Rolling Stone has published their list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time, and it’s inspired me to spotlight some of the great drummers that never seem to make the top spots on such lists.
In no particular order, here are ten underrated drummers:
1. Nick Mason
Pink Floyd’s drummer proved that the value of giving the right amount of space cannot be overestimated.
2. Matt Cameron
Rocks with Pearl Jam at their hardest and softest, and has proven with Soundgarden that he can more than handle some non-standard time signatures.
3. Carlton Barrett
The man who put the distinctive groove in Bob Marley and the Wailers’ music. Popularized the one drop rhythm.
4. Charlie Watts
The Rolling Stones drummer is as reliable as he is unenthused.
5. Michael Shrieve
Drummed on Santana’s first eight albums, fusing jazz and latin rock.
6. Topper Headon
The energetic backbone of The Clash on albums including London Calling.
7. Kenneth Schalk
As a member of Candiria, he more than just holds it down as songs jump from metal to mathcore to jazz to hip hop.
8. Carter Beauford
The Dave Matthews Band drummer shines in several genres, and sings backup, at that.
9. Bill Ward
The jazz influence that Ward brought to his drumming is one thing that set Black Sabbath apart from other hard rock bands.
10. Ringo Starr
Seems to know just what a song needs, and he’s creative. So, enough with the jokes already. He was a Beatle and you weren’t.\
Who else could go on this list? Please tell us in the comments.