Women Lyricists & Songwriters

Throughout history, there have been many women lyricists & songwriters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female lyricists & songwriters such as Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Sia, Ciara.The women lyricists & songwriters 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 Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

 2 Mel B

Mel B
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

 3 Kesha

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Kesha is an American singer-songwriter. Having sold more than 134 million records, Kesha is one of the best-selling singers of her generation. As a songwriter, she has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Britney Spears, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande. As an openly bisexual musician, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 4 Lorde

Lorde
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Croatian

Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known for contributing to the soundtrack of the popular American sci-fi adventure film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Her song Yellow Flicker Beat was released as the lead single from the film's successful soundtrack. In 2013 and 2014, she was featured in Time magazine's most influential teenagers list.

 5 Queen Latifah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

 6 Danielle Bregoli

Danielle Bregoli
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 26, 2003
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 7 Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette
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Famous As: American-Canadian singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

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.

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 8 Lali Espósito

Lali Espósito
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Argentinian

 9 Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 10 Carole King

Carole King
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Carole King is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, King has contributed immensely to the success of other singers and is widely regarded as one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century. In 2013, she became the first woman to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

 11 Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, became a celebrity at the age of 14 with the French song Joe le taxi in 1987. She tasted further success with English songs like Be My Baby and many other French songs. She has also acted in several French films and has modelled regularly for high-end fashion products by Chanel like perfume and handbags.

 12 Ava Max

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O’Connor
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish

Sinead O’Connor is an Irish singer and songwriter known for her controversial statements as much as for her work as a musician. Apart from releasing solo albums and singles, she has also collaborated with other artists and recorded songs for films. She often makes headlines for expressing views on subjects, such as women's rights, child abuse, sexuality, and organized religion.

 14 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 15 Brandy Norwood

Brandy Norwood
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

 16 Paula Abdul

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Starting her career as a cheerleader, Paula Abdul went on to choreograph music videos for Janet Jackson. She then tried her hand at singing-songwriting and released a highly successful debut studio album. Also an award-winning actress, Paula was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also appeared in TV shows like American Idol.

 17 Selena

Selena
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 1995

Known as the queen of Tejano music, Selena became the most famous Mexican-American entertainers during the late 20th century, thanks to her contributions to fashion and music. She is one of the most influential Latin artists ever. Her rags-to-riches story, which includes struggle, fame, and finally death at the age of 23, was showcased in the 1997 film, Selena.

 18 Jessie J

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Jessie J, the first U.K. female artist to score six Top-10 singles from the same album, is best known for her Billboard Hot 100-charting single Domino. She has been a coach on The Voice in the U.K. and Australia, and has also appeared in the Chinese singing contest Singer.

 19 Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A Radio Disney Music Award winner, Sabrina Carpenter is a popular actress and singer. After finishing third in a singing contest called The Next Miley Cyrus Project, Sabrina landed acting roles before launching her music career. Although described as a teen pop singer, she has explored various other genres, such as country, folk pop, and acoustic.

 20 Miranda Lambert

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Two-time Grammy-winning country singer Miranda Lambert is known for her hit album Platinum and the track Automatic. She was placed third in the singing contest Nashville Star. She has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist. Her organization MuttNation Foundation works for rehabilitation of rescue animals.

 21 Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.

 22 Norah Jones

Norah Jones
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 23 Joan Jett

Joan Jett
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Joan Jett, also known as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, is the frontwoman of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, best known for their rendition of the Arrows song I Love Rock 'n Roll, which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Jett also released the hit Cherry Bomb with the Runaways

 24 JoJo

JoJo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

JoJo is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. A child prodigy, JoJo released her self-titled debut studio album at the age of 13. Subsequently, the album peaked at number four on Billboard 200 and has sold more than four million copies to date. She has also been headlining several tours, apart from releasing albums.

 25 Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Actress and singer-songwriter, Emmy Rossum, is best known for her portrayal of Fiona Gallagher in the TV series Shameless. Beginning her career as a child actress in the 1990s, she began taking up more mature roles in her teens. As a singer, she has released two albums and an EP and has also provided vocals to many collaborative singles.

 26 Christina Milian

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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Christina Milian is best known for her hit tracks A.M. to P.M. and Say I. Fans have also loved her performances in the movie Love Don't Cost a Thing, as Vanessa in Grandfathered, and as Christine Parks in The Oath. She co-owns Viva Diva Wines and a food truck business.

 27 Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

 28 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 29 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 30 Faith Evans

Faith Evans
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
R&B and hip-hop artist Faith Evans is the first female artist to sign with Sean Combs’s label. She was married to rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in a shooting. Evans later won a Grammy for the song I'll Be Missing You, released in memory of her late husband.

 31 Saweetie

Saweetie
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Saweetie is an American rapper gained recognition when she posted her debut single Icy Grl on SoundCloud. Subsequently, the video of the song broke the internet as it went on to gather 100 million views on YouTube. She was then signed by Warner Records, which increased her popularity. She is also signed to Artistry Worldwide, her manager Max Gousse's record label.

 32 Emily Osment

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Famous As: Actress, Singer, and Songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Emily Osment is an American actress and singer-songwriter. After starting her career as a child artist, Osment went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Apart from being an actor and singer, Osment has had an impact as a philanthropist over the years; she works with organizations that educate children about the importance of caring for the environment.

 33 Zara Larsson

Zara Larsson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Swedish

Zara Larsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter who achieved national fame at the age of 10 when she won the 2008 season of the popular reality TV series, Talang. She then released her debut studio album and is currently one of the most decorated Swedish singer-songwriters of her generation.

 34 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 35 Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Ukulele Player
Birthdate: January 15, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Grace VanderWaal is a singer-songwriter who began her career as a YouTuber, uploading videos of her original songs and covers. She also started performing in local shows, gaining attention for her distinctive vocals. She won the TV competition show, America's Got Talent (AGT), in 2016 and received the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award.

 36 Anne-Marie

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Famous As: Singer, songwriter
Birthdate: April 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 37 Donna Summer

Donna Summer
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 2012

 38 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Four-time Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott, known for her chartbusting tracks such as Get Ur Freak On, was ranked fifth on Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time list. She was initially part of the R&B group Sista and then collaborated with Timbaland in the collective Swing Mob

 39 Ciara

Ciara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

 40 Joanna Newsom

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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Joanna Newsom is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Noted for her unique musical style, Newsom's early work was influenced by polyrhythms. She is one of the most important members of the modern freak folk and psychedelic folk movement. Newsom is also noted for her songwriting, which incorporates elements of avant-garde modernism and Appalachian music.

 41 Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

 42 Young M.A

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Young M.A is an American rapper who achieved popularity after the release of her single Ooouuu, which was certified quadruple-platinum. Also a well-known philanthropist, Young M.A launched the KWEENZ Foundation in 2018; the foundation aims at helping those trying to cope with the loss of loved ones. The same year, she was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

 43 Amelia Warner

Amelia Warner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 44 Remy Ma

Remy Ma
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 45 Enya

Enya
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish

 46 Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Mary Steenburgen is an American actress and musician. Also an active humanitarian, Steenburgen has been involved with several groups that work towards the welfare of people and the environment. In 2005, she inspired students at the Clinton School of Public Service with her lecture on students' role in public service.

 47 King Princess

King Princess
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 48 Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 Keren Peles

Keren Peles
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Israeli

 50 Erika Jayne

Erika Jayne
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American