100 Greatest Rock-Skilled-Jazz Drummers

100 Greatest Rock Drummers:

Interesting ranking list + honourable mentions. The criteria is based on - their influence, innovation, originality, and technical ability.

Check: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_drummers.html

100 Most Skilled Drummers:

These drummers were ranked according to their overall skill level, including technical skill, rudimentary knowledge, uniqueness, and command over multiple styles.
(All genres are included. Rock, Jazz, etc.)

Check: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_drum-skill.html

100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances:

These songs demonstrate their drummers talent and ability in creating an outstanding drumming performance. ('Studio' list, then 'Live' list)

Check: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_drumperf.html

100 Greatest Jazz Drummers:

These musicians were chosen for their originality, versatility, impact & influence within the genre. For their innovations & the technical ability for improvisation & musical expression in addition to their compositional skill & creative inspiration.

Check: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_jazz/best_jazzdrum.html
 

Hercules

Senior Member
Some interesting entries there

- nice to at last see Pierre Moerlen's name on one of these lists - and 3 songs from the one album !!
 

get_rad

Member
pretty solid lists there, good to see Topper Headon from the Clash on there, i've always thought he was under-rated. and Moe Carlson from protest the hero as well. Anyone else think it was kind of strange Jojo Mayer was listed as a rock drummer?
 

toddbishop

Platinum Member
Hmmm, this doesn't look good- no Micheal Derosier, Mark Craney, or Andy Newmark; Jim Keltner, Kenny Aronoff, Russ Kunkel and other good people relegated to the "honorable mention" booby-prize list.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
... nice to at last see Pierre Moerlen's name on one of these lists - and 3 songs from the one album !!
Yes, but Downwind was his best IMO and worthy of being MUCH higher up.

Marimba, timpani plus deadly kit playing. The period of music from about 2:50 with Mike Oldfield's solo segueing into Pierre's buzzy drum solo (around 4:15 to a bit after 6 mins) has some real spine tingling moments - especially cool when played LOUD :)

As with any of these lists, I disagree with tons of the entries but that's okay - all good stuff.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
How the hell can Neil Peart & Mike Portnoy rank above Simon Phillips in the multi skilled section. I mean, c'mon!
You already know the answer - they're better known. Brian Blade at #79 of the Most Skilled says it all.

And you'll never see a list that acknowledges the fact that Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine or Bernard Purdie played on more recordings than anyone and shaped the way people hear music.
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
And you'll never see a list that acknowledges the fact that Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine or Bernard Purdie played on more recordings than anyone and shaped the way people hear music.
Or Charlie Watts, possibly the greatest player never to hit the snare & hihats at the same time!
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Or Charlie Watts, possibly the greatest player never to hit the snare & hihats at the same time!
Funny - Ringo is always miles ahead of Charlie in these lists, even though Charlie can play jazz. Apart from Ringo's massive profile, I think the extra imagination and creativity of Ringo and The Beatles generally makes the difference to people. no doubt many are swayed by cool, interesting beats, no matter what the technique. Me too.
 
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