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 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, musician, and singer. RIP, beautiful lady. You were the best and broke down the barriers for us all.

2 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

3 Cindy Blackman

The Legend - powerful, unique, owns the pocket.

4 Paulina Villarreal

I always say that Pau does more with less. She doesn't waste any beats. She's the master of "What does the song need?", and then she does it. As the majority songwriter, the process begins at the family piano (which is charmingly slightly out of tune). From there, Dany and Ale add their input, then they vote. Majority rules.
Pau wrote the concept album Queen Of The Murder Scene when she was 14-15. I'm not sure I could write my name in cursive at that age.
These ladies have been abandoned for over 10 years now, and the oldest sisters just 24. The future is looking very bright for rock music.

5 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

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 (which I have had the pleasure of experiencing twice), and her level of quality, speed, and good sound go far beyond anything else I have ever witnessed.

Jen Ledger is definitely the best female drummer of all time.

6 Moe Tucker

Her idiosyncratic, tom-heavy sound was critical to The Velvet Underground, easily one of the greatest and most influential bands in rock history. (Incidentally, she paved the way for Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley, inexplicably left off this list.)

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

7 Nikki Glaspie
8 Bobbye Hall
9 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.

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.

10 Terri Lyne Carrington
The Contenders
11 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!

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

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

12 Beata Polak
13 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".
14 Linda McDonald

Check out her work with Phantom Blue! Amazing!

15 Sue Hadjopoulos
16 Nicki Wicked
17 Caroline Corr
18 Clementine
19 Mercedes Lander
20 Pitchu Ferraz
21 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.

22 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/

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

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

23 Rina Suzuki

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 is the prettiest and bad ass drummer ever, solid drum fills and smooth chops. Rina deserves a spot for female drummers. unforgettable

24 Jody Linscott
25 Angie Scarpa

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

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