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50 Greatest Drummers Of All Time


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As the Passion of Weiss duly notes in his column today, his comarades at Stylus Magazine have put together a well research and well thought out list of notable drummers. Whether you agree, or disagree, it's certainly a good place to start. My only prolem with the list is that Emo wasn't on it. :( Read the full list and background on the artists right HERE.

50. Rat Scabies - The Damned

49. Damon Che - Don Cabellero

48. Janet Weiss - Sleater-Kinney

47. Brian Chase - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

46. Billy Cobham - Miles Davis, Mahavishu Orchestra

45. Lol Tolhurst / Boris Williams - The Cure

44. Grant Hart - Husker Du

43. Hal Blaine - Everybody

42. Gary Young - Pavement

41. Ziggy Modeliste - The Meters

40. Mik Glaisher - The Comcats

39. Tony Allen

38. Igor Cavalera - Sepultura

37. Jeremiah Green - Modest Mouse

36. John Densmore - The Doors

35. Hugo Burnham - Gang Of 4

34. Zach Hill - Hella

33. Steve Shelley - Sonic Youth

32. Reni - The Stone Roses

31. Jim Eno - Spoon

30. Clyde Stubblefield - James Brown

29. Brendan Canty - Fugazi

28. Al Jackson, Jr. - Booker T & The MGs

27. Yoshimi P-We - The Boredoms

26. Ringo Starr - The Beatles

25. Levon Helm - The Band

24. Jimmy Chamberlin - The Smashing Pumpkins

23. Bill Bruford - King Crimson

22. Neil Peart - Rush

21. Larry Mullen, Jr. - U2

20. Bill Berry - REM

19. Joe Easley - The Plan

18. Mitch Mitchell - Jimi Hendrix Experience

17. Bill Ward - Black Sabbath

16. Ginger Baker - Cream

15. Klaus Dinger - Kraftwerk

14. Glen Kotche - Wilco

13. Tony Thompson - The Power Station

12. Chris Frantz - The Talking Heads

11. Dave Lombardo - Slayer

10. Bernard Purdie - Everybody

09. Moe Tucker

08. Stewart Copeland - The Police

07. Topper Headon - The Clash

06. Dave Grohl - Nirvana

05. Stephen Morris -Joy Division

04. Charlie Watts - The Rolling Stones

03. Jaki Leibezeit

02. Keith Moon - The Who

01. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin

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These I have heard of:

38. Igor Cavalera - Sepultura

36. John Densmore - The Doors

26. Ringo Starr - The Beatles

24. Jimmy Chamberlin - The Smashing Pumpkins

23. Bill Bruford - King Crimson

22. Neil Peart - Rush

21. Larry Mullen, Jr. - U2

20. Bill Berry - REM

17. Bill Ward - Black Sabbath

16. Ginger Baker - Cream

13. Tony Thompson - The Power Station

11. Dave Lombardo - Slayer

08. Stewart Copeland - The Police

06. Dave Grohl - Nirvana

04. Charlie Watts - The Rolling Stones

02. Keith Moon - The Who

01. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin

These I agree with:

22. Neil Peart - Rush

21. Larry Mullen, Jr. - U2

17. Bill Ward - Black Sabbath

11. Dave Lombardo - Slayer

08. Stewart Copeland - The Police

06. Dave Grohl - Nirvana

02. Keith Moon - The Who

01. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin

These should have been mentioned:

Tommy Lee

Lars Ulrich

Buddy Rich

Mike Portnoy

Pete Sandoval

Raymond Herrerra

Scott Travis

I'm certain there are many others. I'll be civil and not mention those on the list who probably should not be there.

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What about Ringo Starr?

Not the best, but certainly one of them

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Because my roomate/sisters husband is a drummer, we often visit DrummerWorld and check out all the cool videos. They have a link to this cool page of 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances that's real interesting. I'm not really personally qualified to submit a top ten drummers list let alone a top 50. So I don't really have any complaints.

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Because my roomate/sisters husband is a drummer, we often visit DrummerWorld and check out all the cool videos. They have a link to this cool page of 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances that's real interesting. I'm not really personally qualified to submit a top ten drummers list let alone a top 50. So I don't really have any complaints.

1. Moby Dick - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

2. Toad - Ginger Baker (Cream)

3. Ticks And Leeches - Danny Carey (Tool)

4. 21st Century Schizoid Man - Michael Giles (King Crimson)

5. La Villa Strangiato - Neil Peart (Rush)

6. Erotomania - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

7. Cobwebs And Strange - Keith Moon (The Who)

8. Tarkus - Carl Palmer (ELP)

9. Hot For Teacher - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)

10. Heart Of The Sunrise - Bill Bruford (Yes)

11. Jesus Christ Pose - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

12. Fire - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)

13. Aja - Steve Gadd (Steely Dan)

14. Space Truckin - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

15. By-Tor And The Snow Dog - Neil Peart (Rush)

16. A Quick One - Keith Moon (The Who)

17. Wipeout - Ron Wilson (Surfaris)

18. Dharma For One - Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)

19. Rosanna - Jeff Porcaro (Toto)

20. One More Red Nightmare - Bill Bruford (King Crimson)

21. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow Suite - Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa)

22. Rat Salad - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

23. Do What You Like - Ginger Baker (Blind Faith)

24. Frankenstein - Chuck Ruff (Edgar Winter)

25. Toccata - Carl Palmer (ELP)

26. Revolution Is My Name - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)

27. Tank - Carl Palmer (ELP)

28. Reflection - Danny Carey (Tool)

29. Dance Of Eternity - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

30. Soundchaser - Alan White (Yes)

31. Tragic - Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)

32. Won't Get Fooled Again - Keith Moon (The Who)

33. Eternity's Breath Part I and II - Narrada Michael Walden (Mahavishnu Orch.)

34. Manic Depression - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)

35. Aenima - Danny Carey (Tool)

36. Tripping Billies - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)

37. Late In The Evening - Steve Gadd (Paul Simon)

38. Ice Cakes - Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)

39. Baby Don't You Do It - Keith Moon (The Who)

40. No Excuses - Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)

41. My Generation - Keith Moon (The Who)

42. YYZ - Neil Peart (Rush)

43. War Ensemble - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

44. Who Are You - Keith Moon (The Who)

45. Karn Evil 9 - Carl Palmer (ELP)

46. The Grudge - Danny Carey (Tool)

47. In A Gadda Da Vida - Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly)

48. People=Shit - Joey Jordison (Slipknot)

49. Happy Jack - Keith Moon (The Who)

50. Symptom of the Universe - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

51. Vital Transformation - Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)

52. Rock And Roll - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

53. Fireball - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

54. Painkiller - Scott Travis (Judas Priest)

55. Burn - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

56. Sgt Baker - Tim Alexander (Primus)

57. Metropolis - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

58. South Side of the Sky - Bill Bruford (Yes)

59. Message In A Bottle - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

60. 6:00 - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

61. Soul Sacrifice - Mike Shrieve (Santana)

62. You Could Be Mine - Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses)

63. Rain - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

64. How Many More Times - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

65. Frizzle Fry - Tim Alexander (Primus)

66. Forty Six & Two - Danny Carey (Tool)

67. Supernaut - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

68. One Of These Days - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

69. Eleven - Tim Alexander (Primus)

70. The Ox - Keith Moon (The Who)

71. Silent Scream - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

72. Lateralis - Danny Carey (Tool)

73. The Noonward Race - Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)

74. Elephant Talk - Bill Bruford (King Crimson)

75. Seven Days - Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting)

76. 2112 - Neil Peart (Rush)

77. Achilles Last Stand - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

78. Tom Sawyer - Neil Peart (Rush)

79. Apostrophe - Jim Gordon (Frank Zappa)

80. Spoonman - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

81. Angel Of Death - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

82. Great King Rat - Roger Taylor (Queen)

83. White Room - Ginger Baker (Cream)

84. A Change Of Seasons - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

85. The Noose - Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle)

86. When the Levee Breaks - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

87. Candy's Room - Max Weinberg (Springsteen)

88. Walking On The Moon - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

89. Pretty Noose - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

90. Bad Reputation - Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)

91. Regatta De Blanc - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

92. War Pigs - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

93. Acid Rain - Mike Portnoy (Liquid Tension Experiment)

94. The Wizard - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

95. Bargain - Keith Moon (The Who)

96. Raining Blood - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

97. In My Time Of Dying - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

98. Dyers Eve - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

99. Where Eagles Dare - Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)

100. Over The Electric Grapevine - Tim Alexander (Primus)

1. Lateralus

Tool

(Danny Carey)

2. Machine Head

Deep Purple

(Ian Paice)

3. Quadrophenia

The Who

(Keith Moon)

4. Awake

Dream Theater

(Mike Portnoy)

5. Moving Pictures

Rush

(Neil Peart)

6. Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin

(John Bonham)

7. Disraeli Gears

Cream

(Ginger Baker)

8. Fragile

Yes

(Bill Bruford)

9. Brain Salad Surgery

Emerson Lake & Palmer

(Carl Palmer)

10. Outlandos D'Amour

The Police

(Stewart Copeland)

11. Situation Dangerous

Bozzio Levin Stevens

(Terry Bozzio)

12. Reinventing The Steel

Pantera

(Vinnie Paul)

13. Red

King Crimson

(Bill Bruford)

14. Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin

(John Bonham)

15. BadMotorFinger

Soundgarden

(Matt Cameron)

16. Frizzle Fry

Primus

(Tim Alexander)

17. Are You Experienced

Jimi Hendrix Experience

(Mitch Mitchell)

18. What If

Dixie Dregs

(Rod Morgenstein)

19. Season In The Abyss

Slayer

(Dave Lambardo)

20. Aenima

Tool

(Danny Carey)

21. Iowa

Slipknot

(Joey Jordison)

22. Angel Dust

Faith No More

(Mike Bordin)

23. Crash

Dave Matthews Band

(Carter Beauford)

24. Paranoid

Black Sabbath

(Bill Ward)

25. 1984

Van Halen

(Alex Van Halen)

26. Scenes From A Memory

Dream Theater

(Mike Portnoy)

27. Tarkus

Emerson Lake & Palmer

(Carl Palmer)

28. Moon Babies

Planet X

(Virgil Donati)

29. Toxicity

System Of A Down

(John Dolmayan)

30. Apostrophe

Frank Zappa

(Ralph Humphrey)

31. The Lamb Lies Down

On Broadway

Genesis

(Phil Collins)

32. Relayer

Yes

(Alan White)

33. De-Loused In

The Comatorium

Mars Volta

(Jon Theodore)

34. The Return

Vanilla Fudge

(Carmine Appice)

35. Death Cult Armageddon

Dimmu Borgir

(Nicholas Barker)

36. And Justice For All

Metallica

(Lars Ulrich)

37. 2112

Rush

(Neil Peart)

38. Danger Money

UK

(Terry Bozzio)

39. Leftoverture

Kansas

(Phil Ehart)

40. Reign In Blood

Slayer

(Dave Lombardo)

41. Late For The Future

Galactic

(Stanton Moore)

42. Painkiller

Judas Priest

(Scott Travis)

43. Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin

(John Bonham)

44. Night Of The Living Dregs

Dixie Dregs

(Rod Morgenstein)

45. Demanufacture

Fear Factory

(Ray Herrara)

46. Thirteenth Step

A Perfect Circle

(Josh Freese)

47. Remission

Mastodon

(Brann Dailor)

48. Fresh Cream

Cream

(Ginger Baker)

49. V: The New Mythology Suite

Symphony X

(Jason Rullo)

50. Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Red Hot Chili Peppers

(Chad Smith)

101. Hellbound - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)

102. Limelight - Neil Peart (Rush)

103. Four Sticks - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

104. Cemetery Gates - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)

105. Zero - Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)

106. Crusher Destroyer - Brann Dailor (Mastodon)

107. Xanadu - Neil Peart (Rush)

108. Close To The Edge - Bill Bruford (Yes)

109. Give It Away - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

110. Renegades Of Funk - Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)

111. Drunkenship Of Lanterns - Jon Thoedore (Mars Volta)

112. I'm A Man - Danny Seraphine (Chicago)

113. Bonzo's Montreux - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

114. When The Water Breaks - Mike Portnoy (Liquid Tension Experiment)

115. Spegetti Western - Tim Alexander (Primus)

116. John The Fisherman - Tim Alexander (Primus)

117. Highway Star - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

118. Fountain Of Lamneth - Neil Peart (Rush)

119. Honky Tonk Woman - Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)

120. Rollin And Tumblin - Ginger Baker (Cream)

121. A Day In The Life - Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

122. Bombora - Mike Biondo (Original Surfaris)

123. Good Times, Bad Times - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

124. Song for America - Phil Ehart (Kansas)

125. Hundreds of Thousands - Deen Castronovo (Tony Macalpine)

126. Give Blood - Simon Phillips (Pete Townshend)

127. Taste The Pain - Phillip "Fish" Fisher (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

128. She Likes Surprises - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

129. Parallel Universe - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

130. Time - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

131. Barracuda - Mike Derosier (Heart)

132. Paint It Black - Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)

133. Cinema Show - Phil Collins (Genesis)

134. Guerilla Radio - Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)

135. Windows - Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)

136. A Passion Play - Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull)

137. Party In Simon's Pants - Simon Phillips (Los Lobotomys)

138. Digital Man - Neil Peart (Rush)

139. Finally Free - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

140. Pamela - Jeff Porcaro (Toto)

141. Dallas Warhead - Tommy Aldridge (Gary Moore)

142. Cygnus X-1 - Neil Peart (Rush)

143. Loss Of Control - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)

144. Jesus Of Suburbia - Tre Cool (Green Day)

145. Dazed And Confused - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

146. Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover - Steve Gadd (Paul Simon)

147. Suck My Kiss - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

148. Chop Suey - John Dolmayan (System Of A Down)

149. Sweet Lady - Roger Taylor (Queen)

150. Sweet Wine - Ginger Baker (Cream)

151. Hold The Line - Jeff Porcaro (Toto)

152. Parabola - Danny Carey (Tool)

153. Duende - Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)

154. Saucerful Of Secrets - Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

155. The Patient - Danny Carey (Tool)

156. Baker's Dozen - Stanton Moore (Galactic)

157. Lipstick Vogue - Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello)

158. The Barbarian - Carl Palmer (ELP)

159. In My Tree - Jack Irons (Pearl Jam)

160. Schism - Danny Carey (Tool)

161. Lady - Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck)

162. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt - Jon Theodore (Mars Volta)

163. Battery - Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

164. U.S. Drag - Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)

165. Fool in the Rain - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

166. Midlife Crisis - Mike Bordin (Faith No More)

167. Paradigm Shift - Mike Portnoy (Liquid Tension Experiment)

168. Iron Tusk - Brann Dailor (Mastodon)

169. Drive In Drive Out - Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews)

170. Level Five - Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)

171. Spiral - Terry Bozzio (Bozzio Levin Stevens)

172. La Grange - Mike Beard (ZZ Top)

173. Scatterbrain - Richard Bailey (Jeff Beck)

174. Hey Joe - Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)

175. B'Boom - Bill Bruford/Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)

176. Cruise Missile - Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)

177. Duality - Joey Jordison (Slipknot)

178. Driven to Tears - Stewart Copeland (The Police)

179. Opiate - Danny Carey (Tool)

180. Whole Lotta Love - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

181. Rock N Roll Suspension - Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)

182. Brighton Rock - Roger Taylor (Queen)

183. Pull Me Under - Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

184. Do The Neurotic - Phil Collins (Genesis)

185. South Of Heaven - Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

186. One Little Victory - Neil Peart (Rush)

187. Walk This Way - Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)

188. No Quarter - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

189. Vapor Trail - Neil Peart (Rush)

190. The Real Me - Keith Moon (The Who)

191. T.N.U.C. - Don Brewer (Grand Funk)

192. Tommy The Cat - Tim Alexander (Primus)

193. Hush - Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

194. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

195. Face Pollution - Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

196. Old Days - Danny Seraphine (Chicago)

197. Davidian - Chris Kontos (Machine Head)

198. Shyboy - Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)

199. Insight And The Catharsis - Nicholas Barker (Dimmu Borgir)

200. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Dave Grohl (Nirvana)

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What about Gene Krupa? Spelling?

Gene Krupa was a great jazz drummer...who is Spelling?

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LOL, I mean my spelling.

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