Portnoy, Ulrich, Aldrich, And Mason
Mike Portnoy should be at least in the top five because he kicks ass on a lot of the mentioned above.
Lars from Metallica should be number one, simply because he showed them all how to do it. Phil Collins was good, but I think he paid someone to be on this list, don't get me wrong, he's a god for his music.(that's withe a little g).
The drummer of 'YES', should be up there in the five. As should Mr Aldrich who played for Whitesnake, should be up there.
Nick Mason, what can I say? Totally awesome, Live at any concert, he rocked it with a whole lot of talent and also showed a lot of influence on how to play.
As for the death metal bands, talent is found from a load of anger, and bloody good drugs.