Top Ten Rock Drummers
My remote server is down at work so time to drop some knowledge*:
*Note this is Top Ten Rock Drummers, so don’t assail me with suggestions for obscure Flamenco percussionists from the Harlem Renaissance
Honorable mention: Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), Danny Carey (Tool), Phil Selway (Radiohead)
10. Bryan Devendorf, The National
There can’t be enough good things said about this guy. Berninger’s baritone and Devendorf’s percussion fill many of their songs, making you forget anyone else is in the band.
Best Track: “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
9. Lars Ulrich, Metallica
Love him or hate him, his drumming is as world class as his infamous art collection.
Best track: “…And Justice for All” from the eponymous album
8. Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa’s band
My dad loves Zappa, so I heard his mostly-questionable music growing up. Nothing questionable about Bozzio however.
Best track: “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” (seriously)
7. Dave Grohl
Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, all around great guy
Best track “Breed” (Nirvana)
6. Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater
This band isn’t for everyone, but their drummer is just bonkers. Check them out on Youtube
Best track: “Funeral For A Friend”
5. Ginger Baker, Cream
Animal. Literally: he’s who Animal from the Muppets is based on. Also first drummer to use the double bass drum (the one you play with your feet)
Best tracks: “Toad”
4. Keith Moon, The Who
Wrote the grammar for hard rock drummers, and gave The Who their famous sound. Most have only imitated since.
Best tracks: “Baba O’Reilly”
3. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin
Although vastly overrated by college freshmen everywhere, Bonzo was a force of nature (and more versatile than most realize), thusly deserving a spot in the conversation
Best tracks: too many to choose, so I’ll go with “No Quarter”
2. Steward Copeland,The Police
The real talent in the Police. Sting may have wrote the songs but Copeland brought them to life.
Best track: “Canary in a Coalmine” BY FAR
1. Neil Peart, Rush
More myth than man it seems, few are spoken of in such hushed reverence by fans and music industry insiders alike. Listen to damn near any Rush song (after their debut album, of course), and you’ll understand why: it sounds like two or three drummers and a drum machine playing simultaneously, nailing exotic polyrhythms with mathematical precision.
Despite his mythical air and noted reclusiveness, Peart is actually quite humble and downright goofy in person, a surprising common trait amongst Greatest-Of-All-Time types.
On top of all this, Pert wrote around 90% of the famously cryptic lyrics found in Rush’s vast catalog (for better or worse). At least you can’t say he’s a one-trick pony…
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