Music

History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked 

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
Updated February 18, 2020 44.3k votes 6k voters 202.7k views 51 items

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.
list ordered by
1
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
2
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
3
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
4
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Go-Go's
5
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Corrs
6
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Lenny Kravitz
7
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
8
Akane Hirose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Iamwarthog added Akane Hirose

Band-Maid

9
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
10
Marina Bozzio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JonathanLane1 added Marina Bozzio

A perfect drummer for the sometimes sweet, usually badass all-women rockstars from Osaka, Japan: Aldious

11
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen
12
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Butthole Surfers
13
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sleater-Kinney, Quasi
14
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Runaways
15
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Velvet Underground
16
Alice de Buhr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
pacsgg added Alice de Buhr
17
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
18
Brie Howard-Darling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
pacsgg added Brie Howard-Darling
19
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson
20
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking
21
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added
22
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
23
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
24
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
25
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked