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
1,730 589
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,200 1,397
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,744 1,900
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
462 1,025
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

5
509 1,140
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

6
631 1,218
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
376 886
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
127 5
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
358 893
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

10
461 728
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added

11
476 918
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

12
274 789
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

13
239 804
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

14
194 831
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

15
188 688
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

16
274 833
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

17
267 702
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

18
183 790
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

19
246 802
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
57 437
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
71 475
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats

22
459 861
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

23
102 478
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

24
130 579
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

25
76 455
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked