of like Olatunji Glenn Walters. bil

  374. spaski

    January 9, 2018 at 6:37 am

    where is Robert Wyatt?he shouldbe number one

    • Victor

      January 9, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      I don’t know if number one, but he should be for sure!

  375. Victor

    January 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    No Steve Jansen, no Pat Mastelotto, and over all, not the best drummer I’ve ever seen (and I’ve worked in more than 1.500 international concerts as stage manager): Gavin Harrison???

  376. Tom Nm

    February 22, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Barriemore Barlow was called “the greatest rock drummer England ever produced” by John Bonham.

  377. M.Cataán

    February 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm


    Shelly Manne
    Ian Gillan
    Gabriel Parra
    Bill Bruford
    Martín Lopez
    Alex Acuña
    Airto Moreira
    Elvin Jones
    Philly Joe Jones

  378. M.Catalán

    February 22, 2018 at 6:45 pm


    Shelly Manne
    Ian Gillan
    Gabriel Parra
    Bill Bruford
    Martín Lopez
    Alex Acuña
    Airto Moreira
    Elvin Jones
    Philly Joe Jones

  379. Tom Clemens

    February 25, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Where in the hell is Richie Haywood? Little Feats drummer. The rest of the list couldn’t carry his sticks.

  380. Bert

    February 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Cesar Zuiderwijk from the Golden Earing isn’t even there ……ten times better then Ringo Starr

  381. Carlos Villatoro

    February 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Where is Joe Morello?

  382. ptrick1202

    March 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    FYI, the late great BJ Wilson of Procol Harum was the 1st choice for drummer by Jimmy Page when forming Led Zeppelin.. So maybe he should be listed as #1 here. The best rock drummer I’ve ever heard. I believe Buddy Rich also praised him as the best in rock at that time.

  383. eric parker

    March 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Mitch mitchell isn’t on this list?? OR TONY WILLIAMS?? Your list belongs in the garbage!! (excuse me I never wrote.. so its not printing the comments even correctly!) This is so stupid and all these TOTAL UNKNOWNS!! Must be friends with the guy making up this list LOL!! This is a “corrected comment from above misprint!!

    • BIlly Mieder

      April 19, 2018 at 5:16 am

      Rock & Roll !!!!!!!

  384. BIlly Mieder

    April 19, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Music should not be a competition. Just enjoy it.

  385. Harry Hunt

    May 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Where is Dj Fontana and Ronnie Tutt..

  386. Rskmanio

    May 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Dave Grohl? You are crazy. After the hundredth number, maybe.

  387. John

    December 8, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    This list lost all credibility when you put Travis Barker ABOVE Steve Smith.

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