Top 20 Rock Drummer Nicknames

Ranking algorithm gives primary weight to the coolness of the nickname and also considers the drummer's influence and fame.

1. John "Jabo" Starks - The JBs (James Brown)

2. Cornelius Ellwood "Neil" (aka. "The Professor" or "Bubba") Peart - Rush

3. Colin Trevor "Cozy Powell" Flooks - Jeff Beck Band, Emerson, Lake & Powell

4. Chris "Whipper" Layton - Double Trouble

5. Brad M. “Bun E. Carlos” Carlson

6. Micael Kiriakos "Mikkey Dee" Delaoglou - Motörhead, The Scorpions

7. Charles "Chuck Biscuits" Montgomery - Danzig, Social Distortion

8. "Ringo" Starkey - The Beatles

9. Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste - The Meters

10.Nicholas Bowen "Topper" Headon

11. Frank Edwin "Tré Cool," Wright III - Green Day

12. James Owen "The Rev" Sullivan - Avenged Sevenfold

13.Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker

14. Eric "Smelly" Sandlin - NOFX

15. John "Bonzo" Bonham - Led Zeppelin

16. Laurence Gordon "Corky" Laing - Mountain

17. Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Steely Dan

18, John Lee "Jaimoe" Johnson - Allman Brothers

19. Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad - Satyricon, 1349

20. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson - The Roots, John Mayer

21. Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey - Parliament Funkadelic
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Looks like a list of boxers.

C. Dave Run

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Metal is full of them. They are stage names rather than nicknames, but they arent given names. No one names their kid Hellhammer, or Inferno, or Equimanthorn.

Pete "The Feet/Commando" Sandoval (Morbid Angel)

Tim "Herb" Alexander (Primus)


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No one names their kid Hellhammer, or Inferno, or Equimanthorn.
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