ringo starr wasn't the best but he is one of the most underated that there ever was,listen to a day in the life,if you are a drummer you will appreciate it,or strawberry fields. to answer your question,buddy rich was one of the twentieth century's best....and the ones neanderthal named
There's no doubting (in my opinion) that Tommy Lee of Motley Crue holds the title for best drummer of ALL TIME. Hands down. I would like to give kudos to Rick Allen of Def Leppard for his amazing display of human drive and strength in the way he came thru such tragedy and held on for his fans. We should all be as determined as Rick. For the younger generation who aren't familiar with the 80's band Def Leppard or of how their drummer lost an arm yet continued drumming despite this tragedy, you should research this a little. I promise you will be awed and amazed.
My brother is really good but he's not famous. One that hasn't been named yet was Louis Bellson. Not only was he a great Drummer but he was also a good guy. I got to interview him once when I was in broadcasting school at Eastern Wa. University. He was doing a workshop for aspiring drummers. Oh yeah, let's not forget Keith Moon either.