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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1,251 527
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,139 929
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,735 1,427
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
496 747
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

5
445 700
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

6
613 925
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
357 646
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
349 661
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

9
429 500
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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10
472 690
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
257 560
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
230 580
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

13
182 466
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

14
191 610
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

15
265 481
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

16
264 612
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

17
180 569
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
436 645
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
245 584
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
239 555
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

21
129 476
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

22
207 526
Poni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
228 373
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added L7

24
95 412
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

25
70 417
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

26
100 410
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Donnas

27
52 385
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
73 409
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
85 392
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

30
133 408
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

31
142 414
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

32
98 379
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

33
43 387
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

34
114 385
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
68 380
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

36
39 343
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yo La Tengo

37
60 381
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

38
85 340
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

39
78 347
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Warpaint

40
55 303
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
bojanthebest added vixen

41
44 353
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

42
37 344
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

43
30 323
Yael is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

44
75 285
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

45
24 258
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

46
36 266
Kimberly Thompson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

47
63 260
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Senri Kawaguchi

48
7 74
Melissa York is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

49
11 114
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

50
11 55
Freddie McCullough is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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