Creating a list of the best Rock drummers of all time is almost like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. Each has their own unique abilities, quirks, and surprises that truly give us a look into the many facets of their style.
Narrowing it down to just seven is almost impossible. So, we're offering up this roster as a tribute to the steady backbones of the past and present who continue to inspire countless obsessive musicians to this day.
Charlie Watts - The Rolling Stones
The late Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones in 1963, once his salary was agreed to as he had already established himself as a paid musician by that time, finally appearing on stage with the band in February of that year. Known as the "steadiest hand in Rock," Watts had been the sinuous spine of the greatest rock and roll band in the world for almost 60 years. Upon his passing in 2021 each member of the Stones, as well as numerous other fellow artists, offered their tributes to "the ultimate drummer."
For a close-up look at Charlie's atomic clock timing and unique traditional style, check out the drum cam footage of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" above.
John Bonham - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's late beat master John Bonham was one of the fastest-footed drummers to ever step behind the set. Best known for his wild style and lightning-quick triplet technique, which is still the stuff of Rock legend, as there are more than a few tutorials available to help students along their way.
Bonham, always at the top of any "Best Drummers" list, will forever be enshrined in the Halls of Rock.
Eric Moore II - Suicidal Tendencies, etc...
Being a drummer myself, I had to add my own personal favorite, He's one of the hardest-working artists in the game, getting his start at just 4-years-old, the California native has worked with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves, Sly and the Family Stone, Bobby Brown, international sensation Eros Ramazzotti, and countless others. Eric Moore II is one of those drummers who simply mesmerizes anyone who gets a chance to witness, inspiring drummers all over the world with his incredible style.
Neil Peart - RUSH
While Canadian Prog-rockers RUSH continue to inspire musicians of all ages, the loss of famed drummer Neil Peart in 2020 after battling brain cancer delivered a devastating shock to the Rock world. Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Neil inspired countless artists to truly study and perfect their crafts.
Although guitarist Alex Lifeson has said the band will never exist again and had been struggling to find his own inspiration after Peart's passing, fans can still experience the wonder of Neil's playing on every RUSH release (check out some isolated recordings). While you're at it, watch Peart's last recorded drum solo here.