The Best Singing Drummers

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List Criteria: Rank the list based on their singing prowess, not their drumming skills.

Prepare to be impressed by this list of drummers who also sing. These musicians are both notable as capable drummers and as vocalists. Many of them performed in both roles in a single band, including Ringo Starr (who did vocals and drums on The Beatles' "Octopus Garden" and "Yellow Submarine," among others) and Karen Carpenter. Other singing drummers became notable for their vocal skills only after parting ways with their former band, as is the case with Dave Grohl. Initially known primarily as the drummers for iconic grunge band Nirvana, he stepped out from behind the drum kit to serve as the frontman and lead singer for his follow-up project, Foo Fighters.

Drummers are often the least visible, famous members of a large, popular rock band, making the number of great percussionists who have proven themselves to be great singers rather low. (The number dwindled even further on April 19, 2012, when the world lost the legendary Band drummer Levon Helm.) Vote for your favorite drummer/vocalists, and if you can think of any that haven't made the cut, add them at the bottom of the page.
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    Phil Collins 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

    most listed & added by rockboy
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Don Henley 
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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    Dave Grohl 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Karen Carpenter 
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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Levon Helm 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ringo Starr 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Pop music, Rock music, World music

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    Micky Dolenz 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Sheila E. 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Roger Meddows Taylor 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Peter Criss 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal

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    Stewart Copeland 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singing Drummers


    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Alternative rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Metalcore  

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    Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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    George Grantham 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    George Grantham

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    Aaron Gillipsie 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Aaron Gillipsie

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    Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Michael Diamond 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Michael Diamond

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Meg White 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Meg White

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    Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Blues

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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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    Larrivee

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    Rock music, Christian rock, Alternative metal

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Dan Beehler 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singing Drummers


    Dan Beehler Heavy metal

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    Kelly Keagy 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singing Drummers

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    Kelly Keagy

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    Rock music, Hard rock GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Sang Are you ready, High On a Horse, I Can Feel Him In The Morning, We're An American Band, Shinin' On, Take Me, Walk Like A Man, Some Kid Of Wonderful, etc., 

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    Indie rock

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    Progressive metal, Groove metal, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Celtic music

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock

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    Garage rock, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Alternative rock, Post-hardcore

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    Rock music

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    Jimmy Marinos

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    Post-metal, Electronic body music, Industrial metal Frontman for the German Industrial band Oomph! out of Wolfsburg, Germany.

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