bands/musicians The Best Female Drummers

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The best female drummers are those musically inclined ladies who saw a great deal of success manning the drums within a band or as a solo musician. You might not find them on the "Rolling Stone" list of 100 greatest drummers of all time but each has solidified their place as one of the best female drummers ever.

As if women didn't have a hard enough time being recognized among male band members in the music industry already, girl drummers face additional struggles. Chauvinistic critics will allege that women lack the physical strength, passion or even drive to be a successful drummer. Clearly these top female drummers prove that stigma wrong.

Karen Carpenter stands out as a favorite among many music lovers having played drums and sang for the 1970s duo The Carpenters. Janet Weiss played for several bands during her long career of rocking out. Maureen "Moe" Tucker might not be a household name but she was an integral part of the legendary rock band The Velvet Underground. Even Sheila E, who has worked with the likes of Prince and Ringo Starr plus released several successful solo albums, dominated the drums during her illustrious career. The list goes on and on.

So while names like Gina Schock and Terri Lyne Carrington may never be considered as elites overall in the drumming world, they still should get a great deal of credit for their talent. If these women are not Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees already, all are surely deserving of the honor. Have a favorite female drummer? Vote for those you love, add any who are missing or re-rank this list of the best female drummers all below.

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Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Leah Shapiro Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Karen Carpenter The Carpenters

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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Sheila E. Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

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Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Gina Schock The Go-Go's

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Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Cindy Blackman Lenny Kravitz

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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Megan Martha White The White Stripes

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Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Meytal Cohen

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Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Sandy West The Runaways

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Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Caroline Corr The Corrs

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Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Janet Weiss Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

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Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground

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Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Carla Azar Autolux

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Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Carol Dierking

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Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Kate Schellenbach The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

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Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Poni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Cora Coleman-Dunham

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Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Torry Castellano The Donnas

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Anika Nilles

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Senri Kawaguchi

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Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Georgia Hubley Yo La Tengo

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Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Nikki Glaspie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Nikki Glaspie Beyonce, Dave 'Fuze' Fiuczynski

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Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Linda McDonald The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink

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Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Drummers
Stella Mozgawa Warpaint

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Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Lauren Barlow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Tobi Vail is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Dena Tauriello is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Mizuho Saito is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Maya Bond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Chisato Moritaka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Drummers

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Rachel Trachtenburg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Drummers