In every band, might it be a pop band, a Rock, Jazz, Blues, Reggae or even other rhythms, every instrument has its own place, a role to play in order to make the music perfect, now drummers have a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders, because they basically set the tempos and rhythms for the whole band. Let’s see who we consider being worthy of the top 3 best drummers in the world.
This list is not intended as a ranking, but more like an acknowledgment to all of those people who have changed the course of music history through their performances, skills, songs and overall attitude towards music and music history.
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
He grew up on Long Island, New York and his interest in music developed from an early age. He was a member of the world-famous American band until 2010 when he started an independent project. Portnoy has won at least 23 awards. One of the things that makes him so special is that he uses a gigantic kit called ‘The Siamese Monster’. He is considered a living legend.
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
The list is followed by the late drummer from Led Zeppelin, who is stated by many to have forever changed the percussion in rock with Led Zeppelin’s first album of his band, according to the publication, his beats, his performances, will keep Bonham’s legacy alive forever, may he rest in peace.
Keith Moon (The Who)
Keith Moon AKA Moon the Loon was the eccentric and emblematic drummer from The Who. Known widely for his excesses, for his technique and his anarchy, he felt at ease behind a gigantic battery full of toms and with a double bass drum. The drumming of toms and cymbals were one of his hallmarks.
Travis Barker (Blink 182)
The member of the Blink 182 pop-punk band, Travis Barker is a fast and energetic drummer, also known for his peculiar appearance: tattoos all over his body and a Mohican crest that has accompanied him for a long time. His mother bought him his first drummer when he was only 4 years old, and Travis Barker started his first music lessons with a jazz teacher.
Joey Jordison (Slipknot, Metallica, Korn, Rob Zombie)
Metal drummer playing currently with Slipknot, Jordison is for many the best drummer in the world. He has also played in legendary bands such as Metallica, Korn or Rob Zombie, quite a career for a man from Des Moines, Iowa.
He is known for being Slipknot’s number 1 because he is the first to enter the scene. He carries all the weight of the songs upon his shoulders, because, even if the guitarist and the bass player stop playing, the drums never stop.
Once, a journalist asked him what he thought of this "first place" and he modestly replied that the ‘title’ reminded him that he had to work even harder to be able to stay as number 1 and in a very humble way, he reminds rock stars that they are people, before celebrities. His talent and power have made him one of the best drummers in history.