Top Ten Best Female Drummers of All Time

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

The Top Ten

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!

Seriously? Like there's a debate? She was a drummer before it was the societal norm for girls to play drums. Trend setters always get kudos for being just that... a person that broke through barriers. On top of that... she was pretty damn good.

Jen Ledger Jennifer "Jen" Carole Ledger is a English drummer mostly known for playing in the band and being the co-vocalist for Skillet since 2008 when Lori Peters decided to retire from the band. more.

Skillet is everything, but she's anything you wanna listen on the drums.

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 is just great... She had a HUGE influence on Skillet and this band exists since a very long time. And she began in this band with ONLY 18 years old. Seems like she was born behind drums, she is amazing

Jen is definitely the best drummer out there. she puts her own personality into her drumming, she's passionate and incredible. Very talented, I absolutely love her

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

Check out her work with Phantom Blue! Amazing!


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".
Nicki Wicked (Crucified Barbara)

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

Clementine (Zepparella, AC/DShe)
Senri Kawaguchi

Incredible talent. One of the best drummers I have ever heard. She's got a bright future and a long promising career ahead of her. Looking very much forward to following it. Hopefully she will come to Norway so I'll be able to se her perform. Otherwise I will travel abroad within the next 5 years to see her. I am 40 years her senior, just retired and simply have to see her live before I'm gone!

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

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

Just simply the best

Pitchu Ferraz (Nervosa)
Mercedes Lander

The Contenders

Caroline Corr

She was the pioneer of good solid female drummers. She led the way. ( Not bad for a piano player, too.)

Simply the best

Sheila E.

Number 13... HOW? She is easy top three. Playing for Ringo Starr and Prince- says all there is about the quality. And her style and versatility if anything might make some forget that yes, she was first and foremost a badass percussionist.

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

She is the whole package.. drummer percussionist definitely number 1, the best of all...

Cindy Chaco (Embodied Torment)
Angie Scarpa (Black Sabbitch)

She swings like a dancer while playing some of the heaviest grooves imaginable.

Sandy West

THE BEST! She was better at 15 years old than most twice her age past or present male and female alike. A rank of 17 is a joke! Her friend and colleague Joan Jett compared her to John Bonham.. Very high praise from someone who knows.


Meytal Cohen

She’s a really good drummer, her speed with the single pedal that I saw in her cover of pull me under amazed me So much

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!

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!

I suggest everyone to watch her drum solo live at Budokan... she got the skills too...

Moe Tucker

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


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

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

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)

Anika Nilles


Honey Lantree


Roxy Petrucci


Cindy Blackman

Incredible! Inspirational!

Gina Schock

The Clem Burke of female drummers.

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