The Legends, Innovators and Geniuses
Music is a universal language, and at its core lies the heartbeat of a band – the drummer. Drummers are the unsung heroes behind some of the most iconic songs in music history. They set the rhythm, drive the energy, and provide the backbone that holds the band together. We look up to some of the best drummers of all time for inspiration and wisdom, to reach our own potential on the drums.
Over the years, there have been exceptional drummers who have left a lasting mark on the world of music. From legendary rockers to virtuoso jazz legends, these drummers have shaped genres, inspired countless musicians and pushed the boundaries of how the drums can be played.
In this article, we’ll dive into the lives and legacies of some of the best drummers of all time. There are so many great drummers that have left their mark and inspired generations of drummers. It was damn near impossible to narrow down a list of only 25 of the greatest and best drummers of all time. With so many factors to consider including technical ability, creativity with parts, originality, unique sound and influence on future generations, the drummers on this list have it all.
Here’s my best attempt at ranking the top 25 best drummers of all time. Enjoy!
Top 25 Best Drummers Of All Time:
25. Danny Carey
Danny Carey, born on May 10, 1961, is an American drummer best recognized as a founding member of the progressive metal band Tool. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Carey’s drumming style is characterized by complex rhythms and intricate patterns. He’s celebrated for his innovative and precise drumming, contributing significantly to Tool’s unique sound. Carey’s drumming has earned critical acclaim and a devoted fan following, solidifying his place as one of the most influential drummers in contemporary rock and metal music.
“The Pot”: Carey’s complex rhythms are on full display starting with the percussion intro. The opening drum fill takes you into a deceiving groove that is central to the intricate structure of this Tool masterpiece.
“Forty Six & 2”: The evolving song showcases Carey’s ability to build dynamically from the quitest cymbal textures and percussion all the way to the powerful driving groove of the chorus. His technical prowess and musicality are perfectly balanced in this song.
24. John “JR” Robinson
John “JR” Robinson, born on December 29, 1954, is an acclaimed American session drummer. With a career spanning over four decades, Robinson has played on countless hit records across various genres, including pop, rock, and R&B.
His precise and versatile drumming style has made him a highly sought-after collaborator, working with artists like Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and Quincy Jones. Robinson’s impeccable sense of groove and musicality has earned him the title of one of the most recorded drummers in music history, solidifying his status as a legendary figure in the world of drumming.
“Rock With You”: On this track by Michael Jackson, John JR Robinson’s smooth and precise rhythm, impeccable timing, tasteful use of dynamics and perfectly placed accents contribute to the track’s irresistible danceable quality. His ability to create the perfect rhythmic backdrop for a hit, showcases why he is one of the most renowned session drummers in the music industry.
“Ain’t Nobody”: John JR Robinson’s skillful use of syncopation and well-timed fills adds depth and drive to this iconic Chaka Khan track. His seamless transitions between sections showcase his musicality and contribute to the song’s overall energy. Robinson’s precision and groove are a testament to his exceptional talent as a session drummer.
23. Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl, born on January 14, 1969, gained prominence as the drummer of the iconic grunge band Nirvana. His powerful and dynamic drumming style contributed to the band’s groundbreaking sound.
After Nirvana’s end, Grohl formed the Foo Fighters, where he continued to showcase his drumming prowess on recordings, while also taking on lead vocals and guitar. His energetic and versatile drumming can also be heard on music by Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl’s impact on rock music, both as a drummer and frontman, and his influence on modern rock solidifies his status as a legend.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”: Dave Grohl’s thunderous intro sets an anthemic tone, leading into a propulsive, hard-hitting groove. His relentless energy propels the song, while his tight, driving patterns anchor the band’s grunge sound.
“Everlong”: Dave Grohl’s drumming exhibits incredible precision and dynamic control. He uses a steady 1/16th note backbeat, maintaining a tight pocket with varying kick patterns. Grohl’s explosive fills heard throughout the track contribute to the song’s high-energy.
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22. Steve Jordan
Steve Jordan, born on January 14, 1957, is an American drummer, songwriter, and producer. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, he’s renowned for his versatile drumming skills, working with icons like The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Blues Brothers, James Brown, Levon Helm and Eric Clapton just to name a few. Jordan’s rhythmic expertise spans various genres, from rock to blues and jazz.
He’s also a Grammy-winning producer and a sought-after session musician, known for his ability to elevate any musical project. Steve Jordan’s contributions to the music industry have left an indelible mark, making him a respected figure in the world of drumming and production.
“I Got A Woman”: From the John Mayer Trio album “Try”, this cover of Ray Charles iconic song features a stellar drum intro combining groove, feel and sound into one perfect performance.
“Briefcase Full Of Blues”: From his work with The Blues Brothers, this song perfectly demonstrates Steve Jordan’s abilities to play hard blues grooves on the drums.
21. Phil Collins
Phil Collins, born on January 30, 1951, is an English drummer, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his intricate drumming with Genesis, he later found immense success as a solo artist. Collins’ distinctive drumming style, characterized by powerful fills and precise timing, became a hallmark of 80s pop and rock. Collins’ influence on modern drumming and music as a whole is immense, solidifying his status as a legendary figure.
“Watcher Of The Skies”: This track by Genesis is a great example of Phil Collins’ creative approach to drumming in odd time signatures. His parts are both intricate grooves and orchestral sounding rhythms and parts.
“In The Air Tonight”: This song features one of the most well-known drum fills of all time. It is usually the first song people think of when you mention the name Phil Collins and a perfect example of his powerful drumming style.
20. Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr, born on July 7, 1940, is an English drummer, singer, and songwriter, best known as the rhythmic backbone of The Beatles. His creativity, innovative drumming and unorthodox style provided a distinctive foundation for his iconic sound. Beyond The Beatles, he enjoyed a successful solo career and formed the All Starr Band. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ringo Starr remains an enduring figure in music history, celebrated for his influential drumming and enduring legacy.
“Come Together”: Ringo Starr’s drumming is characterized by the uniquue parts he played during the riff. His use of sixteenth note triplets on the toms and Hi-Hats provide a melodic part that seems to roll around the entire kit. It is truly one of the most identifiable drum parts in modern music. Starr’s drum fills are tasteful and well-placed, adding dynamics without overpowering the song’s bluesy feel.
“Oh Darling“: This song in 6/8 features some of Ringo’s more technical prowess on the drums. The polyrhythms that are implied by his triplet rolls before the bridge are a busier version of Ringo than we typically hear in The Beatles music.
19. Levon Helm
Levon Helm (1940-2012) was an American musician best known as the drummer and vocalist for The Band, a legendary rock group. Born in Arkansas, he contributed to classic albums like “Music from Big Pink” and “The Band.” Helm’s distinctive voice and drumming style left an indelible mark on the world of rock music. He continued to perform and received critical acclaim for his solo work, winning Grammy Awards. Helm’s musical legacy endures, celebrated for its rootsy authenticity and enduring influence.
“Life Is A Carnival”: This song encapsulates Levon Helm’s originality and creative approach to composing drum parts. The backwards feeling of this groove pattern makes the downbeat illusive to the listener.
“Up On Cripple Creek”: This is a song that shows Levon’s quirky and yet melodic approach to the beat. His displacement of the backbeat, use of rudiments and funky rhythms on the Bass Drum and Toms are unique and timelessly inspirational.
18. David Garibaldi
David Garibaldi, born on November 4, 1946, is an American drummer renowned for his groundbreaking work with the funk and R&B band Tower of Power. Hailing from California, Garibaldi’s drumming style is characterized by intricate patterns and a distinctive groove, which define the linear style of drumming.
David played a pivotal role in shaping Tower of Power’s signature sound, contributing to hits like “What Is Hip?” and “Soul Vaccination.” Garibaldi’s innovative drumming has inspired generations of drummers, and he continues to perform and teach, solidifying his status as a drumming legend in the world of funk and soul music.
“What Is Hip?”: Garibaldi’s use of ghost notes and inventive fills adds depth and complexity to the rhythm section. His performance in this iconic Tower of Power track is a testament to his status as a pioneering funk drummer.
“Soul Vaccination”: His precision and mastery of syncopation are on full display, creating a dynamic and irresistible rhythm. Garibaldi’s use of intricate patterns, well-placed accents, and seamless transitions between different sections of the song showcases his exceptional drumming skills.
17. Ginger Baker
Ginger Baker (1939-2019) was a British drummer renowned for his groundbreaking as a member of the supergroup Cream, alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. Baker’s drumming style, characterized by powerful polyrhythms and unconventional techniques, revolutionized rock drumming. Despite his fiery temperament, Ginger Baker’s innovative approach to drumming solidified him as a rock legend.
“Sunshine Of Your Love”: One of the stasple songs by Cream, this classic drum beat on the toms is known for it’s unorthodox quality. Between the groove and rolling fills, the drumming in this song has inspired generations of drummers.
“Toad“: This Cream song is a great example of Ginger Baker’s powerful and fierce drumming. The way his solo builds from a swinging rhythm with the toms to the cymbals and back to the toms again before it ends with the song’s riff is extremely compositional. This is a testament to his explosive talents on the drums and a contender for one of rock’s best recorded solos.
16. Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell (1947-2008) was a pioneering English drummer celebrated for his role in the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Born in London, he brought innovative, jazz-influenced drumming to rock music. Mitch Mitchell’s dynamic and complex rhythms propelled Hendrix’s groundbreaking sound. His exceptional technique and improvisational style set new standards for drummers, making him a revered figure in the history of rock and roll.
“Fire”: This Jimi Hendrix song illustrates Mitch Mitchell’s genius perfectly. It’s one of his greatest drum performances ever captured on tape and is a foundational pillar in the hall of rock drum performances.
“Manic Depression”: This song is in 3/4 with a rolling triplet feel that clearly shows Mitchell’s knowledge of jazz drumming. It is very reminiscent of Elvin Jones’ jazz drumming style set to the roaring guitar of Jimi Hendrix.
15. Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa (1909-1973) was an influential American jazz drummer and bandleader. Born in Chicago, he rose to prominence in the 1930s as a member of Benny Goodman’s ensemble, helping popularize swing music. Known for his virtuosic drumming and showmanship, Krupa became a trailblazer and one of the first ever drum set superstars. His iconic solo on “Sing, Sing, Sing” is legendary and revered to this day. Krupa’s contributions to jazz and big band music continue to inspire generations of drummers and musicians worldwide.
Watch Gene Krupa perform “Sing, Sing, Sing” on The Ed Sullivan Show
“Sing, Sing, Sing” (Benny Goodman Orchestra): Krupa’s explosive drumming in this iconic swing track is a testament to his influence on the genre.
“Drum Boogie” composed by Gene Krupa and trumpeter Roy Eldridge. Widely considered to be “Krupa’s best drum solo”.
14. Billy Cobham
Billy Cobham, born May 16, 1944, is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer and composer. Renowned for his explosive and innovative drumming style, he gained fame as a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, a pioneering jazz-rock fusion band. Cobham has released numerous solo albums, showcasing his virtuosic talent and pushing the boundaries of jazz and fusion. With a career spanning decades, he continues to inspire musicians globally.
Watch Billy Cobham – Crosswinds – Little Big Beat Studios Live Session
“Red Baron” (Billy Cobham’s Spectrum): This instrumental track showcases Cobham’s virtuosic drumming and innovative use of dynamics.
“Stratus” (Billy Cobham’s Spectrum): The hypnotic groove in this track exemplifies Cobham’s mastery of rhythm.
13. Clyde Stubblefield
Clyde Stubblefield (1943-2017) was an American drummer renowned for his contributions to funk music. He gained fame as James Brown’s drummer in the 1960s, earning the nickname “The Funky Drummer” for his innovative and influential beats. His signature sound is heard in the use of ghost notes in his grooves, which have become some of the most sampled in hip-hop history.
Watch Clyde Stubblefield perform “Funk Thing” with John Scofield, John Medeski and Fred Wesley
“Funky Drummer”: Easily one of the most iconic and recognizeable beats of all time, Clyde Stubblefield’s groove redefined funk drumming. It just happens to be the most sampled drum beat in history.
“Cold Sweat”: Another epic groove from a classic James Brown track. The beat in this song features a displaced backbeat, ghost notes, Hi-Hat embellishments an incredibly solid feel.
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12. Bernard Purdie
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, born on June 11, 1939, has had a remarkable career that has solidified his place as one of the best drummers of all time. From his early beginnings in the 1960s, playing with artists like James Brown and Aretha Franklin, to his work with Steely Dan and the Rolling Stones, Purdie’s career is nothing short of iconic.
Watch Bernard Purdie perform with the band Vulfpeck in 2016.
“Rocksteady”: One of Purdie’s most iconic recordings is his work on Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Rock Steady.” His infectious groove and tight pocket give the song an irresistible feel that has stood the test of time. This recording perfectly showcases Purdie’s ability to elevate a song and make it truly memorable.
“Home At Last“: One of the best examples of the “Purdie shuffle”, this song by Steely Dan features Bernard Purdie’s unstoppable groove and feel in what is known to many as being his signature beat. The fills and rolls that he creates move the song along with impact and always suit the song above all else.
11. Max Roach
Max Roach (1924-2007) was a pioneering American jazz drummer and a leading figure in the bebop movement. Roach’s innovative drumming style, marked by intricate rhythms, mmelodic interpretations and inventive use of cymbals, set new standards for the genre. He collaborated with jazz luminaries like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins and many others.
Watch Max Roach perform a drum solo with his quartet in 1990.
“St. Thomas”: This iconic song by Sonny Rollins features a signature groove by Max Roach. Borrowing from a calypso rhythm, Max Roach created a melodic beat that is so truly unique that it stands the test of time. A must-know for every jazz drummer.
“Un Poco Loco“: He transformed Bud Powell’s song into a personal tour de force, using a mixture of cowbell, drums, and cymbals to create distinctively different grooves, providing an Afro-Cuban influence that was way ahead of its time in 1951.
10. Keith Moon
Keith Moon (1946-1978) was a British drummer renowned for his wild, frenetic style and eccentric personality as the drummer for The Who. His playing was characterized by his explosive energy, unconventional techniques and fearless creativity. Moon’s stage presence was equally dynamic, often incorporating theatrics and comedic antics.
Tragically, Moon’s life was cut short at the age of 32 due to a drug overdose. His untimely passing marked the end of an era in rock music. Despite his brief time in the spotlight, Keith Moon remains a legendary figure in the halls of rock history.
Watch Keith Moon perform a drum solo with a Goldfish kit!
“Baba O’ Reily”: Keith Moon plays a thunderous beat that propels the song forward, creating a sense of urgency. His signature style shines through with his rapid fills, syncopated rhythms, and use of cymbals.
“Pinball Wizard“: Keith Moon’s drumming is a rhythmic tour de force. Moon’s signature fills are lightning-fast and intricately woven into the fabric of the track, showcasing his virtuosic skill.
9. Dennis Chambers
Dennis Chambers, born on May 9, 1959, is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. His powerful and dynamic drumming style has made him one of the most sought-after drummers in the world. From jazz to funk to rock, Dennis Chambers has played with some of the biggest names in the industry. His ability to seamlessly blend different genres and create mind-riveting solos in unparalleled, you can’t help but be captivated by Chambers’ explosive energy and unparalleled skill.
Watch Dennis Chambers perform a 12 minute drum solo with Mike Stern in 1991.
“Blue Matter”: Dennis Chambers drumming on this John Scofield will astound you. His polyrhythmic rhythms and ideas flow seamlessly over a slow funky groove that keeps its feel the whole way.
“Above and Below“: This song by the Brecker Brothers showcases Dennis Chambers fluidity between genres and as a soloist. This is an example of the type of fiery, intense precision that Dennis Chambers is known for in his drumming.
8. Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland, born on July 16, 1952, is a renowned British drummer, best known as the rhythmic force behind the rock band The Police. His distinctive, high-energy drumming style played a pivotal role in the band’s success. Copeland’s diverse musical background, which includes rock, punk, and world music influences, contributed to The Police’s unique sound. Beyond his work with the band, he’s an accomplished composer for film and television.
Watch Stewart Copeland perform “Message In A Bottle” with The Police.
“Walking On The Moon”: This song by The Police is a good example of Stewart Copeland’s playful, personality-filled high-hat work. The triplets and other complex rhythms replace the usual 8th and 16th note rhythms typically heard.
“Message In A Bottle”: One of The Police’s most famous songs, it also features some of Stewart Copeland’s most unmistakable drumming. The high-hat triplets, fancy cymbal play (such as repeated crashes on the upbeats), and quick-fire drum fills make its sound distinctly his own.
7. Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones (1927-2004) was an influential American jazz drummer. Born in Michigan, he gained fame as a member of the John Coltrane Quartet, revolutionizing the rhythm section in jazz. Jones’ innovative and polyrhythmic drumming style pushed boundaries and set new standards for improvisation.
Beyond Coltrane, Jones led his own groups, showcasing his distinctive approach. His impact on jazz drumming remains profound, and he’s celebrated as one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the history of jazz.
Watch Elvin Jones perform a drum solo with his group “Jazz Machine” – Festival De Jazz, Switzerland – 1991
“A Love Supreme”: Elvin Jones’ drumming is a tour de force of rhythmic complexity and emotional depth. His drumming style, characterized by relentless energy and inventive polyrhythms, plays a crucial role in shaping the album’s spiritual journey and improvisational atmosphere.
“The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”: Elvin Jones’ fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms with a rolling triplet swing feel is so unique, it is nearly impossible to copy. This song is a perfect example of Elvin’s seamless transition back and forth between these feels. This is one of the most identifiable traits of his unmistakeable sound.
6. Steve Gadd
Steve Gadd, born April 9, 1945, is an iconic American drummer. With a career spanning over five decades, he’s acclaimed for his drumming style, characterized by tasteful grooves and masterful technique. Gadd’s extensive discography includes work with musical giants like Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan and Chick Corea. Gadd’s contributions to jazz, rock, and pop music have earned him widespread recognition, solidifying his status as one of the best drummer of all time.
Watch Steve Gadd perform a drum solo live from 1993.
“50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”: Possibly the most iconic beat by Steve Gadd can. beheard in this song by Paul Simon. The military-style snare complements the track’s delicate guitar line perfectly. The main snare beat is beautifully punctuated by the on-the-money hi-hat work and flams on the toms.
“Aja”: An eight-minute epic song by Steely Dan, the drum parts are full of hand/foot triplets, a classic Gadd feel and an incredible solo derived from rudiments like the ratamacue.
5. Vinnie Colaiuta
Acclaimed American drummer Vinnie Colaiuta was born February 5, 1956, in Brownsville, PA. From a young age, he showed remarkable talent on the drums. It was in the late 1970s that Colaiuta had his breakthrough after joining renowned musician Frank Zappa. With Zappa, not only were his skills highlighted, but he had the chance to test the limits of complex time signatures and intricate rhythms.
The expansion of Colaiuta’s career over the years saw him work with some of the most prominent musicians in the industry. Drumming for Sting has allowed him to be an integral part of various records and concert tours. With musicians like Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, and Jeff Beck, his status as a sought-after session musician grew even stronger.
Precision, rapid fills, and fusion of multiple genres are hallmarks of Colaiuta’s drumming style. Effortless navigation through complex musical compositions is what sets him apart.
Watch Vinnie Colaiuta perform a drum solo with Herbie Hancock.
“Keep It Greasey”: Vinnie’s groove is incredible and adds a relentlessly driving energy to the track from beginning to end. Listen to his cymbal work and how he uses the entire drum kit to help reinforce the orchestral sound of the song.
“Shut Up n’ Play Yer Guitar “: Vinnie‘s drumming is a rhythmic tour de force. His technically seamless, rolling fills perfectly placed and intricately woven into the fabric of the composition. It really is a remarkable use of technical prowess without any compromise to the feel and groove.
4. Tony Williams
Tony Williams (1945-1997) was a groundbreaking American jazz drummer. Hailing from Chicago, he rose to prominence at an early age, joining Miles Davis’s band at just 17. Williams’ innovative approach to rhythm and unmatched improvisational skills revolutionized jazz drumming. His contributions to classic albums like “Miles Smiles” and the formation of the Tony Williams Lifetime showcased his pioneering spirit. Williams remains revered for his virtuosity and is regarded as one of the most influential drummers in the history of jazz.
Watch Tony Williams perform a drum solo with his quintet in 1989.
“Footprints”: This Miles Davis song shows Tony Williams’ impeccable ability to flow seamllessly through various related tempos. Also known as metric modulation, you will hear him implying different tempos in his time keeping and soloing.
“Emergency!”: Featuring nearly uncontrollable manic energy, Emergency was the debut of Williams’ Lifetime project featuring organist Larry Young and guitarist John McLaughlin. The title track is a prime example of the direction Williams would be exploring into the mid 1970s, and its distorted, violent mix makes the record sound earsplittingly loud even at moderate volumes.
3. Neil Peart
Neil Peart (1952-2020) was a Canadian drummer, known as the drummer for the rock band Rush. Peart’s drumming prowess was marked by intricate patterns, technical proficiency and innovative use of percussion instruments. Peart was acknowledged and praised for many aspects of his drumming including his composed drum parts, odd meter playing and his live in-concert drum solos. His legacy lives on through his groundbreaking music and profound influence on drummers worldwide.
Watch Neil Peart perform YYZ with Rush in Rio, 2002.
“Tom Sawyer”: This song showcases Neil Peart’s technical prowess and creativity. His use of syncopated rhythms, particularly in the intricate hi-hat patterns and snare accents, adds a distinctive andd powerful groove. His dynamic control is clear in the way he seamlessly transitions between different sections.
“YYZ“: This track exemplifies Neil Peart’s technical brilliance. His use of complex time signatures, including the iconic 5/4 groove, intricate double bass work and his fills demonstrates his virtuosity. Peart’s drumming in YYZ remains a testament to his status as one of the best drummers of all time.
2. John Bonham
John Bonham (1948-1980) was a British drummer known for his powerhouse style and groundbreaking contributions to rock music. As the drummer for Led Zeppelin, he combined precision with raw power, creating a unique sound that set new standards for rock drumming.
Despite his musical prowess, Bonham struggled with alcohol addiction, which tragically led to his untimely death at the age of 32. John Bonham’s legacy endures through his revolutionary drumming and his influence on generations of drummers.
Watch John Bonham perform one of the most iconic drum solos in “Moby Dick”.
“Good Times, Bad Times”: The first track on Led Zeppelin’s first album immediately showcases Bonham’s technical mastery with his fills and Bass Drum rhythms in particular.
“Moby Dick”: This song is one of the best recorded drum solos of all time. It changed the drummers role in rock and roll music forever. The constant rolling triplets played with his hands and feet make it a tour de force that every drummer should listen to.
1. Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich (1917-1987) was an American drumming legend, renowned for his extraordinary talent and virtuosity. His lightning-fast technique, impeccable precision, and showmanship earned him a place among the greatest drummers in history. Despite his fiery personality, Rich’s contributions to music remain unrivaled. His legacy endures through recordings and the countless musicians he inspired.
Watch Buddy Rich perform an incredible drum solo in 1982.
“Nutville”: This song begins with a fast-paced latin feel that erupts with Buddy Rich’s energy from the very first note. A great example of his seamless ability to make any feel and tempo swing.
“Time Check“: A burning fast swing tempo, this song has everything you’d expect from Buddy Rich. Incredible time-keeping, fiery accents and a ripping solo to end the song.
There are so many legendary drummers that have left their mark and inspired generations of drummers. It was damn near impossible to narrow down a list of only 25 of the greatest and best drummers of all time.
With so many factors to consider like technical ability, creativity with parts, originality, unique sound and influence on future generations, the drummers on this list have it all. If there are drummers on this list that you have never listened to, do yourself a favour and check them out…you won’t regret it.
Can you think of any drummers that you don’t see on this list that you think deserve to be mentioned here? Please leave a comment below and let us know who. My readers would love to hear more about the drummers that have inspired others including you.