The co-founder and ex-drummer of progressive metal band Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy has taken Instagram to express his gratitude to have been chosen as the fifth-best drummer of all time in the list led by Led Zeppelin legend, John Bonham.

The current drummer of the Neal Morse Band and the supergroups Flying Colors, Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance, and Sons of Apollo, Mike Portnoy has come up with yet another best drummer list a short time after he has supported his son, Max Portnoy, within a competition between him and Max.

Portnoy has shared the Return Of Rock’s best drummers of all-time list, which included some of the greatest musicians as John Bonham, Neil Peart, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, and Dave Grohl. In the caption of his recent post, Mike admitted that it is always nice to be acknowledged in these kinds of lists, especially in one like this where he is in such an amazing company.

Mike Portnoy has thanked the website a lot while indicating the fact that he’s the only one in the top 6 that is still alive. In the list Portnoy has been thankful for, the late Led Zeppelin legend, John Bonham, was rightly ranked the first.

According to the list, Bonham had it all, power, finesse, a delicate touch when required, accuracy, speed, and a totally unrivaled unique style. He is undoubtedly head and shoulders above any of the drummers on this list, an icon that many tried to emulate and failed, a rock God, it was stated.

Here’s what Mike Portnoy said in his recent Instagram post:

“Yes, I know music is totally subjective and I always say ‘there’s no bests, only favs.‘ But it is indeed always nice to be acknowledged in these kinds of lists…

Especially in one like this where I am in such amazing company! (In fact, I’m the only one in the Top 6 that is still alive! 😳) Thank you returnofrock.com for the acknowledgment. 🙏”

Here’s the top 6 of the aforementioned list:

    1. John Henry Bonham
    2. Neil Peart
    3. Keith Moon
    4. Buddy Rich
    5. Mike Portnoy
    6. Ginger Baker

You can see the post below and check out the rest of the list here.