Say it ain’t so. Rolling Stone magazine has posted its top 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time list. Its team has put together the magazine’s definitive list of the greatest stickmen in musical history.
Where as we agree with most of the magazine’s rankings, we have a few bones of contention such as Dave Grohl not being in the top 10, really? And with Larry Mullen Jr. just about squeezing in at Number 96, this is surely a crime?
In compiling the list, the magazine “valued nuance and musicality over chops and flash, celebrating players who knew the value of aiding a great song more than hogging up a show with a silly solo.” That said, Larry Mullen Jr. certainly knows how to hold a song together with impeccable timing and less flash than most, and he barely made it.
There is no dispute here with regards to the number one spot with Led Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham topping the list. And then there’s The Who’s Keith Moon and Cream’s Ginger Baker who were both phenomenal drummers, so if Dave Grohl could take one spot in the top 10, then we would suggest he take Rush drummer Neil Peart’s number 5 position. Peart is without doubt an amazing drummer but if there were anyone on the list that could be accused of “hogging up” a song it would be him.
Further, with Dave Grohl creeping in at a modest ranking of Number 27, and ultimate back beat drummer (no flash here) Ringo Starr getting a Number 14, here at Rock My World, we beg to disagree.
Grohl showed time and time again when holding down the explosive three-piece Nirvana that his timing and fills held up against any of rock’s greatest.
Would Dave Grohl make your top 10 list? Let us know what and why.
Here is Rolling Stone’s top 25, and you can check out the full list by clicking here
25. Earl Palmer, Little Richard
24. Steve Gadd
23. Elvin Jones, John Coltrane Quartet
22. Levon Helm, The Band
21. Ian Paice, Deep Purple
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
Photos: Dean Chalkley. Ed Miles/NME.