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.

Chad Smith Feature

Chad Smith, creativity to create anything from nothing

Chad Smith was born on October 25, 1961. He is an American musician who has been part of the incredibly famous band Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988. The group was included in the Rock Hall and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Chad Smith started drumming at a very early age, developing his skills

Tommy Ramone Feature

Tommy Ramone, the drummer who made punk rock a cult

When Tommy Ramone passed away, The New York Times wrote in the obituary headline, “he gave punk rock its pulse”. This simple line is enough to describe who Ramone was and what he was able to accomplish throughout his life. There are many great drummers that have come up throughout history, but very few have

Meg White Feature

Meg White, the most iconic female drummer of all time

Think about all the greatest drummers in the world today; they all had someone to hold their hand while beginning their careers. Meg White experience has been different from, and perhaps this is the reason why she stands out as one of the most iconic drummers of all time. The drummer has a distinctive, primal

Chris Dave Feature

Chris Dave, famously known as Daddy

There are very drummers that have received the best compliments from other legendary drummers, and Chris Dave is one of them. At one time, Questlove talked to D’Angelo’s 2012 live comeback and confessed that his worst nightmare was Chris Dave in his drummer. Questlove continued by stating that you need the most lethal drummer alive

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Bobbye Hall, the Queen of Percussion Drumming

The “Queen of Percussion Drumming” Bobbye Hall is a successful musician in what can be termed as a man’s world. Bobbye Hall started drumming at a very tender age and soon became the youngest session drummer in Motown’s history. Her prowess can be attributed to her talent and love for hitting things. Her percussive signature

Carter Beauford Feature

Carter Beauford and his chops-heavy jazz drumming technique

Carter Beauford is the founding member of Dave Matthews Band. With his chops-heavy jazz drumming technique and love for Tony Williams, the drummer has been able to create the most incredible groves. Carter Beauford presents his performances with a pop sensitivity you can never hear in any other groove. He is an essential member of

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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

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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

Steve Smith is a renowned drummer known for his unique style, which has been coined “Superhuman Chops“. His impressive technical skills and dynamic performances have made him a favourite among fans and fellow musicians alike. Steve Smith is the drummer for the American rock band Journey. He has been a member of the band off

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

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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