Some of his finest work was with Chick Corea Elektric Band, with whom he played from to In recent years he has released records as The Dave Weckl Band. His superb steady tempo and feel for the music is evident on his work with Jackson 5The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.
Rudd learned his trade with Melbourne bands such as Buster Brown And The Coloured Balls, before joining up with the Australian hard rock giants in His versatility is such that he is equally at home appearing on country music albums with Chet Atkins and jazz albums with Blue Note greats such as Bobby Hutcherson or Donald Byrd. He is also the father of Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg. The Chico Hamilton Quintet released their first album in and it was an instant success.
Hamilton continued to lead bands of varying styles and instrumentation into the 21st Century; only Art Blakey surpassed his record for discovering and nurturing young talent.
His complex, off-beat rhythms were influential in creating the blend of indie and dance music which formed much of the Madchester sound of the early 90s, and his virtuoso drumming was a key factor in the popularity of The Stone Roses. After leaving the band inhe fronted The Rub from to He returned to The Stone Roses for a reunion in Carr joined KISS inafter founding member Peter Criss left the group, and established his reputation as one of the first hard-hitting drummers to adopt a highly reverberated and low-tuned snare drum sound.
He made a significant contribution to the band, recording eight albums with them, starting with The Eldersinand finishing with Hot In The Shadein His solo career has been experimental.
On Nexthe explored improvised rhythms on prepared drum kit installations. The Los Angeles-born musician, who studied under Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, moved towards rock and is now best known as the drummer of The Doorsappearing on every recording made by the Jim Morrison-fronted band.
After The Doors, he continued working with rock bands for a time but later concentrated on dance, acting and on writing film scores. Maybe it just needs some motion, but not necessarily a whole kit. He toured and recorded with the greats of 60s soul, funk and jazz, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Louis Armstrong.
In all, Purdie can be heard on more than 4, records. His style became hugely imitated. Below said that touring Africa with Junior Wells in for the State Department was the best experience of his career. He stayed with Basie for more than ten years of constant touring and recording. He was admired by Frank Sinatra, who requested that Payne sit in on drums whenever he sang with Basie in the 60s. Payne, who died inbrought a profound sense of rhythmic swagger and panache to his playing. Hawkins was a superb technician, with no ego, and he adapted his personal style to the Lets Get Together - Eddie Cochran - Legendary Masters Series #4 (Vinyl of different musicians.
Best known for his work with The Hollies, he is considered one of the finest pop drummers of that era and particularly inspired Charlie Watts. Elliott, who was known for his flamboyant playing and use of clever snare rolls, said the drummer that he hero-worshipped was jazz great Gene Krupa.
He broke on to the music scene aged 12 with an attention-grabbing drum solo at the Modern Drummer Festival and is known for his speedy hand- and foot-work. He worked with saxophonist Jackie McLean and then started recording with Coleman Hawkins inbefore working steadily with pianist Bud Powell in By the end of the decade he had become one of the great masters of accompaniment.
As well as being a pioneering female rock drummer, she broke ground with her standing position, minimalist kit and preference for mallets over sticks. At some early gigs, she even used metal garbage cans after her drum kit was stolen. I started trying to play guitar way before I started to play drums. The English musician, who first toured as a year-old with progressive rock band Renaissance, has written three books on drumming: Rhythmic IllusionsRhythmic Perspectives and Rhythmic Designs.
He is, however, best known for playing with the British prog rock bands Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. The Nebraska-born drummer was a flamboyant personality on stage, holding audiences spellbound with his stars-and-stripes shirts, high-brushed Afro hairstyle, large frame and wide smile. In a troubled later life, he was sent to San Quentin prison. With characteristic style, he started a jailhouse band.
His replacement was the excellent Brian Bennett. He met Presley on Louisiana Hayridea popular and influential radio and TV country-music programme.
Fontana admired big-band drummers such as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, but he himself went on to influence other drummers that came after him, including Ringo Starr. Fontana was renowned for his power, speed and steadiness. Jones was ahead of his time in using a steady four-beat rhythm on cymbal, and during the 50s he performed with Lester Young and was part of the Jazz At The Philharmonic touring jam sessions.
Later, he led his own small groups. His powerful, complex playing helped changed the role of the drummer in jazz groups and influenced a generation of rockers, including The Doors, Grateful Dead and Santana. Barrett, who built his first set of drums from empty paint tins, helped popularise Jamaican beats, such as steppers and one-drop. At that point, he had been at the forefront of jazz for more than 40 years and played on more than 1, records.
After moving to Los Angeles, Palmer worked on movies. In a career that began when he was 18, Bellson moved from big bands to small groups and back again, and served as musical director for his first wife, the singer Pearl Bailey. He was a showman who displayed finesse in his playing style.
Drumming was in the blood of the son of the acclaimed Hollywood percussionist. He was always modest and when asked about drumming technique used to tell fans to listen to Jim Keltner. He was 64 when he died in New York in He played with jazz-fusion bands until he joined Journey inleaving eight years later to pursue his original passion, jazz, and develop his career as a session player.
Smith is known for his explosive solos and intricate timekeeping. InSteve re-joined Journey, touring with the band for the first time in 32 years. He guested on 35, tracks, including singles that made the Billboard Top Unlike most drummers of the time, Blaine said he tuned his drums down to normal, mid-range, rather than keeping them at a high range.
He passed away on March 11,at the age of 90, leaving behind a legacy that will be impossible to beat. Roach, who started out on the piano, changed instruments when his father bought him a drum kit at He made his recording debut at 19, in a band led by Coleman Hawkins, and his groundbreaking work with Charlie Parker in the 40s showed off his amazing sense of form, allied to an impeccable technique and mastery of tempo.
He was active in the civil-rights movement of the 60s and later held a teaching post at the University Of Massachusetts. He made his name as the drummer of the punk rock band The Clashjoining them in and staying for five years, until drug problems forced him out. Born in Rochester, New York, on April 9,Gadd started drumming at the age of seven and sat in with Dizzy Gillespie by the time he was He is so popular in Japan that they still sell transcriptions of his drum solos.
He has brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the drum kit while at the same time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing. He was known for his epic solos, layering on textures while controlling the dynamics and showing a true ability to improvise.
He was doing it before anybody was. He later played in King Crimson and toured with Genesis. Bruford retired from performing in but went on to run record labels and gain a PhD in music from the University Of Surrey. Praised for his power and versatility as a drummer, Barker also founded a clothing company. In Octoberhe was cleared to perform again after blood clots in both arms had caused him to temporarily stop playing the drums.
One of his quirks is that he sometimes plays barefoot. I went to two bass drums just for a while and I realized that I can nearly do as much with one as the effect you can get with two. Phillips is a technically gifted drummer who was introduced to music by his musician father, Sid Phillips.
He moved to America in to play with Toto and later recorded his own albums, including Protocol in He has also worked as arranger, producer and engineer.
He was one of the first drummers to combine jazz, funk and rock. After he began playing with Sting. The Texas-born musician started Pantera in with his brother, and the heavy metal band earned four Grammy nominations before disbanding in amid rumours of a rift.
He was known for using triggered samples mixed with live-miked drums during shows on a kit that had a custom dragon finish modelled on the design of his hat. Smith, who was born on October 25,joined the band in He said he learned his trade playing lots of clubs in Detroit. He has also worked regularly with hard rock band Chickenfoot. Smith, who is known for the infectious beats in his playing, has also been an in-demand session musician, playing with The Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash and The Avett Brothers.
In the mids, he also scored three hits with tracks featuring his trademark thumping style. His is considered a versatile drummer and has worked in the jazz arena with stars such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. InColaiuta released a self-titled solo album. As well as his Grammy-winning drum work on records with The Rootshe is also known for his appearances with the band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonwhere they are the regular in-house group.
In recent years he has been a producer on the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. The records he has played on include 30 that have gone gold or platinum.
She has also played with Quasi and cult indie band The Shins. Weiss is a powerful, inventive drummer who has helped break down some of the traditional barriers against female drummers. Appice also wrote the acclaimed book The Realistic Rock Drum Methodwhich sold nearly half a million copies. In he had to have a thumb amputated but he adapted a drumstick by fitting it with a thick handle from a maraca. After an early career with Soundgarden a band he later re-joinedhe was invited on tour by Pearl Jam and became a permanent fixture in their band.
He is a technically gifted player, known for his fast solos during live shows. Shrieve, born on July 6,was the original drummer for Santana and played on the first eight albums by the seminal group. This sophisticated drummer has played alongside artists in such diverse genres as rock, jazz, electronic, dance and world music, and was saluted for his groundbreaking use of electronic percussion when it was a new medium in the 70s.
For the past 10 years he has been working on a personal project called Drums Of Compassionon which he is composer, producer and drummer. He said he also loved jazz and based his tuning on the model of Gene Krupa. He is best known as the original drummer of heavy metal band Black Sabbath and was noted for his innovative use of floor toms. In recent years, after playing with a new band called Day Of Errors, he was forced to take a break from music because of heart problems. She also worked closely with Prince.
He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Metallicaa band he joined after answering an advert in a magazine.
He has been knighted by the Danish government. After working with Pat Travers, he made his name with bands such as Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy in the 70s. Aldridge is considered to have set the standard for double-bass rock drumming and has continued playing with Whitesnake into the 21st Century.
Give me 15 takes and I will want He said his biggest influence was Rush drummer Neil Peart. The co-founder of the progressive rock band Dream Theater, Portnoy was particularly pleased to become the second youngest musician, after Peart, to be inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame in After moving to America, he started a band with brother Eddie. After meeting David Lee Roth, they formed Mammoth. The two brothers are the only members of Van Halen who have been in the band for its entire duration.
Alex is a master of the snare drum and at live shows is known for his aggressive solos and stage pyrotechnics. He has cited jazz drummer Buddy Rich as a big influence on his playing. He got his first drum kit at 15 and decided that, being left handed, he needed to devise techniques that would fit the right-handed drum kits.
He later returned to Deep Purple. A key member of the collective of session musicians known as The Funk Brothers, he was known for his deft brushwork and explosive drum fills. A brilliant technician, he was born in Birmingham, England, on March 20, He came from a musical family: his grandfather played the drums, his grandmother was a symphony violinist and his father had a dance band.
He said his main influence was Gene Krupa. In the 21st Century he started his own Carl Palmer Band. He died of natural causes, aged 61, on November 12, Collins, who was born on January 30,in the London suburb of Chiswick, is also a popular singer, songwriter and record producer. He said he was given his first drum when he was three. I just wanted to make a career out of being a drummer.
Or is it someone that sits in the song with their own feel? Ringo was the king of feel. Watts, who was born on June 2,in London, grew up loving Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and started out as a graphic artist. He combined his love of art and jazz by writing a book about Charlie Parker. He has remained a key member of the Stones for over five decades, taking occasional breaks to work with his own jazz orchestra. He said that many of the techniques he used throughout his career, including his snare hand technique, were learned from his first teacher, Chuck Brown.
Bozzio started his career in garage bands and became famous for his work with the band Missing Persons and as a drummer for Frank Zappa, with whom he appeared on 26 albums. Born on January 14, in Warren, Ohio, Grohl dropped out of high school to play with the group Scream before auditioning for Nirvana. His drumming has been praised for his fills, using unexpected accents, breaks and syncopation in the snare. I get goosebumps when I hear his playing.
Copeland, who was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 16,began drum lessons at the age of 12 and got his start in the music business as a road manager for Curved Air, assuming drumming duties for the band in His work with The Police was famed for its reggae-tinged rhythms and seemingly effortless cymbal work.
Just letting the drums sing. Carey, who says he loved the jazz drumming of Steve Gadd, is a texturally and harmonically accomplished drummer. He had an enormous, forceful, crisp energy in his playing and his powerful beat propelled any band he sat in with.
Rich played with many of the great jazz stars of the 20th Century and toured extensively with Jazz At The Philharmonic in the 40s and 50s, before forming his own band in the 60s. He later played with Blind Faith. Baker, who said you had to be made to be a drummer, claimed that the secret of his drum work with Cream — and his skillful use of the hi-hats, tom-toms and cymbals — was the jazz-like improvisation he brought to their sound.
The drummer was a major factor in their success. Rush have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and his sculptured drum solos have been a celebrated feature of their live shows. The Who drummer, who also worked with Jimmy Page and John Lennon, had a reputation for wild behaviour, but was one of the most distinctive and influential drummers in the history of rock.
He was a magnificent drummer for Led Zeppelin, acclaimed for his speed, power, distinctive sound and touch, and his fast bass drumming. I think he will forever be the greatest drummer of all time. Discover the best female drummers of all time. You are wrong about Ringo I heard drummers talk about how he played and what sound came out of 4 drums.
Hey idiot you seem to have a lot to say about nothing so my question to you what about Nick Mason?? If unfamiliar with his style, check him out. You should check out this drummers progress. It was actually a joke by Jasper Carrott. It has been erroniously attributed to Lennon. 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!
Ringo had a style all of his own and it worked very well, I too feel that he should be 1. If he thought so much of his style of playing, why did he not show any confidence in him during their first recording session?
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.
Stay off the fantasy! 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…. John did not over estimated Ringo, he knew his weaknesses but also his strengths. Carl Palmer and Bill Bruford are better. Sheila E is not a top 50 drummer but her father and uncles are. 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. 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 need to change your name to Dream Weaver from Denny Weaver as you are an absolute fantasist. She can take Shelia E. 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. Not on the list is an exaggeration as is the top twenty let alone where he ended up. By the way, Sir Paul is a revisionist.
Paul is senile. Rich could drum circles around everyone on this list, except maybe Krupa. Also, Krupa confined hisself to a room for hours and listened to tribal drum beats to hone his craft. Man, you got that right about Buddy his chops were incredible his speed was extraordinary. Their music style either doesnt allow or call for it. As for Charlie Watts? Is he even alive? Seriously watch him when he plays. 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. Ringo is a better drummer than he sounds.
There are things he played on those Beatles records that ae quite surprising. Agree with you Eolo. Buddy was a great drummer live. Also think Cozy Powell and Roger Taylor should be higher. Only my opinion. Just my opinion. Chester Thompson at least needs a mention. Even that will be challenged however, musical greats regardless of era……. 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. Ringo rarely stood out. He was a timekeeper. John Lennon was once asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world. As great as The Beatles were—and they were great—people—especially Beatles fans, must look at them objectively. Ringo very unique drummer.
Very different style not a drummer i would put in top Only because of the Beatles fame. Not one, other than Buddy Rich, could hold a candle to Gene Krupa.
Thank you, Howard. How does Carl Palmer not rank 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? As a drummer for many many years I have to say other than John Bonham being 1, this list is a joke and a travesty to all drummers. Where is Don Brewer? Peter Criss? Bill Ward just to name a few. Let musicians pick who are the top and not some overweight office staff that works part time for some lame magazine.
Ringo was good at what he did but are you kidding me no Tony Williams in the top What a joke. Never heard off Dave Weckl????? The best drummer in the world!!! Not even in the list!??? Tony Williams…who could outplay everyone on this list. He played with Miles Davis at age Who made up this list??
I agree! Dave Grohl is a pedestrian drummer at best. Lars Ulrich is allegedly better than Art Blakey? What a load of crap! Tony Williams…how could you leave off Tony Williams? He was so good he played with Miles Davis at age It simply points out the folly of these lists. This is a laugh…. Ringo Strarr???? Steve Gadd should also be in the top 10…. Hunt Sales has actually been named the greatest living drummer in the world. Chad Wackerman should be on the list. Where is the great drummers from the east?
These were also greats. What about Don Brewer from Grand Funk? His drum solo from the song T. Keeith Moon mejor que Neil Peart????? 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? Lights went down and just sticks flashed! Love them! 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! Ringo Starr should have been number one hands down!!! Yeah, sure. Prairie Prince? Truly great drummer from The Tubes, Prairie was a founding member of Journey. 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. You claim science was involved in the selection process, yet from what I can see, it appears that you simply scimmed your record collection.
Ian Paice at Has whoever compiled this ilist heard him play??????? The fastest most technically gifted rock drummer ever.
Have a listen to Fireball. Michael Giles. Listen to him! Should be top 50 just for those performances alone! 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. Say this out loud and with sincerity: Ringo… is a greater drummer… than Carl Palmer and Bill Bruford. Any list of the greatest drummers of all time should include Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree at the top.
Or its not a list! Ask Eric Clapton! Clem Cattini, played on 45 UK Number one hits. I really mean this Ringo Starr is a much better drummer than Gene Krupa. 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!! What no michael Shrieve of Santana, he had Woodstock in the plalm of his hand one afternoon with Soul Sacrifice………and on 4 drums!! 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. Ringo Star, Phil Collins…. No harvey bartswonkle?
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.
Sheila E? Good grief. 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. 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. Nerve wracking twerps. This list is a travesty. Bill Bruford should be 1. He can drum ANY style. Buddy Rich 2. I agree with most of the names that were omitted.
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. This clearly is a list of sales records, not of musical quality and innovation. 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. 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 IMHO, he is phenomenal.
Ringo, number 11? Shurely shome mishtake. 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. I was also looking for Jon Hiseman from Colosseum.
Lots of great drummers on that list, but Lars Ulrich? I can play circles around him. Moon is way overrated. Crazy character, great rock personality. Band Van Radio with Old Dominion. The Ebro Show. Color Me Country.
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Questlove would be the first to say it…along with most of the drummers on this list. Also, where is Bernie Purdie? 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.
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. Nice to see Terry Bozzio get the credit he deserves. I was never really into any of his projects, outside Missing Persons.
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. Not a bad list. Sure, maybe a top list, but some of those guys would be in the top 50 of a top list.
I thought Keith Moon was crazy but a total genius on the drums. I agree that this is an incomplete list. Everyone has forgot about him!!!! Michael Shrieve… From Elvis to Billie Joel. 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. 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.
He can p,at so many styles and is knowledgeable about them. Has everyone so easily forgotten a man considered the greatest swing drummer of them all…Chick Webb. I am a Bonham and Moon man re rock drumming from way back….
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.
I find it hard to have Jazz drummers and rock drummers in the same. No Elvin Jones? Also a shout for Roger Taylor. Most certainly not my top 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….
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. As usual, the person or persons who do these ratings, I firmly disagree with.
This one is no exception. Vorrei citare 2 batteristi italiani. Era il ! Un saluto. I would mention two drummers Italians. The first, a certain Gege Di Giacomo nephew of the poet Salvatore Di Giacomothe company Renato Carosone, who debuted alongside Peter Van Wood ringing glasses, cups, chairs, jars with amazement and success of the onlookers.
It was ! A greeting. 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. Great to see Simon Phillips and Bill Bruford on there. You forgot John Hiseman from Colosseum.
His timing is outstanding. For the Beatles there was no better drummer than Ringo. No Tony Lets Get Together - Eddie Cochran - Legendary Masters Series #4 (Vinyl The meek have inherited the earth or I think YOU, who have compiled this listare 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. This listing has a very narrow focus and looks like it could be a top 50 drummers from Billboard Publication, that would explain everything. My fave is Neil Peart, because he is one of the few drummers that also wrote lyrics. Clive Burr also wrote. But not Nicko :. This is one of those trolling articles right? Phil Collins? Songwriter, singer, producer… OK. But not drummer.
Nothing interesting ever came out of his LP). If the List is limited to Rock drummers, knock yourself out. Touch, speed, sense of time and taste, incredibly exciting and explosive. 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. He was the man! If you are not familiar with his work, do yourself a favour……. This is a popularity drummer list. Not a talented drummer list. JoJo Meyer? Barriemore Barlow? Clive Bunker? Eddie Bayers?
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? Matt from Loverboy? The drummer from Chilliwack? What is this prejudice against Canadian musicians? For me the number one. What about Narada Michael Waldon? A big time stickster-played for Jeff Beck. 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! I cant believe mick Fleetwood or nick mason is not on the list. Mixing genres is a dumbass idea. I must say,that best this, best that, is nothing more than BS. How many can read and write music? Bottom line its a B S list. A Very Interesting discussion on Ringo here.
As for the Poll- list as such: Elvin Jones should so Definitely have been there. And Jon Christensen. By what or whose standards,fame or skill?? Keith Moon at 2. By what standard skill or fame?
Alex Van Halen,Ringo?? Hands down…the most misguided laughable top drummer list Ive seen in all my years. 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…. Maybe some day these guys like will be good enough to make the list… what a joke…. 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. Lars Ulrich at 20 makes this list idiotic.
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? Congrats for John in the number one spot, not to mention Neil Peart Canadian for being in top ten.
Gene Krupa no. Fuck off. Who voted? Radio one listeners who always vote Eric Clapton as the greatest guitarist ever? Also, Gene Krupa and Billy Cobham should have been much higher on the list. I like Krupa and Cobham too. Steve Upton should be on this list by all means, but I think the LP) You mentioned should take place either. Joe Morello.
Listen to Catsalian Drums and just lean back. 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? Seriously, how could Joe Morello be omitted? Ringo at 11? 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 depth to his play. They all filled the songs with complimentary sounds, Without being over bearing. Truly talented men. Forgot to mention EdCassidy. Ed passed away a few years ago. Where is Ron Bushy?? These lists are always subjective but this one is one of the worst I have ever seen. 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. No Clem Burke from Blondie? 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?
No list is going to be complete, and no list will please everyone. 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? 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?
And the only reason everyone makes such a big deal about Buddy Rich was because he did a lot of television. One of the best ever! No french guys like Christian Vander, Philippe Gleizes.
Such a shame. 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 aroundArno van Nuienhuize also, great Dutch session drummerex Metropole Orchestra, and even current Metropole Orchestra drummer Martin Vjink, plays jazz better than Rich ever did.
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. Well dudes it seems to me those that are being so smart with their answers are good with the beat….
I love it!! 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. You have to add Tony Brock.
Checkout his drum solo with Rod in Rio. The likes of Ringo, Phil Collins etc were just starting out and likely learning from the very popular…. Check it out…do an internet enquiry…. Now complain about that. Vinnie Colaiuta 32….????? I gots to stop reading these idiot bullshit lists. Phhh… Fuckin idiots. Where in the hell is Richie Haywood? Little Feats drummer.
So maybe he should be listed as 1 here. I believe Buddy Rich also praised him as the best in rock at that time. Your list belongs in the garbage!! Must be friends with the guy making up this list LOL!! I mean, seriously, Sheila E ranked ahead of Billy Cobham??? We can all argue subjective things about who is best, who should be on the list, etc etc. But objective factual errors are a different story. Sloppy writing, never happened.
Treat yourselves to an education and check out some of his stuff on You Tube. Someone really does need to go looking for alternative employment. Seriously — Lars Ulrich? Meg White? Any such ranking that puts Dave Grohl in the top ten, with Charlie Watts, Roger Hawkins, and Levon Helm behind him is immediately suspect and frankly, a joke.
This list is an ultra-flawed starting point. You forget Andy Arrow, one of the greatest. I just listened to Andy Arrow on your link and I think I would have given him a higher grade if he took a solo! You call yourself a professor? It surely is not of music! Obviously you missed Cesar Zuiderwijk from Golden Earring. The Who even wanted him after Keith died. He decided to stay with his friends in Earring. How about Toss Panos!!!!!
This is just a mass of pathetic greatest drum lists, none are accurate, if they were,Buddy Rich would be at the top John Bonham and Pace would agree, simply untouchable. I have been a drummer for over 40 years been in jazz bands, rock bands country and blues bands, strictly small time I have a full time job. Jazz is the hardest music to drum next to heavy metal. Hal Roach would. Be a close second. No way on this earth have I ever seen or heard a better drummer. Best session drummer of all time 2 Hal Roach 1 Buddy Rich.
Leaving out Tony Williams is certainly odd. Can you tell that Keith Moon is my favorite rock drummer? Roger Taylor should be higher. Purdie and Gadd are better players than Dave Lombardo.
Maybe Chad Smith is? Maybe Mike Portnoy is? Who cares! Another thing i gotta spew- Charlie Watts Is tight!!! One of my all-time favorites. Like him better than Joey Kramer. Peligro too. Rick Allen makes my list of greatest drummers of all time! He maybe no. I am not a drummer. Just a fan…. Chester Thompson, Chad Wackerman should definitely have been on this list.
Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Gadd should have been top Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Search uDiscover Music. Ringo should be 1 hands down. His style. Cliff August 31, at pm. Ringo was a crap drummer.
Ringo has a signature style, and plays the drum instrumentally, not to overpower melody. Billy Mieder August 31, at pm. Tom Borowski September 1, at am. Wade Rave April 9, at pm. BIlly Mieder April 19, at am. BIlly Mieder April 19, at pm. BIlly Mieder April 21, at am. Billy Mieder April 26, at am. Drumming is a form of artistic expression.
Just enjoy it!! BIlly Mieder June 20, at am. Music should not be a competition. Just enjoy it. Matt August 31, at pm. Ralph January 5, at am. Barbara Innes December 7, at pm. Johan August 9, at am. Dale February 15, at am. That is a quote by John Lennon when asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world. Rob February 24, at pm. Nick February 23, at pm. Phil February 25, at am.
Dave F August 31, at pm. Bryan E August 31, at pm. Tim August 31, at pm. Carlos Martinez August 31, at pm. Mac November 30, at pm. DrummerGuy September 1, at pm. Giorgio September 1, at am. Michael M October 23, at am. Daveyboy April 4, at am. Pete February 22, at pm.
Denny Weaver March 15, at pm. GMR May 15, at pm. Carl August 31, at pm. Don Garduno August 31, at pm. Billy Cobham should be much higher, And Danny Seraphine way up there. TPZeeee April 9, at am. Mare August 31, at pm. Tom August 31, at pm. Sergey September 9, at pm. Billy Meider October 23, at am. Steve LP) 31, at pm. FramusJack August 31, at pm. Guy L'Hoste September 3, at am. Robert L. October 24, at pm. Carol September 1, at am. You nailed that one.
Krupa and Rich should be at the very top of that list! Gary Todd January 8, at am. TONY September 20, at am. Frank May 24, at pm. Mark August 31, at pm. Style, longevity, fame do not a good drummer make! Bob August 31, at pm. Obomski August 31, at pm. Python August 31, at pm. Joe January 9, at pm. Terry March 25, at pm. Travis September 1, at am. Stephen Warne October 22, at pm. I always thought that Pete was the Best drummer in the Beatles. Peter X November 26, at am.
Gary Allen September 1, at am. I totally agree with the top three drummers, In my opinion the list can stop there. Eolo Nizzi II September 1, at am. Buddy Rich has all of those guys beat, Buddy was the best, hands down!! Brian Walton September 1, at am. Brian September 1, at am. Ken September 1, at am. Who is this Neil Learnt? TNovak September 1, at am. Chris September 1, at pm. Steve September 2, at am. One of the best I ever watched was Ed Cassidy from Spirit! Ummiami44 October 21, at pm.
John October 23, at pm. Tim Roberts October 23, at pm. Stu October 24, at am. Clint October 24, at pm. Rickey October 25, at am. Carbonc60 August 17, at am. Amo Green October 1, at am. Erik January 25, at pm. Ronaldr February 22, at pm. Billy Mieder says … I disagree …. Billy Mieder says … No way!! William A Mieder April 21, at am. Ron May 15, at pm. Played with Lee Michaels….
Rob December 17, at pm. Joey Dee June 20, at pm. Johan February 20, at pm. Jim Tucci February 22, at pm. JOSE October 22, at pm. Mike Holliday March 9, at am. They on put Ringo on the list because he was a Beetle. Aw August 31, at am. Brammer August 31, at am. John August 31, at am.
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