Famous 21st Century Drummers

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 1 
Phil Collins
(Drummer & Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Genesis')

Phil Collins
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Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

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Ringo Starr
(Musician)

Ringo Starr
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Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dingle, Liverpool, England

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

 3 
Dave Grohl
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Foo Fighters')

Dave Grohl
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Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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 4 
Tommy Lee
(Founding Member of the Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe')

Tommy Lee
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Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.

 5 
Neil Peart
(Best Known as the Drummer and Primary Lyricist of the Rock Band 'Rush')

Neil Peart
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Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

 6 
Travis Barker
(Drummer for the Rock Band 'Blink-182')

Travis Barker
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Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fontana, California, United States

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is known for his mohawk and tattoos. He has also been part of bands such as The Transplants+44, and Box Car Racer, and starred in the reality series Meet the Barkers. He owns a record label and a clothing brand, and has written a memoir.

 7 
Mick Fleetwood
(Musician)

Mick Fleetwood
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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redruth, Cornwall, England
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 8 
Meg White
(photographer, musician, actor, percussionist)

Meg White
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Birthdate: December 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit

 9 
Ginger Baker
(Former Drummer known for co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream)

Ginger Baker
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Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London, England
Died: October 6, 2019

 10 
Sheila E.
(Percussionist)

Sheila E.
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Birthdate: December 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

 11 
Chad Smith
(drummer, musician)

Chad Smith
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Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Paul

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Stewart Copeland
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Birthdate: July 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, USA

 13 
Alex van Halen
(Musician)

Alex van Halen
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Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

 14 
Phil Rudd
(Drummer, best known as the drummer of AC/DC across three stints)

Phil Rudd
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Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 15 
Roger Taylor
(Best Known As The Drummer Of The Rock Band 'Queen')

Roger Taylor
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Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.

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Steven Adler
(Drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s)

Steven Adler
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Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 17 
Lars Ulrich
(Musician)

Lars Ulrich
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Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gentofte Municipality, Denmark

Musician, songwriter, and record producer, Lars Ulrich, is best known as the drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica. Born into a family of tennis players, he was initially expected to play the sport as well. However, he was more interested in music and proceeded to pursue a successful career in the field. 

 18 
Charlie Watts
(Drummer)

Charlie Watts
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 19 
Joshua Dun
(Musician)

Joshua Dun
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Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Joshua William Dun, or Josh Dun, gained fame as part of the music duo Twenty One Pilots, with Tyler Joseph. Apart from being the drummer, he also contributes to percussion and trumpet. He had earlier been part of House of Heroes. He is known for his signature X tattoo.

 20 
Taylor Hawkins
(Musician)

Taylor Hawkins
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Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

 21 
Danny Carey
(Drummer, Jazz musician)

Danny Carey
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Birthdate: May 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lawrence

 22 
Chad Kroeger
(Musician)

Chad Kroeger
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Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.

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Jack Antonoff
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Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bergenfield, New Jersey, USA

 24 
Max Weinberg
(Drummer)

Max Weinberg
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Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USA

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Teddy Pendergrass
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Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingstree, South Carolina, USA
Died: January 13, 2010

 26 
Nick Cave
(Singer-songwriter)

Nick Cave
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Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 27 
Jim Gordon
(Musician)

Jim Gordon
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Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 28 
Dave Lombardo
(Drummer, Musician)

Dave Lombardo
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Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 29 
Bill Ward
(drummer)

Bill Ward
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Birthdate: May 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aston, Birmingham, England

 30 
Teddy Geiger
(Musician)

Teddy Geiger
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Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 31 
Questlove
(Musician)

Questlove
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Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 32 
Stephen Stills
(Singer-songwriter)

Stephen Stills
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Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 33 
Nick Mason
(Drummer)

Nick Mason
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Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Born to a documentary film maker, drummer Nick Mason was no stranger to art and entertainment as a child. He formed his first band while studying architecture. He was the only original member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd member to have been part of the band since its inception.

 34 
Thundercat
(Musician)

Thundercat
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Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 35 
Randy Jackson
(Singer-songwriter)

Randy Jackson
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Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

 36 
Matt Cameron
(Musician)

Matt Cameron
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Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 37 
Vinnie Paul
(Former Musician best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Pantera)

Vinnie Paul
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Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
Died: June 22, 2018

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Wolfgang Dziony
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Birthdate: August 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elze, Germany

 39 
Fatboy Slim
(Disc Jockey)

Fatboy Slim
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Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England

 40 
Peter Criss
(Drummer, Singer)

Peter Criss
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Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 41 
Mike Portnoy
(Drummer, Musician, Singer, Record producer, Composer)

Mike Portnoy
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Birthdate: April 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Beach

 42 
Lauren Mayberry
(Singer-songwriter)

Lauren Mayberry
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Birthdate: October 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Lauren Mayberry is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician. Mayberry, who possesses a soprano singing voice, is the lead vocalist of the popular Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, where she also plays keyboards and drums. One-third of the band, Mayberry co-produces and co-writes the songs along with Martin Doherty and Iain Cook. A vocal feminist, Mayberry runs the feminist collective, TYCI.

 43 
Daniel Johnston
(Singer-songwriter)

Daniel Johnston
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Birthdate: January 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

 44 
Larry Mullen Jr.
(Best Known For His Portrayal of 'Anthony DiNozzo' on the Hit CBS Series 'NCIS')

Larry Mullen Jr.
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Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Artane, Ireland

Grammy-winning U2 drummer and co-founder Larry Mullen Jr. gained fans for his signature spiked hair. Fans also loved his skull earring on his right ear and his cross earring on his left. He had joined U2 at 14 and continued to be with the band through tragedies such as his mother’s death at 17.

 45 
Gary Clark, Jr.
(Musician)

Gary Clark, Jr.
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Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas Austin, Texas, U.S.

 46 
Luke Goss
(Actor)

Luke Goss
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Birthdate: September 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

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Josh Klinghoffer
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Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 48 
Ian Paice
(Drummer)

Ian Paice
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Birthdate: June 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nottingham

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Carmine Appice
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Birthdate: December 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 50 
Jani Lane
(Singer-songwriter)

Jani Lane
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Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
Died: August 10, 2011