Women Composers

Throughout history, there have been many women composers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female composers such as Tori Amos, Nadia Boulanger, Emina Jahović, Francesca Caccini, Clara Wieck Schumann.The women composers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: November 30, 1098
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany
Died: September 17, 1179

Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, Christian mystic, visionary, philosopher, polymath, and Benedictine abbess of the High Middle Ages. Apart from being the most-recorded composers of sacred monophony in modern history, Hildegard of Bingen is also widely regarded as the founder of scientific natural history.

 2 Bjork

Bjork
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Bjork is an Icelandic singer, record producer, songwriter, DJ, and actress. She is best known for her association with the now-defunct yet popular band, The Sugarcubes. The bestselling Icelandic singer-songwriter of all time, Bjork was named in Time magazine's most influential people in the world list in 2015. Over the course of her illustrious career, Bjork has received several awards.

 3 Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Alanis Morisette is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actress. Renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice, Morisette has been named by Rolling Stone as the Queen of Alt-Rock Angst. A recipient of 13 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, Morisette has released several successful albums, including Jagged Little Pill, which was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

 4 Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist, Writer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan

 5 Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.

 6 Susanna Hoffs

Susanna Hoffs
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film producer, Musician, Singer, Composer, Television actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 7 Michel'le

Michel'le
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Compton, United States
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 8 Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durgapur

National Award-winning singer Shreya Ghoshal grew up in Rajasthan and later moved to Mumbai, where her electrical engineer father was posted. After gaining attention with the talent show Sa Re Ga Ma, the classically trained artist was catapulted to fame with her playback singing in Devdas, and never looked back.

 9 Nancy Wilson (Rock Musician)

Nancy Wilson (Rock Musician)
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Nancy Wilson is a celebrated musician, singer, songwriter and composer.  A guitar virtuoso from the age of ten, she joined the rock band Heart in early 1970s, releasing numerous albums with them. She released her first solo studio album in 2021.

 10 Petula Clark

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ewell, Surrey, England

Petula Clark is an English singer, composer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity in the USA, for which she is often referred to as the First Lady of the British Invasion. Over the years, Petula Clark has sold over 68 million records worldwide. Some of her best known songs include Downtown, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, and My Love.

 11 Tori Amos

Tori Amos
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Famous As: Musician and Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newton
Alternative rock singer Tori Amos is known for her songs that highlight issues such as feminism. Amos was the youngest to win a music scholarship to the Peabody Institute. She performed with the group Y Kant Tori Read before going solo. She is associated with RAINN, a sexual abuse helpline. 

 12 PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

Tinged with themes of female sexuality, the lyrics of PJ Harvey have redefined the place women occupy in rock music. While she was initially part of a musical trio named after herself, she later charted her own path as a solo musician. She is only artist to have earned the Mercury Prize twice.

 13 Sarah Bolger

Sarah Bolger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Sarah Bolger is best known for her roles in movies such as Stormbreaker, The Lazarus Effect, and The Spiderwick Chronicles. She is also known for her IFTA Award-winning performance as Princess Mary Tudor in the series The Tudors and for her role as Princess Aurora in Once Upon a Time.

 14 Kelis

Kelis
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Chef
Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 15 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

 16 Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Television actor, Film actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Ord

 17 Aimee Osbourne

Aimee Osbourne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

The daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne followed in the footsteps of her father to become a singer. However, she has disapproved some of her parents' behavior. She failed to hog the limelight in the reality TV series The Osbournes. Aimee Osbourne helped found a synth-pop band called ARO where she is the lead vocalist.

 18 Keren Peles

Keren Peles
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yavne'el, Israel

Keren Peles is an Israeli pianist, singer-songwriter, and poet. Over the course of her songwriting career, Peles has contributed immensely to the success of other popular singers like Shiri Maimon and Miri Mesika by writing the lyrics of some of their hit songs. She has also found success as a singer as many of her albums have been certified gold.  

 19 Alka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata

Alka Yagnik is an Indian playback singer. One of the most popular female playback singers in Bollywood, Yagnik has won a record seven Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards in an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. Alka Yagnik has also won other prestigious awards, such as Bollywood Movie Awards, Global Indian Film Awards, and Zee Cine Awards.

 20 Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died: January 21, 2002

 21 Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 22 Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee

 23 Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer
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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 24 Diane Warren

Diane Warren
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Famous As: Composer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: September 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 25 Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

 26 Susan Tedeschi

Susan Tedeschi
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 27 Beth Hart

Beth Hart
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: January 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 28 Juana Inés de la Cruz

Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Famous As: Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Feminist, Composer
Birthdate: November 12, 1651
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tepetlixpa
Died: April 17, 1695

 29 Banks

Banks
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Orange County, California, US

 30 Amelia Warner

Amelia Warner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Amelia Warner is a British musician and composer. She is best known for her work as a composer in a movie titled Mary Shelley for which she was honored with the Breakthrough Composer of the Year award at the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards in 2018. A former actress, Warner has also appeared in films like Æon Flux.

 31 Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Piapot, Canada

Known for her music that showcases the issues of Native Americans, Canadian-American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie became the first person from any indigenous community to win an Oscar, with the song Up Where We Belong. She had also been blacklisted by many radio stations earlier due to her activism.

 32 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki
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Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka

Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.

 33 Linda Perry

Linda Perry
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Famous As: Famous songwriter for stars like Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Kelly Osbourne, and Christina Aguilera
Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

 34 Clara Wieck Schumann

Clara Wieck Schumann
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Famous As: Musician & Composer
Birthdate: September 13, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig
Died: May 20, 1896

Clara Wieck Schumann was a German pianist, teacher, and composer. One of the most famous pianists of the Romantic era, Schumann changed the way concerts were conducted during her time and made a long-lasting impression as a pianist. She also influenced other pianists through her teaching; among her students were famous English pianist, Mathilde Verne.

 35 La Toya Jackson

La Toya Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

 36 Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer, Music arranger
Birthdate: December 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Basseterre

 37 Alice Englert

Alice Englert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 38 Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

 39 Ofra Haza

Ofra Haza
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Famous As: Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: February 23, 2000

Ofra Haza was an Israeli actress and singer who achieved great popularity in the Western world where she came to be known as the Madonna of the East. An influential cultural figure in Israel, Ofra Haza played a major role in popularizing the Mizrahi culture. During her illustrious singing career, Haza earned several gold and platinum discs.

 40 Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar
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Famous As: Musician, Sitar Player
Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Anoushka Shankar is a British-Indian music composer and sitar player. Over the years, she has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has won many prestigious awards, such as Songlines Music Award. In 2004, she was named in the 20 Asian Heroes list published by Time. Anoushka Shankar is also known for her activism and is a supporter of animal rights.  

 41 Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hazel, Kentucky, United States

 42 Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: July 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Anchorage

 43 Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 44 Tanita Tikaram

Tanita Tikaram
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Münster

 45 Paula Cole

Paula Cole
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockport

 46 Lisa Coleman

Lisa Coleman
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States

 47 Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey

 48 Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager
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Famous As: Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Lyricist
Birthdate: March 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City

 49 Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 50 Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She developed an early interest in music and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. She is the bandleader of her own bands and has also performed in collaboration with artists including Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Mick Jagger. She is a regular practitioner of meditation.