Friday, August 21, 2009

Greatest Drummers in Rock and Roll History

1 - Ringo Starr

2 - Keith Moon

3 - Ginger Baker

4 - D.J. Fontana

5 - Stewart Copeland

6 - Earl Palmer

7 - Mitch Mitchell

8 - Hal Blaine

9 - John Bonham

10 - Gene Chrisman


Anonymous said...

Ringo Starr??? You been drinking too much of that Wine!!

RyanD said...

Yeah, I'm going to have to disagree with the Ringo ranking, too. And where's Tommy Lee?! (just kidding)

Kevin Jackson said...

I don't know about Ringo either...

One arm Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is pretty impressive too.

curt said...

The Beatles are the greatest ever . Tommy Lee is not that good but what about Neil Pert from Rush , he is pretty good

Keith H. McIlwain said...

Rick Allen is impressive. So is Neil Peart.

But Ringo was ULTRA-creative, an essential component to the Beatles' work. Phil Collins (another good drummer) has said that today's drummers can't even mimic Ringo's work on, say, "A Day in the Life" or "Rain"'s an instinctual thing that they simply can't copy.

I could see Ringo being supplanted on a list like this by Moon or Fontana or Baker, but not Tommy Lee...I have to assume that's a joke.

Anonymous said...

Bonham should be further up the list, Copeland is # 1 ! Where is Charlie Watts? Moon and Starr compare to Copeland, but are in completely different ballparks!

Greg Cox said...

So I hate retyping things when there is an error. I'll try to get it all again.

I agree that Neil Peart is probably more deserving than many on the list - I know I'm a homer when it comes to the group, but Peart is a true percussionist and the backbone of the group.

Peart is also an english scholar leading to some of the greatest storytelling in rock today. I'd hate to have him off the list.

Anonymous said...

It's all subjective. You'd probably need a top 100 to satisfy everyone. While we're adding, how about Mitch Mitchell? And yes, Watts should definitely be on there. He is integral to the Stones and where would rock be without them?
(Jeff Conn)

Keith H. McIlwain said...

Mitchell made my list at #7. Watts I love and would probably be #11.

Peart's good, but I'm not convinced he's as good as the others on the list, who largely CREATED rock & roll drumming.

Anonymous said...

as has been said, it's all subjective. Just because someone is not technically brilliant, does not mean the he or she is not a great drummer. Just as Bill Bruford was perfect for King Crimson in the early 70's, Ringo was the perfect drummer for the Beatles. If you don't understand that, you really don't fully understand music.