Best Drummers

This is a selection of the best drummers of the word, by Zero to Drum just for you!

Check this section to find out the Best Female drummers ever.

Who is the best drummer right now?

I have seen several modern drummers in action, Aric Improta or Fever 333, and Rufus Taylor of The Darkness feature top. They have been listed as number one and two respectively on MusicRadar, among the 2019 best drummers.

Who was the best drummer ever?

Best Drummer Ginger Baker Performing At The Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1980
Drummer Ginger Baker Performing At The Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1980.

LedgerNote lists Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith, Air Force) as number one on their list of the top 10 greatest drummers of all time. He is followed by Neil Peart (Rush, Vertical Horizon, Buddy Rich Big Band), and Bernard Purdie (Jeff Beck, Steely Dan, The 3B’s).

John Bonham is usually considered the greatest of them all. He is listed on every wall, including Rolling Stones as the Greatest.

Paul Mazurkiewicz Feature

Paul Mazurkiewicz, True Speed and Agility

In the world of drumming, Paul Mazurkiewicz is an example of what many may call a legend. Born 8 September 1968, Paul is an American drummer known for his excellent works. Most know him for his as the best drummer for death of metal band Cannibal Corpse.   Paul Mazurkiewicz started drumming for the band Tirant

Dave Lombardo Feature

Dave Lombardo, the legendary Slayer thrash metal drummer

The type of music you play has a significant impact on the type of drummer you can become. The love for that type of music always pushes you to do more. For Dave Lombardo, thrash metal arrival made him become the movement’s most incredible influential stylist. He is the engine behind the one and only

Jerome Bigfoot Brailey Feature

Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey The Funk Machine Drummer

Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey has been recorded as one of the most influential drummers in history.  His real drumming journey began in 1975 when George Clinton first heard David Bowie play his “Fame” over the radio. Jerome was just a new recruit Parliament-Funkadelic, to whom Clinton turned and asked to remember the beat. As a new

Terri Lyne Carrington Feature

Terri Lyne Carrington All-Around Jazz Drummer

Here are very few drummers who have a subtle yet powerful approach to drums as Terri Lyne Carrington. “When she is behind the throne, it almost feels as though her spirit has flown into the drums.” One of her fans was heard saying. “I always love the way she juggles between the changing tunes of

Kate Schellenbach Feature

Kate Schellenbach, The Beastie Boys backbone Drummer

Kate Schellenbach was not different from a lot of hip New Yorkers of the late 70s. She found herself in a good band that recognized funk and punk as the backbone of their existence. They opened their ears to new sounds happening in the South Bronx. Her band was called Beastie Boys, and their star

Claudia Gonson Feature

Claudia Gonson, the Female Drummer With An Angel Voice

There are very few female drummers who can compare to the power Claudia Gonson has on the Magnetic Fields. She has been with the group for a very long time and continues to impress her fans with incredible moves. Early life Claudia Gonson was born on April 5, 1968, in Boston, Massachusetts. As a young

Sly Dunbar Featured

Sly Dunbar, Jamaican dedication and Reggae Energy, as Peter Tosh Drummer

Born May 10, 1952, in Kingston Jamaica Lowell ‘Sly’ Fillmore Dunbar is one of the world’s best drummers. He is recognized by one half of the prolific Jamaican rhythm section and reggae production duo, Sly and Robbie. One thing that makes Sly Dunbar a great drummer is his dedication and energy. He was only 15

Georgia Hubley Feature

Georgia Hubley a Wife, Drummer and Visual Artist

Yo La Tengo is a group that has been together for more than a quarter-century. They have therefore established trust and synchrony that many bands would die for. And it is the unity, harmony, and strength that get them into the mystic improvisational zone on a regular basis. When the band was beginning, Georgia Hubley

Butch Trucks And Jaimoe Feature

Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Inseparable Double Drummer

The drummer is the most important member of any band. You can typically find a group missing one of its members, but you won’t often find a band without a drummer. And this affirms exactly what Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson were to the Allman Brothers Band. They were the first members in

James “Diamond” Williams Feature

James “Diamond” Williams The unfussy explosive drumming

James “Diamond” Williams started at a very early age. He trained in jazz and played the genre for some time before an opportunity came for him to grow. James “Diamond” Williams started working with the Dayton bar band in his early teens, making him one of the youngest players of his period. Williams’ interest in

Tennessee Thomas Feature

Tennessee Thomas elevated the experience and spirits of power-pop fans

Very few female drummers have left their mark in the industry and managed to move crowds. Tennessee Thomas can easily be the leader of them all. Tennessee Thomas work has always been focused on elevating the experience and spirits of power-pop fans. If you want to get the real feel of what the drummer can

Travis Barker Feature

Travis Barker: Blink 182 Pop-Punk Drumming King

Travis Barker is the pop-punk drumming king. Barker is the drummer of Blink-182, and he took pop-punk drumming to a whole new level. His eccentric style and powerful beats have won him fans all over the world, and his drumming style brings some of the hardest stickwork out there. With his employment of authentic beats,

Jimmy Chamberlin Feature

Jimmy Chamberlin The Smashing Pumpkins alternative rock Drummer

Jimmy Chamberlin is an American drummer and record producer born on June 10, 1964. He is known for his drumming career with the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. When the band broke up in 2000, Chamberlin continued his career by joining Pumpkin’s frontman Billy Corgan in the supergroup Zwan. It was not enough for

Earl Hudson Feature

Earl Hudson, Bad Brains’ Ferocious Hardcore Drummer

Earl Hudson is described as one of the most influential drummers of his time. He started out as a jazz fusion drummer, playing for the ferocious D.C hardcore band, Bad Brains, which rocked the city with its incredible styles.  Though Earl Hudson played soft music, it did not take him long to adjust to the

Sue Hadjopoulos Feature

Sue Hadjopoulos The Maestra of Latin Drumming

Sue Hadjoupoulos has been long recognized as a major talent by music pros. She remains the only Greek-Puerto Rican percussionist today. Sue Hadjoupoulosh is the brain behind many of the distinctive percussive sounds used by many Latin, rock and pop acts of the modern generation. One of the main reasons Sue became a great musician

Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas The Songwriting Drummer

When it comes to greatness in drumming, it takes more than just knowing how to hit drums. It even goes beyond the talent and mastery of many drumming approaches. And this is where Pete Thomas comes in as a real example of greatness. He was a selfless drummer who believed in helping anyone who came

Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan and his mastery power in understanding different genres

They say a drummer is defined by his background, and Steve Jordan is a true testimony to this fact. Since a young age, he has always been part of the music society. Having grown in a strong R & B and soul tradition, he started playing seriously in his teens. From a young age, Steve

Honey Lantree Honeycombs

Honey Lantree Is The Glue For The Honeycombs

The Honeycombs are majorly known because of their drummer Honey Lantree. She is recognized as the only woman to ever play on a hit single: “Have I The Right.” This piece has remained as one of the great British Invasion one-shots. The legendary producer Joe Meek seemed to know what the drummer’s hands could do

Tommy Lee Feature

Tommy Lee, The Famous Master of Gravity-Defying Drum

Perhaps the best way to describe Tommy Lee is that he is one of metal’s truly incredible showmen. This is major because of his gravity-defying drum solos and notoriety for putting on as few clothes as possible. Whenever he was on stage, anyone would tell it was Lee without even looking at him. Tommy Lee