Rolling Stone Releases List of Top 100 Drummers

Neil Peart isn't number one on the list

Rolling Stone is stirring the pot with their new list of top 100 drummers.

Here are some brief spoilers for those of you that are interested. Neil Peart didn’t take the number one spot, Meg White and Travis Barker made the bottom of the list, Ringo Starr is in at 12th, Dave Grohl is at 25th and Chad Smith is at 64th (with no Will Ferrell to be seen).

Rolling Stone said:

“One important caveat: we used rock and pop as our rubric, so a drummer’s work needed to directly impact that world (as we define it, of course) to make the list. This meant leaving out dozens of essential jazz artists such as Max Roach and Roy Haynes, whose innovations inspired many of the players you’ll read about below.”

Listed below are the top 20, you can check out the full list at Rolling Stone.

20. Bernard Purdie
19. Tony Williams, Miles Davis
18. Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, The Meters
17. Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa
16. Bill Bruford, Yes and King Crimson
15. Buddy Rich
14. Ringo Starr, The Beatles
13. D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley
12. Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones
11. Benny Benjamin, The Funk Brothers
10. Stewart Copeland, The Police
09. Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. & the MG’s
08. Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix Experience
07. Gene Krupa
06. Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks
05. Hal Blaine
04. Neil Peart, RUSH
03. Ginger Baker, Cream
02. Keith Moon, The Who
01. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin

(Photo courtesy of Keith Moon via Facebook)