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 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 has so much energy in her playing and is one of the main reasons for skillets power and energetic music

U r SO right

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3 Beata Polak (Wolf Spider)
4 Linda McDonald (The Iron Maidens)
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 Nicki...me 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 Cindy Chaco (Embodied Torment)
12 Angie Scarpa (Black Sabbitch)
13 Caroline Corr

Simply the best

14 Sheila E.
15 Meytal Cohen

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!

Meytal rips

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16 Sandy West

RIP

17 Moe Tucker

MOE IS THE MOST NOTEWORTHY OF ALL FEMALE DRUMMERS...THE CONTEXT OF HER SOUND TO THAT "MODERN ERA" WILL NEVER BE RELIVED...SHE MADE HISTORY THAT CANNOT BE BROKEN

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 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.

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

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.

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

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