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.

Tommy Lee Tommy Lee
Greek, American
James Brown James Brown
American

Neal Peart Neil Peart
Canadian

Nick Cave Nick Cave
Australian

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

Cuco Cuco
American
Tre Cool Tre Cool
American

Joshua Dun Joshua Dun
American

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

Sheila E.Sheila E.
American

Desi Arnaz Jr.Desi Arnaz Jr.
American

Don HenleyDon Henley
American

Anderson PaakAnderson Paak
American
Alex WolffAlex Wolff
American

Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
American

Levon HelmLevon Helm
American

Jack AntonoffJack Antonoff
American
Fatboy SlimFatboy Slim
British
Teddy GeigerTeddy Geiger
American

Teddy PendergrassTeddy Pendergrass
American

Kate SchellenbachKate Schellenbach
American

Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood
British
Meg WhiteMeg White
American

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
British, American
Ginger BakerGinger Baker
British

Nick MasonNick Mason
British

Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American
Tash SultanaTash Sultana
Australian

QuestloveQuestlove
American
Stewart CopelandStewart Copeland
American

Daniel JohnstonDaniel Johnston
American

Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
American
D'AngeloD'Angelo
American

Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
American
Jake BuseyJake Busey
American

Chad SmithChad Smith
American

Fabrizio MorettiFabrizio Moretti
Brazilian, American

Peter CrissPeter Criss
American
Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American

Buddy RichBuddy Rich
American

James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh

Sophie B. HawkinsSophie B. Hawkins
American

Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
American
Henry GibsonHenry Gibson
American

Morris DayMorris Day
American
The RevThe Rev
American

Danny CareyDanny Carey
American

Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
British
Kim DealKim Deal
American

Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American
Taylor HawkinsTaylor Hawkins
American

Daz DillingerDaz Dillinger
American
Steven AdlerSteven Adler
American

Jam Master JayJam Master Jay
American

James McCartneyJames McCartney
British
Josh KlinghofferJosh Klinghoffer
American

Barry JenkinsBarry Jenkins
British
Kate NashKate Nash
British