Top Ten Best Female Drummers of All Time

A list for the talented women in a supposed man's world.

The Top Ten

1 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

Karen Carpenter is one of the greatest drummer/singers of all time. She is the reason why I wanted to play the drums and sing. Without her I don't know that I would have entered into that arena, because back then, in the Sixties and Seventies, there were very few, if any, female drummers, and I personally knew of none. She was a maverick. She broke down the walls, and made it possible for women to be recognized as drummers, as well as singers. She was an outstanding musician, was one of the greats, and even played bass guitar as well. She became more known for her voice then her drumming once she was pretty much told that she had to get up and out from behind the kit and front the band. Sadly, a lot of younger people have no idea that she ever played drums. She always was a drummer before a singer, and always considered herself a drummer who happened to sing. She started playing when she was 15 years old, and began to perform live by 16 years old. She was an outstanding person, ...more

How is it even possible that Karen Carpenter is ranked # 8? She set the standard by which all other female drummers should be measured. She DESERVES to be in the #1 spot. She surpasses even many of the best MALE drummers in the world of music. Oh yeah by the way, she is also the greatest female vocalist of all time.

Now THIS is where this lady belongs! She surpasses EVERY female drummer in music history! Think about this- How many female drummers were there BEFORE Karen showcased her talent? And if that wasn't enough, she had the voice of an angel. 'enough said!

Karen Rocks.She always will.

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2 Jen Ledger Jen Ledger

First, a little bit of history on Skillet and where they were when Jen joined them:

In 2006, Skillet released their sixth album, Comatose, which is regarded by many to be their best/highest-quality album before or since. And a year later, their drummer of seven years, Lori Peters, left the band. Their new drummer would have to learn all the music, techniques, and feel for the style in only a few months, and on top of that all be dropped into a relentless touring and performing schedule that garnered a reputation for Skillet as one of the hardest working rock bands in history.

Jen did all of that and more.

She's amazing. Her charisma and attitude give her a very compelling stage presence, she is a skilled artist that illustrated their latest single and album covers, and she has generated a gigantic new fanbase for Skillet that has played a part in what they are today.

And she is a complete BEAST on the drums. She usually does a solo in concert between songs ...more

She's had the biggest influence on my life than you'd ever imagine. Even more than Amy Lee has. She's inspired me to smile a little and with a little hard work, you can move mountains. Ever since I've known about Jen, I've wanted to be a drummer.

She's so beautiful and she sounds so great but don't let this beauty fool you because when she sits behind those drums she's a complete BEAST, I'm pretty sure she's THE BEST DRUMMER OF ALL TIME just the best female drummer

She kills the drums and vocals.

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3 Beata Polak (Wolf Spider)
4 Linda McDonald (The Iron Maidens)

Check out her work with Phantom Blue! Amazing!


5 Samantha Maloney Samantha Maloney Samantha Maloney is an American musician best known for playing drums in the bands Hole, Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal and in Peaches' live band "The Herms".
6 Nicki Wicked (Crucified Barbara)

Muy pobre la lista...faltan muchas...pero mata..!

7 Clementine (Zepparella, AC/DShe)
8 Senri Kawaguchi

Best female drummer in the world, and just turned 17.

Simply the best drummer... Not just female drummer.

Just simply the best

Senri is the best and other Japanese girls hot on her tracks. Watch out for Kanade Sato, and Junna, also from Japan.

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9 Pitchu Ferraz (Nervosa)
10 Mercedes Lander

The Contenders

11 Caroline Corr

Simply the best

12 Sheila E.

Remarkable talent, musician, and drummer. recently had the chance to see her perform at the Golden Nugget, Lake Charles, LA was awesome, can't wait to see her again

13 Cindy Chaco (Embodied Torment)
14 Rina Suzuki

She is best of all! She deserves the first place. She is really cute, kind, feminine, adorable and talented in such a young age! She had so many ups and downs in her life but today she stands proud! She is my ideal girl. I wanna be like her

She is the most talented female drummer. She began playing the drums at 15 years and she plays it perfectly. She showed everyone that a woman can play drums.

She plays drums with so much grace! She always play the drums with a big smile! I love her because of her overflowing love for music!

She's the best

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15 Angie Scarpa (Black Sabbitch)
16 Meytal Cohen

Mattel has a very fluid style of play. She makes the complex look simple.

How can you forget her she is the best female drummer of all time watch her covers on YouTube... Love her and more than that her drumming... Hell yeah meytal for playing good metal for us my/m/

she's hot!

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17 Sandy West


18 Megan Martha White

In every single white stripes song she drums perfectly for the song I think her drumming is amazing and she is a very pretty women - Ryanbread28

She is not that energetic and fast like some above, but an excellent drummer none the less.

I personally think meg is an astounding drummer, she hits the skins hard and effectively.

Oh come on, she can't drum my dog can drum better - Jetticus12

19 Moe Tucker

Moe Tucker is one of the best drummers of all time regardless of gender. No one can touch what she created.


20 Janet Weiss

Not just the greatest female drummer, but one of the best rock drummers period. Has a sense and feel for the backbeat that few others possess.

Absolute legend

Janet Weiss' drumming is bad ass, check her out in the song Oxygen or Surface Envy (Sleater Kinney)

21 Honey Lantree
22 Kayla Miller
23 Gina Schock

The Clem Burke of female drummers.

24 Cindy Blackman
25 Vela Blue
26 Roxy Petrucci


27 Anika Nilles


28 Stella Mozgawa
29 Carola Grey

This German drummer is absolutely amazing, and I've seen her play live!

30 Paloma McLardy
31 Lori Peters
32 Mihaela "Mikey" Kotnik

She is the one of the Greatest Drummer of all time.
She is the Drummer of the Slovenian Melodic Metalcore Band "I vs. I".

33 Katie Cole (Dangerkids)
34 Leesa Harrington-Squyres (Lez Zeppelin)
35 Lynn Perko

Punk drummer for the Dicks and then Imperial teen. Rock steady and a trailblazer.

36 Angela Lese
37 Cheshire Agusta
38 Kanade Sato

She is a best drummers in next generation - telkey01

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