Hearing a drummer giving it some is one of the most mesmerising musical experiences. Rhythm is something that we all understand instinctively, and when we see it played out with pace, agility, control, athleticism - which all great drummers possess - it makes an impression like no other.
But that’s not to say that great drumming equates to technical prowess. Many of the best drummers are innovators. Some are renowned for an ability to construct complex edifices in sound. Others tirelessly lent their beats to a vast and historic catalogue of recordings.
Here are ten drummers who fall into one or several of these categories. Ten inspirational musicians who brought a unique creative voice and some seriously acrobatic limbs to their craft, and who helped to make drumming one of the most fascinating chapters in the story of music. Ten of the greatest drummers of all time.