Modern Drummer’s Greatest Drummers of All Time Poll

Modern Drummer's greatest drummers of all time
Modern Drummer magazine is assembling a historic list of the fifty greatest drummers of all time. To do that, we’re asking you to tell us who your personal top ten choices are. Once the voting is closed, we’ll tabulate all valid entries, and the top fifty names will comprise our final list, which will be revealed in the magazine early next year.
By the way, your definition of the word greatest might very well be a bit different from that of other voters. And that’s perfectly okay. In fact, it’s one of the things that makes a poll like this such a blast. So have fun compiling your list, and we’ll see you soon with the results!

In order to vote, you must provide a valid email address. One submission per IP address. Voters will be verified using a simplified CAPTCHA (www.captcha.net).

Your list will be counted in order, from number one to number ten. A first-place vote will have more weight than a second-place vote, and so on.

Please list a given drummer only once in your top ten, and please type first name and then last name. (As you type, the entry field will produce a list of well-known drummers that match the name you’re typing.) We will disqualify any submission where a drummer’s name, or a variation thereof, appears more than once. Although we suggest that you complete the full list of ten names, lists containing fewer than ten names will be counted, as long as they meet the other requirements for valid entry.

THE POLLS ARE CLOSED. THANKS TO THOSE WHO VOTED. LOOK FOR THE RESULTS IN A FUTURE ISSUE OF MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE.







  • Jared A. Washburn

    Damn this was really hard to narrow it down to only 10. I tried to pick drummers from multiple genres. Here is my top 10 although I will probably change my mind before the night is over (In no particular order):
    John Bonham, Neil Peart, Mike Mangini, Buddy Rich, Bill Bruford, Mike Portnoy, Dave Weckl, Keith Moon, Gene Krupa, and Pete Sandoval.

    • josie

      it’s funny that only three drummers you named are actually modern drummers, and the other 70% were drummers that had their heyday 40 odd years ago

  • Dana Wendel

    Modern Drummer,

    i recently voted for your “Greatest Drummers” poll. I’d like to inform you that my list was incomplete. The drummer in the 10 spot’s name wasn’t completely written. I think I got “D” in there, but I submitted early. The name I meant to write was “DAVE GROHL”. I hope you can include this in your decision-making process.

    Thank you,
    Dana Wendel

    • Fohrum

      Dave Grohl? seriously..? okay then..

    • Jonboy

      Dave Grohl as a Top 10 drummer? That’s a bit of a stretch…

  • Jack Witherell

    Jack Witherell..Toledo, Ohio…….My choice is Bill Bruford….I will give a vote to no one else.

  • lmwilliamjr

    I was really kind of bummed out by this. I received an invitation to vote this morning. When I arrived at the site I was told that the readers poll was closed, but not before joining the mailing list.

  • rabj52@yahoo.co.uk

    I’d like to vote for Bill Bruford, Carl Palmer and Ringo Starr. In that order.

  • Ivan Bueno

    Hard to list just 10, but here we go:

    01) Neil Peart
    02) John Bonham
    03) Roger Taylor
    04) Nick Mason
    05) Keith Moon
    06) Steve Gadd
    07) Stewart Coppeland
    08) Bill Bruford
    09) Bob Siebenberg
    10) Ringo Starr

  • Rick Smith

    1.Neil Peart
    2.Mike Portnoy
    3.Tommy Aldridge
    4.Buddy Rich
    5.Stewart Copeland
    6.Bill Bruford
    7.Steve Smith
    8.John Bonhan
    9.Steve Gadd
    10.Tommy Lee

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  • Kayleigh

    1. Matt Helders

  • Mike K

    Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Carl Palmer, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Terry Bozzio, Steve Gadd, Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips

  • Romi Bernard

    Neil Peart, James Kottak, Keith Moon, Tommy Aldridge, Buddy Rich

  • marvin

    Neil Peart, Chris Coleman, Eric Moore, Benny Greb, Buddy Rich, jojo mayer, carter beuford, Alex Acuna, Aaron Spears, and Travis Barker.

  • Oscar Balza

    01 Neil Peart.
    02 John Bonham.
    03 Tony Williams.
    04 Vinnie Volaiuta.
    05 Simon Phillips.
    06 Terry Bozzio.
    07 Buddy Rich.
    08 Steve Smith.
    09 Gregg Bissonette.
    10 Rod Morgenstein.

    too many great drummers out there!

    • mikeybbdrummin

      This is a great list…….well accomplished versatile and/or trend setting drummers……..Neil, Simon, Steve, Gregg and Rod are in my top ten favorite drummers……no offence to anyone, but Dave Grohl, James Kottak and Gina Shock from the Go Go’s………..I just don’t get it.

  • essar1

    In no particular order:
    Bun E. Carlos
    Neal Peart
    Tom Cook – Minneapolis drummer extrordinaire, currently with awesome new band The Oddfathers
    Alex Van Halen
    Ringo Starr
    Keith Moon
    Simon Phillips
    Mark Brezcicki (sp? Drummer in Big Country)
    Dave Grohl
    Eric Singer
    Tommy Lee
    MIke Portnoy
    John Bonham

  • dan

    Hello,
    I accidentally submitted an incomplete list, I only had five names on it. Can I resubmit?

    • ejdmoderndrummer

      Hello Dan. Please feel free to email your list to our digital media director from our contact page with your full list. Thanks.

  • ejdmoderndrummer

    The voting happens in the form above after you submit an email address (to verify that you are a human and not a bot). Thanks.

  • ejdmoderndrummer

    Thanks for not being a spambot.

  • Derek Aldous

    That’s the top 10 right there haha

  • Simon

    1 – Chris Adler
    2 – Terry Bozzio
    3 – Mike Portnoy

  • Me

    Best of the best:
    1. Aric Improta – Night Verses ( Nobody know him, everyone should )
    2. Mike Portnoy – Adrenaline Mob
    3. Merlin Sutter – Eluveitie
    4. Chris Adler – Lamb of God
    5. Simon Phillips – Toto
    6. Thomas Lang – solo
    7. Jojo Mayer – solo
    8. Benny Greb – solo
    9. Carter Beauford – Dave Matthews Band
    10. John Dolmayan – System of a Down

    And other good guys:

    1. Buddy Rich
    2. John Bonham
    3. Bill Ward
    4. Steve Smith
    5. George Kollias
    6. Juan Carlos Mendoza
    7. Matt Sorum
    8. Joey Jordison
    9. Frank Beard

  • Hugo Oliveira

    MIke Portnoy
    Peter Wildoer
    Marcos Minnemann
    Mario Duplantier
    Alex Rudinger
    Chris Adler
    Krimh Lechner
    Grant McFarland
    Jay Postones
    Stef Brooks

  • john

    travis barker

  • MissRubySFO

    I LOVE THE WAY TODD SUCHERMAN BEATS THE BAJEEBERS OUT OF HIS DRUM KIT! A
    perfect example of this is while Styx performs my favorite tune, Man In
    The Wilderness, at Wente Vineyards 31JUL31! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMcrVBpkJxc

  • Helene

    1- Todd Sucherman
    2- Buddy Rich
    3- Bryan Hitt
    4- Phil Collins
    5- Ringo Starr
    6- Keith Moon

  • Rick

    Might as well put Mickey Dolenz too.

  • Rhetro Zenberg

    1 Bill Bruford

    2 Terry Bozio

    3 Pat Mastelotto

    4 Carl Palmer

    5 Nick Overhauser

    6 Trevor Hope

    7 Eric Slick

    8 Gregory James Wesenfeld

    9 Tobias Ralph

    10 Mike (room for a ghost)

  • Dave DeMeat

    1) Ringo
    2) Keith Moon
    3)Bun E. Carlos
    4)Charlie Watts
    5)Gene Krupa
    6)Stewart Copeland
    7)Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart
    8)Dusty Watson
    9)Gina Schock
    10) Tony Kol (Tony Columbia)

  • Vlado

    Kurt, you dont know what is all about, hombre)

  • Michael Bednarz

    I am no expert but I know enough to tell that Ringo Starr was in no way a “greatest” drummer or even a really good drummer, just a famous one. I watched Michael Shrieve this past weekend at the Moon Fest 2013 music festival. He was Santana’s pounder at Woodstock at the tender age of 20.
    http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/michaelshrievewood.html
    Surprised nobody listed this legendary drummer. Shrieve has a Band called
    SpellBinder now and is still rocking it!

  • Octavio

    I don’t know if Mr Ehart is one of the beat in a top 50, there is some dudes ! Bill Bruford, Barrimore Barlow, Neil P, Keith Moon for example. What i know is Phil Ehart Style reach my feelings more than other

    • Arthur Leitz

      Phil Ehart of Kansas?

  • guest

    1) Kenneth Kapstad
    2) Kenneth Kapstad
    3) Kenneth Kapstad

  • Fogglehammer

    Carl Palmer
    Bill Bruford
    Bobby Jarzombek
    Vinny Colaiuta
    Manu Katche
    Mark Zonder
    Neal Peart
    Phil Collins
    Billy Cobham
    Mike Portnoy

    • Arthur Leitz

      Finally,someone puts”Carl Palmer”number ONE!

  • MB

    No one is actually mentioning Jeff Porcaro??

  • Jim Keane

    1) Neil Peart
    2) John Bonham
    3)Keith Moon
    4)Carl Palmer
    5)Dave Grohl
    6)Stewart Copeland
    7)Mike Portnoy
    8)Gene Krupa
    9)Phil Ehart
    10) Ringo

  • Michael Nababan

    My opinion (based on the contribution in the project of thea artist, technic excluded):

    John Bonham
    Keith Moon
    Neil Peart
    Buddy Rich
    Dave Grohl
    Mike Portnoy
    Yoshiki Hayashi (X Japan)
    Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan
    Mitch Mitchell (Hendrix experience)
    Lars Ulrich

  • Todd Tamanend Clark

    Why was my list of drummers from three days ago deleted? (There was nothing in it that was offensive.)

  • Nelson Alberti Rosa

    Elegance, innovation and sophistication in playing drums, William Bruford The Drummer that invented a different way in to put the rythm into the songs

  • Kuroodo

    Matt Halpern is #1 !!!

  • sedonaz

    Gina Schock of the Go Go’s.
    consistent drummer who is the backbone of the band.

  • samsiefert

    1 Dennis Chambers
    2 philly Joe Jones
    3 elvin Jones
    4 Omar Hakim
    5 vinnie colaiuta
    6 Joe morello
    7 max Roach
    8 Pete laroca
    9 Thomas pridgen
    10 Dave weckl

  • GeddyFreakinLee

    1. Buddy Rich
    2. Buddy Rich
    3. Buddy Rich
    4. Neil Peart
    5. Mike Portnoy
    6. John Bonham
    7. Keith Moon
    8. Stewart Copeland
    9. Phil Collins
    10. Bill Bruford.
    As a bass player, I`d be tickled **itless to follow any of these rhythm keepers.

  • Octavio

    Hey guys, nobody talks about Stewart Copeland he might be not a rock star but has an innovator style

    • 052ek

      He is…not in my top 10 but he desserves a honor mention.

  • Elliot Yablun

    it’s absolutely amazing to me that hardly anyone lists Ginger Baker UNREAL!!!!

  • Rich Schwiing Bendall

    1. Danny Carey
    2. Martin Lopez
    3. Gene Hoglan
    4. John Bonham
    5. George Kolias
    6. George Harrisson
    7. Marco Minneman
    8. Clive Burr
    9. Buddy Rich
    10. Mike Portnoy

  • Napalmhippie

    1.Gavin Harrison
    2.Benny Greb
    3.Chris Adler
    4.Mike Mangini
    5.Thomas Pridgen
    6.Matt Halpern
    7.Mario Duplantier
    8.Matt Garstka
    9.Jojo Mayer
    10.John Bonham

  • Rosio Reynoso

    Chris Adler
    Thomas Pridgen
    Deantoni Parks
    Tim Alexander
    Mike Portnoy
    Neil Pert
    Jon Theodore
    Keith Moon
    Rick Allen
    Shannon Leto

  • Rosio Reynoso

    Chris Adler
    Thomas Pridgen
    Deantoni Parks
    Tim Alexander
    Mike Portnoy
    Neil Pert
    Danny Carey
    John Teodore
    Shannon Leto
    Rick Allen

  • Mixfixer

    This list is perfect! I wouldn’t change a single word! (Mind if I just sign my name to the bottom of your post?! 😉

  • heavydude

    Hey people, c’mon! What it this? Where’s Tony Williams??!! TW blows most other drummers listed out of the window!

  • r2u1s1h2

    Can not believe with all the drummers out there people are telling others how to vote or who is best. Just thought MD had that in mind that EVERYONE has their own individual taste in style / technical / approach / and personal approach to how they serve their particular music. That is what makes this format work….it is just an average of what we all think. There are things Buddy Rich did that only a handful of players can do, does not make him better overall than everyone because of it. Just better at those things. I love this format and after checking the lists from everyone……you are ALL right on your picks. ALL of the drummers are GREAT in their own ways. I have learned and come to appreciate the different styles that people have out there. Thanks to some of you for introducing me to drummers I never knew were out there. ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!

  • TCM1970

    All the lists on here are 100% correct. Everyone has their own tastes and thoughts on what makes someone great or not. I loved reading the lists and want to thank some of you for giving me new drummers to watch and check out that I never knew existed.

    Not sure why people are trying to push their views on others when it is their own opinion. There are things Buddy Rich did that only a handful of players today could even scratch the surface on. Does that make him the greatest drummer?? NOPE. He is better than people in those certain techniques, not in everything.

    My own humble top 10.

    1. Neil Peart
    2. Dylan Elise
    3. Steve Gadd
    4. Buddy Rich
    5. Keith Moon
    6. Steve Smith
    7. Danny Carey
    8. Milton Banana
    9. Dave Weckl
    10. Virgil Donati

    TONS of honorable mentions that could on any given be in the top 10 for me. Just how I feel today. :)
    10.

  • Taff Mace

    Like the lists everyone has…..you are ALL 100% correct. Everyone of the drummers that people listed are great in their own ways. That is what makes this poll work, MD knew it would be a law of averages…nothing more…nothing less. Buddy could do things on a kit that a small handful of players could do today. Does this make him the best…not even close. Just means he is awesome in those certain techniques, there are players out there today doing things that Buddy Rich could’ve only dreamed about.

    I want to thank the people that posted drummers I never knew existed, they now have a new fan because of your post.

    Here is my humble top 10.

    1. Neil Peart
    2. Danny Carey
    3. Buddy Rich
    4. Steve Gadd
    5. Keith Moon
    6. Steve Smith
    7. Dylan Elise
    8. Virgil Donati
    9. Dave Weckl
    10. Stewart Copeland

    There are 50 more honorable mentions that could EASILY make my top 10 on any given day. Just what I was feeling at this exact moment.

  • mikeybbdrummin

    Gotta agree!

  • Mikhail

    Lars Ulrich
    Billy Cobham
    Nico Mcbrain
    Dave Weckl
    Ian Paice
    John Bonham
    Dennis Chambers
    Terry Bozzio
    Mike Portnoy
    Александр Манякин

  • mikeybbdrummin

    Why was 90 posts deleted!

  • CjGroove

    Narada Michael Walden
    James Gadson
    Steve Gadd
    Stewart Copland
    Mitch Mitchell
    Jeff Pecaro
    Carmine Appice
    Shiela E.
    Stokley of Mint Condition
    Billy Cobham

  • Kidd

    Burleigh Drummond
    Kelly Keagy
    Rick Allen
    Charlie Morgan
    Mark Schuman
    Don Brewer

  • JJ

    These list are stupid! Pitting drummers against each other, just appreciate them all for what they contributed to the world of drumming!

  • Destry Prysiazny

    my brother nikki prysiazny is a drummer for 25 years he loves your magazine and would like to get it again thanx for listening

  • Irina Riddle

    1) Shannon Leto

    2) John Bonham

    3) Ian Paice

    4) Tre Cool

    5) Nick Mason

    6) Phillip Rudd

    7) Lairs Ulrich

    8) Chad Smith

    9) Ringo Starr

    10) David Grohl

  • bonesaw69

    Pier Luigi Calderoni Look him up “BANCO” one of the Greatest Drummers lots of people have never heard or heard of.

  • bonesaw69

    Neil Peart,Buddy Rich,Louie Bellson,Gene Krupa,Billy Cobham,Pier Luigi Calderoni,John Bonham,Ian Paice,Dave Weckl

  • Laura Cunningham

    SHANNON LETO!!!

  • Muttersbester

    Jeff Porcaro, Simon Phillips, Carlton Barret, Mick Tucker, JoJo Mayer, Benny Greb, John Bonham, Curt Cress, Bertram Engel & BUDDY RICH!

  • HammerHead

    Some interesting comments from his peers:
    Cozy Powell
    “I’m not really impressed by a lot these days but, personally, I like John Bonham. There’s long gap between him and all the others as far as I’m concerned. Some people may like Carl Palmer and some may like Billy Cobham but I’m talking about rock and roll drummers and he’s the best. It’s not that he does much that’s particularly flash, he’s just always there keeping the whole thing going.”
    “John and I are good friends anyway but I’m after his crown!”
    Matt Cameron ( Soundgarden/ Pearl Jam) described Bonzo in exactly those terms, calling him “the king of creating almost a weather system of a drum part. He has storm clouds that you can see on the horizon that are coming to just murder you.
    Stewart Copeland, “I don’t use the double bass pedal a lot – just for the occasional flash and effect – but there is one particular thing that it can do; it works like a paradiddle: If you’ve landed on your foot but you need to get back up to your snare drum, but you need two beats to get your there, you can do go, ‘ba-da-bahh!’ It’s ergonomics. “Now, John Bonham would have just done that with one foot because he was John Bonham. Because he was… the mountain.”
    “John Henry Bonham, in my humble opinion,” states Chad Smith emphatically, “is hands down the greatest rock drummer of all time. His sound, technique, musicianship, groove, and feel have never been duplicated. No-one comes close today and probably nobody ever will.”

  • James

    1) John Bonham
    2) Keith Moon
    3) Neil Peart
    4) Dave Grohl
    5) Ginger Baker
    6) Tre Cool
    7) Taylor Hawkins
    8) Buddy Rich
    9) Ringo
    10) Steve Jocz (incredibly underrated)
    11) Travis Barker (quite overrated)

    12) Animal

  • Erlendur Svavarsson

    1) James Black
    2) Joe Morello
    3) Louis Bellson
    4) Steve Gadd
    5) Shelley Manne
    6) Mel Lewis
    7) Larry Bunker
    8) Philly Jo Jones
    9) Max Roach
    10) Jake Hanna
    11) Gulli Briem
    12) Billy Cobham

  • Aurora Borealis

    1) Atma Anur

  • cosmicdestiny

    Former AC/DC, Earthband, Uriah Heep, Asia, Gary Moore drummer CHRIS SLADE

    • Arthur Leitz

      Carl Palmer was drummer for”Asia”

  • Lynn Capirsello

    Roger Taylor – Duran Duran
    Larry Mullen Jr.
    Keith Moon
    Stewart Copland
    Ringo
    Phil Collins

  • ratamacue76

    In no particular order and each for different reasons …

    Jon Fishman, Billy Martin, Billy Cobham, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, John Bonham, Dave Grohl, Vinnie Colaiuta, JoJo Mayer

  • sandrak74

    Mike Portnoy
    Barrett Martin
    Frank Ferrer

  • 052ek

    1-Buddy Rich
    2-Dave Weckl
    3-Dennis Chambers
    4-Jojo Mayer
    5-Akira Jimbo
    6-Virgil Donati
    7.-Marco Minnemann
    8-Sean Reinert
    9-Travis Orbin
    10-Tony Williams

  • Matt

    Mike Portnoy

  • nzivkov

    1. Mike Portnoy
    2. Danny Carey
    3. Dave Lombardo
    4. Jason Rullo
    5. Mike Mangini

  • Paul Hill

    Gavin Harrison
    Neal Peart
    Bill Bruford
    Carl Palmer
    Terry Bozzio
    Mike Portnoy
    Danny Carey
    Martin Lopez
    John Bonham

    Anyone who says Lars should be banned from voting,

  • Sune Schack

    1) Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro
    2) Per Lindvall
    3) Jim Keltner
    4) Steve Gadd
    5) Mike Baird
    6) Keith Carlock
    7) Manu Katche
    8) Omar Hakim
    9) Klaus Menzer
    10) Carlos Vega

  • Alessio Reggi

    1) Mike Portnoy
    2) Neil Peart
    3) Simon Philips
    4) Virgil Donati
    5) Dennis Chambers
    6) Thomas Lang
    7) Vinnie Colaiuta
    8) Mike Mangini
    9) Terrie Bozzio
    10) Aquiles Priester

  • Markus

    Mike Portnoy

  • Metaler

    1 Keith Moon
    2 John Bonham
    3 Neil Peart
    4 Nicko Mc Brain
    5 Scott Travis
    6 Vinnie Paul
    7 Tommy Aldridge
    8 Tommy Lee
    9 Mike Portnoy
    10 Ringo Starr

  • John Francis

    1) Cozy Powell
    2) Neil Peart
    3) Billy Cobham
    4) Buddy Rich
    5) Simon Phillips

  • Ola

    Jeffrey Porcaro

  • Dani Perez

    aqui la gente fuma crack o algo

  • Jamie Reno

    anyone who puts any drummer above buddy rich isn’t worth his or her weight in drum sticks.

  • TOPKAT

    NEIL PEART AT THE TOP OF THE LIST???? HES OK BUT HE COULDNT HOLD BUDDY RICHES SWEATY TOEWL!!! BUDDY RICH PLAYED MORE COMPLICATED AND RUDIMENTARY SOLOS ON A 4 PIECE KIT THAN MOST DRUMMERS PLAY WITH 14 DRUMS.. WAKE UP YOU IDIOTS AND LISTEN TO A GOOD RICH/BELLSON DRUM BATTLE.. OR LISTEN TO THE COMPLEXITY OF A STEVE SMITH SOLO OR JO JO MAYER. EVEN DAVE WECKL , MIKE MANGINI AND SIMON PHILLIPS DESERVE TOP SPOTS. NEIL PEART? GIMME A BREAK!!!

  • TOPKAT

    NEIL PEART AT THE TOP OF THE LIST???? YOU KIDDIN ME? HES OK BUT HE COULDNT HOLD BUDDY
    RICHES SWEATY TOWEL!!! BUDDY RICH PLAYED MORE COMPLICATED AND
    RUDIMENTARY SOLOS ON A 4 PIECE KIT THAN MOST DRUMMERS PLAY SURROUNDED BY A MILLION DRUMS.. WAKE UP YOU IDIOTS AND LISTEN TO A GOOD RICH/BELLSON DRUM
    BATTLE.. OR LISTEN TO THE COMPLEXITY OF A STEVE SMITH SOLO OR JO JO
    MAYER. EVEN DAVE WECKL , MIKE MANGINI AND SIMON PHILLIPS DESERVE TOP
    SPOTS. NEIL PEART? GIMME A BREAK!!!

    • Q

      That’s the thing. Neil Peart hardly ever played on a four piece kit

  • Joe

    Keith Moon
    Buddy Rich
    Neil Peart
    Carter Beaufort
    Danny Seraphine
    Liberty DeVitto
    John Bonham
    Louie Bellson
    Gene Krupa
    Stewart Copeland

  • doug

    1 Danny Seraphine.
    2 Don Brewer
    3 Bill Ward
    4 Karen Carpenter
    5 Mick Fleetwood
    6 Buddy Rich.
    7 Gary Burghoff….yes the dude from MASH
    8 Mick Tucker
    9 Sandy West
    10. Rob Hendrit

  • Nickelz

    Compiling this list was one of the hardest tasks I’ve ever had to do. I used INNOVATION as my road map. I chose ten names that in my humble opinion CHANGED the drumming world and left us with a NEW outlook on our craft. When choosing “the BEST of all time”… I believe that should be the bench mark.
    1.Virgil Donati
    2.Vinnie Colaiuta
    3.Buddy Rich
    4.Mike Portnoy
    5.Neil Peart
    6.Dave Weckl
    7.JoJo Mayer
    8.Jeff Porcaro
    9.Sheila E
    10.John Bonham
    Just outside this list would be Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Terry Bozzio and “Pre-Genesis” Phil Collins. I know there is 4 Prog Rock drummers on this list… but like I said in my opinion i used INNOVATION as my benchmark. The prog genre is all about that.

  • Howardtheduck

    1 meg white
    2 Dana carvey
    3 kid rock
    4 robert fishman
    5 bobby brady
    6 Bart Simpson
    7 the guy who delivers pizza
    8 the iatola of rock and rolla
    9 drummer bride on YouTube
    10 John bonham

  • The Ripper

    1) John Bonham
    2) Keith Moon
    3) Mitch Mitchell
    4) Bill Ward
    5) Charlie Watts
    6) John Densmore
    7) Michael Lee
    8) Neil Peart
    9) Patrick Keeler
    10) Carla Azar

  • Rosmery Rodriguez

    1) Shannon Leto

  • RoadDawgBlues

    What about Chick Webb, band leader and drummer for the house band at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom in the 1930s? Buddy Rich acknowledged having been heavily influenced by Chick Webb and referred to him as “The Daddy of Them All.” Another title often used to refer to Webb is “The King of Swing.”

  • Rosmery Rodriguez

    1.- Shannon Leto

    • s2weden2000

      L 0 L

  • Pello Madariaga

    and what happens with joey jordison?? is he bad?? are yo kidding??? for me is in the top ten

    • Don

      agreed

  • Tony Sarrio

    1.Neil Peart
    2.Mike Mangini
    3.Marco Minnemann
    4.Carter Beaufort
    5.Buddy Rich

  • Tim Schrum

    1 Mike Mangini
    2 Mike Portnoy
    3 Tommy Aldrich
    4 Dave Lombardo
    5 Charlie Benante
    6 Neil Peart
    7 Wild Mick Brown
    8 Alex Van Halen
    9 Vinnie Paul
    10 Barry Brandt

  • modvox

    1. Brad Elvis
    2. Keith Moon
    3. Ginger Baker
    4. Gene Krupa
    5. Joe Morello
    6. Bun E. Carlos
    7. Art Blakey
    8. Elvin Jones
    9. Louis Bellson
    10. Karen Carpenter

  • Titty-fish

    1. Danny Carey
    2. Marco Minneman
    3. Mike Portnoy
    4. Gene Hoglan
    5. Vinnie Colaiuta
    6. Roger Taylor
    7. Tommy Aldridge
    8. Mike Mangini
    9. Matt Halpern
    10. Will Calhoun

  • Nadaa Magdi

    1-Shannon leto

  • Jeff Stapleton

    This list is more in order of discovery/influence:
    Buddy Rich
    John Bonham
    Tony Williams
    Bill Bruford
    Billy Cobham
    Terry Bozzio
    Simon Phillips
    Rod Morgenstein
    Mike Mangini
    Marco Minnemann

  • E.D

    Mike portnoy

  • Harry Potter my love

    1 Shannon Leto
    2 Dom Howard

  • NESTOR

    1. NEIL PEART
    2. ERIC CARR
    3. CARL PALMER
    4. ERIC SINGER
    5. PETER CRISS
    6. JOY JORDINSON
    7. IAN PAICE
    8. SHANONN LARKIN
    9 MEYTAL COHEN
    10. JOHN BONHAN

  • echelon

    1-Shannon Leto
    2-Christian Coma

  • Jason Stockler

    jojo mayer, dave weckl, thomas lang…..

  • mark

    tomas haake

  • steve

    um, no one said Max Roach, are ya’ll kidding me?

  • Joost1963

    Not the list itself but the comments make it clear to me that it has absolutely no sense to make a list.

  • Steve Horowitz

    Stewart Copeland and Zig Modeliste.

  • Tim Schrum

    mike mangini, mike portnoy, mark zonder, tommy aldridge, eric singer, charlie benante, neil peart, phil ehart, wild mick brown, and barry brandt. oh yeah

  • nashmo89

    Jon Fishman

  • RC

    I’m amazed I had to go to 4 days ago to read the name of Vinnie Colaiuta.
    Truly an amazing drummer!

  • Aaron Johnson

    NEIL PEART NO.1 BY A COUNTRY MILE. THEN COMES THE REST THAT CAN FIGHT OVER HIS LEFT-OVERS

  • Djordje

    Buddy Rich
    Gene Kruppa
    Max Roach
    Philly Joe Jones
    Ginger Baker
    Ian Paice
    John Bonham
    Stewart Copeland
    Joe Morello
    Manu Katche

  • Tim

    Buddy Rich
    Vinnie Colaiuta
    Dennis Chambers
    Louie Bellson
    Steve Gadd
    Max Roach
    Tony Williams
    Dave Weckl
    Gene Krupa
    John Bonham

  • Don

    Buddy rich
    Neil peart
    John bonham
    Mike portnoy
    Terry bozzio
    Stewart copeland
    Ginger baker
    Mark zonder
    Keith moon
    Tommy Aldridge

  • Frank

    Buddy Rich
    Ginger Baker
    Steve Gadd
    Chad Smith
    John Bonham
    Steve Jordan
    Thomas Pridgen
    Mitch Mitchell
    Ringo Star
    Keith Moon

  • Rick

    Billy Cobham
    Tony Williams
    Ginger Baker
    Ringo Starr
    Keith Moon

  • Funk It Blog

    Tony Williams
    Clyde Stubblefield
    Questlove
    Johnny Vidacivich
    Billy Martin
    Mike Clark
    Tony Allen
    Billy Cobham
    Adam Deitch
    Chris Dave

  • Jacob

    I could name hundreds of great drummers, but they all have been inspired by the mighty John Bonham, so he is number one, no doubt.

  • ZJ

    Neil Peart.

  • AllianceSpec94

    Why isnt anyone saying Rick Allen? The one armed drummer from Def Leppard. No one can match his skill with the drums.

  • AllianceSpec94

    Rick Allen for sure. No one can match his skill at the drums. Not even Neil Peart or Buddy Rich.

  • Aq

    Buddy Rich, Stanton Moore, Neil Peart, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Stewart Copeland (not in any order).

  • Randal Mitros

    Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones, Terry Bozzio, Dave Weckl, Horacio Hernandez, Steve Gadd.

  • Mange

    Todd Sucherman
    Mike Portnoy
    Virgil Donati
    Peter Wildoer
    Marco Minneman

  • mike

    neil peart, john bonham, keith carlock, stanton moore, adam deitch, stuart copeland, jojo mayer, carter beauford, dave weckl, dennis chambers

  • trivialAccapella

    Thomas Pridgen, John Bonham, Abe Cunningham, Dave Grohl, Brad Wilk, Matt Helders, Mick Fleetwood, Jon Theodore, Jimmy Macbride, Jake Kissner.

  • Yahet Mahemet

    Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Gene Krupa, John Bonham, Joey Jordison, Peter Criss, Eric Carr, Carl Palmer, Neil Peart, Wild Mick Brown, Doug Clifford, Stuart Copeland, Vinnie Paul….

  • Joey Lee Primak

    Buddy Rich
    John Bonham
    Mitch Mitchell
    Jimmy “The REV” Sullivan
    Stewart Copeland
    Eric Carr

  • Todd

    This just appeared on my FB wall, but I’m pretty sure I already voted.

  • Willard

    Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Travis Barker, Alex Van Halen, Stewart Copeland. Order doesn’t matter

  • Mafra

    John Bonham,Joey Jordison,Neil Peart,Vinnie Paul and Mike Portinoy they are my favorites…

  • Dan

    Buddy Rich, Tony Wiiliams, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Elvin, Krupa, Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Weckl, JoJo Mayer, Joe Morello, Thomas Lang, Dylan Elise, John Robinson, Stewart Copeland, Chic Webb

  • Steven

    From a long time drummer here is the definitive list. This was a more difficult process than I thought it would be. It is very subjective considering style and musicianship, then you have to try to back off and be as objective as possible. In this order: Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, John Bonham, Lenny White, Stewart Copeland, Bill Burford, Mike Wengren, Keith Moon, Michael Giles. Notably, Mike Wengren will likely be on few lists, but I believe him to be one of the most underrated drummers of our time.

  • Chris

    Buddy Rich,
    John Bonham,
    Chad Smith,
    Dave Grohl,
    Matt Nicholls

  • Lara

    1.Shannon Leto
    2.dennis chambers
    3.dave weckl
    4.carter beauford
    5.jojo mayer
    6.stuart copeland
    7.adam deitch
    8.stanton moore
    9.keith carlock
    10.neil peart

  • Nicky

    1 John Bonham
    2 Dave Grohl
    3 Mattew Nicholls

    4 Mike Portnoy
    5 Billy Cobham

  • PashtetA7X

    James Sullivan

  • ethan

    Travis barker or matt nichols

  • Dima

    AARON KITCHER!

  • wonder

    Matthew Nichols!

  • yulya

    Matt Nicholls

  • Lily

    JP CAPPELLETTY

  • Thumper

    Lester Estelle, jr. and Aaron Spears

  • bekka

    Mathew nicholls

  • Maria

    Mattew Nicholls

  • Irina

    Matthew Nichols

  • Luke

    Matt Nicholls

  • Rosmery Rodriguez

    1) Shannon Leto (Thirty seconds to mars)

  • franny

    Matt Nicholl

  • Eleonora Miroshnikova

    Shannon Leto

  • сухøфрукт

    ONLY SHANNON LETO !!

  • Anastasia

    Shannon Leto

  • robin

    Aaron Gillespie

  • Nati

    Shannon Leto

  • Tatyana

    Matt Nicholls forever!

  • A. Sk

    Nicholls’s awesome. Love for Nicholls :3

  • Samantha Taylor

    Matt Nichols

  • Maxim

    1. Dave Grohl
    2.Matt Nicholls

  • Little drummer girl

    Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carl Palmer, Mike Portnoy, Stewart Copeland, Matt Sorum, Karen Carpenter, Phil Collins…honorable mention goes to James Sullivan. Why? Because we will never know how astronomically great he was to become. He already was fantastic, such a tragic loss, such a great talent.

  • rita

    shanonn leto

  • Artyom

    Shannon Leto!!!

  • Tanya

    1.Tre Cool
    2.Shanonn Leto
    3.Matt Nicholls

  • Sava Ivanov

    Mike Mangini !!!

  • Yamile Valcors

    Neil Peart the professor!!!

  • Peace

    1.John Bonham
    2.Alex Van Halen
    3.Neil Peart
    4.Ian Paice
    5.Mike Bordin
    6.Buddy Rich

  • bmth5ever

    Matt Nicholls <3

  • Jeff M

    Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, Thomas Lang, Tony Royster Jr.

  • Sam

    Mattew Nicholls!!!!!

  • sequense

    Shannon Leto, Matt Nicholls

  • Mary

    Shannon Leto

  • Gilles Letourneau

    Keith Moon,Ian Paice,Danny Seraphine,Ginger Baker,Mitch Mitchell.

  • MarkT

    Buddy Rich, Steve Smith, Jojo Mayer, Benny Greb, John Bonham, Dave Weckl, Mike Mangini, Mike Portnoy.

  • Katheryne

    Shannon Leto

  • Ray Lobo

    Max Roach, Peter Erskine, Bill Bruford, Tony Wiiliams, Billy Cobham, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Dave Weckl, John Bonham, Philly Joe Jones, Stewart
    Copeland, Vinnie Colaiuta, Buddy Rich, Manu Katché

  • Yana

    Matt Nicholls!

  • BMTH

    МЭТТ НИКОЛЗ.

  • Elik

    Matt Nicholls

  • поп

    Хуй

  • Vivien

    Matthew Nicholls!

  • ГУБКИ ОЛИВЕРА

    Matt Nicholls!!!!!!!

  • Tanya

    Matt Nicholls

  • Denis Dovgan

    Matt Nicholls.

  • Lama

    Joey Jordison

  • JUJU

    Matt Nicholls)

  • JUJU

    Matt Nicholls

  • joe

    I am just wondering how Pete Best made your nominee list and Dave Uosikkanen from the Hooters did not.

  • ┼УПОРОТЫЙ САТАНА┼

    Matt Nicholls

  • Nikita

    Matt Nicholls

  • Ivan Balashov

    Matt Nichols

  • Nick Minnesota

    Matt Nicholls

  • Kirill

    Matt Nicholls

  • Bring

    Joey Jordison

  • Takcsi Drummer És Kacija

    1. Mike Mangini, 2. Thomas Lang, 3. Virgil Donati, 4. Marco Minnemann, 5. Aquiles Priester, 6. Peter Wildoer, 7. Mike Portnoy, 8. Mike Bordin, 9. Horatio Hernandez 10. Borlai Gergő (Hungary).

  • inkydead

    Matt Nicholls

  • Laura

    Matt Nicholls

  • kk

    Ian paice, john Bonham, harry stinson, Steve gadd, Gavin Harrison, ed shaunesy

  • afuckinga

    James Cassels

  • Klark

    Matt Nicholls!

  • touch

    Matt Nicholls

  • angelica

    shannon leto <3

  • Kirill

    Dave Grohl

  • Руслан

    Matt Nicholls!

  • Liza

    Matt Nicholls!!!

  • sony triwijaya

    Matt Nicholls ^^

  • Ivan Russia Kaliningrad

    Matt Nicholls!

  • die

    бзсхднсть

  • ConiNicholls丰

    Matt Nicholls <3333

  • Vladimir

    Matt Nicholls!!!!!!!!

  • Vladimir

    Matt Nicholls!

  • йцукен

    Matt Nicholls

  • Sofia Oviam

    Matt Nicholls

  • lololol

    Joey Jordison

  • ZoeLingx

    Matt Nicholls.

  • Александра

    Matt Nicholls ‹3

  • физзи

    Matt Nicholls <3

  • ara campora

    Matt Nichols

  • Ilya

    Matt Nicholls.

  • olsn

    Matt nicholls

  • Lera

    Matt Nicholls

  • espe

    Matthew Nichols

  • Lera

    Matt Nicholls

  • Aron

    Really surprised not seeing anyone naming Danny Carey. He’s not only a bad ass drummer, but he also contributed and wrote some of the greatest songs of all time with Tool! Number one on my list.

  • John

    Matt Nicholls

  • Sveta

    Matt Nicholls

  • sergey

    Matt Nicholls

  • diana

    Matt Nicholls

  • Tanya

    Matt Nicholls

  • Roma

    Matt Nicholls

  • Nikolay Kolodkov

    Matt Nicholls

  • Axeling Ring

    Aaron Kitcher

  • Антон Фофонов

    Matt Nicholls

  • dropdead719

    Matt Nicholls

  • Only Matt Nicholls

    Matt Nicholls

  • I’m not Vick Firth

    Vick Firth

  • William Daily

    Matt Nicholls

  • Вика Максимчик

    matt nichols

  • Kardex

    Matthew Nichols

  • miri

    Matthew Nicholls <3

  • Clare

    Matt Nikholls

  • Anastasia

    Matt Nicholls

  • simran

    matt nicholl

  • Alex

    Matt Nicholls:3

  • mary

    matt nickolls

  • Anastasia

    Shannon Leto

  • DIMASIK SEX

    Matt Nicholls
    very best drummer

  • Rainbow Dash

    Tre Cool

  • ┼УПОРОТЫЙ САТАНА┼

    Matt Nicholls:3

  • Valerty

    Matt Nicholls

  • valerjkee

    Matt Nicholls

  • Olly

    Matt Nicholls ^^

  • Ярослав Лебедев

    Joey Jordison

  • Lera

    Shannon Leto

  • Humster †

    Matt Nicholls

  • Daria

    Matt Nicholls

  • Kot

    Matt Nicholls /

  • Doverie

    Matt Nicholls

  • iKiwie

    Thomas Lang,noobs.

  • Zarina

    Matt Nicholls

  • j.hand phanton

    eric carr end roger taylor

  • фолькский маг

    Matt Nicholls

  • Valeriya

    Matthew Nicholls

  • oli

    Matt Nicholls

  • Abstergo

    Matt Nicholls

  • Vlad Romanenko

    Rob Burdon. Linkin Park forever!

  • crooked young

    Matt Nicholls

  • Наталья Попкова

    Matt Nicholls

  • Anna Trofimenko

    Matt Nicholls

  • Emcis1976

    Matthew Nicholls ^•^ BMTH forever!!

  • Emcis1976

    Matthew Nicholls ^•^ BMTH FOREVER!!!

  • OpiumOfThePeople

    Joey Jordison

  • Killer

    Matt Nicholls

  • Masha Zhukevych

    Matt Nicholls :)

  • Jack Grumpy

    Matt Nicholls

  • †Spenсer†

    Matt Nicholls

  • Frankie A. Horton

    Matt Nicholls

  • Kavrikov Alexey

    Matt Nicholls

  • Jey Gay

    Matt Nicholls

  • Movietonn

    Nathan Jonas Jordison

  • Viktor

    Joey Jordison

  • Ангелина

    Matt Nicholls

  • АГУРИЦ

    Matt Nicholls

  • Лейтинäнт Пäcтöр.

    Matt Nicholls

  • Dima

    Matt Nicholls

  • Ира

    Matt Nicholls

  • Satan Power

    Matt Nicholls

  • Dp Drums

    GINGER BAKER BEST DRUMMER EVER!

    • Richard Weber

      Love Ginger Baker! He was the best.

  • Kenneth Lanning

    Richard Christie, Gene Hoglan, Charlie Benante, Dave Lombardo, Buddy Rich, Thomas Lang, Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Steve Copeland…no particular order-even if not all the best, they were my biggest influences (though I could not put Lars on here-sorry man, you need to get your shit back together)

    • Jay

      NICK MENZA…

  • Nikita

    Matt Nicholls

  • Leshka

    Matt Nicholls

  • NeiZZli Julias

    Matt Nicholls)

  • DW65

    As Modern Drummer wrote a few years back, and I quote “There’s Vinnie Colaiuta and then there’s everybody else” enough said.

  • Tanya

    Matt Nicholls

  • Anna

    Daniel Adair- Nickelback

  • Alexandra Gofman

    Daniel Adair

  • Ivan

    Michael Thomas

  • Elya

    Matt Nicholls – Bring Me The Horizont!)

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  • rockstar

    John bonham is the best!! Nobody can follow his groove!!!!

  • david95

    The only one I see through the first 10 pages that even belongs in a best drummer list is John Bonham AND Kenneth Lanning’s post. Who are these other people?

  • DellaRobia

    iconic hard-driving complex creative drummer BARRY BRANDT should be at the top-tier of the list!

  • Richard Weber

    I haven’t seen the list. I hope Bill Bruford is in there somewhere.

  • jlcvt

    Neil Peart

  • Michael Hayes

    They all worship at the feet of Buddy Rich.