View Full Version : Favourite All-Time Drummer?

02-17-2009, 11:56 PM
There has probaly been many of these Threads, but....
Who is your favourite drummer, And why?

02-18-2009, 12:43 AM
Oh, boy... don't get me started on this...

My favorite drummer of all time is John Bonham. He had such an amazing relaxed technique but was one of the loudest drummers who ever lived. The way he pulled the sound out of his tubs was unreal, and I am thoroughly convinced there will NEVER be a drummer like him ever again.

Some honorable mentions, though, and Jojo Mayer (I'd say even better than Buddy Rich to be the best drummer who ever lived), Gavin Harrison , Max Roach, Art Blakey, Danny Carey, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Joe Morello, and yes, Neil Peart...

02-18-2009, 09:43 AM
John Bonham - He was one of the best drummers that ever lived. It's hard to believe that he's been dead for almost 30 years, but his legacy with Led Zeppelin will always live on.

Bobby Schayer - His 10 year run with Bad Religion (from 1991 to 2001) was not only amazing but successful and inspired a lot of today's punk drummers to be in a band. He even played on one of my favorite BR records Stranger Than Fiction.

Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - This former Motörhead drummer was awesome and he helped them become one of the most succesful metal bands in the world. It's too bad that he's not in Motörhead anymore, but their current drummer Mikkey Dee is also awesome.

...and some honorable mentions: Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Probot), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Pete Parada (Face to Face, The Offspring), Travis Barker (blink-182, Transplants, +44), Byron McMackin (Pennywise) and Armand Majidi (Sick of It All).

02-18-2009, 10:22 AM
I'd have to agree with Byron McMackin, he's a pretty immense drummer. Dave Grohl and Mick Fleetwood are favourites of mine as they were huge influences on me when I first started playing at 11 years old. Brian Downey is so so under-rated as a drummer. He had great technique and feel for it. Neil Peart kinda goes without saying, for obvious reasons.
My favourite by a long way is Neil Cooper. He's an absolute machine and I have a lot of respect for him as a drummer. He's strong, fast and just uses these simple little touches that make what he plays sound awesome. You can see his passion for drumming when he plays.

Cock Joke
02-18-2009, 10:39 AM
atom bitchez!

02-18-2009, 11:29 AM
Travis barker!!!!!!!

02-18-2009, 11:39 AM
I'm not really big into drumming, so the only pop/rock/metal/whatever drummer who's really caught my attention has been Danny Carey.

I also would say that I recognize John Dolmayan as a very good drummer. I couldn't find any videos of him drumming, but here's a guy covering his drumming in a SOAD song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVUDkBJNlt4

Oh and Nicko McBrain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn0G1ojg-Xw

02-18-2009, 11:41 AM
I think the best way to showcase Nicko McBrain is this song:

02-18-2009, 11:43 AM
Looks like I need to edumacate some of you guys! :p

Jojo Mayer:

Dave Weckl:

Gavin Harrison:
For you hard rock fans:
For everyone else (showcasing much more talent):

Max Roach:

Want more? I can provide more. =P

EDIT: Disclaimer (that's right, the disclaimer): I realize this is a thread about who your FAVORITE drummer is, and not who the BEST is, but I think you guys would appreciate those videos anyway.

02-18-2009, 11:49 AM
My drummer friend has me educated on all those guys, yeah technically amazing.

My favourite drummers though, probably Steven Adler, Nick Mason, Nicko like Brianna said, Tommy Aldridge, and the obvious, John Bonham.

Hey Thomas, being a drummer and all, I highly suggest you check out this video:

The guys name escapes me, but he's an extremely tasteful drummer on all the bands stuff, he does a drum solo in this song though, some insane stuff in there, one handed drum rolls and shit.

02-18-2009, 11:51 AM
I've heard the first minute of that, but I have to go to class now. :(

I'll definitely really check it out when I get back.

02-18-2009, 11:55 AM
No problem man, I highly suggest everyone else checks it to.
It contains an awesome guitar solo, awesome bass solo, awesome drum solo, and one of the tightest jams I've heard a band pull off since Floyd.

02-18-2009, 12:00 PM
I'm a huge fan of Josh Freese and his work with the Vandals.

Brooks Wackerman is a pretty cool drummer.

I like this guy, too. He's pretty good.

02-18-2009, 01:37 PM

02-18-2009, 02:36 PM
lars ULRICH! he is really perfect.i remember his feature and he says:"drums!yeah i love my drums cause they re my children" wow he loves his kids(drums) but he beats them by drumstick hehe anyway he is the best or he was ;)

02-18-2009, 02:39 PM
Atom Willard plays well, is nice. :)
Ron Welty is not so good but it is in the battery.:D

renato piquette
02-18-2009, 03:28 PM
Jimmy chamberlin from the smashing pumpkins

03-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Jaki Liebezeit (and Can in generall) has been blowing my mind lately. He predates and outclasses so many, it's almost absurd.
Paperhouse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_iJNgLEDS4)
Smoke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF7zJTYFfz4)
Bring me Coffee or Tea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixphoUVf-AY)
Yoo Doo Right (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkiYxaq4Q3w)

03-12-2011, 07:03 PM
Well, it depends on how you define favorite I guess, but I would say Derrick Plourde for punk drumming, and then also Josh Freese, and Danny Carey.

Judith by A Perfect Circle is my favorite 6/8 time rock song drumwise. Love that drum track.

When I thinking about Danny Carey's drum parts, I find myself wondering for every beat he does "is it possible to play something that would sound better here"?

03-12-2011, 07:53 PM
For punk drummers, after really developing a ear for good drumming, my favorites are Jordan Burns (strung out), Josh Freese, Byron McMackin (pennywise) and Nicholas Pasquale Angelini (A Wilhelm Scream)

I also really dig Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Jimmy Chamberlin (Pumpkins), Dave Grohl, and Dominic Howard (Muse)

03-12-2011, 08:16 PM
Byron writes some of the best fitting and funnest punk drum part. But it's not really technical or rhythmically creative for the most part.

03-12-2011, 09:30 PM
I still enjoy it. One of the reason why I still listen to pennywise.

03-29-2011, 11:31 AM

Hilary Jones: best female drummer I've seen thus far.

03-29-2011, 01:17 PM
One of my favorite drummers is Matt Greiner although I'm not sure if he's my all-time favorite drummer.

03-29-2011, 03:24 PM

Hilary Jones: best female drummer I've seen thus far.

The song takes like 1:30 to really get going.
Karen Carpenter:

03-30-2011, 04:02 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHpbGcLZcVk :D

On a more serious note: Travis Barker, I like his (drumming) style.