Wednesday Question: Best Rhythm Section?

You wanted it, you got it! Which pair delivers the best groove?

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As voted by you, beloved UG community, this week's Wednesday Question will focus on drums and bass.

So we already got to crown the best drummer and the best bassline in rock, but we never got to combining the two and reach the matter of all-time best rhythm duo. Therefore, this week's Wednesday Question is:

What is the best rhythm section ever?

To make everything clear, we're not pairing up bassists and drummers from different bands, we're looking for a specific duo from one group. Plenty to chose from here, but only one pair can make it to No. 1.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG Top 10. May the best groovers win!

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    Bill Ward and Geezer Butler
    Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey
    Les Claypool and Tim Alexander
    Bill Bruford and Tony Levin
    Not sure if anyone has said this yet. Jose Pasillas and Dirk Lance from Incubus. The tightness in the grooves on SCIENCE are unbelieveable
    Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, just look at all those time changes
    Just listen to YYZ, and they win
    Flea and Chad Smith
    Flea, Chad Smith, and John Frusciante. You can't just separate them and say just Flea and Chad Smith. They were a true rhythm trio, and were a perfect unit together. Their epic live improvisations just show how synced all 3 of them were together, always in the groove together.
    Yes! On an alt.rock note, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard I find incredibly underrated... Not the best ever but definitely a worthy mention.
    And the stuff that Tony Kanal and Adrian Young from No Doubt do on their earlier stuff. The self titled album and 'Tragic Kingdom' are a masterclass in superb rhythm sectionism.
    Danjo's Guitar
    I was gonna be sad if this wasn't one of the higher up comments. But I know theres a lot of chilis fans on here, so I'm sure they'll place well.
    YES! anybody who disagrees don't know sh*t about REAL sh*t!
    I disagree - They're insanely great, not a shred of doubt about that, but they're not THE best in my opinion. I prefer the raw power and groove of say Tim Commerford and Bradwilk if we have to talk in a (sort of) similar musical style. Then again, that's just music for you - Through and through subjective.