10 Greatest Female Rock Stars of All Time

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks
Jim Louvau

For as long as there's been rock 'n' roll, there have been chicks who rock. They're not as plentiful as their male counterparts, but they can have just as much impact.

Here are 10 of our favorite lady rockers.

10. Brody Dalle

The vocalist and guitarist of the Distillers and Spinnerette might not go down in the history books as one of the most famous frontwomen of all-time, but anyone who's listened to her work can't doubt how hard she rocks. The woman who started off as Tim Armstrong's Australian girlfriend (and is now Josh Homme's wife) has proven herself to be an awesome frontwoman and a powerful punk rock talent. Dalle opened up being a badass punk rocker to a whole new generation of frontwomen, which was particularly important in the time right before today's feminist movement.

9. Stevie Nicks

Although Nicks' career garners mixed reactions from fans and critics alike, there's no doubt about her importance in the music scene of the 1970s. Her heartfelt vocal stylings and songwriting brought Fleetwood Mac to a level of fame, popularity and historical significance they'd never before reached. Plus, how can we not include Nicks after her amazing cameo on the third season of

American Horror Story


8. Siouxsie Sioux

In the early days of British punk, Siouxsie and the Banshees made a name for themselves as the band with a female lead singer. Almost four decades later, they're still viewed as one of the pioneers of alternative music, with their iconic frontwoman inspiring both the style and sounds of generation after generation of newer bands. While the Sex Pistols flamed out almost immediately and the Banshees broke up in the '90s, the goth-punk queen is still going strong in her solo career and expects to have a new album out this year.

7. Kim Gordon

If you want to know what it's like to be a girl in a successful band, you should start by reading Gordon's memoir (appropriately titled Girl in a Band). With Sonic Youth broken up, Gordon has moved on to other projects, including penning one of the most detailed looks at being a female rock star of the '80s, '90s, and '00s. As if her time with Sonic Youth wasn't enough, Gordon extended her musical reach by producing Hole's debut album, which means she's partially responsible for another legendary lady rocker.

6. Deborah Harry

Historically speaking, there's no denying Blondie's importance. They might be the most significant female-fronted band in history, and not just because of their mega-classic "One Way or Another." Although primarily viewed as a new wave band, Harry and the band broke into several other genres, including an extremely early version of what would later become modern hip-hop, all because of the singer's vocal range and ability. It could actually be argued that not only is Harry rock royalty, but that she's also the first female rapper.

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