Top 100 Best Drummers in the World (All Time)

This list of best drummers of all time includes top drummers of today along with the greatest drummers of past decades.

Its very sad to know that Drummers get the least amount of attention and even smaller amount of the credit than they actually deserve. People pour all their love and affection to the lead guitarist and vocalist but behind all those musical instruments and stage setup sit the most hard working man in the band – The Drummer.

Drummers are the spine of the band or any singer. Beatles would be no Beatles if there was no Ringo Starr. The popularity of Ringo jokes tells how negligible people are for Drummers. Bruce Springsteen would not have been such great legend if there was Max Weinberg. Nirvana is often considered great band due to Kurt Cobain but lets not forget the contribution of Dave grohl who actually made the band great.

There are dozens of examples of how a great drummer lead the band to the path of success. Songs like “Hey You” by Pink Floydd, “Holiday” by Scorpions, “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, “Livin on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi are some of the finest examples of Drum Songs.

Here we have chosen 100 greatest drummers of all time. Your opinion on the list may vary so feel free to tell us about your favorite drummers in the comment section.

Greatest Drummers Ever

100. Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
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99. Gene Holgan (Death)
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98. Jon Theodore (Mars Volta)
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97. Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad)
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96. Stanton Moore (Galactic)
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95. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
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94. Damon Che Fitzgerald (Don Caballero)
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93. Dennis Chambers (Santana)
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92. Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer/Asia)
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91. Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp)
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90. Matt McDonough (Mudvayne)
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89. Billy Cobham (Horace Silver/Miles Davis)
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88. Mike Shrieve (Santana)
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87. David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power)
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86. Chad Smith (RHCP)
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85. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
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84. Steve Gadd (Steely Dan)
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83. Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)
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82. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
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81. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
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80. Tim Alexander (Primus)
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79. Virgil Donati (Planet X)
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78. Max Weinberg (E Street Band)
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77. Alan White (Yes)
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76. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
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75. Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck)
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74. Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger)
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73. Jaki Liebezeit (Can)
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72. Bernard Purdie
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71. Chad Wackerman (Zappa)
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70. Phil Collins (Genesis)
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69. Klaus Dinger (Neu/LA Dusserldorf)
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68. Elvin Jones (John Coltrane)
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67. Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
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66. Ansley Dunbar (Jeff Beck, Whitesnake)
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65. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
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64. Deen Castronovo (Bad English/Journey)
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63. Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon)
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62. Bill Bruford (Yes)
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61. Terry Bozzio (Zappa, Jeff Beck)
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60. Danny Carey (Tool)
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59. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
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58. Buddy Rich
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57. Earl Palmer (Session man)
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56. BJ Wilson (Procol Harum)
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55. Anton Fier (Feelies/Pere Ubu/Golden Palominos)
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54. Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
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53. Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
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52. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle/Desert Sessions)
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51. Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
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50. Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
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49. John French (Captain Beefheart)
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48. Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)
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47. Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown)
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46. Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order)
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45. Scott Travis (Judas Priest)
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44. Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)
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43. Don Henley (Eagles)
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42. Jack Irons (RHCP, Pearl Jam)
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41. Travis Barker (Blink 182)
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40. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
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39. Levon Helm (The Band)
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38. Zak Starkey (The Who/Oasis)
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37. Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
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36. Chad Sexton (311)
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35. Dave Weckl (Chick Corea)
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34. Dominic Howard (Muse)
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33. Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
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32. Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses)
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31. Phil Rudd (AC,DC)
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30. Al Jackson, Jr. (Booker T & the MGs)
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29. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
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28. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
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27. Frank “Tre Cool” Edwin Wright III (Green Day)
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26. Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley, Beach Boys)
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25. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
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24. John Densmore (The Doors)
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23. Cozy Powell (Black Sabbath/Rainbow)
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22. Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake)
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21. Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa/Sting/Jeff Beck)
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20. Maureen “Moe” Tucker (Velvet Underground)
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19. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
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18. Topper Headon (The Clash)
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17. Travis Barker (Blink-182)
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16. Steve Smith (Journey)
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15. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
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14. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
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13. Neil Peart (Rush)
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12. Roger Taylor (Queen)
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11. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
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10. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
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9. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
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8. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
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7. Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones)
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6. Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
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5. Ginger Baker (Cream)
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4. Stewart Copeland (The Police)
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3. Keith Moon ( Who)
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2. John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
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1. Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)
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Who do you think is the best drummer of all time? Whose drum set you loved the most?

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2 thoughts on “Top 100 Best Drummers in the World (All Time)

  1. Where are Louie Bellson and, the best of them all, Gene Krupa???????? This list is supposed to be the best drummers “of all time”. No excuse, therefore, for omitting these two.

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