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
1,673 543
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Carpenters

2
1,181 1,318
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,739 1,822
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
503 1,073
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz

5
456 969
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's

6
624 1,150
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The White Stripes

7
368 847
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways

8
356 861
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

9
446 702
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added

10
475 890
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

11
263 760
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs

12
236 779
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

13
193 806
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

14
186 661
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground

15
271 808
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Autolux

16
266 678
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers

17
182 765
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

18
449 837
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

19
246 777
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
208 614
Poni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

21
230 437
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added L7

22
239 695
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
129 555
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

24
100 452
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added

25
71 450
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Slits,The Raincoats