Drummers

When it comes to contemporary western music, drummers play a key role in maintaining the rhythm and adding to the musical timbre. The role of a good drummer in a jazz or rock band should never be underestimated! Musician Bruce Springsteen has always been generous in recognizing the role his long-term drummer Max Weinberg played in the success of his band. Other musicians too have acknowledged the significance of having a credible drummer in the band. French bandleader Christian Vander is also a drummer credited to have contributed greatly to the success of the bands he played for. Talking of the top drummers of all time, how can we forget Guns N' Roses' Steven Adler whose signature drumming style helped the band carve their own niche during their hey days? Drumming is primarily considered a man’s domain but exuberant women drummers like Cindy Blackman prove that the ladies aren’t far behind when it comes to playing the percussion instruments! Karen Carpenter, Meg White, Leah Shapiro, and Maureen Tucker are among the awesome women drummers who have proved their mettle in the male-dominated drumming scenario. Check out this section to know more about the life and works of famous drummers.
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 1 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

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.

 2 Dave Grohl

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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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 3 Tommy Lee

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek, American
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.

 4 Roger Taylor

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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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 5 Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician. Stevie achieved so much in his mainstream career, that spanned only seven years, that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever and one of the most influential and iconic musicians in the blues music history. He is credited with reviving blues-rock and his work continues to influence several artists.

 6 Don Henley

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Drummer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 7 Travis Barker

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

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 8 John Bonham

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Famous As: Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: September 25, 1980

John Bonham was an English drummer and songwriter. Considered one of the most influential and greatest rock drummers in history, Bonham was part of the world-renowned rock band Led Zeppelin. He influenced several drummers like Joey Kramer, Dave Grohl, Ian Mosley, Neil Peart, and Tommy Lee among other famous drummers. Bonham is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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 9 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian
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. 

 10 Dennis Wilson

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Famous As: Record producer, Singer, Drummer, Surfer, Composer
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 1983
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 11 Anderson Paak

Anderson Paak
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 12 Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 13 Lars Ulrich

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Danish

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. 

 14 Joshua Dun

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 15 Neil Peart

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian
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.

 16 Desi Arnaz Jr.

Desi Arnaz Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 17 Alex Wolff

Alex Wolff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 18 DJ Yella

DJ Yella
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 19 Chad Kroeger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
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.

 20 Marcus Mumford

Marcus Mumford
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American
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 21 Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 22 Gary Burghoff

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 23 Ginger Baker

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Famous As: Drummer, Jazz musician, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 24 Meg White

Meg White
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Famous As: photographer, musician, actor, percussionist
Birthdate: December 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 25 Chad Smith

Chad Smith
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Famous As: drummer, musician
Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 26 Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

English drummer, Charlie Watts, is best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He has been 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.

 27 Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2010

 28 Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 29 Josh Klinghoffer

Josh Klinghoffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 30 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 31 James Brown

James Brown
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Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 32 Levon Helm

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 19, 2012

 33 Joey Ramone

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Famous As: Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones
Birthdate: May 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 2001
Joey Ramone revolutionized punk rock with his band the Ramones. He was known for his distinctive hiccups, croons, and snarls, which he incorporated in his songs. He was also part of the activist group Artists United Against Apartheid. He died at 49, after a 7-year struggle with lymphoma.

 34 Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 35 Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 36 Jake Busey

Jake Busey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 37 Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 38 Questlove

Questlove
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 39 Nick Mason

Nick Mason
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 40 Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 41 Thundercat

Thundercat
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 42 Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 2, 1987

 43 Breckin Meyer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Breckin Meyer is best known for his Emmy-winning writing for Robot Chicken: Star Wars. He has also played significant roles in films such as Garfield: The Movie, Clueless, and Road Trip. He has also voiced Joseph Gribble in King of The Hill and played Jared Franklin in Franklin & Bash

 44 Lauren Mayberry

Lauren Mayberry
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Scottish

 45 The Rev

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Famous As: Musician, Drummer, Pianist, Songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: February 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 2009

 46 Luke Goss

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 47 Shawnee Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 48 Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 49 Peter Criss

Peter Criss
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 50 Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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