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Why are people dissing Ringo when he wasn't a Rock drummer but a Pop one?

If you want to mix genres then no-one on that list comes anywhere near the planet that Chris Coleman, Keith Carlock, Omar Hakim, Dave Weckl and a few dozen others I could mention, live on.

Horses for courses! And those records without Ringo would be less interesting. Don't take my word for it....

 

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We all know that there is no 'best' drummer in any genre. There are just drummers with different personalities who stand out as part of bands or music we like.

If I was really going to try and be objective, there's always been one drummer who would be on anyone's go to list for a session or a gig. The guy who just sits on the groove in any style. Steve Gadd. Rock, country, funk or fusion. And of course that opening to '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'.
 

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John Bonham seems to me one of the best examples of this. I mean, I can't stand Led Zeppelin, and Bonham didn't play with anyone else (well he did a little, but not to anything like the same extent as others on the list), so he can only be on this list because Zep fans love Zep.
Well, I think you may be doing him a small disservice.
He was a huge part of their overall sound that's for sure. Not just his playing style which was great for them but also the drum sound on some of the recordings which still stand as a reference for engineers and producers.
 

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Because it's a poll of the "greatest" drummers, which implies that one is among the most extraordinary and outstanding in Rock history. It's not (or shouldn't be) a poll of those that fared okay in the songs they played, were un-extraordinary, and that we have to make concessions for just because of the limited format of the genre they performed in. One wouldn't include the pianist for the band Hansen (Youtube:
) among the likes of Richter, Argerich, Arrau, Pollini, Kempff and Gilels for the title of "greatest pianist" with the concession that "he fared just fine in the pop songs he was performing".
The OP says rock drummer. As I said earlier, if you want to include funk and fusion then Coleman, Carlock, Weckl, Hakim, Gadd, Erskine are better drummers than any on that list by a long way.
 
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