Top Ten Best Female Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Orianthi

She is my most favourite Queen of Guitarist. Hope I can bring her to KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia... For a concert... To honour her amazing skills... She is awesome with lots of experience and confidence when on stage. She really rocks...

Only 4% votes? She's literally the only singer on this list that plays her guitar in every one of her songs and videos. Plus, she was actually going to be Michael Jackson's guitarist for his This Is It tour and she's currently Alice Cooper's guitarist! - LivLoveLaugh

Orianthi BLOWS she played beat it live with Michael Jackson and messed up all of the notes while Eddie Van Halen plays it like a pro. Also her guitar solos are just random mashes of notes. If you want to listen to some good music, Check out Van Halen. But if you want to listen to some garbage from the toilet that will make your ears bleed check out Orianthi - Gh_player

If you listen just once you have to put up at the top or close to it! I don't know how she is left off any top 10 list?

I agree there are about 3 real guitar players on the list

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2 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and composer. She rose to fame alongside her older sister, singer Ann Wilson, as a guitarist and backing vocalist in the rock band Heart, which she joined in 1974.

When Nanacy Wilson picks up her guitar... You know you're going to be blown away by her dynamic aggressive acoustic playing or her raunchy rock rhythms on the electric or her amazing picking styles. She's a dynamic persona on stage the ultimate guitar queen. Her song writing and magical voice make her a complete artist. She's been rocking and creating music for a good 40 years. If Nancy Wilson had been male she would have made "God" staus by now. Respect to guitar godess Nancy Wilson

Nancy should be number one (tied with Bonnie Raitt. )

Nancy wilson should have been 1 avril lavigne should not be on here

Crazy On You. Enough said - LizardKing99

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3 Joan Jett Joan Jett Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".

Its Joan Jett people what doesn't scream BAD REPUTATION down the road

The rowdiest, raunchiest (in a good way) rawest rock guitar player in the studio and on stage. Her chops and chord approach were probably what helped the big boys in thrash metal gain some confidence in their early playing. All attitude and loud guitar - that's Joan Jett!

Don’t forget she doesn’t do all the guitar parts like solos because she plays rhythm guitar

She's also one of the top punk guitarists.

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4 Lita Ford Lita Ford Lita Rossana Ford is an English-born American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s, an all-female rock band formed by Joan Jett and Sandy West. In the 1980s Lita Ford embarked on a solo career.

Listen to "Close My Eyes Forever" and get back to me. P.S. I don't think Swift qualifies. - benhos

5 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt

One of the best guitarists, period.

The one and only woman on slide blues guitar is Bonnie Raitt. She's got the sound that many women try to capture and emulate. Many of blues men have hailed her as one of the finest voices and guitar players out there. She always gives us something to talk about.

6 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

She does it good.

7 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about more.


8 Chrissie Hynde

Probably one of the biggest influences for any female guitarist starting out in the 80's- 90's. She is raw, real and what you see is what you get. On stage her guitar is as much a part of her as is the lyrics she sings. The Pretenders paved a wider freeway for women to travel.

And an excellent, engaging vocalist and performer. - Billyv

9 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.


Joni's tuning and technique of playing was ground breaking.

Something is really wrong with y'all if you let Joni Mitchell lose against Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift.

Should be Top 5

10 Nita Strauss


This girl can really shred! Should be in the top ten.

Hey, dumb ass, Nina is #2

The Contenders

11 Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success.

She came onto the scene and quickly was heard all over the radio. Another woman who can take the guitar to another level. Who else have you heard or seen make the guitar practically scream aggression. Then Melissa can take you to a slow 2 miles per hour when she picks her strings from her heart.
Sometimes I think she is the equivalent to the 12 string as Charlie Daniels is to the fiddle. Yet another woman on the list who not only plays guitar- she sings as well.

12 Jennifer Batten

Astonishing technique! See "Flight of the bumble bee".

Flight of the bumblebee is impossibly hard - GtrShredder

The angel and the legend of all time on earth she should b number one she is the creator of bumble bee... Godess of rock of all time queen of rock vote for Jennifer...

13 Shania Twain Shania Twain Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.
14 Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent)

OHMYGOD She's the queen of everything

15 Colbie Caillat Colbie Caillat Colbie Marie Caillat is an American singer-songwriter. Caillat rose to fame through social networking website Myspace.
16 Jan Kuehnemund
17 Tina S.

Breath taking!

18 Aiza Seguerra
19 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. more.
20 Lzzy Hale Lzzy Hale Elizabeth Mae "Lzzy" Hale is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the American hard rock band Halestorm, which she co-founded in 1997.
21 Shekaina Valdehueza
22 Mami Sasazaki
23 Ayla Tesler-Mabe

The best!

Anyone who thinks Ayla is anything less than #1 just hasn't experienced her yet. This girl masters the masters in hours what had taken those master guitarists years. Ayla is destined for greatness. - Buggy01

24 Ellen McIlwaine
25 June Millington
26 Miki Sugimoto

When I first heard this lady play, I was instantly taken in by the sound she brings out of a guitar. She is a clean player, who I would guess had some classical training somewhere along the line. If you have not heard of Miki or heard her play, do yourself a favor and check her out.

27 Michelle Malone

Here is a woman who not only blisters her fingers but basically could seperate amp cones on any given live performance. She has the nic name Moanin Malone. She plays a mean slide and has a voice you won't forget. Probably the only reason we don't hear more of this talented guitarist is likely because she is an Indie artist. Check her out live if you get the chance.

28 Susan Tedeschi

Another fine slide guitarist and blues player. I foresee her getting better not only as a guitar player, but as a songwriter and singer. She is in a fine company of musicians.

29 Tina Schlieske

When Stevie Ray Vaughan died, Tina was asked to join Double Trouble and be the lead singer. So that speaks enormously for her as a vocalist. She is a good guitarist and has many different styles of playing. Another Indie artist that should be getting air play on radio.

30 Melissa Ferrick

When I first saw this woman perform live, I believe my jaw stayed on the floor most the show. I was blown away. Melissa plays with a fierceness (if you will) that takes you by the scruff of your neck and demands your attention. She is a fast player and will amaze you with her tenacity on stage. She breaks a lot of strings but usually has a short good story to entertain you while she is changing strings. She played for almost two hours the first time I went to one of her gigs - without stopping once - for a drink of water or anything. She is another singer and another Indie artist. Check her out.

31 Becky Barksdale

With Becky's amazing Strat playing and heartfelt vocals and many amazing talents, is no wonder she was recently inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in Texas. Her concert following her induction was validation why she was personally had picked by Michael Jackson for his historical Dangerous Tour. She is hands down one of the very best Guitarist I have ever Wittnessed and certainally has earned a spot on this list!

32 Ana Popovic
33 Donita Sparks

Donita sparks should be 2 on the list no doubt about it and nancy wilson 1

34 Kelly Johnson

She was as Good if not better then tom petty one of the greatest he even Said she was amazing and lemmy once Said that the nights when she was in the zone then she was one of the greatest guitarists Ever I mean I can understand how Joan jett or lita ford could get more votes but the rest of the list is a joke then again Most of the lists here are inaccurate

People forgot to put kelley johnson from girlschool what a shame

35 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.

She plays good guitar 🎸 - smiler

36 Irene Ketikidi
37 Morgan Lander Morgan Lander
38 Rena Sands
39 Marlene Apuzzo
40 Poison Ivy - The Cramps
41 Korey Cooper
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