Female Guitarists

Throughout history, there have been many women guitarists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female guitarists such as Miranda Lambert, Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Aimee Mann.The women guitarists 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 Joni Mitchell

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macleod, Canada

Joni Mitchell is one of the most popular Canadian singer-songwriters. Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, her songs reflect her feelings about joy, romance, disillusionment, and confusion. Apart from being a musician, Joni is also a visual artist who designs most of her album covers. In fact, she calls herself a painter derailed by circumstance.  

 2 Bonnie Raitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

 3 IU

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 4 Dido

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

 5 Susanna Hoffs

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter best known as a co-founder of the Bangles
Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 6 Charo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Spanish-American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco-guitarist Charo, whose birth year remains a subject of dispute for several years, is known for her seductive deep voice with Spanish accent, unrestrained and exuberant manner, and the catch-phrase cuchi-cuchi. She has released albums like Guitar Passion, featured in films like The Concorde...Airport '79 and guest starred in TV series like The Love Boat.

 7 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.

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 8 Patti Scialfa

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 9 Teddy Geiger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 10 Melissa Etheridge

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

 11 Allie Sherlock

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 7, 2005
Sun Sign: Aries

Irish singer, songwriter, and guitarist Allie Sherlock came into the limelight in 2017 after a YouTube cover of hers went viral. Even though she had been uploading her music on YouTube since 2014, it was only in 2017 that she gained widespread attention. Since then, she has appeared in a few TV shows as well.

 12 Lita Ford

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Famous As: Lead Guitarist Of The Rock Band 'The Runaways'
Birthdate: September 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Lita Ford is an English-born American vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead guitarist for The Runaways, a now-defunct rock band. Also a humanitarian, Ford took part in a cooking television game show titled Chopped in an attempt to raise $10,000 for her charity. In the 2010 film The Runaways, Ford was played by Scout Taylor-Compton.

 13 Helen Reddy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 14 Teena Marie

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: March 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: December 26, 2010

 15 Christy Carlson Romano

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut, USA

 16 Orianthi

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Famous As: Rock Musician, Singer
Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Named one among the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine, Australian musician, singer and songwriter Orianthi Penny Panagaris began playing the guitar at the age of three and moved to acoustic by six. At fifteen, she began her professional career, concurrently focusing on songwriting and released her debut independent album at the age of 20. 

 17 Eva Cassidy

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States
Died: November 2, 1996

 18 Suzi Quatro

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 19 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.

 20 Shirley Manson

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 21 Carrie Brownstein

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Actor, Writer, Musician, Blogger, Television actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seattle

 22 Alison Sudol

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 23 Edie Brickell

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Cliff, Texas, USA

 24 Persia White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

 25 Lzzy Hale

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA

Lzzy Hale is a singer, musician, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Halestorm. She is also the co-founder of the band. She began writing and performing music as a teenager and began her career collaborating with her brother, Arejay. She has also collaborated with many other artists.    

 26 Judy Collins

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 27 Floor Jansen

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Goirle, Netherlands

Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer best known for her association with the Finnish band Nightwish. She is also widely known for her role in the popular TV program Beste Zangers. In 2018, she was honored with the Buma Rocks! Export prize. In 2020, Floor Jansen won the Popprijs at the Noorderslag festival.

 28 Brittany Howard

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama Athens, Alabama, United States

 29 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

 30 Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States

 31 Kathleen Hanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 32 Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 33 Laura Jane Grace

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

 34 Kate Nash

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrow, London, England, UK

 35 Corinne Bailey Rae

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her 2006 Single ‘Put Your Records On'
Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, England

 36 Courtney Barnett

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

 37 Kim Deal

Kim Deal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA

 38 Natalie Maines

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States

 39 Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland

 40 Liz Phair

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 41 LP

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 42 Michelle Branch

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter Famous for Hit Single 'Everywhere'
Birthdate: July 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sedona, Arizona, United States

Michelle Branch is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her vocal performance on Santana's song The Game of Love, which received a Grammy Award under the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category. She is also credited with forming the now-defunct duo The Wreckers.

 43 Susan Tedeschi

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

 44 Lucinda Williams

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States

 45 Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 46 Aja Volkman

Aja Volkman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, USA

 47 Karen Elson

Karen Elson
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Famous As: Model, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oldham

 48 Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997

 49 Genesis P-Orridge

Genesis P-Orridge
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 50 Mollie King

Mollie King
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Famous As: Singer from the girl group The Saturdays
Birthdate: June 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, England, United Kingdom