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Favorite Drummers

My 10 favorite musical geniuses behind the kit.
10The National

BRYAN DEVENDORF - Currently the most stylistic drummer in the business. He's never showcased anything jaw-dropping on record, but his ability to couple frenetic, groovy drum work with the rest of the band's downcast vibe can rarely be found anywhere in music today. Most importantly, Bryan's beats are memorable. You can turn on any song and within 5 seconds know it's him playing. That's the true sign of a good drummer. BEST DRUM TRACK: "Brainy"
9Rx Bandits
The Resignation

CHRIS TSAGAKIS - I had a bit of a difficult time putting Chris on this list since he can sometimes fall into Brann Dailor Syndrome and start bashing everything in sight. However, Chris finds some way to always do that tastefully. All of Chris's beats have an undeniable flavor, and his fills always sound clean, even though they can appear rhythmically jagged. An incredible sticksman. BEST DRUM TRACK: "Prophetic"

NEIL PEART - Holy crap this guy is an animal. Great at conveying moods in his drum work (usually unsettling ones) but no two of his beats sound similar and he was always willing to try new things and expand his prowess, branching out and experimenting with samplers as well as other awesome drumming techniques. BEST DRUM TRACK: "La Villa Strangiato"
7Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame

BILLY COBHAM - I respect the hell out of this guy, not only for the amazing pioneering drum work he's created, but more for his attitude. Billy Cobham loves drumming more than anyone else on this list and it's easy to tell based on his attitude during performances, and his amazing stories about entering a trance state during drum solos. Oh yeah, and he's also the greatest fusion player to ever exist. BEST DRUM TRACK: "You Know, You Know"
6The Who

KEITH MOON - How did one of rock's most notoriously sloppy drummers make it onto this list? I'll tell you why. Keith Moon had character. Keith Moon had heart. Keith Moon had skill. And most importantly, it's more fun to listen to a Keith Moon drum track than any other. I'm pretty sure he made up most of his fills on the spot, considering how different they sound live. This adds to the carefree and spontaneous feel of his drumming, and yes, drumming can actually make me feel. BEST DRUM TRACK: "The Real Me"
5John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

ELVIN JONES - I don't even know where to begin with this guy. Speed, finesse, pinpoint accuracy, major octopus limb subdivision skill, Elvin had it all. Probably the one guy on Earth who ever gave Buddy a run for his money strictly in the realm of jazz chops. BEST DRUM TRACK: "Part 1 (Acknowledgement)"
4Steely Dan

STEVE GADD - The most precise drummer I've ever heard. Everything feels so calculated and yet so natural, however he misses out on the top 3 because the top 3 drummers I chose all have incredible styles that make them sound like no other drummer. BEST DRUM TRACK: "Aja (w/Steely Dan)"
3The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream

JIMMY CHAMBERLIN - This guy is absolutely insane. All of his chops are rudiment- based which makes them sound much more reeled in and groovy. His hands are currently unbeatable in the drumming world (if you watch a live video basically all of his rolls and crazy fast stuff are single strokes) and his signature left-foot groove makes anything sound incredible. BEST DRUM TRACK: "Geek USA"
2Buddy Rich
Rich Versus Roach

BUDDY RICH - probably objectively the best but Bonham is more fun to listen to. This guy's chops were unmatched, and he played blistering solos basically up until the end of his life. His speed, his precision, his style, everything was ridiculous. BEST DRUM TRACK: idk but look up buddy rich drum solo and click the first result, he should look about 8,000 years old in the video and it's terrific.
1Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV

JOHN BONHAM - non-negotiable, this guy was freaking Paul Bunyan with two giant oak trees in his hands. And on top of revolutionizing rock drumming and being the best groover pretty much ever, his drums sound absolutely amazing. Go listen to Moby Dick or When The Levee Breaks and just try to make your drums sound remotely as tight as his. BEST DRUM TRACK: "When The Levee Breaks"
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