100 Greatest Drummers of All Time

From rock thunder machines to punk powerhouses, we count down the kings and queens of slam

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Janet Weiss
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90. Janet Weiss

"Janet made up a drum part, fierce and solid, we could practically bang our heads against it," Corin Tucker told Drum! about how Janet Weiss came to join Sleater-Kinney. "Then we were three." Since teaming with Tucker and Carrie Brownstein in 1996, Janet Weiss has been the ferocious foundation of the alt-rock institution as well as contributing her biting talents to Bright Eyes, the Jicks, the Shins and more. But her work with Sleater-Kinney has proven the most influential, providing a constant balance of song-serving and primal aggression. "Music, to me, is the most immediate of all art forms. Maybe because I'm physical. ... I bang on things. There's a physicality to our music. We're using every part of our body," she told Paper in an interview about her supergroup Wild Flag. "Women aren't often allowed to be animals. And we are."

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