Led Zeppelin's legendary sticksman tops Rolling Stone reader's poll.
The reader poll, conducted last week, saw Bonzo top the chart ahead of The Who's Keith Moon and Rush's Neil Peart.
Other drummers to appear in the top ten include Cream's Ginger Baker and Santana's Michael Shrieve.
Here's the top ten:
01. John Bonham 02. Keith Moon 03. Neil Peart 04. Dave Grohl 05. Ringo Starr 06. Buddy Rich 07. Stewart Copeland 08. ?uestlove 09. Ginger Baker 10. Michael Shrieve
Led Zeppelin band mate John Paul Jones said that Bonham's talent on the drums was easy to spot, and that from the first time he watched him play he was convinced about his skills.
"Thirty seconds," he claimed. "The first thing we ever played together, the first time we met was in a rehearsal studio in Lyle street in London and we played a thing called A Train Kept a Rolling, which was a Yardbirds song, and as soon as we started, by about the fourth bar I realised this is going to be great, this is a great drummer."
Jones also praised Bonham's style. "He plays behind the beat or in front of the beat depending on what it needs, what the beat needs, most drummers can only play on the beat if they're lucky, but he could move it around which takes a good bit of skill and musical awareness to know that it needs to be moved around," he added.
Bonham has continued to be a major influence for a number of successful artists, with rock drummers such as Tony Thompson, Tommy Lee, Peter Criss, Stewart Copeland and Chad Smith all citing him as an inspiration.
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters once described him as being the "greatest drummer of all time" and it is likely that he will continue to encourage new generations of drummers for years to come.
Thanks for the report to PlanetRock.com.