As the wife of Santana, there has to be a certain level of musicality that’s within Cindy Blackman. Her instrument of choice? Well, percussion! The American jazz and rock drummer has recorded many jazz albums and has performed with the likes of Buckethead, Lenny Kravitz, and Joss Stone.
In modern times, she remains among some of the greatest drummers with her great technical gift and her imagination. Fun fact: she first met her husband Santana when she was touring with Lenny Kravitz in Europe.
Kicking off the list with one of the best-known drummers (and rockers) on the planet, Mr. Dave Grohl! The man has some great skill and a very impressive portfolio - starting with Nirvana and then, of course, in the 90s, becoming the frontman for the Foo Fighters.
Who would’ve thought the badass drummer would’ve had some vocal chops too? As a child, Grohl’s family couldn’t afford to pay for a drumming teacher, and he cites the band Rush as his teacher - he used to play on pillows with heavy sticks!
Ah, yes, the Catman! One of our personal favorites is Peter Criss, from the legendary supergroup KISS. He also had a great voice and occasionally lent his vocals to the band. “Shock Me” is the track with one of our favorite drum solos.
While there is some contention as to how good of a drummer Criss actually is, there’s no doubt that he helped KISS as the backbone of their band with his Ludwig drum kit. Of course, later on, he switched over to Pearl. We love you, Peter!
Considered one of the best technical drummers of all time, Peart is renowned for being meticulous with his timing and for hitting hard! The drummer of the band Rush we already know how big of an influence his drumming has been - especially after Rush was the band that Grohl listened to for his drum lessons!
The band chose Peart because he reminded them of Keith Moon of the iconic band The Who! He’s known for his style and for his massive drum kit!
The man who consistently tops the list as the number-one drummer of all time is none other than John Bonham. The drummer for iconic British rock band Led Zeppelin is undoubtedly one of the greatest, if not THE greatest. Known best for his instincts and ability to feel “groove,” this was shown in his speed, fast-kick drumming, as well as the ability to hit and hit hard!
The self-taught drummer tried emulating other fantastic drummers (think Buddy Rich and Max Roach). One of our favorite drumming solos is in the track “Good Times Bad Times.”