The 100 Greatest Drummers in Alt-Rock

Spin must be hurting for page views, so they’ve created a slide show of their choices of the best drummers in alt-rock.

Problem is that they couldn’t even come up with 100 drummers.  Sheila E?  An alt-rock drummer? (See #59). Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood of Parliament/Funkadelic? (#26).  

And no guesses where Dave Grohl finishes.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “The 100 Greatest Drummers in Alt-Rock

  • May 23, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I've always thought Dave Lovering was a criminally underrated aspect of what made the Pixies the Pixies.

  • May 23, 2013 at 3:15 am

    If Spin wanted to list alt-rock drummers… Jon Theodore should be in the top 10 and they should have gone with 50 or 75 if they couldn't keep the whole 100 to alt-rock.

  • May 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    If we are talking about Alt-Rock drummers how can leave names like Larry Mullen Jr. or (and here is my Canadian pride coming in to play) Neil Peart of RUSH or even Jeremy Taggart from OLP. But the one that really surprised me was the Spin (the magazine that knows what's cool these days) left Matt Greiner of August Burns Red off the list, who in my opinion is the best drummer in music today. Shameful list…

  • June 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    They have Dave Lombardo from Slayer at #11?? First of all, Slayer is nowhere close to alt-rock, and if he's on the list, he should be top 5 or #1.

    Jimmy Chamberlain should have been higher.

    Sheila E? Wow.


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