Female Professionals History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked  

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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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1,475 535
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,163 1,134
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,737 1,636
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
499 953
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

5
450 895
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

6
617 1,128
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
363 840
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
354 855
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

9
441 695
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added

10
474 884
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
259 755
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
233 775
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

13
193 801
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

14
184 657
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

15
268 803
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

16
266 673
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

17
181 761
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
444 832
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
246 773
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
207 610
Poni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

21
229 433
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added L7

22
239 691
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
129 551
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

24
98 450
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

25
71 446
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

26
100 436
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Donnas

27
53 410
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
87 407
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
73 430
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

30
143 426
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

31
133 422
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

32
101 389
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

33
114 394
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

34
44 396
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
69 389
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

36
39 351
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yo La Tengo

37
60 389
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

38
82 355
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Warpaint

39
85 348
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

40
57 312
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
bojanthebest added vixen

41
44 361
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

42
37 351
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

43
31 330
Yael is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

44
27 265
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

45
76 292
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

46
4 11
Emmanuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Adrian Rush added Emmanuelle Caplette

47
1 3
Tisha Punct is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Tisha Punct added Tisha Punct

48
2 9
Kristina Schiano is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Adrian Rush added Kristina Schiano

49
64 267
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Senri Kawaguchi

50
18 201
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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