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« Thread started on: Oct 7th, 2016, 2:23pm »

For me:

1. Phil Collins - (Genesis, Brand X)
2. Bill Bruford - (Yes, King Crimson)
3. Neil Peart - (Rush)
4. Stewart Copeland - (Curved Air, The Police)
5. Carl Palmer - (Atomic Rooster, ELP, Asia)
6. Nick Mason - (Pink Floyd)
7. John Bonham - (Led Zeppelin)
8. Keith Moon - (The Who)
9. Alan White - (Yes)
10. Bobby Chouinard - (Beggars and Theives)

In addition, I want to give honorable mentions to Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. They didn't make my top ten because I'm more interested in rock drummers than jazz drummers. If I were making a list based on who I thought had the most technical skill, I would have probably put these two guys at the top of my list. Rick Allen (Def Leppard) also gets an honorable mention for showing that one only needs one arm to drum. grin
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 8th, 2016, 03:49am »

01) Neil Peart
02) Ginger Baker
03) Chester Thompson
04) Phil Collins
05) Stewart Copeland
06) Keith Moon, the loon
07) John Henry Bonham
08) Alan White
09) Chris Slade
10) Gavin Harrison
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 8th, 2016, 7:10pm »

1. John Bonham
2. Ringo Starr
3. Phil Collins
4. Charlie Watts
5. Keith Moon
6. Neil Peart
7. Nick Mason
8. Roger Taylor
9. Nigel Olsson
10. Chester Thompson
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 8th, 2016, 9:20pm »

01. Neil Peart
02. Bill Bruford
03. Keith Moon
04. Ginger Baker
05. Phil Collins
06. Michael Shrieve (Santana)
07. John Bonham
08. Carl Palmer
09. Gavin Harrison
10. Ian Paice
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 11th, 2016, 07:02am »


  • Phil Collins
  • Simon Kirke
  • Bernard Purdie
  • Woody Woodmansy
  • Bill Bruford
  • Johanne James
  • Mike Portnoy
  • Prarie Prince
  • Willie Wilcox
  • Mitch Mitchell
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 11th, 2016, 11:15am »

1/ Bill Bruford
2/ Phil Collins
3/ Mel Pritchard (BJH) – not the greatest player, technically, but his unique arrangements were a treasure.
4/ Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson/Cock Robin/XTC + almost everyone else!)
5/ Ian Mosley (Marillion/Steve Hackett)
6/ Gary O'Toole (Steve Hackett band) clearly a great drummer anyway, his performance on “Heirophant” on the last tour raised the bar again. He might be better than 6!
7/ Roger Taylor (Queen) – also a great vocalist and songwriter.
8/ Stewart Copeland (Police) – much as Mel Pritchard, a unique arranger, though a little more “set in his ways”
9/ Simon Phillips (Session guy who's played with everyone)
10/ Clem Cattini (The Tornados/Justin Hayward, plus loads of others) – Classic session guy, has appeared on 45 UK number one singles, more than any other person!
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 11th, 2016, 3:04pm »

1. Phil Collins
2. Michael Giles
3. Carl Palmer
4. Bill Bruford
5. Roger Taylor
6. John Bonham
7. Neil Peart
8. Alan White
9. Nick Mason
10. Charlie Watts
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 11:51am »

I'm a bit surprised by several mentions of Nick Mason, who has never impressed me from any angle (feel, style, technical prowess). But otherwise, I will repeat many of the above.

  1. Phil Collins
  2. Keith Moon
  3. John Bonham
  4. Neil Peart
  5. Stewart Copeland
  6. Bernard Purdie
  7. Levon Helm
  8. Manu Katche
  9. Ringo Starr
  10. Charlie Watts
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 12:29pm »

on Oct 12th, 2016, 11:51am, Dr. John wrote:
I'm a bit surprised by several mentions of Nick Mason, who has never impressed me from any angle (feel, style, technical prowess). But otherwise, I will repeat many of the above.

  1. Phil Collins
  2. Keith Moon
  3. John Bonham
  4. Neil Peart
  5. Stewart Copeland
  6. Bernard Purdie
  7. Levon Helm
  8. Manu Katche
  9. Ringo Starr
  10. Charlie Watts


I'm surprised you voted Ringo Starr as a top drummer. In the 70s, he was often voted as the worst drummer in music mags. However, he has improved over the years! I would put Nick Mason above him any day!!...
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 12:33pm »

when i listen to any band, i always pay attention to the drumming, and i tend to play air-drums, so i like this thread.

1. phil collins (genesis)
2. stewart copeland (police)
3. ringo (beatles)
4. mick fleetwood (fleetwood mac)
5. charlie watts (rolling stones)
6. joey kramer (aerosmith)
7. steven adler (guns n' roses)
8. martin chambers (pretenders)
9. clem burke (blondie)
10. debbie peterson (bangles)
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 1:06pm »

on Oct 12th, 2016, 12:29pm, Noni wrote:
I'm surprised you voted Ringo Starr as a top drummer. In the 70s, he was often voted as the worst drummer in music mags. However, he has improved over the years! I would put Nick Mason above him any day!!...


I like Ringo. He doesn't have any formal technique, but I like his feel. Ticket to Ride, Rain, Come Together; these kinds of songs have great grooves. Charlie Watts is similar for me - not a lot of range, but his behind-the-beat sloppy grooves on stuff like Tumblin' Dice make me happy.

I find Nick Mason at best OK. He isn't great with a groove - One of These Days almost loses the groove when he finally starts playing; Money careens all over the place in terms of meter. And his drumming on The Wall is really boring. I've always felt he is the weakest link in Pink Floyd.
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 14th, 2016, 01:32am »

Neil Peart
Phil Collins
Bill Bruford
Jack Dejohnette
Glenn Kotche
Art Blakey
Tony Williams
Max Roach
Charlie Watts
Stewart Copeland
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 14th, 2016, 02:24am »

on Oct 12th, 2016, 12:29pm, Noni wrote:
I'm surprised you voted Ringo Starr as a top drummer. In the 70s, he was often voted as the worst drummer in music mags. However, he has improved over the years! I would put Nick Mason above him any day!!...


on Oct 12th, 2016, 1:06pm, Dr. John wrote:
I like Ringo. He doesn't have any formal technique, but I like his feel. Ticket to Ride, Rain, Come Together; these kinds of songs have great grooves. Charlie Watts is similar for me - not a lot of range, but his behind-the-beat sloppy grooves on stuff like Tumblin' Dice make me happy.

Ringo is a great drummer; the perception of him being less technically proficient misses his skill as a creative innovator. Growing up I was fascinated by those infectious beats. Later on, when I was older and more analytical about my music preferences, I still found myself exploring and discovering those brilliant songs, and Ringo's part became more distinct. One of the greatest, no question.

Charlie Watts is, I believe, on a different but comparable plain. The guy is a rock solid rhythmatist. His roots are more basic and traditional. But he can create a backbeat that can rival any band on any night. I'm astounded every night I get I chance to see him play.

Don't confuse the idea of technical proficiency with musical inspiration.
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 16th, 2016, 10:56pm »

on Oct 12th, 2016, 12:33pm, Kerry95 wrote:
when i listen to any band, i always pay attention to the drumming, and i tend to play air-drums, so i like this thread.


I'm an air drummer as well. grin
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 26th, 2016, 08:16am »

WOT! No Mickey Dee?

not doing a list but Mickey Dee is definitely one of the worlds best.
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