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They sit at the back. But they're part of the engine room that keeps every band running. They may be the butt of a thousand jokes, but we've picked out a collection of our favourite tub-thumpers and sticksmen.
He's the oldest Rolling Stone and therefore probably the wisest in the bunch. Plus, as of 2 June, he's still tubthumping at the impressive age of of 76!
Together with Flea, he keeps the Chili Peppers funky. Best moment: The teeth-rattling thwack of Give It Away.
Everyone mocks old Richie Starkey for "not even being the best drummer in The Beatles", but thousands of bands have tried to copy his particular, steady but distinctive thwack. He even wrote a song called "Drumming Is My Madness". Best moment: The manic ending to Strawberry Fields Forever.
Alan Wren, as he is formally known - the man who mashed up rock and dance beats and created his own genre. Best moment: the hypnotic shuffle of I Am The Resurrection.
The late, great 'Phonics drummer featured on the bands first four albums and was famous for his huge personality and skills with the sticks. After leaving the band in 2003, Cable sadly died at his home in 2010.
A key member of the Monkeys' appeal Mr Helders also supplies a mean backing vocal. Best moment: The stop-start rapport of R U Mine?
We've written the Jimi Hendrix experience above (after all - that's what he's most famous for) but Mitch Mitchell was far from a one band man. The iconic stickman drummed with The Who, The Pretty Things, Georgie Fame and many, many more. His fusion between jazz and rock styles has cemented him as one of the most celebrated drummers of all time.
The late, great drummer for Tim Burgess and his crew, sadly died in August 2013. Best moment: The unfussy intro to Then.
Some fine rhythms from Mr Matthew Tong. Best moment: The frantic, but controlled scramble of Helicopter
Strange to think that Big Dave used to be sat at the back. Best moment: The unforgettable salvo that opens Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Amazing skills from the drummer with Birmingham's finest.Best moment: the driving rhythm of Munich.
One of the pillars of the power trio that is Biff. Best moment: The incredible dynamics of Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies.
Put aside the guitar pyrotechnics, what's keeping that band flying? Best moment: The relentless gallop of Knights Of Cydonia.
While attention was focused on Pete 'n' Carl, Gary was a solid foundation for them to play across. Best moment: The back and forth of What Became Of The Likely Lads.
Grohl may have been the grunge pin-up, but Magic Dave has been the backbone of his fair share of classics. Best moment: The crushing opening of Bone Machine.
Much sampled, much admired, never equalled. Best moment: The building menace of Kashmir.
Together with bassist Andy Rourke, the engine room of one of the greatest British bands ever. Best moment: The ending to London.
Poor old Charlie. He's had to put up with a lot, hasn't he? He's pretty much kept the Stones together for 50 years. Best moment: The satanic samba of Sympathy For The Devil.
Macclesfield's metronomic percussionist, one of the inventors of post-punk. Best moment: When Transmission lifts off.
Just have a listen to incredible drumming on The Rat. Best moment: See our earlier comment.
Moon The Loon, rock's wild man. The guy who treated the drums as a lead instrument. Best moment: the dazzling riffs of Won't Get Fooled Again
Watching the band on their 2013 live dates reminded us just what a powerhouse Jack is. Best moment: The faux-disco beat to My Number.
The lively ying to sedate bassist Mark Stoermer's yang, Vannucci is the heart and soul of The Killers. Best moment: The driving percussion on Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine.
One third of the might power rock trio. Best moment: The pure punk rock of Welcome To Paradise.
The tattooed, be-capped sticksmith behind some nu-metal classics. Best moment: The low key shuffle on I Miss You.
He's also played with rock legends The Cult, so knows his way around a metal paradiddle. Best moment: The epic Live And Let Die.
One of the most high profile drummers in rock, Lars was a thrash metal pioneer. Best moment: The drum attack on One.
#1 in the scarily-masked metallers. Because drums are recorded first. Best moment: The machine gun fire of Duality.