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List Rules Only female drummers

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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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Karen Carpenter The Carpenters

2
1,064 657
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sheila E. Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,728 1,135
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Leah Shapiro Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
473 463
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cindy Blackman Lenny Kravitz

5
420 417
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Gina Schock The Go-Go's

6
329 371
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sandy West The Runaways

7
587 635
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Megan Martha White The White Stripes

8
375 232
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added Jen Ledger

9
337 387
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Janet Weiss Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

10
171 200
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground

11
238 291
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Caroline Corr The Corrs

12
457 428
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

13
252 212
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Teresa Taylor Butthole Surfers

14
217 316
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Kate Schellenbach The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

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183 342
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

16
257 349
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Carla Azar Autolux

17
218 118
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added Dee Plakas L7

18
174 306
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

19
244 322
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
413 382
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

21
239 295
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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125 235
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

23
132 165
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

24
39 106
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Georgia Hubley Yo La Tengo

25
67 175
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Paloma Romero The Slits,The Raincoats

26
94 167
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Torry Castellano The Donnas

27
206 276
Poni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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88 171
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added Debbi Peterson

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73 171
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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48 153
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 30 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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95 139
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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80 161
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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114 156
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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139 186
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
41 158
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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50 80
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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37
82 111
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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59 153
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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59 158
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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72 122
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Stella Mozgawa Warpaint

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15 41
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

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74 69
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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42 139
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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35 136
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

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12 49
Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
KaseyPeters added Allison Miller

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13 53
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
NWashburn added Lori Peters

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53 62
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Senri Kawaguchi

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54 52
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marco-brand added Anika Nilles

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28 128
Yael is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

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38 35
Lynn Truell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JonKrop added Lynn Truell