50 Drummers

Scott wants to age me prematurely (by ten frickin’ years!), and says this drummers list should expand from 40, which will be my age this year, to 50. You whippersnappers pay attention, now, y’hear? 

The 40 drummers: 

Charlie Watts
Gene Krupa
Neil Peart
Dave Lombardo
Max Roach
Nicko McBain
Kenny Aronoff
Buddy Rich
Art Blakey
Bill Ward
Mike Portnoy
John Bonham
Danny Carey
Matt Cameron
Cozy Powell
Mitch Mitchell
Carter Beauford
Cindy Blackman-Santana
Tony Williams
Billy Cobham
Joey Jordison
Chuck Biscuits
Keith Moon
Ginger Baker
Stewart Copeland
Phil Collins
Elvin Jones
Jim Keltner
Scott Travis
Carlton Barrett
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts
Terry Bozzio
Roger Taylor
Vinnie Appice
Peter Erskine
Michael Schrieve
Alex Van Halen
Chick Webb
Ian Paice 

And now ten more…

Scott recommended:

Bill Bruford
Brian Downey
Philthy Animal Taylor
Charlie Benante

And I would add:

Brann Dailor
Johnny Fay
Herlin Riley
Clive Burr
Andrew Scott
Chad Smith 

I Will Not Add:

Lars Ulrich


So there, Scott. That’s 50. I feel so… old…

And yep, there’s probably a zillion more. Likely some really obvious ones I’d feel bad for not including. But still, this list is drummer is pretty freaking impressive!


Posted on January 11, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. “I will not add: Lars Ulrich”


    I’ll add:
    Brian Doerner
    Mike Mangini

    And I’ll second a lot of your choices! ?uestlove, Danny Carey, Kenny Aranoff, Cindy Blackman…great deep choices.


    • So we have 52 drummers! You guys keep making me older…

      Deep choices I dunno, I was just trying to think of drummers that slay me when I hear them play (and there are apparently a lot of them). I like versatility. I can’t believe I missed out Brann Dailor in my first list. That guy’s a monster! We saw Cindy Blackman (now Blackman-Santana) playing for Lenny Kravitz at the Pine Knob. She was totally awesome. The whole focus of the show, if you ask me. Compared to Lenny and his lip-synching schtick, she was really, really slumming.


    • And Brann Dailor. Have I ever told you how AWESOME that guy’s drumming is? It’s even better live. Daaaaaammmmn…


  2. Ringo Starr: the most famous drummer in the world and one of the most under-rated as well.

    Barrie Barlow: my favourite Tull drummer

    Pierre Moerlen: I was very fortunate to see him with Tribute

    I don’t know if I would include him, but I’m surprised that Simon Phillips is not in the list.

    McBain —> McBrain


    • All good drummers! I considered Ringo and left him off. I dunno. Maybe I need to spend more time with the Beatles albums I own.


      • Some great Ringo tracks: “Ticket to Ride”, “Rain”, “Let it Be”, “Hey Jude”, “A Day in the Life”, “She Loves You”. Yes, the last one as well. Note how all one has to hear is the drum intro an you immediately recognize the song. Although others did so later, at the time Ringo was the only drummer who didn’t play just accompaniment, but had a drum part crafted to fit the song. Think of the break between verse and chorus in “Help”; it’s just as much a part of the song as the backing vocals or the lyrics.

        I saw Ringo about two-and-one-half years ago, just after he had turned 71(!). Sang and played for about 2 hours and was in great form. As a child, he was sick so much that he missed a large part of his schooling, but now his health seems great. I also appreciated the fact that he didn’t play an encore. (The encore has become so expected that it is not appreciated anymore. Why not just play another couple of songs in the normal set?)


        • Very cool. I’ll do some more research. I’m just not sold on the Beatles like most people are. They’re good, but not ones I play very much. I think I got burned out on them as a kid, as my Mom played them a lot. Probably explains my move to the Stones.. Hahaha.


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