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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 History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Leah Shapiro Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Karen Carpenter The Carpenters

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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sheila E. Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

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Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Gina Schock The Go-Go's

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Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cindy Blackman Lenny Kravitz

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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Megan Martha White The White Stripes

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Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

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Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Caroline Corr The Corrs

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Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sandy West The Runaways

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Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground

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Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Janet Weiss Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

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Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Carla Azar Autolux

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Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Carol Dierking

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Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Kate Schellenbach The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

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Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Poni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

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Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Torry Castellano The Donnas

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Senri Kawaguchi

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Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Georgia Hubley Yo La Tengo

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Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Stella Mozgawa Warpaint

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Nikki Glaspie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Nikki Glaspie Beyonce, Dave 'Fuze' Fiuczynski

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Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Linda McDonald The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink

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Dena Tauriello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Mizuho Saito is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Chisato Moritaka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Lauren Barlow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Atsuko Yamano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Athena Kottak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Tobi Vail is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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Nao Kawakita is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked