Maybe... but then the other half of my brain reminds me of musicology - the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music that people get advanced degrees in. In this case, focusing on historical musicology - or music history - or "who historical did what that later influenced whom".These lists are subjective, and merely entertainment, anyone with half a brain knows that.
So while Drum isn't an academic journal per se, it's editor's are not uneducated idiots either. I see know evidence that any part of this list flirts with mere personal choice (the drummer that really influenced me but few others). Sure there are historical judgement calls, but I don't see how that reduces this list to being purely subjective at all.
Granted, many such lists (many that VB have posted) are ignorant click-bait fluff - obviously created by those with little to no knowledge of the subject of our art form. Simply entertainment - for those that find them entertaining (not me). But to paint all such attempts with the same brush really makes no sense - the content of this list (minus VB's nonsensical embellishments) are from subjective and could be used by any student of our art for more than simple entertainment.