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The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders

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No more is the guitar a boys only club, and it’s about damn time we celebrate and recognize. From Leah Woodard and Aliases to the always incredible Nita Strauss, this list is all about talent. The frenzy of female fronted bands is a sight to behold and a leap forward from the 80′s and 90′s when metal bands were 95% testosterone. Despite all that, women who play instruments besides their voice are under-utilized and under-recognized.

Who else should be on this list? Vote up your favorite female hard rock and metal guitarists, and vote down any you don't think deserve a spot of honor here. Also, feel free to add anyone who's missing. You can also rerank this list any way you want.

No list of brilliant female guitar shredders would be complete without the incomparable talents of legendary guitarists like Sarah Longfield, Liz Buckingham, Mia Coldheart and Lita Ford. This list also includes some incredible hard rock and metal guitarists you might not know -- but should. And to be fair, a lot of the women listed here should be on any list of the greatest guitarists of all time and the best metal guitarists and guitar teams -- not just because they're female.

Gender does not matter when it comes to natural musical abilities. Need more proof? Check out this list of the best female drummers of all time.

List Criteria: Lead guitarists only (e.g. no rhythm guitarists such as Joan Jett, Lzzy Hale and Nancy Wilson)

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    the people's #1
    Leah Woodward

    100
    Aliases
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    93
    Heart
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    Simone Dow

    85
    Voyager
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    Sarah Longfield

    84
    Sarah Longfield Band
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    81
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lita Ford

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    77
    The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne
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    75
    The Great Kat
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    72
    Alice Cooper
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    often listed
    Nita Strauss

    65
    The Iron Maidens
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    63
    Halestorm
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    Jacqueline Mannering

    63
    YouTube
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    Rock music, Garage punk More
    57
    The Donnas
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    Juliette Valduriez

    56
    YouTube
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    56
    Heart
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    Julia Pierce

    56
    Cherri Bomb
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    56
    added by: Coolza
    Vixen
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    Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal More
    54
    Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One
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    Liz Buckingham

    53
    13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    52
    The Iron Maidens
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    Gretchen Menn

    49
    AC/DShe, Zepparella
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    Laura Pleasants

    48
    Kylesa
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    47
    Crucified Barbara
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    often listed
    The Commander-In-Chief

    43
    The Commander-In-Chief
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    Nili Brosh

    39
    The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine
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    Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock More
    39
    2preciious
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    often listed
    Ruyter Suys

    36
    Nashville P*ssy
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    36
    added by: Coolza
    Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello
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    often listed
    Tara McLeod

    Alternative metal More
    35
    Kittie
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    32
    Patti Smith
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    Metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal More
    31
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    This Moment Wonderland
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    31
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    Ladyfinger Revue, Fingers Taylor, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs
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    Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    30
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    Hole, solo
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    Alternative rock More
    30
    added by: C_Moorehead
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge More
    30
    added by: vitor antunes
    The Pretty Reckless
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    Laura Wilde

    30
    added by: dca1983
    Laura Wilde
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    Candace Kucsulain

    Hardcore, metalcore More
    29
    added by: JohnGutierrez
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    28
    added by: dan808
    Babes in Toyland 
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