Top Ten Female Rock Guitarists

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

The Top Ten

1 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.

the best

She's the best female rock guitarist I've ever seen, she's also a lead vocal (some songs, like These Dreams) and a backing vocal - VeronicaMSP


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.

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2 Kimberly Freeman

Duh shes the greatest

3 Orianthi

Orianthi is the best guitarist that I've ever heart. Hands down the best. First heard her play in the movie"This Is It" and was an instant fan. No doubt she's gonna make it to the top!

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

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4 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".

Renember she only plays rhythm

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.

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5 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.

For those that don't know, Jan was the lead guitarist for Vixen. One of the most underrated female guitarists!
RIP Jan...

6 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.

" 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!

Has always been the greatest female guitarist!

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7 Jennifer Batten

Amazing player. Her performances are stunning!

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!

A veteran of the most supreme proportions!

8 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!

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9 Allison Robertson
10 Susan Tedeschi

I would move her way up the list!

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!!!

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The Contenders

11 St. Vincent 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

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12 Chrissie Hynde

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

One of the best rhythm player male or female

13 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?

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14 Ana 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

15 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.

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.


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16 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.

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

17 Nita Strauss

Absolutely Amazing!


18 Sheryl Crow 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.

19 Pat Benetar
20 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.

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.

21 Suzi Gardner
22 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.


23 Korey Cooper

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?!

She should be number 1.

24 Mami Sasazaki

She's the best

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!

25 Ruyter Suys

Ruyter rocks and her stage presence/ antics are 2nd to none. She is rock n roll.

26 Carrie Brownstein

I like her style how she rocks the stage! She is perfect!

Amazing guitarist of amazing riot grl band, sleater Kinney!

27 Joan Armatrading
28 June Millington

Love Fanny.

June Millington along with her band members from Fanny are some of the most underrated musicans and songwriters in rock history. Fanny pre-dated The Runaways. June Millington has done a lot for women in rock music, she also is an activist for LGBTQ+ rights. She is one of the best guitarists in rock history but unfortunately she is also one of the most underrated.

29 Neko Case

Queen of the tenor guitar.

Her music is awesome

30 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 is a rockstar and She has a incredible groove, She has her own style and it s really amazing to see her play

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31 Gabriela Quintero

Total badass with beautiful touch and tone!

It's just outstanding what she can do with a guitar!

32 Poison Ivy Rorschach

The Cramps

33 Donita Sparks

Donita sparks should have been 2 on the list not orianthi
So many albums by donita sparks and jeniffer gardner
Never heard of any by orianthi!

34 Kathy Valentine

She played bass for The Go-Go's, but she's a guitarist first and foremost and a danged good one.

35 Siouxsie Medley

From Dead Sara, she rocks on weatherman!

Just give Mona Lisa a listen...

36 Jen Majura
37 Lindsay Ell
38 Kelley Deal

She didn't play the guitar until the was 30, but she can make kick ass solos

39 Melissa Auf der Maur
40 Liz Buckingham

Guitarist for ELECTIRC WIZARD!

41 April Lawton

Lead guitarist for Ramatam in the early senties... She played with the intensity of Hendrix and Beck and had great technical skills.

42 Joanna Connor

Just look her up and you'll know why she's the best

She should be way higher up this list! Otherwise, this list is pure BS!

43 Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.
44 Jen Turner

Top 15 for sure

45 Carol Kaye
46 Liona Boyd

World famous classical guitarists

47 Eljuri

Eljuri is the Best Latina guitarist in the world

48 Erica Sellers
49 Leticia Wolf
50 Sue Foley
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