Top Ten Female Rock Guitarists

Most original, best sound,just plain able to ROCKOUT!!

The Top TenXW

1Nancy Wilson

I never paid much attention to Heart until recently. Now, after seeing Nancy through her career from raw, to record label forced mainstream, and now back into her own... I saw she has unparalleled talent. Looking back into her videos over the years shows she's done everything, even though she's been held mostly to acoustic and rhythm guitar. She's so perfect, Nancy could have been a very highly paid session guitarist. Nancy nailed the intro to the live Stairway To Heaven at the Kennedy Center Awards... it shows how artistically and perfect she plays. Besides that, Nancy is very kool, has a great stage presence, and hasn't appeared to have led a self destructive lifestyle. Nancy and Ann are amazing accomplished artists with the greatest talent and depth. They can make almost any song better. "Love Reign O're Me" is just one.

Love the group Heart! I have seen them in concert and what an event--these ladies are amazing and truly know how to rock. Nancy can play like no other woman on the planet in my opinion. When I think of the best female guitarist there is no other woman which comes to mind. To see Nancy at #1 on this chart is deservedly so and right on target. Thanks for getting this one right. Rock goddesses!

Definitely the best female lead guitarist I have ever heard. This lady can really rock and deserves to be the number 1 females rock guitarist. Listen to Heart's tracks especially Barracuda and you will hear for yourself. Awesome stuff

She is a helluva rocker no doubt

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With guitar solos and rock slowly vanishing, Orianthi is truly an inspiration for young people to realize how amazing rock music is; at her young age she plays like none other!

No one touches Orianthi. I like some of the others as performers, but Orianthi is an absolute shredder. If you don't know who she is, like I am sure most of the people on this board, you best check her out on YouTube. Contest over

Great at the solos. Just listen to suffocated. speed and melody is definitely one of Orianthi's best qualities

No one can touch her for just fantastic lead guitar. Most men take a back seat to her. She can play any style from blues to hard rock. She is truly amazing.

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3Jennifer Batten

The best only serve the best of the best and Jennifer is a perfect example. She rocks!

One of the best skilled Rock guitar players around the world

A veteran of the most supreme proportions!

4Malina Moye

Malina Moye is the "sauce" which is needed in today's music!

She is a Rock star with a heart that melts any Rock

Malina Moye is awesome.

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5Lita Ford

We are talking rock now aren't we?
Lita out rocks all of these, Joan is a rhythm guitarist and Nancy was good but she backed up the lead guitarist in her band. Lita has always stood front and center. Hard Rocking Women!

Shes the only one who plays more than the same thing here people. She mixes it up ALL the time. Greatest soloist EVER!

Lita Ford is by far the best guitarist EVER

6Bonnie Rait

No doubt about it Bonnie is the best to ever pick up a guitar!
Her longevity in the business is proof of that as she only gets better!

Bonnie Rait is great

Her early blues work is great

Bonnie Raitt is number 1 not 5.

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7Susan Tedeschi

I discovered Susan and her virtuoso guitar playing while listening to many other great blues guitarists. The Blues is about emotion, feeling, and self-expression in every note. I enjoy hearing her choices with the guitar on every one of her songs. There are many great guitarists on this list, and the blues players in particular get better with age and experiences. Whether on her own or with the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, her guitar playing continues to evolve into a fantastic form of self-expression the rest of us can enjoy.

Think she is the best current blues guitarist/singer. Checkout "Midnight in Harlem" and "Everybody's Talking". The Tedeschi/Trucks band is unbelievable.

She and her husband just plain rock!!!

Seen her a few times Unreal

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8Joan Jett

That is way to many votes for Nancy wilson! Besides, I like Joan Jetts songs more and I like more of them - Hannibalbarka

She should be number 1 I love her

YES! I love Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

She is a rock and roll goddess.

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9Ana Popovic

Saw Ana in Key West Florida at the Green Parrot October 2012... This girl Rocks...

THE best female blues guitarist. Also mostly plays her own music.

She both plays and sings amazingly well!

So cool. She is a natural

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10Jan Kuehnemund

Truly amazing guitarist from one of my all time fave female rock bands... Love her x

Jan Kuehnemund is awesome. I love her

The rock world lost a great one. A true inspiration. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.

The Contenders

11Allison Robertson
12Chrissie Hynde

One of my all time favorite! Her singing rules too.!

One of the best rhythm player male or female

13Melissa Ethridge

The whole package! Writes music, great singer and live performer and can play any guitar put in her hands. Every cover song she makes her own. Number 1 on my list by far

Inredibly exciting Rock guitarist, song writer, and singer who can pound the strings off a 12 string guitar, and play electric or acoustic.. Plus play a few other instruments.. I've seen Heart in concert and they are awesome.. But so is Melissa..

Loved her music when I first heard her sing!

There is someone better?

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14St. Vincent

How is she not at LEAST in the top ten? She's certainly better than Demi Lovato!

One of the most innovative guitar players ever.

Most eccentric guitarist I've heard. LOVE HER

Beautiful oddity sound? No problem for her! - UniqueUniverse

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15Lzzy Hale

Even her name screams badass..


16Demi Lovato

I wouldn't class her as a guitarist, let alone a rock one. I'm not hating on her though.

Way too underrated, but very talented.

17Joni Mitchell

She practically reinvents the guitar with every album and spends months learning the new chord structures each new tuning produces. No one comes close.

Joni is from a different breed she has more folk style music than girl guitarist today. I couldn't put her at 12. Once a poll from rolling stone magizne put out a top 100 best guitarist and Joni was the only girl guitarest on the list. I would put her 4

18Pat Benetar
19Sheryl Crow

Bass, acoustic, electric... Name it, she plays it and she plays them well.

20Suzi Gardner
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