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
1,734 594
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,203 1,402
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,744 1,906
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
463 1,030
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

5
511 1,145
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

6
632 1,223
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
378 890
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
132 6
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
358 898
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

10
463 733
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added

11
477 922
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

12
274 794
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

13
240 809
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

14
194 836
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

15
189 692
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

16
274 837
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

17
268 706
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

18
183 794
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

19
246 807
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
57 442
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink

21
71 480
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

22
459 866
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

23
102 483
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

24
130 584
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

25
76 460
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked