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100 Greatest Rock Drummers

Criteria: - Drummers are ranked for their influence, innovation, originality, and technical ability. ( * = passed on )
Newly added names are in Red


Edited By: tommorello
Last Updated: 08-16-08



Greatest Rock Drummers
  1. Neil Peart (Rush)
  2. John Bonham* (Led Zeppelin)
  3. Keith Moon* (The Who)
  4. Carl Palmer (ELP)
  5. Ginger Baker (Cream)
  6. Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)
  7. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
  8. Hal Blaine (Session man)
  9. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
10. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
11. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
12. Danny Carey (Tool)
13. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
14. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
15. Earl Palmer (Session man)
16. Benny Benjamin* (Funk Brothers)
17. Jeff Porcaro* (Toto)
18. Stewart Copeland (The Police)
19. Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
20. Bernard Purdie (Session)
21. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
22. Steve Smith (Journey)
23. Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)
24. David Garabaldi (Tower Of Power)
25. Mike Shrieve (Santana)
26. Ainsley Dunbar (Jeff Beck)
27. Cozy Powell* (Rainbow)
28. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
29. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews)
30. Tim Alexander (Primus)
31. Roger Taylor (Queen)
32. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)
33. Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
34. Phil Collins (Genesis)
35. Al Jackson* (The MGs)
36. Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
37. Topper Headon (The Clash)
38. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
39. Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)
40. Bobby Jarzombeck (Rob Halford, Iced Earth)
41. Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger)
42. Gene Holgan (Death, Strapping Young Lad)
43. Martin Lopez (Opeth)
44. Simon Phillips (Toto)
45. Mike Giles (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp )
46. Max Weinberg (Springsteen)
47. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
48. Jon Theodore (Mars Volta, One Day As A Lion)
49. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
50. Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, session man)
51. Alan White (Yes)
52. Nick Menza (Megadeth)
53. Phil Ehart (Kansas)
54. Mark Zonder (Fate's Warning)
55. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
56. Jaki Liebezeit (CAN)
57. Scott Travis (Judas Priest)
58. Virgil Donati (Planet X)
59. Jim Gordon (Derek And The Dominoes)
60. Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)
61. Richard Allen (Funk Brothers)
62. BJ Wilson* Procul Harum)
63. Chad Wackerman (Zappa)
64. Ralph Humphrey (Mothers Of Invention)
65. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Desert Sessions)
66. Jojo Mayer (Nerve, session man)
67. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
68. Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
69. Christian Vander (Magma)
70. Dennis Thompson (MC5)
71. John French (Captain Beefheart)
72. John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
73. Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)
74. Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
75. Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, session man)
76. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
77. Mike Mangini (Extreme)
78. Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)
79. Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
80. Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
81. Jabo Starks (James Brown, session man)
82. Brian Mantia (Primus)
83. Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)
84. Phil Taylor (Motörhead)
85. Vinnie Appice (Dio, session man)
86. Fred Coury (Cinderella)
87. Travis Barker (Blink 182)
88. Phil Selway (Radiohead)
89. Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne)
90. Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis)
91. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
92. Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
93. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
94. Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
95. Ron Wilson* (Surfaris)
96. John Densmore (The Doors)
97. Chester Thompson (Santana)
98. Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley)
99. Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
100. Sandy Nelson (solo)


Neil Peart
Neil Peart



John Bonham
John Bonham



Keith Moon
Keith Moon



Carl Palmer
Carl Palmer










The Roots of
Rock Drumming DVD
101. Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses)
102. Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band)
103. Jon Hiseman (Colosseum)
104. Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine)
105. Jay Lane (Colonel Claypool's Frog Brigade)
106. Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead)
107. Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead)
108. Pierre Moerlen (Gong)
109. Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal)
110. Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
111. Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta)
112. Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan)
113. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
114. Dominic Howard (Muse)
115. Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains)
116. Pick Withers (Dire Straits)
117. Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep)
118. Sib Hashian (Boston)
119. Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth)
120. Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee)
121. Pat Torpey (Mr Big)
122. Leonard Haze (Y&T)
123. Hellhammer (Mayhem)
124. Jon Fishman (Phish)
125. Allan Aucoin (Disco Biscuits)
126. Dave Abbruzesse (Pearl Jam)
127. Jason Rullo (Symphony X)
128. Morgan Carlson (Protest The Hero)
129. Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani)
130. Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir)
131. Ray Herrera (Fear Factory)
132. Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy)
133. Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)
134. Jack Irons (Pearl Jam)
135. Paul Bostaph (Slayer)
136. Dean Castronovo (Journey)
137. Stanton Moore (Galactic)
138. Blake Richardson (Between the Buried and Me)
139. Jason Bonham (UFO)
140. Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
141. Kenny Aronoff (Session man)
142. David Silveria (Korn)
143. Bobby Elliot (The Hollies)
144. Roger Hawkins (Arethra Franklin)
145. Greg Errico (Sly And The Family Stone)
146. Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction)
147. Jim Keltner (Session man)
148. Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard)
149. Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
150. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
honerable mentions
Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon)
Alan Wren (Stone Roses)
Bill Berry (R.E.M.)
Bob Burns (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow)
Boris Williams (Cure)
Brendan Canty (Fugazi)
Britt Walford (Slint)
Buddy Miles* (Band Of Gypsys)
Buddy Saltzman (Session man)
Budgie (Siouxsee)
Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick)
Casey Grillo (Kamelot)
Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring)
Chad Sexton (311)
Charlie Allen Martin (Bob Seger)
Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
Chris Kontos (Machine Head)
Chris Layton (Double Trouble)
Chris Slade (AC/DC, Uriah Heep)
DJ Fontana (Elvis Presley)
Dale Crover (Melvins)
Dallas Taylor (CSNY, Manassas)
Damon Che Fitzgerald (Don Caballero)
Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy)
Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five)
Dave Mackintosh (Dragonforce)
Dennis Wilson* (Beach Boys)
Denny Carmassi (Montrose)
Dickie Harrell (Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps)
Dino Danelli (Rascals)
Dick Richards (The Comets)
Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad)
Don Henley (The Eagles)
Doug Clifford (CCR)
Ed Cassidy (Spirit)
Eddie Bayers (Session man)
Frank Beard (ZZ Top)
Frank Kirkland (Blues Sessions)
Fred Below* (The Aces, Session man)
Gary Chester* (Session man)
Gary Husband (Level 42)
Hans Cleuver (Focus)
Jerry Allison (Crickets)
Jerry Gaskill (King's X)
Jim Capaldi* (Traffic)
Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth)
Joe Franco (Good Rats)
Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
Joey Waronker (Walt Mink)
John Badanjek (The Detroit Wheels)
John Dalmayan (System Of A Down)
Kenny Jones (The Who)
Les Lester (Los Straightjackets)
Levon Helm (The Band)
Liberty DiVitto (Billy Joel)
Matt Abts (Gov't Mule)
Matt McDonoughe (Mudvayne)
Matt Pelissier (My Chemical Romance)
Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver)
Max Kolesne (Krisiun)
Mick Tucker (The Sweet)
Mike Bordin (Faith No More)
Mike Sus (Possessed)
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead)
Morgen Agren (Zappa)
Neil Smith (Alice Cooper)
Panama Francis* (50s-60s Session man)
Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel)
Ralph Salmins (Session man)
Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Rick Buckler (The Jam)
Russ Kunkel (Session man)
Sean Moore (Manic Street Preachers)
Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company)
Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers )
Cornelius "Tenoo" Coleman (Fats Domino)
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi)
Tom Compton (Ten Years After)
Tony Thomson (Bowie)
Tre Cool (Green Day)
William Calhoun (Living Colour)
William Rieflin (Ministry)
Ziggy Modeliste (The Meters)

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