My Favourite Drummers

by IRD | created - 31 May 2013 | updated - 31 May 2013 | Public

1. Neil Peart

Soundtrack | High Fidelity

Neil Peart is one of the most universally respected rock drummers, and is best known for his nearly superhuman, pyrotechnic drum playing, and for providing intellectual lyrics for his band's songs. Neil has served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1974, joining bassist/...


2. Stewart Copeland

Composer | Rumble Fish

Stewart Copeland was born on July 16, 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Stewart Armstrong Copeland. He is known for his work on Rumble Fish (1983), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). He has been married to Fiona Dent since 1993. They have ...

The Police

3. Keith Moon

Actor | Tommy

Keith John Moon was born to working class parents in Wembley, London, England, on the 23rd August, 1946. At the age of 12, he had joined the Sea Cadet Corp and was given his first musical instrument, the bugle. He left school by 15 and was in his first band, The Beachcombers; this was around the ...

The Who

4. John Bonham

Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same

John Bonham is still regularly voted in polls as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time, an opinion which has also been expressed by the likes of Roger Taylor of Queen, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He started playing drums at the age of five ...

Led Zeppelin

5. Buddy Rich

Soundtrack | Whiplash

Buddy Rich was born on September 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Bernard Rich. He was married to Marie Allison. He died on April 2, 1987 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

6. Gene Krupa

Soundtrack | Avengers: Age of Ultron

Gene married Ethel McGuire in 1934. She was the switchboard operator at the Dixie Hotel where Gene was living while he was working in the pit band of "Girl Crazy." They were divorced in 1942 and remarried in 1946. Ethel died in 1955. Gene then married Patty Bowler in 1959 and they adopted two ...

The Gene Krupa Orchestra

7. Ginger Baker

Soundtrack | Casino

Ginger Baker was born on August 19, 1939 in Lewisham, London, England as Peter Edward Baker.


8. Lars Ulrich

Soundtrack | Zombieland

Lars Ulrich was born on December 26, 1963 in Gentofte, Denmark. He is married to Jessica Miller. He was previously married to Skylar Satenstein and Debbie Jones.


9. Bill Ward

Sound_department | Kiss the Girls

Black Sabbath

10. Mitch Mitchell

Actor | The Groundstar Conspiracy

Mitch Mitchell was born on July 9, 1947 in Ealing, Middlesex, England as John Mitchell. He was an actor and composer, known for The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972), Jennings at School (1958) and The Unholy Rollers (1972). He died on November 12, 2008 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Jimi Hendrix Experience

11. Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor

Soundtrack | Smokin' Aces

Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor was born on September 21, 1954 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England as Phil Taylor. He died on November 11, 2015.


12. Dave Lombardo

Dawn of the Dead

Dave Lombardo was born on February 16, 1965 in Havana, Cuba.