Find out more about famous drummers, including Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Brown and Tommy Lee.

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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.

James Brown James Brown
American

Tommy Lee Tommy Lee
Greek, American

Nick Cave Nick Cave
Australian

Neal Peart Neil Peart
Canadian

Joey Ramone Joey Ramone
American

Sib Hashian Sib Hashian
American

DJ Yella DJ Yella
American

Kang Min-hyuk Kang Min-hyuk
South Korean

Tommy Ramone Tommy Ramone
Hungarian, American

Andy Hurley Andy Hurley
American

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Ashton Irwin Ashton Irwin
Australian, Irish, American

Dave Galafassi Dave Galafassi
Australian

Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian

Alex van Halen Alex van Halen
Dutch, American

Tre Cool Tre Cool
American

Cuco Cuco
American

Joshua Dun Joshua Dun
American

Nia Lovelis Nia Lovelis
American
A. R. RahmanA. R. Rahman
Indian

Don HenleyDon Henley
American

Anderson PaakAnderson Paak
American

Desi Arnaz Jr.Desi Arnaz Jr.
American

Jack AntonoffJack Antonoff
American
Alex WolffAlex Wolff
American

Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
American

Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood
British

Jam Master JayJam Master Jay
American
Teddy GeigerTeddy Geiger
American
Fatboy SlimFatboy Slim
British

Justin VernonJustin Vernon
American

Meg WhiteMeg White
American

Levon HelmLevon Helm
American
Teddy PendergrassTeddy Pendergrass
American

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
British, American
Sheila E.Sheila E.
American

Jake BuseyJake Busey
American

Ginger BakerGinger Baker
British
Chad SmithChad Smith
American

Stewart CopelandStewart Copeland
American
QuestloveQuestlove
American

Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
American

Nick MasonNick Mason
British
Gene KrupaGene Krupa
American

Keke WyattKeke Wyatt
American
James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh

D'AngeloD'Angelo
American

Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
American

Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
British
Tash SultanaTash Sultana
Australian

Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American

Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
American

Buddy RichBuddy Rich
American

Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American
Daniel JohnstonDaniel Johnston
American

Jani LaneJani Lane
American
Danny CareyDanny Carey
American

Jason BonhamJason Bonham
British

Peter CrissPeter Criss
American
John DolmayanJohn Dolmayan
Lebanese, American

Josh KlinghofferJosh Klinghoffer
American
Taylor HawkinsTaylor Hawkins
American

Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American
Kate SchellenbachKate Schellenbach
American

Daz DillingerDaz Dillinger
American

Fabrizio MorettiFabrizio Moretti
Brazilian, American
Barry JenkinsBarry Jenkins
British

Sophie B. HawkinsSophie B. Hawkins
American
The RevThe Rev
American