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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1,280 529
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,147 954
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,735 1,454
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
497 773
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

5
447 725
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

6
613 952
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
358 671
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
349 687
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

9
430 526
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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10
472 716
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
257 586
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
230 606
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

13
182 492
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

14
191 636
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

15
265 507
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

16
264 638
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

17
180 595
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
437 670
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
245 609
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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20
239 580
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

21
129 499
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

22
207 549
Poni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
228 393
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added L7

24
95 429
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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25
70 432
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

26
100 423
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Donnas

27
52 397
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
73 421
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
85 403
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

30
133 419
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

31
142 423
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

32
99 387
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

33
114 393
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

34
43 395
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
68 388
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
85 348
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

39
56 311
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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40
78 355
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Warpaint

41
44 360
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
30 330
Yael is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

44
1 3
Tisha Punct is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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45
75 292
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

46
24 265
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

47
63 267
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Senri Kawaguchi

48
36 273
Kimberly Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

49
26 119
Lux Drummerette is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lux Drummerette

50
17 201
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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