Ever since the introduction of drums as a tool for entertainment, numerous people sprung up with exceptional talent in playing this percussion instrument. As much as we want to include all of the great artists that showcased their skills in this field, of course, some shined brighter, so this article will offer you the five greatest drummers of all time. If you’re interested in stepping up the look of your drum kit, buy a drum wrap.
Wrecking Crew Drummer and Rock Hall of Fame Member. Blaine is the most recorded drummer in history. Propelled dozens of significant hit records during the ’60s and ’70s (He lost count of his titles around the 35,000 mark, but among those are 150 Top 10 hits and 40 Number Ones.) Blaine laid down one of the most recognizable beats in popular music. Still, Blaine’s real legacy is his chameleon-like adaptability to any session – and not only behind a conventional kit. “I’m not a flashy drummer,” he reflected. “I wanted to be a great accompanist.” Mission accomplished.
Neil was treasured for not only being an incredible drummer but also for being the creative driving force behind the Rush’s glory years. When Neil Peart auditioned for Rush in 1974, his bandmates heard in him a chance to embrace their die-hard Who fandom. “We were so blown away by Neil’s playing,” guitarist Alex Lifeson recalled in an interview. He was widely recognized for his penchant for turning incredibly difficult drum patterns into flawless works of visual arts at every turn, and he was also the band key lyricist. He was widely recognized for his penchant for turning incredibly difficult drum patterns into flawless works of visual arts at every turn, and he was also the band key lyricist. Peart revealed himself as both an obsessive craftsman and a wildly ambitious artiste. Rush’s recent work, such as 2012’s Clockwork Angels, features some of Peart’s best work on record: a stunning unity of brains and brawn. Peart remains perhaps the most revered – and air-drummed-to – live stickman in all of rock, famous as the architect of literally show-stopping set-piece solos.
Legendary jazz percussionist & sometimes hellraiser Ginger Baker, with immense talent, and cursed with a temper to match. Baker – who has transcended genres, he did much to popularize world music with his fierce passion for the rhythms of Africa. While constantly clashing with Cream bandmates Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, the London-born drummer introduced showmanship to the rock world with double-kick virtuosity and extended solos. In the years since, Baker has kept busy with an impressive array of projects, flaunting his signature bravura & intricately braided grooves.
An orchestra within himself, driving the band Who with intelligence and sureness of touch that defies analysis. “Keith Moon, he’s really orchestrated, like a timpani player or a cymbal player in an orchestra,” said Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins. “He’s making you know that this is an important part, even though it might not be exactly at the end of the four bars. I love that drama, that theater, and I love the emotion.” The “greatest Keith Moon-type drummer in the world”, as he described himself, hated the repetition of rote rock drumming – as well as the repetition in life in general. Moon, with his manic, lunatic side was the inspiration for the Muppets character Animal, smashed drum kits and hotel rooms with a ferocity suggesting he was more a performance artist than a small rock “stickman”. Moon the Loon fit drum rolls into places they were never intended to go, and only the synth tracks used on Who’s Next stabilized his constantly wavering sense of tempo. His legacy is outstanding.
The very first cut of the insane solo for Led Zeppelin man’s most significant moment in 1970 changed rock drumming forever. At his most brutally paleolithic, he never bludgeoned dully, at his most rhythmically dumbfounding he never stooped to unnecessary wankery, and every night on tour, he dodged both pitfalls with his great stampede through “Moby Dick” – clocking in around 15 minutes of pure powerhouse percussion. Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Jimmy Page was amused by the disorienting impact that “Good Times Bad Times,” with its jaw-dropping bass-drum hiccups, had on listeners: “Everyone was laying bets that Bonzo was using two bass drums, but he only had one.” Dense, lively, virtuosic, and deliberate, that performance laid out the terrain Bonham’s artful clobbering would conquer before his untimely death in 1980.