Top Ten Female Punk Musicians


The Top Ten

1 Poison Ivy (Guitarist) - The Cramps

One of the most underrated guitarist in punk (including males). This chick can play. My personal favorite female guitarists ever. - THC13

2 Wendy O. Williams (Vocalist) - Plasmatics

Possibly the most recognizable punk rock frontwoman. Fun,wild and dark. Unfortunately she committed suicide on April 6, 1998. R.I.P. - THC13

3 Gaye Advert (Bassist) - The Adverts

One of the first female musican in punk. - THC13

4 Julie Lanfeld-Keskin (Vocalist) - Sin 34

Hardcore punks first female vocalist. Sadly, she passed this year (2018) on April 5th. R.I.P. - THC13

5 Kira Roessler (Bassist) - Black Flag

The best female bassist on this list. Replaced Chuck Dukowski in 1983. Bassist for the Slip It In, Loose Nut, The Process of Wedding Out, Live 84, Family Man (spoken word album), and In My Head albums. - THC13

6 Alice Bag (Vocalist) - The Bags
7 Exene Cervenka (Vocalist) - X
8 Eve Libertine (Vocalist) - Crass

One of if not the first female punk rockers to bring women's rights and feminism to punk. - THC13

9 Kathleen Hanna (Vocalist) - Bikini Kill

Personally not a fan of her or her band but I gotta give credit where it's due. She was a primary figure, and probably the most popular, associated with the whole riot grrrl scene. - THC13

10 Carrie Brownstein (Guitarist,Vocalist) - Sleater-Kinney, Excuse 17

Pretty good guitarist. Another primary figure in the riot grrrl scene. - THC13

The Contenders

11 Lorna Doom (Bassist) - The Germs

Original member of The Germs. An OG female hardcore punk musician. - THC13

12 Louise Wright (Bassist) - The Partisans

OK bassist. Played on their best album (self titled). - THC13

13 Julia Smut (Drummer) - Smut Peddlers

Gotta love the Smut - RustyNail

Pretty good punk drummer. - THC13

14 Hayley Williams (Vocalist) - Paramore
15 Penelope Houston (Vocalist) - Avengers

Singer/songwriter for San Francisco punk band Avengers. - THC13

16 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.

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I bet you have never even heard 90% of the other women on the list. But yet you claim she's the "best"? - THC13

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Top Remixes

1. Poison Ivy (Guitarist) - The Cramps
2. Alice Bag (Vocalist) - The Bags
3. Wendy O. Williams (Vocalist) - Plasmatics


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