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

Nick Cave Nick Cave
Australian

Joey Ramone Joey Ramone
American

Neal Peart Neil Peart
Canadian

DJ Yella DJ Yella
American

Tommy Ramone Tommy Ramone
Hungarian, American

Kang Min-hyuk Kang Min-hyuk
South Korean

Sib Hashian Sib Hashian
American
Ashton Irwin Ashton Irwin
Australian, Irish, American

Andy Hurley Andy Hurley
American

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Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian

Joshua Dun Joshua Dun
American

Cuco Cuco
American

Tre Cool Tre Cool
American
Nia Lovelis Nia Lovelis
American

Alex van Halen Alex van Halen
Dutch, American

Dave Galafassi Dave Galafassi
Australian

Ginger BakerGinger Baker
British

Daniel JohnstonDaniel Johnston
American
Jack AntonoffJack Antonoff
American

Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson
American
Don HenleyDon Henley
American

Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
American

Danny CareyDanny Carey
American
Desi Arnaz Jr.Desi Arnaz Jr.
American

Alex WolffAlex Wolff
American
Teddy GeigerTeddy Geiger
American

Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood
British

Anderson PaakAnderson Paak
American

Jay WeinbergJay Weinberg
American

Teddy PendergrassTeddy Pendergrass
American
Meg WhiteMeg White
American

Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American

Levon HelmLevon Helm
American

James McCartneyJames McCartney
British
Vinnie PaulVinnie Paul
American

Sheila E.Sheila E.
American
Keke WyattKeke Wyatt
American

Buddy RichBuddy Rich
American

Jake BuseyJake Busey
American
Zak StarkeyZak Starkey
British

Nick MasonNick Mason
British
Luke GossLuke Goss
British

Peter CrissPeter Criss
American

Chad SmithChad Smith
American
Scott RaynorScott Raynor
American

Barry JenkinsBarry Jenkins
British
Chris LoweChris Lowe
British, American

Chris LoweChris Lowe
British

Taylor HawkinsTaylor Hawkins
American

Jeff PorcaroJeff Porcaro
American
Kim DealKim Deal
American
Mike PortnoyMike Portnoy
American

Stewart CopelandStewart Copeland
American

James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh

Jani LaneJani Lane
American
Jason BonhamJason Bonham
British

Daz DillingerDaz Dillinger
American

Eric SingerEric Singer
American

Athena LeeAthena Lee
American

Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American
Steven AdlerSteven Adler
American

Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American
The RevThe Rev
American

GoldieGoldie
British
Dave LombardoDave Lombardo
Cuban, American
Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Guyanese, British