A true rarity in the world of music: simultaneously beating the skins and singing a song is a rare skill. Here are eight of the best singing drummers according to STACK!


Kram aka Mark Maher, has been screamin’ tunes and abusing the double kick for Spiderbait for over two decades

Sheila E 

She first came to prominence as a Prince protege, but decades on from hanging with the late Purple Majesty, she’s an established international artist who co-headlined Australia’s Meredith Music Festival in 2016. Sheila still got it!

Don Henley 

While vocal duties in The Eagles were shared, the late Glenn Frey and co-founder Don Henley took the lion’s share of the load. Henley sang Hotel California: a showstopper for the band, he always sang it from the behind the kit.

Don McGlashan

NZ legend McGlashan is an actor, songwriter, guitarist and is also pretty handy with a Euphonium. But, in the early ’80s the young McGlashan was belting the skins and singing his heart out for the mighty Blam Blam Blam.

Levon Helm 

The only American in the legendary Canadian roots/rock group of the ’60s and ’70s (who collaborated with Bob Dylan and made classics like Music from Big Pink) the late Levon Helm was a fantastic multi-instrumentalist. However, he made his drumming in The Band and lent vocals to some of their most legendary songs.

Karen Carpenter

While the late Karen Carpenter was forced to vacate the drumming stool on several Carpenters albums to satisfy the demands of inflexible, chauvinistic producers, her drumming was widely acclaimed by several masters of the instrument.  As part of the brother/sister duo The Carpenters, her voice was heard on AM radio all through the ’70s: she was undoubtedly a master of both.

Phil Collins

Say what you want about Phil Collins: YOU try playing the drum fills from In the Air Tonight while singing it in front of thousands of people!

Debbi Peterson 

Debbi Peterson drummed for The Bangles throughout their prestigious 1980s career, but did sing on two of the hit singles, Going Down to Liverpool, and Be With You.