Musicians History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked  

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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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1,164 519
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,126 860
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,734 1,356
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
495 676
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

5
439 630
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

6
611 854
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
353 576
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
422 431
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added

9
344 592
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

10
471 620
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
249 492
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
180 395
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

13
228 511
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

14
189 539
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

15
262 412
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

16
261 543
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

17
180 501
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
433 576
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
245 517
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
239 489
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

21
227 309
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added L7

22
207 461
Poni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
127 411
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

24
94 348
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

25
100 346
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Donnas

26
70 354
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

27
52 322
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink

28
73 346
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
85 329
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

30
133 346
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

31
142 350
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

32
98 316
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

33
114 324
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

34
42 325
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
66 317
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

36
39 281
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yo La Tengo

37
60 319
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

38
85 277
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

39
55 241
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
bojanthebest added vixen

40
77 284
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Warpaint

41
44 292
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

42
37 281
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

43
30 263
Yael is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

44
75 224
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

45
24 199
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

46
60 202
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Senri Kawaguchi

47
26 96
Lux Drummerette is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lux Drummerette

48
36 217
Kimberly Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

49
1 3
Kristina Schiano is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Adrian Rush added Kristina Schiano

50
2 6
Emmanuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Adrian Rush added Emmanuelle Caplette