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
1,669 541
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,180 1,313
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,739 1,816
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
455 966
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

5
624 1,149
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

6
501 1,072
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

7
368 846
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
356 860
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

9
446 701
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added

10
474 890
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
261 759
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
236 778
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

13
193 805
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

14
186 660
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

15
271 807
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

16
266 677
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

17
182 764
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
449 836
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
246 776
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
230 436
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added L7

21
208 613
Poni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

22
239 694
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
129 554
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

24
99 452
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

25
71 449
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats