Wednesday Question: Greatest Singing Drummer of All Time

Who's the best drummer/vocalist out there?

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Singing Drummer of All Time

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you lovely people to think about all the drummers who also sing lead vocals in their respective bands, and answer this:

Who's the best singing drummer of all time?


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    Phil Collins
    I can't believe that Phil has a higher vocal range than Peter's It was hilarious when I read that.
    Has to be the winner. Actually, most people would probably think of him as a drumming singer, not the other way around.
    You're actually WRONG. Phil is great as both a drummer, singer and songwriter. Even if he went far from his jazz drumming to a more motown sound
    I agree, that's not what I was trying to say. It's just that so many more people know him as a singer. So maybe he is mainly acknowledged for that. I myself enjoy his drumming way more than his singing.
    I don't think there's a better answer. Amazing soaring tenor with complex proggy drumlines that also exceeds at pop and synthpop? Yes please. 
    Roger Taylor
    What's the standard for a gold comment award? By my count there are three other comments with much higher votes than this one.
    I am totally guessing but that the gold comment is awarded by a person, not automatically, so as the votes change, the comment should be updated. But it's not always. Nothing to lose any sleep over.
    Brann Dailor of course.
    *comes in to write Brann Dailor* *Sees Brann Dailor is the first comment* Well done! Seriously, he's amazing, not only in his ability to play like an incredibly good nutcase and sing pretty high simultaneously - "The Motherload" - But also his ear for excellent melodies (Word To The Fucking Wise)
    Lord knows Brann isn't flawless live, his voice goes flat, he's out of breath etc But he deserves to be here because god damn, he refuses to compromise and never half arses it. I don't know of another drummer that plays as complex while singing and pulls it off as well as Brann. The man is basically doing a marathon every night and then singing on top of it, so even if his voice isn't the best, he deserves to be here purely for the guts and commitment it takes to do that!
    Im going to see Mastodon live first time this weekend so beside youtube videos i honestly have no idea how good/bad it's gonna be live. I have seen live videos were Troy takes his vocal duties on certain songs though. Still doesn't make Brann less of a madman.
    Brann performs all his parts live usually - at the start of the Emperor of Sand tour he got quite sick so Troy took over his more difficult vocal parts for a few nights. And then the whole band got sick so for a couple of days they sounded meh. But I assure you they're an incredible live band these days (even Brent sings kinda well live now)
    You will not be disappointed...I saw them on this tour and they were incredible. There was no bullshit and they just rocked you song after song and sounded damn good doing it.  Youtube videos rarely do bands justice and Mastodon is a serious example of that.  Have a great show!
    Don Henley
    He's a dick
    That doesn't exactly mean he's not a good singing drummer though ...
    Well, that's not what the question is about.  P.S. The "Post a comment" button doesn't work on mobile. Just refreshes the page. 
    Levon Helm of The Band 
    Let's see if this reply will post. He grew up about 2 hours from where I live. See, Arkansas ain't all that bad.
    Karen Carpenter
    Why did I have to scroll so far to see this! She's not rock and she's not a fantastic drummer but those were not requirements in this contest. No one sings like Karen Carpenter. That being said, I don't like the Carpenters
    Taylor Hawkins
    Came in here to nominate him; first one that came to my mind, I freaking LOVE his vocals on Have A Cigar!
    Gil Moore (Triumph)
    He may not be getting the votes but Gil Moore is easily the best singer on this list. Triumph was a vocal powerhouse between Gil and Rik Emmet... The Allied Forces tour was one of the best shows I have ever seen and their performance at the Us Festival just killed.. 
    Dave Grohl
    He is not the drummer in the band he sings lead vocals in.
    He recorded all the instruments on the Foo Fighters first album, and he has some vocal work on the Them Crooked Vultures album
    Buddy Miles
    It would be a serious oversight if Buddy Miles isn't on the list. He's fucking fantastic. I had never heard much music of that style before. I was in Toronto one day and was told I had to check out Kop's Record Store. I go in and it's a god damn vinyl library. I spent hours picking out records. I go to walk back downstairs and check out, and I hear some amazing music that happened to be Grand Funk Railroad's "On Time." I thought it was super groovy, I was pretty captivated, so I put back some records to get it. Then I go downstairs and Buddy Miles "Live" is playing and I was just awestruck. He was an exceptional talent and his music was so emotional. Whether it was meant to make you move or cry, it evoked a strong response. 
    Anderson .Paak
    Oh shit, I didn't know he drummed. His drumming and singing is tight as fuck. 
    This guy is unreal for his dynamics, pocket and flow while he sings. Incredible independence. Phil Collins might be the greatest so far but Anderson .Paak may be the best in terms of technique.
    Aaron Gillespie - Underoath
    He is so good, because he is not just a backup singer like a lot of the other nominations, he is the lead singer. 
    Sebastien Grainger - Death From Above 1979
    This was going to be my addition. His combination of melodic gritty vocals over groovy drum beats are heard nowhere else in the history of music. First thoughts were Collins, Dailor, Grainger, Henley.. wtf Henley's not nominated yet?! I'm taking him. 
    Jen Ledger (Skillet) Not a fan but I think she should be mentioned
    Jen is a terrific drummer. She hits hard, has a ton of energy up on stage every night, and always keeps a smile on her face while performing. It's been a while since they've used it, but for a while she was doing all that playing and singing all while the platform the drumset was on rotated around on stage.
    EASILY Levon Helm of the Band. Such a unique voice that dude can sing me the phone book any day.
    Sebastian Granger - death from Above 1979
    Came here looking for kickass Sebas... Death From Above was by far the most energetic live show Iv been too... and Iv see a few... 
    Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth)
    Without a doubt. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't ever been to their show...and should remedy that at the first opportunity.
     Léo Margarit is a killer singer when given the opportunity
    Singing drummer? He might not be known as drummer before he was popular but I got my vote for Marvin Gaye.