Let me be the salty one and say yes, Ringo is absolutely overrated.
Mind you though, i speak purely from a technical perspective. Anyone who ever praised Ringo points to his ability to keep a beat, he’s a human metronome of sorts.
Sigh… here’s the thing. Being a drummer myself, i wont pretend keeping the right tempo is easy. Often i found myself being waved by my music teacher to go faster, as i’d lose myself in my thoughts while playing and start slowing down. But mind you, i mainly played drums in highschool, never professionnally. Keeping the right beat is the first thing LIYTERALY every professionnal drummer seeks to master. It’s the basic foundation, then you move on to master other things like more complexed beats, time changes and whatnot. But Ringo never went past the tempo mastery. Jazz drummers at the time, and decades prior far exceeded Ringo’s technical prowess. And although i fully recognize cultural impact of the beatles, from a purely technical perspective, they were very quickly outperformed in the very new type of music they created.
I do remember a few years back, checking out the top 100 rock drummers of all time. Neil peart was at the top, followed closely by john bonham and keith moon. This makes sense, Rush have always gone out of their way to improve their technical prowess, and Neil not only improved as a rock drummer, he also took jazz lessons and learned a whole bunch of techniques most rock drummers never bother with. Same can be said of john and keith. It’@ not just about being heavy hitters, it takes a lot of practice ans knowledge to reach a point where you can improv through songs without ever changing the tempo.
And on that same list, Ringo was number 10… out of 100??? And Mike Portnoy, the drummer of Dream Theater, was number 13. 13???? Dance of eternity? 108 time changes? What are you gonna say about Ringo? He KePt A gOoD bEaT. If that’s not overrating, i dont know what is.