Neil Peart Voted Greatest Drummer of All Time

Rush drum master crushes John Bonham in the finals, full showdown inside.

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Rush drum master Neil Peart has been crowned the greatest drummer of all time in a recent fan vote over on Consequence of Sound.

Throughout the playoff, Neil has triumphed over Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who's Keith Moon, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, finally meeting late John Bonham in the finals.

Crushing the Led Zeppelin drummer with 87% to 13%, Neil has easily claimed the No. 1 title.

As for Bonzo, the second finalist went up against Bill Bruford, Buddy Rich and Tool's Danny Carrey in the semi-finals.

Among other notable figures, Dave Grohl dropped out against Portnoy in the second round, while Ringo Starr and Ginger Baker didn't even make it through the first round. Check out the full competition below.

Make sure to also check out Neil's rockin' solo in the embedded video and share your thoughts on this one - is Mr. Peart truly the greatest drummer of all time?

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    No real argument there. Peart is one of a kind.
    I think everyone forgot about Meg White...
    Dave Lombardo anyone???
    Peart is the best.It would have been nice to see Jimmy Chamberlain advance further.No complaints from me.
    Grohl won over Ginger Baker?... Obviously the kids who voted for this don't know who Ginger is.
    Ginger Baker is a great f***ing drummer. Unfortunately he's such a giant @ssh*le that it completely overshadows his drumming, for me.
    Dave Grohl is awesome but he shouldn't be mentioned in best drummer lists... I mean cmon. There is no Dave Lombardo on that list. What makes Dave Grohl better than Dave Lombardo?
    Kind of ridiculous, even if this was for fun. But Ringo vs Portnoy? That's hilarious. It's like saying Darth Maul is stronger than Aragorn or something...different realms of music and style.
    No, Portnoy is objectively better in every measurable way than Starr. He can play in Starr'ssimple pop style better than he can, and has a handle on every other style too.
    But I think the point was why they were even put against each other in the first place. They are so different. And of course Portnoy is technically a lot better. Ringo vs Mitch Mitchell or somebody else would have been a lot more realistic comparison. Actually I would have put Portnoy and Neil against each other in the beginning because they are both prog drummers.
    inb4 UGers start bashing Portnoy for beating Dave Grohl.
    big muff pedal
    Ha, I actually don't like Dream Theater but there is no doubt Portnoy is leagues ahead of Dave Grohl technically speaking.
    I'll probably get downvoted to all hell for this, but I don't think Bonham should have beaten Danny Carey. Bonham was a pioneer, but Carey's technical and creative skill is unparalleled (except for perhaps Peart )
    because it's about the whole package, Carey might be more Technical, but Bonham has soul and passion and he sound mind Blowing (not saying Carey doesn't)If you compare Techniques, Steve Vai should be NÂș1 Guitar player ever, But Hendrix had that something extra even thou he didn't had any technique at all.
    100% agree. Music isn't about technique. I think there are even more technical guitarists than Steve Vai. But I just don't enjoy listening to them. I don't get these "best drummer/guitarist/whatever" lists. What does it mean? Technically the best, has the "best" style, sells the most records or just is your favorite drummer? Music is about style and different people like different styles. Technique is not about opinions but great technique doesn't always mean great playing.
    Nope. I'd agree with you fully. I like Bonham, but his technique and style are only good for the age he was in. The trouble with people is they don't think contemporary.
    I've seen both Danny Carey and Neil Peart in concert. Danny Carey is the all around greatest drummer I've ever seen. Neil Peart is about on the same level but I give the edge to Carey. Just my opinion from my own personal experience.
    I saw Tool a few years back and watched Carey almost the whole time. He blew me away. His sound is so much better than the muted crap out there these days. No pillow in Carey's kick drum.
    Peart and Bonham have soul in their playing. Carrey sounds like a robot. No offense, only my opinion.
    That's true. Any drumming from the past 15 years or so sounds really fake and robotic because of the Eqing, Quantization,extreme compression, etc.
    Neil Peart is the best but having Dave Grohl beat Ginger Baker just proves this list is bullshit.
    Thank God it was a poll. John Bonham beating Bill Bruford AND Buddy Rich is simply atrocious.
    Bill Bruford is the king.
    Who is Bill Bruford? I've honestly never heard of em.
    Drummer for Yes from 1968 to 1972, King Crimson in the classic trilogy line-up, the 80s, and most of the 90's? Listen to Yes's Fragile and King Crimson's Discipline when you get the chance. Fantastic drumming, comparable to Peart - if not better.
    Also listen to One More Red Nightmare and Starless by King Crimson.
    he died too young though, so therefore he's better than technically talented drummers, that's how it works.
    The Rev is good, but I'm a huge a7x fan and I would not put him as a top 20 drummer even. As far as his own genre, he is one of the best though.
    Axeman Eugene
    I can't understand how Pink Floyd's Nick Mason is almost never featured on these drummer polls. I'm not saying he should win, but he deserved a spot on the list, without a doubt...
    Come on. Keith moon at least should be in the top four.
    He shouldn't even have beaten Gavin Harrison to be fair.
    Or to be precise, how the **** was Gavin Harrison not in the semifinals AT LEAST. He's absolutely and incredibly versatile and I have never ever heard a drummer that can make any riff this sophisticated and interesting. Just listen to his work with Porcupine Tree, especially Fear of a Blank Planet. But yeah, he hasn't started in the '70s so he's screwed in such polls, right.
    Buddy rich should have won that in a landslide
    I've seen some videos of Buddy Rich's drumming. It is one of the most mind blowing things that I've ever seen. There are a lot of incredible drummers out there though that aren't even mentioned in the bracket. I would have loved to have seen Billy Cobham or Tomas Haake in there as well.
    Yep, Peart is the greatest. He is one of the only people who can tell a story with the drums, while still being ridiculously technical. (Portnoy comes close in that regard)
    Carl Palmer nuff said
    Fuck yeah! The pairings were so odd by the way, Ringo vs Portnoy??? And Gavin Harrison is much better than Moon, but we all know how Moon bashed his drum kit.
    I agree with Peart, his drum set is insane. If you see him live, you would understand. As far as the other canidates, it seems like a popularity contest. Not saying they are all not talented drummers. Also, I am going to be "that" guy, where is Brann Dailor from Mastodon? Furthermore, everybody needs to get off the Grohl train. He doesn't deserve to be that far up the list.
    Most under-rated drummer in my opinion is Rob Affuso (Skid Row).
    Lol, buddy rich runs circles around all of those. Shame he didn't win, people don't know "fine cuisine" no mo'.
    Not even close. Most popular? Sure. Successful? Maybe. No where near the best.
    It's a shame that Zach Hill wasn't on the poll. Seriously, he's ridiculously good. Check out his work with Hella and Death Grips, if you haven't already.
    I'm surprised everyone has forgotten about Buddy Rich, this is truly heart wrenching, RIP Buddy, the true greatest drummer of all time.
    Herb alexander from primus! gets overshadowed by les claypool but he's a phenomenal drummer. His cymbal work is insane!
    Everyone in Primus gets overshadowed by Claypool, all the musicians (past & present) in that band are phenomenal.
    Buddy Rich is the best on this list by a mile, and I'm saying this as someone who regularly listens to Rush.
    Travis Orbin... The dude is creative, solid, and has the chops to boot. Unfortunately he's modern talent, so he was disregarded.I'd also like to mention Matt Halpern of Periphery who is awesome, and Abe Cunningham of Deftones and Chad Smith for being the best pocket drummers in rock music.
    Dave over Ginger? Eh.... It was a pill so I can't argue but all I can say is that's not what my personal bracket would have looked like
    Once you start comparing Peart to Carey and Portnoy etc. It's all pretty subjective as to who is the best. No idea why Grohl was even on the list, don't get me wrong he's a great guy and a great drummer but pretty much everyone on that list is a heck of a lot more talented.
    I love Dave Grohl but by his own admission he isn't even the best drummer in the Foo Fighters.
    C'mon - Blake Richardson and Danny Carey could run laps around this guy. Neil is amazing though.
    where's The Rev, Mike Mangini and Nick Menza?
    It's a shame there are so many A7x fanboys who make other people hate the Rev- cause he was really a sick drummer
    The Rev was really good. I think his drumming in CoE was unmatched in any other albums he was alive for.
    All this stuff about a musician being better than another one... oh, wait! We're talking about drummers. All this stuff about a drummer being better than another one is just bullshit. I doubt Neil can do this:
    You can't even compare whoever the hell this guy is with Peart. The styles of music they play aren't really similar at all. In my opinion, this guy just sounds like a robot. I'd like to see him play a simple beat without any flourishes.
    That's what I'm talking! Neil can't do this, and this guy can't do what Neil does. All this "(insert name here) is better" is completely bullshit.
    The bass drums sound like poo but you have to admire the shear physicality.
    There's no question about Top 4... But WHY on earth are Ringo Starr and Phill Collins there?? Chris Adler should be up there too!!
    Phil is actually a really good drummer. I love the police but I prefer Collins over Copeland.