Rolling Stone Magazine has put out it’s 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time list. Whether it’s drummers, singers, guitar players or juice harp wailers, these ‘Top 100’ lists are always ridiculous, and always bring out scores of contempt and criticism. Usually the common theme is “there’s no way that guy beats (insert drummer’s name here).” But even after all of the keyboard warriors and armchair cynics have had their time to spout off, there is one thing that’s great about lists like these.
If you’re open to it, they’ll open your eyes and expose you to some new talent and sounds that you’ve either a) never heard before, or b) never really paid attention to before.
I’m a drummer, and even glazing over this list briefly has me excited to geek out with some Youtube videos, hopefully finding the next songs that are going to be in my constant rotation. Take a look at just a couple of the guys that the list has exposed me to at a quick glance:
#100 Christian Vander
#72 James ‘Diamond’ Williams
#49 Vinnie Colaiuta
Now of course, you’re going to find your Neil Pearts, and your Danny Careys, and your Ringo Starrs on the list. But if you’ve got some time, do some digging with the guys you’ve never heard, and you might just discover something you can’t put down.