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.

Don HenleyDon Henley
(American)
Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood
(British)

Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
(American)
Meg WhiteMeg White
(American)
Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
(American)

Peter CrissPeter Criss
(American)
Ginger BakerGinger Baker
(British)
Nick MasonNick Mason
(British)

Levon HelmLevon Helm
(American)
Chad SmithChad Smith
(American)
Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
(British)

The RevThe Rev
(American)
Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
(American)
Eric CarrEric Carr
(American)

Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
(American)
Kate SchellenbachKate Schellenbach
(American)
Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
(British)

GoldieGoldie
(British)
Steven AdlerSteven Adler
(American)
Dave LombardoDave Lombardo
(Cuban,American)

Mitch MitchellMitch Mitchell
(British)
Jay WeinbergJay Weinberg
(American)
Jason BonhamJason Bonham
(British)

Phil RuddPhil Rudd
(Australian)
Chris SladeChris Slade
(British)
Cozy PowellCozy Powell
(British)

Will ChampionWill Champion
(British)
Ville ValoVille Valo
(Finnish)
Carl PalmerCarl Palmer
(British)

Brad WilkBrad Wilk
(American)
Kenney JonesKenney Jones
(British)
Danny CareyDanny Carey
(American)

Gene KrupaGene Krupa
(American)
Liberty DeVittoLiberty DeVitto
(American)
Nicko McBrainNicko McBrain
(British)

John DolmayanJohn Dolmayan
(Lebanese,American)
Matt SorumMatt Sorum
(American)
Steve GaddSteve Gadd
(American)

Harry JuddHarry Judd
(British)
Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
(British)
Ian PaiceIan Paice
(British)

Sandy WestSandy West
(American)
Robert WyattRobert Wyatt
Topper HeadonTopper Headon
(British)

Bun E. CarlosBun E. Carlos
(American)
Michael ShrieveMichael Shrieve
(American)
Richard ChristyRichard Christy
(American)

Nigel OlssonNigel Olsson
(British)
Terry BozzioTerry Bozzio
(American)
Fabrizio MorettiFabrizio Moretti
(Brazilian,American)

Gene HoglanGene Hoglan
(American)
Kenny AronoffKenny Aronoff
(American)
Gavin HarrisonGavin Harrison

Chester ThompsonChester Thompson
(American)
Jan Axel BlombergJan Axel Blomberg
(Norwegian)
Clive BurrClive Burr
(British)

Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
(German)
Vinnie ColaiutaVinnie Colaiuta
(American)
Cliff MartinezCliff Martinez
(American)

ShagrathShagrath
(Norwegian)
Chris AdlerChris Adler
(American)
Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
(Finnish)

Steve JoczSteve Jocz
(Canadian)
Anton FigAnton Fig
(American)
Jet BlackJet Black
(British)

Pick WithersPick Withers
(British)
Danny SeraphineDanny Seraphine
(American)
Joe MorelloJoe Morello
(American)