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List of famous female drummers, featuring bios and photos when available. This female drummers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being drummers. The female drummers of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as drummers in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

People on this list include Paramore and Karen Carpenter.

When you think of famous female drummers, there are two who stand heads and shoulders ahead of the pack. If you aren't naming Sheila E. or Meg White as your favorite and the best female drummers, well, you should get your head examined. These two icons have range as drummers and probably the most famous of all time.

While this isn't a list of all female drummers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female drummers in the world?" and "Who are the best female drummers?"

The most notable female drummers in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female drummers. If you want to share these historic female drummers you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (47 items)

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Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Sheila E. Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B - Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Prince, Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo ...more

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock - Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming ...more

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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Jacki R. Chan Jaclyn Roxane Chan, also known simply as Jacki R. Chan or Jacki Chan, is an American actress, musician, and Model. She has appeared in various magazines, calendars and print ads, as well as ...more

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Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Maureen Tucker Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock - Maureen Ann "Moe" Tucker is an American drummer, singer and musician best known for having been the drummer for the New York City-based experimental avant-garde ensemble the Velvet

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Rachel Trachtenburg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Rachel Trachtenburg Anti-folk, Pop music, Acoustic music - Rachel Sage Piña-Trachtenburg, better known as Rachel Trachtenburg, is an American musician, singer, actress, model, talk radio host and activist. Trachtenburg is most notable for her key ...more

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Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Jen Ledger Rock music, Christian rock, Alternative metal - Jennifer Carole "Jen" Ledger is an English drummer and co-vocalist for the American Christian rock/hard rock band Skillet. At the age of eighteen she became Skillet's drummer, when ...more

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Tobi Vail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Tobi Vail Tobi Celeste Vail is an independent musician, music critic and feminist from Olympia, Washington. She was a central figure in the riot grrl scene—she coined the spelling of "grrl"—and ...more

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Paramore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Paramore Pop punk, Rock music, Emo - Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York. The ...more

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Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Caroline Corr Pop music, Rock music, Celtic music - Caroline Georgina Corr, known to fans as the "Chick with Stick", is an Irish singer and drummer for the Celtic folk rock band The Corrs. In addition to the drums, Corr plays the ...more

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G. B. Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Female Drummers
G. B. Jones Punk rock, Post-punk - G. B. Jones is a Canadian artist, filmmaker, musician, and publisher of zines based in Toronto, Canada. Her art work has been featured at galleries around the world, and her films screened at ...more

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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Megan Martha White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock - Meg White is an American drummer from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan best known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. She and White decided to form a band two ...more

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Leila Bela is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Leila Bela Noise music, Experimental music, Avant-garde - Leila Bela is an Iranian-born American avant-garde musician, writer, photographer, actress, multi-instrumentalist, playwright and record producer from Austin, Texas.

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Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Kate Schellenbach Punk rock - Kate Schellenbach is the drummer of Luscious Jackson and was a former member of an early incarnation of the Beastie Boys. Schellenbach was born in New York City, New York. She played with the ...more

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Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Terri Lyne Carrington Rhythm and blues, Jazz - Terri Lyne Carrington is a Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur. She has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne ...more

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Atsuko Yamano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Atsuko Yamano Pop punk, Indie pop, Alternative rock - Atsuko Yamano is a founding member of the Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife. When the band was first started, Atsuko played drums and provided backup vocals. A former fashion designer, she was ...more

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Pamela Racine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Pamela Racine Gypsy punk - Pamela Jintana Racine is an American drummer and dancer formerly in the band Gogol Bordello. Her father is American from the state of Vermont, United States, while her mother originates from ...more

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Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Patty Schemel Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock - Patricia Theresa Schemel is an American drummer and musician who rose to prominence as the drummer of alternative rock band Hole from 1992 until 1998. In 1998, Schemel left Hole, and in the ...more

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Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Cindy Blackman Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rock and roll - Cindy Blackman, sometimes known as Cindy Blackman-Santana, is an American jazz and rock drummer. Blackman is best known for recording and touring with Lenny Kravitz. Blackman has recorded ...more

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Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Gina Schock Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music - Regina Ann "Gina" Schock is best known as the drummer in the all-woman rock band The Go-Go's. Schock's career began as drummer for Edie and the Eggs, a band assembled to feature the ...more

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Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Samantha Maloney Electronic music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock - Samantha Maloney is an American musician best known for playing in the bands Hole, Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal and in Peaches' live band "The Herms".

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Dena Tauriello is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Dena Tauriello Dena Tauriello is the drummer for the rock band Antigone Rising.

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Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Janet Weiss Janet Lee Weiss is a rock drummer, best known as a member of Sleater-Kinney and currently also a member of Quasi. She was the drummer for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, leaving after the album ...more

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Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Sandy West Sandy West was an American musician, singer, songwriter and drummer. She was one of the founding members of the Runaways, the first teenage all-girl hard rock band to record and achieve ...more

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Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Debbi Peterson Deborah Mary "Debbi" Peterson, is an American musician and the drummer of the all-girl band, The Bangles. She sang lead vocals on two of the band's released singles, "Going Down ...more

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Jody Bleyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Jody Bleyle Punk rock - Jody Bleyle is an American musician, songwriter and independent record label owner. Jody Bleyle first gained public attention in the Pacific Northwest music scene of the 1990s, in the Portland, ...more

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Hilarie Sidney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Hilarie Sidney Pop music, Indie rock - Hilarie Sidney is a musician most famously recognized as the longtime drummer for The Apples in Stereo. She was previously married to Apples in Stereo frontman and Elephant 6 co-founder Robert ...more

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Maya Bond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Maya Bond Indie rock, Avant-garde - Maya Bond is a former Japanese-born American indie and avant-garde music singer-songwriter and drummer from Austin, Texas. She is the daughter of musician and composer T.W. Bond. Bond is most ...more

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Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Torry Castellano Rock music - Torrance Heather "Torry" Castellano is the former drummer of The Donnas, announcing her retirement in July 2010. She is the cousin of actress Laura San Giacomo. Early in her childhood, ...more

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Adrienne Davies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Adrienne Davies Psychedelic rock - Adrienne Davies is the current drummer and percussionist of the drone metal band Earth. Davies is credited as drummer on several of Earth's albums. They range from Living in the Gleam of an ...more

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Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Mercedes Lander Nu metal, Metalcore, Alternative metal - Mercedes Sherida Lander is the drummer and backing vocalist for the Canadian alternative metal group Kittie. Her sister, Morgan Lander, also sings and plays guitar for Kittie. Other than Morgan ...more

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Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Linda McDonald Heavy metal, Hard rock - Linda McDonald is the drummer of the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens. In addition, she is a member of the Ozzy Osbourne tribute band The Little Dolls and the cover bands Valley Dolls, ...more

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Yuri Ruley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Yuri Ruley Christian music, Christian punk, Skate punk

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Chisato Moritaka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Chisato Moritaka Indie pop, J-pop - Chisato Moritaka is the stage name of Chisato Eguchi, a Japanese pop-music performer who also is notable as an actress and song writer.

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Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Allison Miller Pop music, Rock music, Folk music - Allison Miller is a New York City-based drummer, singer, and composer. Miller has performed with songwriting vocalists Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, and Erin McKeown, and toured with ...more

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Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Lori Peters Lori Peters is the former drummer for the Christian rock band Skillet, performing with them from 2000 to 2007. She recorded four albums with the band: Ardent Worship, Alien Youth, Collide, and ...more

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Nao Kawakita is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Nao Kawakita Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - Nao Kawakita, simply known as Nao, is the drummer and backup vocalist of Japanese metal band Maximum the Hormone.

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Lauren Barlow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Lauren Barlow Christian music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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Hannah Blilie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Hannah Blilie Hannah Blilie is the drummer of the American band Gossip and formerly Shoplifting. She has also performed with Sarah Dougher, Chromatics, Stiletto, Mr Yuk, The Lumpies, Vade, The Vogue, and ...more

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Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Dee Plakas Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal - Demetra "Dee" Plakas is a Greek–American musician, best known for being the drummer in the all-female rock band L7. She was preceded by Roy Koutsky.

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Melissa York is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Melissa York Punk rock, Indie rock, Hardcore punk - Melissa York is a rock drummer. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. York first began drumming with the New York-based hardcore punk bands Born Against, the Manacled and Vitapup. After this, she ...more

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Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Carla Azar Electronic music, Alternative rock - Carla Azar is an American musician and a member of the band Autolux. Azar is a multi-instrumentalist but is known primarily for playing drums in Autolux. She has collaborated with the ...more

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Mizuho Saito is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Mizuho Saito J-pop

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Stacy Morze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Stacy Morze Pop music, Alternative rock - Stacy Morze is an American actor and musician best known for her role as Grace 'Lambchops' Lamb in Fame and as the drummer for post punk group Uke til U Puke. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Stacy ...more

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Athena Kottak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Athena Kottak Athena Michelle Bass is the sister of Tommy Lee.

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Rachel Blumberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Rachel Blumberg Indie pop, Folk rock - Rachel Blumberg is an American drummer and singer, best known for her tenure as the drummer for the indie rock band The Decemberists. Blumberg was a member of many Portland, Oregon-based indie ...more

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Gigi Drums is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Female Drummers

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Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Female Drummers
Roxy Petrucci Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - Roxy Petrucci is a former drummer for Madam X and Vixen.