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Old 07-31-2005, 12:55 PM
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Post 100 Greatest Rock Drummers

1. Neil Peart (Rush)
2. Keith Moon (Who)
3. Ginger Baker (Cream)
4. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
5. Terry Bozzio (Zappa, Jeff Beck)
6. Carl Palmer (ELP)
7. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
8. Danny Carey (Tool)
9. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
10. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
11. Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa)
12. Stewart Copeland (Police)
13. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
14. Steve Gadd (Steely Dan)
15. Tim Alexander (Primus)
16. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band)
17. Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck)
18. Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger)
19. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
20. Chad Wackerman (Zappa)
21. Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
22. Virgil Donati (Planet X)
23. Ansley Dunbar (Jeff Beck, Whitesnake)
24. David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power)
25. Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
26. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
27. Mike Shrieve (Santana)
28. Phil Collins (Genesis)
29. Steve Smith (Journey)
30. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle)
31. Max Weinberg (E Street Band)
32. Alan White (Yes)
33. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
34. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
35. Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake)
36. Carmine Appice (Beck, Bogart, Appice)
37. Stanton Moore (Galactic)
38. Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley, Beach Boys)
39. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
40. Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)
41. Cozy Powell (Rainbow)
42. Morgan Agren (Frank Zappa)
43. Chester Thompson (Santana)
44. Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
45. Dean Castronovo (Journey)
46. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
47. Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Satriani)
48. Ralph Humphrey (Mothers Of Invention)
49. Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)
50. Mike Bordin (Faith No More)
51. Jon Theodore (Mars Volta)
52. Mike Giles (King Crimson)
53. Ringo Starr (Beatles)
54. Zak Starkey (The Who)
55. Jeff Campitelli (Satriani)
56. Phil Ehart (Kansas)
57. Brian Mantia (Primus)
58. Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp)
59. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
60. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
61. Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
62. Mike Sus (Possessed)
63. Jason Rullo (Symphony X)
64. Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana)
65. Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
66. Ray Herrera (Fear Factory)
67. Scott Travis (Judas Priest)
68. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
69. Roger Taylor (Queen)
70. Jose Pasillas (Incubus)
71. Earl Palmer (session man)
72. Gene Holgan (Death)
73. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
74. Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
75. Matt McDonough (Mudvayne)
76. BJ Wilson (Procol Harum)
77. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
78. Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)
79. Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominos)
80. Travis Barker (Blink 182)
81. Matt Sorum (The Cult, GNR)
82. Nicholas Barker (Dimmu Borgir)
83. Jim Keltner (Elvis Costello)
84. Chad Smith (RHCP)
85. John Densmore (The Doors)
86. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
87. Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai)
88. Jack Irons (RHCP, Pearl Jam)
89. John Dolmayan (System of a Down)
90. Mark Zonder (Fate's Warning)
91. Gary Husband (Level 42)
92. Al Jackson (MG's)
93. Paul Bostaph (Slayer)
94. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
95. Dino Danelli (Rascals)
96. Jerry Gaskill (King's X)
97. Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam)
98. Van Romaine (Steve Morse Band)
99. Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains)
100. Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)

Honorable Mentions
Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon)
Alan John "Reni" Wren (Stone Roses)
Benny Benjamin (session man)
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath)
Buddy Miles (Band Of Gypsys)
Buddy Saltzman (session man)
Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick)
Chad Sexton (311)
Charlie Allen Martin (Bob Seger)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
Chris Kontos (Machine Head)
Chris Layton (Double Trouble)
Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan)
Chris Slade (AC/DC, Uriah Heep)
Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
Dale Crover (Melvins)
Damon Che Fitzgerald (Don Caballero)
Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy)
Denny Carmassi (Montrose)
Dominic Howard (Muse)
Doug Clifford (CCR)
Eric Singer (Kiss)
Frank Beard (ZZ Top)
Gary Chester (session man)
Jason Bonham (UFO)
Jay Lane (The Frog Brigade)
Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth)
Jon Fishman (Phish)
Jon Hiseman (Colosseum)
Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2)
Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep)
Matt Abts (Gov't Mule)
Max Kolesne (Krisiun)
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead)
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead)
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard)
Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
Phil Selway (Radiohead)
Randy Castillo (Ozzy)
Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
Ron Wilson (Surfaris)
Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction)
Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
Topper Headon (The Clash)
Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)
William Calhoun (Living Colour)
William Rieflin (Ministry)

What do you guys think of this list? Agree, disagree? Some of it I disagree with but heck I didn't make it and I'm sure a lot of it is biased.
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:09 AM
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Hm, how is mike portnoy down at number 9??
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:48 AM
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I was kinda thinking the same thing, and steven perkins is way down there as well and carter buffored is way down the list too
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:01 AM
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some of these guys i haven't even heard of before. I'm going to have to go check some of their stuff out if they're really that great. but this is a good list, what are the rankings based on?
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Old 07-04-2006, 02:40 PM
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I'm curious where this is from and what criteria they use for the rankings. I'm sure we could all make lists and they would each be different and right. Kind of a funny thing ranking someone's artistic expression against another's. Everyone has their own form of creativity that is unique to them. It's great there are so many drummers out there who inspire us in different ways. I've had so many different drummers over the years that I considered to be my biggest inspiration at the time. Neil was definitely my first though. I spent countless hours when I first started playing listening to Rush and learning the drum parts. I still remember most of them up through Presto lol.

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Old 07-04-2006, 03:17 PM
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I'm with Yachay, there's no way a list like that can ever be correct (or even exist) outside the realms of subjectivity. They can be fun, but I always find it kind of pointless and occasionaly annoying.

So, I'll just throw a few names out there in no particular order:

Bill Bruford
Britt Walford
Danny Carey
Charles Hayward
John McEntire
John Herndon
Todd Trainer
Matt Cameron
Jack Irons


I'm not just trying to be clever by including some drummers from obscure bands, I truly believe that those guys have all presented the world with some seriously amazing and unique drumming, each for their own reasons. I urge you to check them out.

It would be good to share some tips on relative unknowns as well as citing the obvious great drummers, between us we must know a whole bunch of awesome but low-profile drummers. Let's spread some word.
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Old 07-04-2006, 05:55 PM
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I think I remember seeing this list on a website a while back. Of course it's subjective since people hav different styles and stuff but it is interesting to rank them.
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Old 07-22-2006, 01:59 PM
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I would say you have a lot more than just 'rock' drummers on your hands. It's a good/extensive list at the least and your knowledge of who's out there is definitely well grouned and well placed.
As for constructive criticism I would only ask to delete Phill rudd from your list. Everything else seems fine and dandy!
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:19 AM
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What's wrong with Phil Rudd?
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Old 08-01-2006, 03:36 PM
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How is Keith Moon up there? I mean lets me honest, if it wasn't for him being such a nutjob (In a good way), he wouldn't even be close.
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