25. Alan White — Yes. He’s been in the band more than 30 years now. It was probably smart of Yes not to look for a Bruford clone — as if any existed. White plays in a completely different style, and it worked pretty well.
26. John Bonham — Led Zeppelin. The ultimate power drummer.
27. Mitch Mitchell — The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Had enough complexity to play with the most innovative guitarist … ever.
28. Keith Moon — The Who. Technically, a little shaky. But in a good way.
29. Simon Phillips — session vet. He plays jazz, he played with Judas Priest.
30. Tre’ Cool — Green Day. Great fills on Basket Case and good feel for the new direction on American Idiot, though some may argue that the best post-punk drummer is Blink-182’s Travis Barker.
31. Taylor Hawkins — Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette. Good enough chops to fill Dave Grohl’s seat, and he looks good enough in a dress to be in Foo Fighters videos.
32. Anton Fig — Letterman’s band, lots of sessions. Another guy whose sessions run the gamut from jazz to metal, and considering the diverse acts he plays with on Letterman’s show, that’s a good thing. I recall him playing a trash can lid when Suzanne Vega visited.
33. Omar Hakim — Weather Report, David Bowie, Sting, countless sessions. Solid groove guy from the fusion ranks. (I know, that sentence means absolutely nothing. But I’m running out of things to say.)
34. Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz — “Weird Al” Yankovic. Like Anton Fig, he has to mimic an endless variety of styles. Unlike Fig, one of those styles is polka. And yet he’s still sane. Worthy entrant here.
One guy I should add to make it 35 — Jeremy Taggart of Our Lady Peace. Looks like I did in high school (big glasses, unkempt hair) and supposedly has a jazz background, and yet he’s a solid drummer for a hard-rock band with some pop tendencies. He’s at his best on the band’s best song, Naveed, which left me breathless on countless trips to and from grad school in the late 90s.