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 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.


Ramon Tiki Fulwood Feature

Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood, and his heavy funkadelic style

“You need talent, you need an innovative mind, and above all, you need muscles, if you must play rock drums.” That is what Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood always said when he was talking to emerging drummers. And that is exactly he approached drums. Grady Thomas once recognized Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood as “the most hardest foot drummer…”

Jack Dejohnette Feature

Jack DeJohnette a pianist, and a creative drummer

Unlike many renowned drummers, Jack DeJohnette did not take up drumming until he was 18 years only. Before then, he had been playing the piano since age four. Despite his late entry, he would not let anything hold him back from becoming the best drummer everyone would later talk about. Jack DeJohnette may have been

Nikki Glaspie Feature

Nikki Glaspie, a beat conductor, funk philosopher, seneschal of style

Nikki Glaspie has been named sorceress, alchemist, beat conductor, funk philosopher, seneschal of style, purveyor of pocket, and agent of love, among other titles. They all reflect her work in the modern drumming industry. “If there is any drummer who can make a difference in the woman’s world, it is Nikki,” one of her mentees

Roger Hawkins Feature

Roger Hawkins, a Rhythm & Blues Master Drummer

Roger Hawkins may be the greatest drummer in the world, as Jerry Wexler, the producer who came up with the term “Rhythm & Blues” claimed. He always knew how to hit his drums in the right manner. He has benn a drummer that shaped American popular music as being part of the Alabama’s famed Muscle

Jim Keltner Feature

Jim Keltner, One Of The Most Respected Session Drummers In History

When you hear the best drummers, you would probably think that is someone who took many years of training. Well, in part, that is true. For Jim Keltner, it was more than just practice. The drummer had a nose for excellent music and was talented in capturing the best scenes. As such, he is one

Moe Tucker

Moe Tucker, a Diverse and Minimalist drumming Style

There are not very many women who have left their mark in the drumming industry. And even those who have are not anything close to what Maurine “Moe” Tucker was. Her influences, were not only with one band, but she became the off-kilter thump that pushed a million bands beyond their limits. Whether she drummed

Steve Smith Feature

Steve Smith, and his Superhuman Chops style

From 1978 to 1985, Steve Smith offers superhuman chops that anchored down the arena rockers, Journey. When the band started, it had not been recognized by many people and did not seem to go anywhere, but Steve Smith becomes an essential member during their peak years – arcade games and everything that made sense in

Fred Below Feature

Fred Below, the R n B Beats drummer magician

The world of R & B greatly appreciates Fred Below elevating the status of the genre. Drumming R n B beats has already required a more subtle approach. Before the emergence of Motown’s Funk Brothers or Stax’s M.G.’s, the drummer has been a pivotal point in shaping the music in the mid-20th century. Fred Below

Sheila E Performing Feature

Sheila E, A Glamorous female drummer for Life

Very few drummers can play while standing and singing at the same time. That is how powerful Sheila E was. It was long before people discovered the powerhouse in her, perhaps because Sheila E was initially marketed as one of the many set symbols in the Prince house. But she was one of the few

Tony Allen Live

Tony Allen, the Drummer who Cross Generations

It is very hard to talk about the most influential drummers in history without mentioning Tony Allen. Tony Allen contribution to the music industry has been immensely appreciated across generations. His dedication to making quality music was just something everyone would love to have. At one instance, Afrobeat co-inventor Fela Kuti told commended his playing

James Gadson Feature

James Gadson, The Most Influential Drummer In Los Angeles

James Gadson was one of the most influential drummers in Los Angeles during the 1960s. He became very instrumental with his energetic approach to drums. James Gadson originally hailed from Kansas City but moved to Los Angeles, where is grew his career. James was known for his innovative ways of making every music he worked

Cindy Blackman Feature

Cindy Blackman, one of the best female drummers of all time

Cindy Blackman is proof that drumming does not know gender boundaries. Her imagination and the dazzling technical gifts she displays puts her on top as one of the best female drummers of all time. And she remains among the best drummers in modern times. Cindy Blackman was one of the main reasons Lenny Kravitz’s live

Clifton James

Clifton James, One of The Caucasian Kids Who Dropped Beethoven

The history of top drummers has always come down the group they worked with and the musicians they played for. And Clifton James is one drummer who deserves respect for his contribution in the 1950s and 60s music. One of Clifton James most outstanding performances came with the record ‘Bo Diddley,’ in 1955 by eponymous

Carlton Barrett Feature

Carlton Barrett, One of The Most Innovative Reggae Drummers

Carlton Barrett has been defined as the most innovative reggae drummer. His tumbling tom-toms followed by a high, whip-cracking snare that launched a number of tracks. For many years, the best drummers helped some of the tom musicians create incredible music. Carlton Barrett was not just a drummer; he was also an inventor who came

Carmine Appice Feature

Carmine Appice, an incredible team player

A drummer is the most important member of a brand. You can never find a band that does not have the metals. But it helps even more when the drummer is an incredible team player. And that is what defined Carmine Appice. Carmine Appice was a very valuable team player as he worked with bruising

Dave Grohl Feature

Dave Grohl, from Nirvana to Foo Fighters, one of the best rocker ever

“Drumming requires more than just energy and knowledge.” Said Dave Grohl, “it is an art that calls for creativity and innovativeness.” And that is the kind if the drummer Dave Grohl was. Dave Grohl creativity and ability to innovate new approaches whenever needs arise, placed him at the top as one of the greatest drummers

Danny Carey Feature

Danny Carey, from Natural Sounds to an Alt-Metal Juggernaut with Tool

When talking about the novelty band Green Jelly (Danny Longlegs), the name Danny Carey comes. Danny Carey stands as the defined member of the group that rocked the world in the late-eighties. To Carey, drumming was not just some needed to do every day; it flowed in his blood and defined who he was. When

Earl Palmer Feature

Earl Palmer, the Greatest Hits Drummer

Earl Palmer is one of the most recorded drummers of all time. He worked with so many musicians he states it is hard to keep up with the records he has done. One thing that makes Earl Palmer stand out is that he was not just an artist but also a craftsman who dedicated his