Greatest Drummers

by phbasketball6 | created - 05 Nov 2010 | updated - 01 Nov 2012 | Public

1. 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

2. 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

3. Neil Peart

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

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/...


4. 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 Mend (2014). He died on November 12, 2008 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Jimi Hendrix Experience

5. Jimmy Chamberlin

Actor | Smashing Pumpkins: Disarm

Jimmy Chamberlin was born on June 10, 1964 in Joliet, Illinois, USA as James Joseph Chamberlin. He is an actor, known for Smashing Pumpkins: Disarm (1993), Smashing Pumpkins: Zero (1996) and Smashing Pumpkins: Today (1993). He has been married to Lori Chamberlin since April 2002. They have two ...

The Smashing Pumpkins

6. Tommy Lee

Soundtrack | Barb Wire

Tommy Lee was born on October 3, 1962 in Athens, Greece as Thomas Lee Bass. He has been married to Brittany Furlan since February 14, 2019. He was previously married to Pamela Anderson, Heather Locklear and Elaine Margaret Starchuk.

Motley Crue

7. Chad Smith

Soundtrack | Stealth

Chad Gaylord Smith was born in St Paul, Minnesota on October 25th 1961. He later moved to Michigan, where, whilst he was still at school, ran away from home for a period of time. When he returned with a dog called Bong, his mother sent him to a boarding school, kept the dog and shortened his name ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers

8. Dave Grohl

Soundtrack | Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters front-man, will always be remembered as the drummer for Nirvana. But, drumming for a great band such as Nirvana is not Dave's only claim in the world of music. Dave's musical career began at age 15 as the guitarist and later as the drummer for a punk band called "Freak Baby...


9. Malcolm Young

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland as Malcolm Mitchell Young. He was married to Linda. He died on November 18, 2017.


10. Alex Van Halen

Soundtrack | Twister

Alex Van Halen was born on May 8, 1953 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Alexander Arthur Van Halen. He has been married to Stine Schyberg since 2000. They have two children. He was previously married to Kelly Van Halen and Valeri Kendall.

Van Halen

11. Joey Kramer

Actor | Be Cool

Joey Kramer was born on June 21, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Michael Kramer. He is known for his work on Be Cool (2005), Wayne's World 2 (1993) and Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 (2015). He has been married to Linda Kramer since October 5, 2009. He was previously married to April...


12. Marky Ramone

Actor | Rock 'n' Roll High School

Marky Ramone was born on July 15, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Marc Steven Bell. He is an actor and producer, known for Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), Blank Generation (1980) and The Brooklyn Boys (2002).


13. Frank Beard

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Frank Beard was born on June 11, 1949 in Frankston, Texas, USA as Frank Lee Beard. He has been married to Debbie Meredith since November 11, 1982. They have three children. He was previously married to Catherine Alexander.

ZZ Top

14. Nick Mason

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Nick Mason was born on January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England as Nicholas Berkeley Mason. He has been married to Annette Lynton since May 23, 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Lindy Rutter.

Pink Floyd

15. Lars Ulrich

Actor | Get Him to the Greek

Lars Ulrich was born on December 26, 1963 in Gentofte, Denmark. He has been married to Jessica Miller since 2015. He was previously married to Skylar Satenstein and Debbie Jones.


16. Dennis Wilson

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Dennis Wilson was born Hawthorne, California in the fall of 1944 to Murry and Audree Wilson. The middle son of three brothers, Dennis was rebellious, argumentative and as he often acknowledged, the "black sheep" of the family. His integration into America's band, The Beach Boys came when his mother ...

The Beach Boys

17. Larry Mullen Jr.

Soundtrack | Mission: Impossible

Lawrence Joesph Mullen was born in Artane Dublin Ireland in 1961. Studied with Ireland best known drummer Joe Bonnie who died in 1974. Sister Mary Mullen died as a child.


18. Phil Collins

Soundtrack | Tarzan

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick, London, England, to Winifred (Strange), a theatrical agent, Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. He spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. He played the "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of "Oliver!" ...

Genesis; solo

19. Max Weinberg

Soundtrack | Bewitched

Max Weinberg is the drummer of E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen's major band. His snare drum from the "Born In The USA" tour, "The Big Beat", is on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC. Max started up his own record label and production company in 1990 called Hard Ticket Entertainment. He produced ...

E Street Band

20. 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

21. Roger Taylor

Soundtrack | Flash Gordon

Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949) is an English musician who performs as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Queen, but has also served as songwriter and occasional lead vocalist.

As a songwriter, Taylor contributed songs to Queen's...


22. Ginger Baker

Soundtrack | Casino

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


23. Scott Asheton

Soundtrack | Kong: Skull Island

Scott Asheton was born on August 16, 1949 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Scott Randolph Asheton. He was married to Elizabeth. He died on March 15, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

The Stooges

24. Charlie Watts

Music_department | Blue Ice

Charlie Watts was born on June 2, 1941 in Bloomsbury, London, England as Charles Robert Watts. He is an actor, known for Blue Ice (1992), Shine a Light (2008) and Just a Kiss (2002). He has been married to Shirley Ann Shepherd since October 14, 1964. They have one child.

The Rolling Stones

25. Taylor Hawkins

Soundtrack | Real Steel

Taylor Hawkins was born on February 17, 1972 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Oliver Taylor Hawkins. He has been married to Alison since 2005. They have one child.

Foo Fighters

26. John Densmore

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

John Densmore was born on December 1, 1944 in Santa Monica, California, USA as John Paul Densmore. He has been married to Leslie Neale since November 11, 1990. They have one child.

The Doors

27. Ringo Starr

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

Ringo Starr is a British musician, actor, director, writer, and artist best known as the drummer of The Beatles who also coined the title 'A Hard day's Night' for The Beatles' first movie.

He was born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, in a small two-storey house in the working class area of Liverpool...

The Beatles; solo

28. Levon Helm

Actor | Shooter

Levon Helm was in the right place at the right time. He saw the birth of rock and roll and, though he was too much of a gentleman to say it, his role in helping to keep that rebellious child healthy was more than just instrumental.

On May 26, 1940, Mark Lavon Helm was the second of four children born...

The Band

29. Matt Sorum

Soundtrack | The Italian Job

Matt Sorum was born on November 19, 1960 in Venice Beach, California, USA as Matthew William Sorum. He is an actor, known for The Italian Job (2003), xXx: State of the Union (2005) and Fantastic Four (2005).

Guns N' Roses; Velvet Revolver

30. Chris Adler

Soundtrack | Guitar Hero II

Chris Adler is an actor, known for Guitar Hero II (2006), Lamb of God: 512 (2015) and Megadeth: Poisonous Shadows (2016).

Lamb of God

31. Danny Carey

Music_department | Man of Steel

Born in Lawrence, Kansas as Daniel Edwin Carey. Grew up in Paola, Kansas. Has two brothers. Danny received a scholarship in High School to go to the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. Went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His first concert was Lynyrd Skynyrd. He played as a studio ...


32. Carter Beauford

Soundtrack | The Fighting Temptations

Carter Beauford was born on November 2, 1957 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. He is an actor, known for The Fighting Temptations (2003), The Hitcher (2007) and Standing Still (2005). He is married to Karen. They have two children.

Dave Matthews Band

33. 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.

34. Stan Lynch

Soundtrack | Band of the Hand

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 (as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).

Tom Petty

35. Jay Jay Johanson

Soundtrack | La confusion des genres

Jay Jay Johanson was born as Jäje Johansson.

36. Mick Avory

Music_department | Return to Waterloo

Mick Avory was born on February 15, 1944 in Hampton, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work on Return to Waterloo (1984), The Kinks: Don't Forget to Dance (1983) and The Kinks: Come Dancing (1983).

The Kinks

37. Jim McCarty

Soundtrack | Blowup

Jim McCarty was born on July 25, 1944 in Liverpool, England.

The Yardbirds

38. Doug Clifford

Actor | Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bootleg

Doug Clifford was born on April 24, 1945 in Palo Alto, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bootleg (1969) and Creedence Clearwater Revival Live in London (1970).

Creedence Clearwater Revival

39. John Steel

Self | Broadway After Dark

John Steel was born on January 11, 1895 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. He was married to Jeanette Hackett. He died on June 25, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA.

The Animals

40. Pete Best

Sound_department | Wolf Creek

Pete Best is known for his work on Wolf Creek (2005), The Babadook (2014) and Smashed (2017).

41. The Rev

Soundtrack | Big Momma's House 2

The Rev was born on February 9, 1981 in Huntington Beach, California, USA as James Owen Sullivan. He was married to Leana Silver. He died on December 28, 2009 in Huntington Beach.

Avenged Sevenfold

42. Meg White

Actress | Coffee and Cigarettes

She is not the older sister of The White Stripes band mate Jack White, as we were originally led to believe. Rather, Megan Martha White, born in Detroit on December 10, 1974, is Jack Gillis White's former wife and current drummer. Meg's drumming style is unique in its simplicity, and Jack has often...

White Stripes

43. Sean Kinney

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Sean Kinney is an American musician best known as the drummer for the Seattle Rock band Alice in Chains, which he co-founded along with guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell in 1987. Kinney was born on May 27, 1966 in Renton, Washington. He got his first drum kit when he was 5 years old. By the age...

Alice in Chains

44. Vinny Appice

Soundtrack | Bad Teacher

Vinny Appice was born on September 13, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and composer, known for Bad Teacher (2011), DIO: Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo 1993 (2014) and Dio: Rainbow in the Dark (1983).

Dio; Black Sabbath; Heaven & Hell

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