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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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881 493
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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266 63
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added Jen Ledger

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354 252
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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396 305
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cindy Blackman Lenny Kravitz

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204 126
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Caroline Corr The Corrs

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521 431
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Megan Martha White The White Stripes

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361 236
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

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397 273
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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258 217
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sandy West The Runaways

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287 232
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Janet Weiss Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

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93 49
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground

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239 193
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Carla Azar Autolux

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238 172
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

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226 149
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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178 170
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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162 188
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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158 159
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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128 97
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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201 185
Poni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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66 65
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added Debbi Peterson

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112 106
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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80 88
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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37 32
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
bojanthebest added Roxy Petrucci vixen

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129 136
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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76 71
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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121 177
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) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Torry Castellano The Donnas

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65 113
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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28 26
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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9 22
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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62 122
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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57 85
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Stella Mozgawa Warpaint

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52 116
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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51 115
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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6 16
Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
KaseyPeters added Allison Miller

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8 21
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
NWashburn added Lori Peters

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17 22
Nikki Glaspie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
AdamPrato added Nikki Glaspie Beyonce, Dave 'Fuze' Fiuczynski

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40 108
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 42 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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2 4
Dena Tauriello is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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

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

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

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

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Athena Kottak 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