Top Ten Female Rock Guitarists

Most original, best sound, just plain able to ROCK OUT!!

The Top Ten

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.

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!

Have loved Heart from their debut album. I wa amazed they wrote almost all their own songs and totally blown away when I realized it was Nancy playing guitar. Once I heard Silver Wheels (intro to Crazy on You) I knew I wanted to buy a guitar and play like that! Her and Ann are inspirations, Nancy being the best woman guitarist and Ann having the absolute voice of all time! Have seen them in concert many many times - always fantastic!

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

Kimberly Freeman

Duh shes the greatest


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!

"If I was going to pass the baton to someone, she would be my first choice, "- Carlos Santana. Look for her on Michael Jackson's This is It.

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

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".

Another of those Runaway guitarists that could really make a guitar sing.

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

She should be number 1 I love her

YES! I love Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Jan 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.

She was among the best rock guitarists ever. RIP.

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.

Lita rocked in the 80s. Some amazing guitarists came from the Runaways.

" First of all. It is admittedly somewhat of a tough decision to make, given the vast amount of excellent female singers and performers including guitarists out there. However, I would be lying if I didn't say that Lita Ford TOTALLY KICKS ASS! I mean there is just no other way of putting it. But then again there are hardly words in any language strong enough to describe her and her art. In fact, I am currently working on mastering the electric guitar myself, and Lita is a mentor and role model for me all the way! I LOVE YOU LITA FORD! "

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

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!

Bonnie 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 strums and picks along with the big boys!

Jennifer Batten

She amazing she has worked with the king 3 world tour & the super bowl

One of the best skilled Rock guitar players around the world

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

Amazing player. Her performances are stunning!

Allison Robertson
Susan 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!!!

I would move her way up the list!

The Contenders

St. Vincent Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

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

One of the weirdest and most amazing guitarist I've ever heard.

One of the most innovative guitar players ever.

Most eccentric guitarist I've heard. LOVE HER

Chrissie Hynde

Love Chrissie Hynde. Fan since 1st album hit the streets. Always a great show when they hit Detroit

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

One of the best rhythm player male or female

Melissa 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

Had the priveldge to see Joan Jett, Heart, Bonnie Raitt, and Melissa all in concert. Melissa always puts on a 3 hour concert and leaves ya screaming for more. Awesome solo riffs and endurance to match. So for me Melissa-then Bonnie. I love Bonnie's attitude-a whole lotta attitude LOL!

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..

There is someone better?

Ana Popovic

She can play any song with ease, she does not show her true talents in every show

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!

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.

Lzzy needs to be higher on the list. She has the voice of an angel. If anyone in today's time could channel Janis Joplin, it's Lzzy. Extraordinary guitar player, & very naturally beautiful woman! Nothing fake about Lzzy!

Even her name screams badass..

Lzzy hale is a great guitarist and also very beautiful.


Nita Strauss

Absolutely the BEST by far!

Absolutely Amazing!


Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.

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

Pat Benetar
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.

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

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.

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.

Suzi Gardner
Gretchen Menn

Just saw the video of her new song "Scrap Metal". Blew me away.

Just discovered her, playing Oloe Strut on you tube is as a good as it gets for me.


Korey Cooper

Absolutely amazing woman, deserves so much more love then she receives.

Korey rocks! She can rock out with all the other guys (and even girls! ) and she also plays awesome keyboards! Korey is a great guitarist overall, and no other female guitarist can beat her.

Korey is amazing. She rocks the guitar, keyboards and vocals and looking gorgeous when doing it!

Korey is amazing! How the hell is she number 28?!

Malina 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.

She has a feel and tone that is reminiscent to some of the best guitar Herod SRV hendrix

Mami Sasazaki

She's newer and plays in a band not many people know about in the west, but I still think she's at least in the top 10

She's talented and still young! Just listen to Scandal's song!

She's the best

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