Drummers 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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1,770 600
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters
2
1,215 1,417
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr
3
2,747 1,920
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
4
469 1,040
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's
5
515 1,150
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz
6
642 1,231
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes
7
381 895
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways
8
139 10
Akane Hirose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Iamwarthog added Akane Hirose

drummer for Japanese rock band, Band Maid!

9
361 903
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi
10
471 737
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added
11
480 926
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
12
278 798
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs
13
242 812
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson
14
196 840
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
15
192 696
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground
16
275 841
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux
17
271 709
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers
18
186 798
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
19
466 870
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen
20
248 811
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking
21
104 487
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added
22
131 588
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham
23
59 445
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink
24
209 647
Poni is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
25
107 464
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Donnas