Whenever I am writing a drum part for something I am producing, four come to mind:
Jeff Porcaro - straight ahead but highlights the song perfectly
Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) straight ahead but with delicacy and absolutely in the pocket
Joe Vitale (Barnstorm and beyond) - massive and creative
Bill Bruford - delicacy
Lots of great drummers on the list. Meg White has already been mentioned. I think all the drummers on this can play her parts, probably even better than her, but none of them would have been able to invent her parts. They would all have overplayed…playing just enough to serve the song is hard.
I met on guy on the swim team when I was in college and he mentioned he was also a drummer, and his drum teacher, who was heavily into Jazz had him ONLY working on the snare drum for a year. The rest of the conversation follows.
Me: "So he's got you listening to a lot of Tony, Jack, and Elvin then, right?"
Him: "Who's Tony, Jack, and Elvin?"
Me: "Get another drum teacher"