Female Rock Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many female rock musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female rock musicians, such as Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John. The women 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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Dolores O'Riordan
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist for the Alternative Rock Band ‘The Cranberries')

Dolores O'Riordan
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Birthdate: September 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 15, 2018

Dolores O'Riordan went from being a church singer to becoming the lead vocalist of the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries and a rock icon of the 1990s. She stunned her fans with her death as a result of accidental drowning due to intoxication at age 46.

 2 
Alanis Morisette
(Singer-Songwriter)

Alanis Morisette
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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.

 3 
Grace Slick
(Retired Singer-Songwriter - Was A Key Figure in San Francisco's Early 'Psychedelic Music' Scene in the Mid-1960s)

Grace Slick
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Birthdate: October 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States

Grace Slick is a retired singer-songwriter. Slick played an important role in the psychedelic music scene that flourished in San Francisco during the mid-1960s. One of the earliest female rock stars, Slick played a key role in the development of rock music during the 1960s. She was named among the Greatest Women of Rock N Roll by VH1 in 1999.

 4 
Fiona Apple
(Singer-songwriter)

Fiona Apple
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Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 5 
Kirsty MacColl
(Singer-songwriter and producer who produced the song "Fairytale of New York" with The Pogues and who released pop hits like "They Don't Know.")

Kirsty MacColl
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Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 18, 2000

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PJ Harvey
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist)

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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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Tori Amos
(Musician and Singer)

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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. 
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Linda Perry
(Famous songwriter for stars like Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Kelly Osbourne, and Christina Aguilera)

Linda Perry
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Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

 9 
Orianthi
(Australian Musician and Guitarist Known for His Association With Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson)

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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. 

 10 
Siouxsie Sioux
(Singer, Musician, Exotica, Songwriter)

Siouxsie Sioux
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Birthdate: May 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southwark

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Carrie Brownstein
(Singer, Guitarist, Actor, Writer, Musician, Blogger, Television actor)

Carrie Brownstein
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Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seattle

 12 
Shirley Manson
(Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter)

Shirley Manson
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Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 13 
Amanda Palmer
(Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter)

Amanda Palmer
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Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 14 
Nancy Spungen
(Drug trafficker, Prostitute)

Nancy Spungen
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Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: University City
Died: October 12, 1978

 15 
Brittany Howard
(Musician)

Brittany Howard
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Birthdate: October 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama Athens, Alabama, United States

 16 
Jane Wiedlin
(Musician)

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Birthdate: May 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States

Jane Wiedlin is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She achieved popularity as the backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the popular band The Go-Go's. Jane Wiedlin is also an ardent animal rights activist; she works closely with organizations, such as PETA. An openly bisexual musician, Jane Wiedlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 17 
Imogen Heap
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Record producer)

Imogen Heap
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Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Romford, London, England

 18 
beabadoobee
(Singer)

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Birthdate: June 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines

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Cassadee Pope
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Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

 20 
Sandy Denny
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter)

Sandy Denny
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Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: April 21, 1978

 21 
Laura Marling
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer)

Laura Marling
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Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England

 22 
KT Tunstall
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist)

KT Tunstall
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Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh

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Pamela Des Barres
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Birthdate: September 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reseda, California, USA

 24 
Lights
(Canadian electropop singer-songwriter best known for singles "Ice" and "Toes.")

Lights
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Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmins, Ontario, Canada

 25 
Tammin Sursok
(Actress known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009))

Tammin Sursok
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Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Tammin Sursok is an actress and singer whose portrayal of Dani Sutherland earned her the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2001. Sursok is also known for her singing skills; her debut studio album Whatever Will Be peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Charts. Apart from acting and singing, Sursok has also been campaigning against bullying.

 26 
Fefe Dobson
(Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model)

Fefe Dobson
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Birthdate: February 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scarborough

 27 
Brooke Fraser
(Singer and songwriter best known for her hit single)

Brooke Fraser
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Birthdate: December 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Brooke Fraser is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known for her 2010 single, Something in the Water. Over the course of her career, Fraser has won several awards, including a Grammy for her song What a Beautiful Name. She has also won many New Zealand Music Awards. Also a philanthropist, Fraser was part of the 2012 charity song, Feel Inside.

 28 
Micki Harris
(Singer)

Micki Harris
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Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 10, 1982

 29 
Beth Gibbons
(Singer)

Beth Gibbons
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

 30 
Julia Lennon
(Musician)

Julia Lennon
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Birthdate: March 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 15, 1958

Julia Lennon was a British woman and the mother of popular singer-songwriter John Lennon. Julia helped John learn musical instruments like the ukulele and banjo. She also played an important role in his life and was the inspiration behind some of John's popular songs like Mother and Julia. She was played by Christine Kavanagh in John's biopic In His Life.

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate Miller‐Heidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

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Emily Haines
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist)

Emily Haines
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Birthdate: January 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi

Emily Haines is a Canadian singer and songwriter who is the lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the rock band Metric. She is a member of the indie rock band Broken Social Scene as well and also performs solo. She is the daughter of the poet Paul Haines and was encouraged to pursue her musical passion from childhood.  

 33 
Régine Chassagne
(Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and founding member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire)

Régine Chassagne
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Birthdate: August 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Régine Chassagne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a founding member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. She began her career as a jazz performer and met fellow musician Win Butler, with whom she started Arcade Fire. The couple got married and continue to perform together. She is a shareholder in the music streaming service company Tidal

 34 
Bat for Lashes
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist)

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Birthdate: October 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton

 35 
Bif Naked
(Singer-songwriter)

Bif Naked
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Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Delhi, Delhi, India

 36 
Missy Higgins
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)

Missy Higgins
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Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins is known for her chartbusting singles such as Scar and Where I Stood. She has also performed at international events such as TEDx. Her hit album The Sound of White made it to the top 5 of the End of Decade Top 100 Albums Chart in 2010.

 37 
Ximena Sariñana
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Film actor, Songwriter)

Ximena Sariñana
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Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guadalajara

Ximena Sariñana is a Mexican actress and singer-songwriter whose debut album Mediocre earned her international recognition and a Grammy nomination in 2009. Ximena Sariñana is also known for her humanitarian efforts; in 2020, she took part in a charity single titled Resistiré México in an attempt to help those in need in Mexico.

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
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Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gardur, Suðurnesjabær, Iceland

 39 
Markéta Irglová
(Czech-Icelandic Singer-songwriter and Actress Best Known for Starring in the Film 'Once')

Markéta Irglová
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Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valasske Mezirici, Czechia

Marketa Irglova is a Czech-Icelandic musician, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is best known for starring in the 2007 Irish musical drama film Once, which earned Irglová numerous prestigious awards, such as an Oscar under the Best Original Song category for her song, Falling Slowly

 40 
Anouk
(Singer-songwriter)

Anouk
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Birthdate: April 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Anouk is a Dutch singer widely regarded as the most famous rock singer in the Netherlands. She achieved popularity in 2013 when she represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden with the song, Birds. Anouk is one of the most decorated singers of her generation; she has won several awards like TMF Awards and Edison Music Awards.

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Alexz Johnson
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer)

Alexz Johnson
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Birthdate: November 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Westminster

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Laura Imbruglia
(Singer, Songwriter)

Laura Imbruglia
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Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian indie singer Laura Imbruglia is better known as the sister of popstar Natalie Imbruglia, who once rocked the charts with her global hit Torn. Known for tracks such as Looking for a Rabbit, Laura has also written the web series Amateur Hour and appeared in the TV series Crash Palace.

 43 
Serena Ryder
(singer-songwriter)

Serena Ryder
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Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Natasha Shneider
(Actor, Musician, Pianist)

Natasha Shneider
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Birthdate: May 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riga
Died: July 2, 2008

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Gin Wigmore
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)

Gin Wigmore
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Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auckland

Gin Wigmore is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known for her raspy and high pitched voice. Over the course of her career, Gin Wigmore has received several New Zealand Music Awards and a couple of nominations for the prestigious MTV Europe Music Awards. 

Anita Lane
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne

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Jehnny Beth
(Musician)

Jehnny Beth
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Birthdate: December 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Poitiers, France

 48 
Sass Jordan
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)

Sass Jordan
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Birthdate: December 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham

 49 
Skye Sweetnam
(Singer, Songwriter)

Skye Sweetnam
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Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bolton

 50 
Zemfira
(Singer)

Zemfira
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Birthdate: August 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia

Russian rock-musician Zemfira has made her mark as a singer in Russia and other former Soviet republics with studio-albums like Zemfira and Forgive Me My Love, and hit singles like You Want? Forgive Me My Love became the best-selling album of Zemfira with over 1,500,000 copies sold, while overall till date Zemfira has sold over 3 million records.