Top 10 Best Female Drummers in Rock and Metal

You know that feeling you get when you see someone totally defying expectations? That's the thrill I get watching women absolutely crush it in rock and metal, especially when they're behind the drum kit. It's powerful, it's inspiring, and it's undeniable.

There's just something captivating about the raw energy and intensity of women playing hard and heavy music. Maybe it's the contrast between the delicate and the fierce, or the way they shatter stereotypes with every beat. Whatever it is, it's impossible to ignore. And when it comes to female drummers in rock and metal, the talent pool is deep.
The Top Ten
1 Paulina Villarreal

Multi talented: kick ass drummer, great singer, generational songwriter, overall great visionary. The only reason she's not considered not just the greatest female drummer but one of the best ever, is because she's relatively unknown.

There's other technical drummers (which she's good at as well), but she plays a distinct groove while hitting the drums hard and laying down melodic breakbeats. Often mixing funk, metal, punk so seamlessly that many don't notice. All while singing better than most band's lead singer.

There's nothing she can't do.

2 Beata Polak

She plays technical thrash metal (! ) for Wolf Spider - a metal band from Poland.

3 Linda McDonald

I have never seen any other woman play as heavy or hard but very precise with a great control tempo and versatility but for metal she's a monster don't let her size fool you. Linda McDonald is the best female rock, metal drummer, hands-down! And what's crazier she outburps me…

Pretty much my favorite drummer, male or female.
Whenever I get to hear her, I am always very happy, and when I don't get to, I am unhappy.
I prefer being happy, so hopefully I can keep going with that.

She drums for The Iron Maidens

4 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".

A true legend - 20+ years in the business

5 Justine "Juice" Éthier

She drums for melodic death metal (! ) bands Blackguard and Karkaos. This girl can play death metal blast beats.

6 Nicki Wicked

Drummer of Crucified Barbara

7 Mercedes Lander

Drummer for metal band Kittie (heavy metal, death metal, alternative metal, nu metal).

Her skills for groove are always impressive. Go stream "We are shadows", really good.

8 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... read more

She's changed my life in a great way, she's inspired me to play drums and live life to the fullest. I can't find words for how much I love her. She's got a beautiful voice as well as great drumming skills. she rocks it. she doesn't just play drums like other drummers, she sings at the same time! that's pure talent. her personality is the best, she's inspiring and I love how she talks about her faith. she plays in my favourite band (obvs) but she's the best. her vocals in every song are beautiful. Jen is one amazing person. my favourite musician of all time. ps she's sooo pretty 2!

9 Kate Kuziakina

Kate is one of those drummers that is unpretentious and uninhibited in her performances. She doesn't go for a lot of flash and show, just hard hitting and really into what she is playing at the time. Her fills are perfectly timed and placed, she's the driving force behind her band The Sixsters. I have been following Kate and The Sixsters for several years now and I must say that though she was a talented prodigy from 8 years old, she has grown into a top notch, multi talented force to be reckoned with. I will continue to watch her and her band grow and I believe they are to become one of the best (if not The best) bands globally. The Sixsters simply Rock!

10 Cindy Chaco

She plays technical death metal (! ) for Embodied Torment.

The Newcomers

? Tamu Murata
? Denise Dufort
The Contenders
11 Pitchu Ferraz
12 Akane Hirose

I have followed her work in Band-Maid (and before) and seen her develop power and precision in a band that explores many forms of rock from mild to wild and alt to prog. She knows what works for each song and stretches her skills to excel at it constantly.
In late 2016 Jimmy Page asked for a photo with her and was very complimentary after witnessing her performance. Speaking of a person who knows some things. 8 years later, she is lightyears above that.

Versatile, exciting, and very technically proficient drummer for Band-Maid. She excels in virtually every hard or heavy rock style.

13 Clementine
14 Meg White Megan Martha "Meg" White is an American drummer known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes.
15 Luana Dametto

Crypta is awesome. Got to meet this woman before a show once, super nice.

16 Haruna

Unleash the Beast!! Haruna is known for amazing fills and consistent hammering double pedal work throughout each 5 - 6 minute long song for nearly 2 hour concerts. Her stamina is amazing to witness and her power is unmatched. "Little Big Engine" is simply unstoppable. She drives the ultra fast pace of Lovebites speed-Thrash-Power metal combination with Accuracy and Intensity. She plays great songs in "Thunder Vengeance" & Glory to the world" in absolute Beast-Mode, Then to have my mind blown away once again with their newer "Dissonance" and "Soldier Stands Solitarily".

17 Hirose Akane

I've never seen a drummer play so fast yet look like they're barely moving. No wasted motion whatsoever. She is a beast behind the kit.

18 Alexa Rae

Heard her last year when she was with Liliac filling in for Abigail Cristea. Wow!

19 Veronika Lukesova
20 Torry Castellano
21 Samantha Landa

Drummer of Conquer Divide. Recently been to her shows. She is amazing.

22 Varaska
23 Hayley Cramer
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