Led Zeppelin: John Bonham Named Greatest Drummer

Led Zeppelin's legendary sticksman tops Rolling Stone reader's poll.

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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.

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    a drummer
    Bonzo was the greatest of all time hands down. but this list could be much better. Seriously, no Danny Carey...
    fetjuel
    Pft. No Buddy Rich? And Ginger Baker is miles better than Bonham. I swear. People are sheep when it comes to "favorite .....". As if the only good musicians were "classic" rock musicians. List needs moar Thomas Pridgen and Tim Alexander.
    fuzzthedog
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: dude neil peart is way better than keith moon
    Dude, I'm a Rush fan and even I know that isn't true. Neil is good, one of the best, but Keith and John are better.
    Nieper
    Wow Neil Peart is better than all of them... and Dave Grohl and Ringo shouldn't have made the top 50... Rolling Stone Magazine sucks
    W4T3V3R
    These polls are all opinion why get so worked up. Makes me lol. I would say Travis Barker > the top 4 to 10. Honestly, i've never hear anyone try so hard to mix genres and beats that well. There is a reason he collaborates with so many artists in the studio and on stage, everyone loves his tight ****in beats. Plus he's got the right style.
    oneblackened
    Ok, maybe it's just me, but Bonzo used the same exact beat on 90% of Zep's songs. He's not that great.
    shredder3386
    maowcat wrote: Gotta Love the butt hurt UG'ersn9inchnails9 wrote: Wow there's a shock... This is getting ridiculous. Every week I see another article about who did the greatest whatever, and it's always the same people. Are these magazines actually taking polls or are they just handing out award after award to Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and John Bonham each time? I mean seriously, I have every Led Zeppelin album and I have to say I can name 5 drummers off the top of my head that are better (sorry but really think about what the title of "greatest drummer ever" really entails). These are just popularity contests conducted and awarded to whoever is popular among kids 15-20 these days (every high school has at least 2 kids a day wearing AC/DC shirts). If you want undisputable proof, why did it take so long for Tom Waits and Alice Cooper (Tom Waits being one of the most brilliant minds in music) to get inducted to the RnR Hall of Fame, yet Ozzy was on his way to the induction ceremony practically as soon he announced he wouldn't be headlining Ozzfest anymore in 2006? We understand how much people respect these classic rock bands but enough's enough already. People are too biased toward bands like that to accept anyone that started making music after 1976. To top that all, more credit is given to the musicians that are dead. I never heard one word about Johnny Cash during the first 3 "American" albums til he recorded that godawful cover of Hurt then bought the farm. Now all of a sudden he's the "greatest songwriter to have ever lived". Here's a thought... conduct a poll for the "supergroup of the century". See if it doesn't come back with Kurt Cobain, John Bonham, Bon Scott and Cliff Burton.... awwww that's cute, your so butthurt about your favourite drummer not getting on the list that you have to write a four paragraph rant on why bonham is overated. Grow up kid. He's an amazing drummer and if anything he doesn't get the respect he deserves, People always rant about how great plant and page are when bonham was the backbone of that band, they would have been know where near as great as they were without him. And what a ****ing joke, dave grohl is so ****ing overated how can he be number four, the man did nothing special on the drums, anyone could have done his job.
    LOL you bitch about "butthurt UG users" but then go on to bash Dave Grohl and try and state your opinion as fact? Good job sir, you have just discovered irony...now kindly gtfo
    monkeysintheday
    Why aren't Buddy Rich and Ginger Baker higher? And this poll seems to have been made by people that never heard of any other drummers, ever. Where's Danny Carey? Where's Thomas Pridgen? Steve Gadd?
    Grohlism
    Why is Ringo Starr above Stewart Copeland? Total brain fart. Nevertheless, a good list.
    MeGaDeth2314
    I hate Rolling Stones lists with a passion. Bill Bruford, Lenny White, Brian Blade, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Kris Myers and Chris Pennie are miles beyond most of these drummers.
    mcarmona05
    oneblackened :Ok, maybe it's just me, but Bonzo used the same exact beat on 90% of Zep's songs. He's not that great. You clearly know nothing abut John Bonham
    flecktowned
    kingkongjaffa wrote: Carter beuford of Dave matthews band
    Finally someone on UG who knows something about druming
    Charlie4
    Man, these lists are pretty lame tbh because it's based on subjectiveness and nothing else. What constitutes the world's greatest drummer in the first place? From a technical point of view it would probably be a jazz drummer such as Dave Weckl etc.
    SmittyMan90
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: dude neil peart is way better than keith moon
    And Bonzo in my opinion
    NHECOS
    John Bonham was great and deserves to be in that list... but the rest of the guys up there... I don't know... What about DANNY CAREY??
    Savage Animal
    no one's said it so far, so.. where's Zach Hill??
    ?ues tlove and Dave Grohl are so generic idk why they would be picked by anyone who knows anything about music
    guy_mtx
    I don't see how it's "news" that John Bonham is considered the greatest drummer of all time?!
    leony03
    Nicko McBrain? Gene Krupa? Mike Portnoy? Tommy Lee? Daniel Adair? Dave McClain? Problem with these lists is its normally people who are in the big bands or have been successful generally but it doesnt make them best drummer. I was half expecting Lars Ulich on this list but i was wrong. Even though Metallica is one of my favourite bands lol
    ndaxe
    Bonham was,is and for always be the best "ROCK" drummer of all time!!End of story folks.
    ndaxe
    John Bonham was is and will forever be the greates "ROCK" drummer,i repeat,"ROCK" of all time,end of story folks!!
    Second Rate
    fuzzthedog wrote: GrungeHippie26 wrote: dude neil peart is way better than keith moon Dude, I'm a Rush fan and even I know that isn't true. Neil is good, one of the best, but Keith and John are better.
    Perhaps in a world where sloppy playing is considered good.
    HowIshotguitar?
    Bonham = greatest because he didn't OVERPLAY. He did what was necessary for the song and didn't just masturbate loudly in the back with his 1337 double kick skilllzzz
    iron_maiden93
    One name, Mark Guiliana. The man's a machine. I ****ing love bonzo though, he's an animal.
    TomWhaley
    n9inchnails9 wrote: Wow there's a shock... This is getting ridiculous. Every week I see another article about who did the greatest whatever, and it's always the same people. Are these magazines actually taking polls or are they just handing out award after award to Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and John Bonham each time? I mean seriously, I have every Led Zeppelin album and I have to say I can name 5 drummers off the top of my head that are better (sorry but really think about what the title of "greatest drummer ever" really entails). These are just popularity contests conducted and awarded to whoever is popular among kids 15-20 these days (every high school has at least 2 kids a day wearing AC/DC shirts). If you want undisputable proof, why did it take so long for Tom Waits and Alice Cooper (Tom Waits being one of the most brilliant minds in music) to get inducted to the RnR Hall of Fame, yet Ozzy was on his way to the induction ceremony practically as soon he announced he wouldn't be headlining Ozzfest anymore in 2006? We understand how much people respect these classic rock bands but enough's enough already. People are too biased toward bands like that to accept anyone that started making music after 1976. To top that all, more credit is given to the musicians that are dead. I never heard one word about Johnny Cash during the first 3 "American" albums til he recorded that godawful cover of Hurt then bought the farm. Now all of a sudden he's the "greatest songwriter to have ever lived". Here's a thought... conduct a poll for the "supergroup of the century". See if it doesn't come back with Kurt Cobain, John Bonham, Bon Scott and Cliff Burton....
    Completely agree. These lists are always extremely biased towards the classics. It's time to move on
    juggalomorkia
    metallica-#1 wrote: Gene Hoglan anyone?
    F*** Yea the guy is awesome, double bass is crazy and he's just great to listen to
    Timothy O.
    who cares? give me five good reasons why this list actually matters. everyone is bound to have a different opinion, is it really the end of the world if a magazine that names the Jonas Brother's third albums as one of the "greatest things to happen to power rock in decades" publishes a list we might disagree with?
    THEdevilYOUknow
    guitarman052 wrote: sheriff_nein wrote: What? Garth Algar isnt on this list? this is shit! Ha, +1 Wait, but what about his alter-ego, Dana Carvey?
    But what about John C Reilley? Boats and Hoes!
    David_VI
    Gavin Harrison should be on there somewhere. He is too good but doesn't really show off as its things you wouldn't really notice.. subtle things but subtle things that are incredbly amazing and hard but work so well.
    Emenius Sleepus
    Obviously there were no good drummers out of all the people that played drums 40 odd years after Bonham. None at all.
    cargath
    No surprise. People always vote for Zeppelin. Yeah, they are good, but i'll never get why they are generally considered best rock band of all time. I really like Led Zeppelin, but they are the most overrated band ever, and each of their members is the most overrated musician at his instrument ever.
    Celt64
    Bonham, no question. But Danny Carey not in the top ten? Carey is a beast on the skins. I have yet to find a drummer that can correctly play any of his stuff from begining to end. I honestly doubt that anyone on the top ten would deny his skill. I challenge anyone to find a drummer willing to do his stuff and be able to really pull it off.
    Megadethfan245
    cargath wrote: No surprise. People always vote for Zeppelin. Yeah, they are good, but i'll never get why they are generally considered best rock band of all time. I really like Led Zeppelin, but they are the most overrated band ever, and each of their members is the most overrated musician at his instrument ever.
    so my friend, that would be Metallica
    cargath
    Megadethfan245 wrote: cargath wrote: No surprise. People always vote for Zeppelin. Yeah, they are good, but i'll never get why they are generally considered best rock band of all time. I really like Led Zeppelin, but they are the most overrated band ever, and each of their members is the most overrated musician at his instrument ever. so my friend, that would be Metallica
    How is Lars Ulrich overrated? I only see him getting bashed everywhere i look. Same with Kirk.