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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 1 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.

 2 Sheryl Crow

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kennett, Missouri, United States

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

 3 St. Vincent

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Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tulsa

 4 Grace Slick

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Famous As: Artist, Musician
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.

 5 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

 6 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 Kirsty MacColl

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon
Died: December 18, 2000
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 8 AJ Michalka

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California

AJ Michalka is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. She is credited with forming the popular pop duo Aly & AJ along with her sister Alyson Renae Michalka. Also a respected actress and voice actress, AJ Michalka has contributed to the success of several TV series, such as Steven Universe and The Goldbergs.

 9 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.

 10 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. 

 11 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.

 12 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

 13 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

 14 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. 

 15 Shirley Manson

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

 16 Michelle Branch

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 17 Siouxsie Sioux

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Exotica, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southwark

 18 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

 19 Nancy Spungen

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Famous As: Drug trafficker, Prostitute
Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: University City
Died: October 12, 1978

 20 Jessica Origliasso

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Famous As: One half of pop duo The Veronicas
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Jessica Origliasso is one-half of the Australian pop-duo The Veronicas that she formed with her identical twin sister, Lisa Origliasso. They rose to fame with platinum-certified studio-albums like The Secret Life of... and Hook Me Up, and singles like You Ruin Me. They have also acted in the television series Cybergirl and co-designed a fashion line for Target.    

 21 Brittany Howard

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

 22 Cassadee Pope

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

 23 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

 24 Andrea Corr

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

Andrea Corr is an Irish singer, musician, songwriter, actress, and author. She is part of the popular Celtic pop-rock and folk-rock group The Corrs, where she plays the ukulele, piano, and tin whistle apart from being the lead singer. Also a humanitarian, Andrea Corr takes part in several charitable activities to raise money for various causes.

 25 Cassidy Freeman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 26 Jane Wiedlin

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Famous As: Musician
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.

 27 Imogen Heap

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Essex

 28 beabadoobee

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

 29 Sandy Denny

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: April 21, 1978

 30 Pamela Des Barres

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reseda, California, USA

 31 Laura Marling

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England

 32 Lights

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Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timmins

 33 KT Tunstall

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 34 Tammin Sursok

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg

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.

 35 Julia Lennon

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Famous As: Musician
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.

 36 Brooke Fraser

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Famous As: Singer and songwriter best known for her hit single
Birthdate: December 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 37 Fefe Dobson

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Musician, Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scarborough

 38 Cassie Steele

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 39 Beth Gibbons

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

 40 Micki Harris

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 10, 1982

 41 Bat for Lashes

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton

 42 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.

 43 Emily Haines

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist
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.  

 44 Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Garður

 45 Chrissy Amphlett

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Famous As: Street artist, Singer, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong
Died: April 21, 2013

 46 Lenka

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: March 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New South Wales

 47 Régine Chassagne

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Pianist
Birthdate: August 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal

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

 48 Missy Higgins

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
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.

 49 Anouk

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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Den Haag

 50 Ximena Sariñana

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Film actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guadalajara