Top 25 Rock Drummers

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  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Someone on a website (New Arena, I think?) posted his list of the top 25 rock drummers:

    Here's the top 10:

    John Bonham
    Neil Peart
    Ginger Baker
    Charlie Watts
    Bill Bruford
    Keith Moon
    Stewart Copeland
    Mitch Mitchell
    Ian Paice
    Ringo Starr

    And the rest:

    Dave Grohl
    Mike Portnoy
    Max Weinberg
    Maureen "Moe" Tucker
    Terry Bozzio
    Danny Carey
    Jeff Porcaro
    Tommy Aldridge
    Roger Taylor
    Chad Smith
    Jane Weiss
    Carmen Appice
    Phil Collins
    Tommy Lee
    Alex Van Halen

    I'm surprised that Collins and Van Halen couldn't do better than 23rd and 25th, respectively.

    A couple of comments said: "Where's Carl Palmer?"

    Ringo should have been in the top 5.
  2. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    John Bonham is definitely #1, if just for the song When the Levee Breaks.
  3. iainduguid

    iainduguid Puritan Board Sophomore

    "Where is Carl Palmer?" was my first thought. I grew up on ELP and the percussion was a key part of the sound.
  4. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    John Bonham is the reason I became a drummer. Not the best drummer in the world, but certainly one of the best rock drummers. Definitely revolutionized the art.

    My favorite drummer of any genre: Steve Gadd.

    I also find it very strange that Steve Smith is not in the list. He should at least be top five. A very skilled drummer, not to mention trained at Berklee.
  5. augustacarguy

    augustacarguy Puritan Board Freshman

    No list is complete without Levon Helm, Micky Hart, or Bill Kreutzmann. Period.

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  6. Goodcheer68

    Goodcheer68 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Bill Ward should have made the top 5.
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  7. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Who is he?
  8. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

  9. SeanPatrickCornell

    SeanPatrickCornell Puritan Board Sophomore

    Original drummer for Black Sabbath
  10. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    Tony is the most incredible drummer I have ever seen, and I have long been a big fan of his. However, I didn't mention him because he is not a rock drummer.
  11. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    Ah. Okay. Thanks. Didn't know that.
  12. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    I wouldn't know much about what distinguishes drum talent at that level but the guys on that list that have stood out to me with the "wow factor" when listening are Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy.

    I am surprised to see Alex Van Halen on that list. I've been a massive VH fan in the past but his over-reliance on cymbals at times tends to interfere with the vocals and guitar to my ears.
  13. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Closed for the Lord's Day.
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  14. J.L. Allen

    J.L. Allen Puritan Board Freshman

    "Ringo isn't even the best drummer in The Beatles.” John Lennon

    That said, Ringo was consistent and that suited The Beatles well.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I agree that Bill Ward should probably be in the Top 10, maybe Top 5. He's criminally underrated, especially regarding his work on the first few records. Watch "War Pigs" from the Paris 1970 show and tell me he shouldn't be near the very top.

    The previous poster may have a point about Alex Van Halen's over reliance on the cymbals at times. Regardless, Sammy Hagar said that Alex Van Halen was a great drummer back when he was drunk all the time (which was during the DLR years and at least the first record with Hagar) and that he was still good when he got sober, (circa 1988?) but more conservative. He should probably be docked points for his use of electronic drums in the mid-80s.

    Cozy Powell and Dave Lombardo (if I can include him w/o being thrown off the board) should be on the list. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) also tends to be underrated.
  16. G

    G Puritan Board Junior

    Hands Down this guy, no contest:
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  18. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    I miss music with real drums.
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