Drummers are the backbone of all bands. If lyrics are the soul of any song, then drummers and its beats sure, can be considered as the heart of these songs. It gets your feet tapping and your heart beat racing. Can you imagine a rock song, without drums? It’s no surprise that drummers just like other members of their bands earn millions with their gigs, making multiple record sales, gaining royalties for their talent, and using their rock star faces and personas to land some amazing endorsements deals. In this list, we are going to count 8 richest drummers in the world in 2019.
8. Roger Taylor – $140 Million
Roger Meddows Taylor is a popular English musician, singer, songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist, who started off his career in 1968. Roger Taylor is the best known as the drum gem of Queen, which is one of the most popular rock bands in the world. He still tours with Brian May and Adam Lambert filling in for late Freddie Mercury. Queen always assured to add their favorite drummer in at least one song in each of their albums. ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘A Kind of Magic’ are some of Rogers’s popular songs with the Queen. Roger has also worked with multiple other musicians like Robert Plant, Elton John, and Eric Clapton. He has released 5 solo albums including ‘Fun in Space’, ‘Strange Frontier’ and ‘Fun on Earth’.
7. Larry Mullen Jr. – $150 Million
Laurence Joseph Mullen Jr. is a well-known drummer known being a member of Irish band U2. He started off early in his career; he actively played the part of the drummer in all his school events. He was also a member of an Artane Band in his childhood days. He has also played drums for Automatic Baby and Passengers. Some of his best works including songs like ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’, ‘Mysterious Ways’, ‘City of Blinding Lights’, and ‘Zoo Station’. He is considered as one of the most popular and richest drummers in the world. In his career with U2, he has won 22 Grammy Awards. His name has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked him as the 96th best drummer in the world. His unique drumming style is the very essence of his talent, which makes him so popular amongst all other artists in the music industry.
6. Charlie Watts – $160 Million
Charlie Watts is the soul of The Rolling Stone Band, ever since 1963. He plays music for rock, blues, and jazz genres. Rolling Stones ranked him as the 12th greatest drummer of All Time. He has also worked with Blue Incorporated and also initiated The Charlie Watts Tentet. He was elected to the Hall of Fame’s Modern Drummer in 2006. He has made most of his fortune by touring and performing live with The Rolling Stones. His popularity stands parallel with Mic Jagger (Lead singer of The Rolling Stone), which has helped him in creating a net worth of $160 Million.
5. Lars Ulrich – $175 Million
Lars Ulrich is the co-founding member of the most iconic rock band, Metallica. He created this band with fellow member James Hetfield in 1981. Apart from being a drummer, he is also known as a songwriter, record producer, and an actor. He likes playing for heavy metal, hard rock, speed metal and thrash metal music genres. He has made millions working in Metallica, selling millions of records and concert tickets. His sticks can get any crowd pumping and give them a heart rush. Metallica is currently investing all their time in creating their 14th studio album.
4. Don Henley – $200 Million
Donald Hugh Henley is the lead drummer and one of the co-founders of Eagles. He also invests his spare time, in producing music and writing songs. He started his solo career in 1970 and later initiated to create a band named ‘Eagles’. Together with Eagles, he has sold more than 150 million albums across the globe. They have also won 6 Grammy’s in their entire career. In 1998, Don’s name was inducted into Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame. He is a multi-talented musician, who knows his way around instruments, percussions and also has an amazing voice. He has worked with some of the greatest stars in the world including Bruce Hornby, Guns and Roses, Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood. Eagles reunited in 1994, after their hiatus, and has been travelling down the road ever since.
3. Phil Collins – $250 Million
Philip David Charles Collin is one of the most popular and richest drummers in the world. He has been acting as the lead singer and drummer of ‘Genesis’ ever since its formation in 1970. He has given some amazing solo performances in his career, which inspire almost every instrumentalist in the world. He is one of the most prominent musicians in US and UK. ‘Another Day in Paradise’ is considered as one of the successful solo works in his career. Genesis had been on a Hiatus for a couple of years, who reunited recently two years back in 2015. He has made fortune worth $250 million, with his solo career and Genesis.
2. Dave Grohl – $280 Million
Dave Eric Grohl is the second richest drummer on the planet. He is also known for his beautiful voice and songwriting skills. He is a music director, producers, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for creating Grunge, Alternative rock/pop, and alternative indie Rock. He has worked with bands like Backbeat Band, Killing Joke, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. He is popular as the former member of Nirvana. He is also the founder of Foo Fighters, in which he acted as the lead singer-guitarist and songwriter.
1. Ringo Starr – $300 Million
Ringo Starr, this drummer doesn’t need an introduction. The former Beatles drummer is, without a doubt, the best and richest drummer in the world. It comes as no surprise, as Beatles are considered as the most loved and popular bands of all times. Over the years they have so many records in over 60 countries that they record sale royalties have helped in making its members so freakishly rich. He can be seen playing with his fellow band mate Paul McCartney at his concerts and other events, like in last year’s Grammy Awards.
These are some of the richest drummers in the world 2019, who can rock anyone world with their magic sticks. These are some of the most legendary drummers who have worked really hard to build a career in music industry.