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Best drummer of all time?

Poll - Total Votes: 31
John Bonham
Keith Moon
Ginger Baker
Neil Peart
Other , please list 馃憞 (Give explanation)
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agree with Top 4 by rolling stone?
OldBrit61-69, M
Hang on we've forgotten
Picklebobble256-60, M
I think you have to separate rockstar drummer from technically gifted drummer.

Bonham did a good job considering how few drums he actually played with.

Billy Cobham was an excellent Jazz drummer.
As was Charlie Watts.

Bernard Purdie was Motown's drummer of choice for a long time and the number of 70's 80's and 90's soul tracks he played on probably outnumbers just about anybody else's output.
Very innovative too. Check out the odd video on YouTube !

For me, if innovative drumming is how you want to measure a 'great', I guess you have to look to guys like Keith Moon; Carl Palmer; Ginger Baker; Cozy Powell; Francesco Mendolina.....
helenS36-40, F
@Picklebobble2 You named Billy Cobham but not Alphonse Mouzon? Why?
Picklebobble256-60, M
@helenS Just personal choice and the fact that once you get into each genre you could spend forever trying to list musicians for individual reasons rather than their technical ability specifically
Applepiedom56-60, M
Ringo starr. Best ever
Applepiedom56-60, M
@SW-User yup. But may people do look down on him. I like him best though
Picklebobble256-60, M
@SW-User it was a dumb question from a dumb reporter to which Lennon replied [quote] He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles [/quote].
Search YouTube you'll find it.

Many modern day drummers rate Ringo because he often sets his kit up for a right handed player and then plays left hand dominant.
Hard to do and play successfully.
But it does give you the ability to play doubles and triples at the lower end of the musical scale.

Lennon never said it.

Lugubri056-60, M
Art Blakey deserves a mention
helenS36-40, F
@Lugubri0 Oh yes! Art Blakey 鈥 [b]the[/b] hard bop drummer 馃憤馃徏

And Gene Krupa, Ed Thigpen, Dave Tough, Jo Jones, Sam Woodyard and maybe the best drummer/bandleader of them all Chick Webb.

If you've the time have a look/see at Buddy's amazing power, command and speed on this Tommy Dorsey hit.

OldBrit61-69, M
I vote Neil Peart.

Bill Bruford should be in there IMHO.
hunkalove61-69, M
Ringo gets my vote. He's rock-solid. Everything a drummer should be!
Not really able to judge the actual drumming ability side, but I've always loved the late great Charlie Watts. The expression often on his face. The smile. Enigmatic. A mix of sheer pleasure, joy, and laughter at how the guys in front of him were acting - distanced from it, yet an integral part.
DragonFruit61-69, M
A lot of gifted drummers haven't been mentioned yet....and drumming is not always about pyrotechnic solos (though they can be great).
Fito dela Parra is a favorite of mine, as is Ringo Starr.
BrandonAngel202336-40, M
Uuuhh Mick Fleetwood?? Like HELLO?.. And fun fact Animal from the Muppets is Based in Mick.. Thats why hes obsessed woth drumming..
spjennifer56-60, T
Tough choice to make, for balls out rock 'n' roll, no doubt it's Bonham, for actual technical excellence with all percussion, Neil Peart and most drummers would say the same.
Jayciedubb56-60, M
John Bonham and Keith Moon
Neil Peart
Joey Jordison and Dave Lombardo
Danny Carey
Chad Smith

Edit: Dave Grohl
Theandyb36-40, M
@Jayciedubb oh yeah. Danny and Joey jordison. I鈥檓 not a slipknot fan . But appreciate the talent and skill. I like Tool a lot
Jayciedubb56-60, M
@Theandyb lol, I'm not a slipknot fan either. ..not of their music, anyway. They are a very entertaining band to see live though, im not a big fan of Rush or the Who or Slayer either. I'm just giving credit where i think it's due.. Chad Smith is on the list for his timing, not technical skills.

Edit: lol when you said "Danny and Joey Jordison," I thought you were saying Joey had a brother named Danny, who's also a good drummer.. lol ..You're talking about Danny from Tool.. ..yes, Tool is awesome!
caPnAhab26-30, M
Jimmy Chamberlain
Bryan Mantia (Brain)
Pinchface 猬囷笍
Tim Alexander
Brann Dailor
Chad Smith
Murph (of Dinosaur Jr.)

The best to me, anyway
Longpatrol31-35, M
John Bonham was the foundation that Led Zepp was built on.
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MasterLee56-60, M
Neil has it by miles
helenS36-40, F
The best drummer of all times is either Elvin Jones or Tony Williams. The guys you mentioned could hold spare drumsticks for them 馃槒
OldBrit61-69, M
@helenS Tony Williams - good shout
Anton56-60, M
Terry Williams, Phil Collins
RequiemAeternam31-35, M
Kai Hahto is the best.
Phil Collins,
Travis Barker,
one armed drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard.
Steven Adler
Raaii22-25, F
@SW-User [c=BF0000] I like Travis Barker too 馃檱鈥嶁檧锔 [/c]
uncalled456-60, M
I usually hate those lists, but that's pretty much what a rock fan might include. Bonham is my all time favorite.
basilfawlty8931-35, M
Scott Travis
Jon Bonham
Philthy Animal
Gar Samuelson
Vinnie Paul

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