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Buddy Rich
Neil Peart
John Bonham
Steve Gadd
Ringo Starr
Keith Moon
Carl Palmer
Gene Krupa
Max Roach
Elvin Jones
Ginger Baker
Billy Cobham
Stewart Copeland
Dennis Chambers
Jaki Leibezeit
Terry Bozzio
Bill Bruford
Hal Blaine
Mike Portnoy

Best Drummers from 60s-80s

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Jaki Liebezeit

Jaki Liebezeit

1. Jaki Liebezeit (Can)
One of the only drummers to have a style and flow so distinct that it felt like the drums were playing him. Before joining Can, he played in just about every free-jazz group around West Germany at the time, so his technical skill was arguably (perhaps Peart was around the same level) the best in all of popular music.

2. Reni (Stone Roses)
Easily the most naturally talented drummer I've ever seen/heard. Every single groove he lays down (specifically on the first Stone Roses album) is impeccable. He was never the most technically gifted drummer, but comparing Reni to Jaki is like comparing to spectacularly different ends of an aesthetic spectrum.

3. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
The next two inclusions on this list I find very similiar to one another. Two of the most natural, and bombastic drummers of all time both leaving us all too soon. I would wager that John is perhaps the most well-known drummer of all time nowadays so I'll leave it short and sweet; he was absolutely glorious.

4. Bj Wilson (Procol Harum)
The only reason Bj Wilson isn't as well known as John Bonham is owed to Procol Harum's musical style. They had their moments where Bj shined in just the same way as John did, but alot of their music didn't highlight Bj's talents, and who the hell knows if he wanted it to; but before seeing the way this guy played live, he wouldn't have been within my top 5 (not knocking his performances on albums at all, Bj on A Salty Dog is wicked). He sat so low that many people referred to him as "an octopus in a bathtub"

5. Keith Moon (The Who)/ John Theodore (The Mars Volta, One Day as A Lion, others)
I was going to give the spot to Keith, but I'm truly undecided on who I prefer more out of these two. Two very different styles; Keith was a bombastic enigma with constant energy flowing in just about every damn song he played, while John could make more sense out of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez musical ideas than any other drummer, while still owing a debt to Bj, John, and Jaki. Both of these guys are two of the best performers I've seen drumming on stage.

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Where is Neal Smith from Alice Cooper ? Perhaps you were to busy listeningto the Coop to listen to what Neal was doing. Faster, heavier,
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