Gigwise Chooses the Greatest Drummers of All-Time

Britain's Gigwise has chosen the fifty greatest drummers of all-time and, for once, they mean all-time a couple of the greats from big band and jazz are included.

In the top spots are two drummers who are no longer with us, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and the Who's Keith Moon. Rounding out the top five are Danny Carey of Tool, Neil Peart of Rush and Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins.

Here is the top five plus all other veteran artists making the list.
  • 01. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin
  • 02. Keith Moon - Who
  • 03. Danny Carey - Tool
  • 04. Neil Peart - Rush
  • 05. Jimmy Chamberlin - Smashing Pumpkins
  • 06. Buddy Rich
  • 07. Rick Allen - Def Leppard
  • 08. Carl Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • 09. Gene Krupa
  • 10. Phil Collins - Genesis
  • 11. Terry Bozzio - Frank Zappa, Missing Persons
  • 12. Stewart Copeland - Police
  • 13. Ginger Baker - Cream
  • 14. Lars Ulrich - Metallica
  • 15. Bill Bruford - Yes
  • 18. Tommy Aldridge - Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne
  • 19. Dave Lombardo - Slayer
  • 21. Roger Taylor - Queen
  • 22. Bill Ward - Black Sabbath
  • 25. Vinnie Paul - Pantera
  • 27. Charlie Watts - Rolling Stones
  • 29. Stephen Morris - Joy Division
  • 30. Topper Headen - Clash
  • 31. Nicko McBrian - Iron Maiden
  • 32. Mitch Mitchell - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 33. John Densmore - Doors
  • 35. Steven Adler - Guns N' Roses
  • 36. Rick Buckler - Jam
  • 38. Larry Mullen Jr. - U2
  • 40. D.J. Fontana - Elvis Presley
  • 42. Tommy Lee - Motley Crue
  • 43. Ringo Starr - Beatles
  • 44. Chad Smith - Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot
  • 45. Ian Paice - Deep Purple
  • 47. Steve Shelley - Sonic Youth
  • 48. Al Jackson - Booker T. & the MGs
  • 49. Mike Joyce - Smiths
To see the entire list and commentary on each, go to the Gigwise site.

4 comments

Facts... said...

BUDDY RICH IS THE GREATEST DRUMMER OF ALL TIME, BAR NONE!!! This list is seriously flawed. No offense, but seriously, Bonham does not even come close to Rich or Kruppa.

Unknown said...

I agree! Buddy Rich would blow any of these fellas out of the water. Also, TONY ROYSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

I agree that Buddy Rich is way better than most of these fellas. Also...where is TONY ROYSTER????

Anonymous said...

Where's Levon

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