Female Professionals 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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1,203 523
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,135 888
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,735 1,384
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
495 704
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

5
441 657
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

6
612 881
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
355 603
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
346 619
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

9
425 458
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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10
472 647
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
256 517
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
182 422
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

13
229 537
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

14
189 567
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

15
264 438
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

16
261 569
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

17
180 527
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
435 603
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
245 543
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
239 515
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

21
228 335
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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22
207 487
Poni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
127 437
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

24
95 373
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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25
70 379
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

26
100 372
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Donnas

27
52 348
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
73 372
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

29
85 355
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

30
133 372
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

31
142 377
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

32
98 342
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

33
114 349
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

34
43 350
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
68 343
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

36
39 307
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yo La Tengo

37
60 344
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

38
85 302
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

39
55 266
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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40
78 309
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Warpaint

41
44 316
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

42
37 307
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

43
30 287
Yael is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

44
75 247
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

45
24 221
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

46
63 224
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Senri Kawaguchi

47
36 233
Kimberly Thompson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

48
39 148
Yoshimi P-We is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

49
17 174
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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4 15
senri kawaguchi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
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