Nothing beats a guitar solo like a DRUM solo… Let’s talk about Drums, as loud and diverse as they can be.

In Rock music, drums developed to become a core element of the genre. Drummers were responsible of keeping the chaotic, loud music steady and solid. We will dive into a few of the fundamental roots of rock drumming with many legends who laid down the basis of everything we know in the genre today.

At first, the drums morphed the groovy and complex jazz music of the 40’s and 50’s throughout the classic and psychedelic rock of the 60’s. We will then explore how innovative metal drummers fueled this steady machine made of wood and steel, bronze and brass, by blasting even harder, louder and faster beats as they filled a wider and more aggressive and complex role in the metal genre from the 70’s and 80’s until this day.

Here’s a list of the top 30 drummers who were very influential in laying down the foundation of rock drumming, in addition to a few metal drummers who took it all to the next level.

John Bonham

When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin

Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin

Moby Dick – Led Zeppelin

Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin

Michael Giles

21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson

Roger Taylor

We Will Rock You – Queen

Keith Moon

My Generation – The Who

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

Ian Paice

Space Truckin – Deep Purple

Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple

Ringo Star

Come Together – The Beatles

Please Please Me – The Beatles

In My Life – The Beatles

Stevie Wonder

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Mitch Mitchell

Fire – Jimi Hendrix

A. J. Pero

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

Terry Bozio

Black Page #1 – Frank Zappa

Nick Mason

Time – Pink Floyd

Money – Pink Floyd

Echoes – Pink Floyd

Phil Rudd

Back In Black – AC/DC

Neil Peart

YYZ – Rush

Tom Sawyer – Rush

Danny Carey

Ticks And Leeches – Tool

Forty-Six & 2 – Tool

Mike Portnoy

The Dance of Eternity – Dream Theater

Act I: Scene Two: I. Overture 1928 – Dream Theater

Gavin Harrison

Blackest Eyes – Porcupine Tree

Anesthetize – Porcupine Tree

Bill Ward

Rat Salad – Black Sabbath

War Pigs – Black Sabbath

Nicko McBrain/Clive Burr

Sign of the Cross – Iron Maiden

Where Eagles Dare – Iron Maiden

Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden

Scott Travis

Painkiller – Judas Priest

Lars Ulrich

One – MetallicA

Blackened – MetallicA

Battery – MetallicA

Dave Lombardo

War Ensemble – Slayer

Raining Blood – Slayer

Igor Cavalera

Territory – Sepultura

Arise – Sepultura

Martin Lopez / Martin Axenrot

Deliverance – Opeth

Demon Of The Fall – Opeth

The Devil’s Orchard – Opeth

Mario Duplantier

The Art of Dying – Gojira

The Heaviest Matter of the Universe – Gojira

Remembrance – Gojira

George Kollias

The Essential Salts – Nile

Lashed To the Slave Stick – Nile

Kafir! – Nile

Nicholas Barker/ Tjodalv

Progenies of the Great Apocalypse – Dimmu Borgir

In Death’s Embrace – Dimmu Borgir

Tomas Haake

Bleed – Meshuggah

Francesco Paoli

The Violation – Fleshgod Apocalypse

The Fool – Fleshgod Apocalypse

Chris Adler

Walk With Me In Hell – Lamb Of God

Blacken The Cursed Sun – Lamb Of God

Laid To Rest – Lamb Of God

Richard Christy

Flesh And The Power It Holds – Death

Scavenger Of Human Sorrow – Death