The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders Bands/Musicians

The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders

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

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, or just vote on all the famous female guitar players on this list.


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    Sarah Longfield Sarah Longfield Band

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    Leah Woodward Aliases

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock Heart

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    Paula Carregosa Death Metal, Brazilian.

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock Alice Cooper

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne

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    Simone Dow Voyager

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    The Iron Maidens

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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways

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    The Great Kat

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    Juliette Valduriez YouTube

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    Halestorm

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    Jacqueline Mannering YouTube

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    Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One

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    The Iron Maidens

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock Heart

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    AC/DShe, Zepparella

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello

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    Rock music, Garage punk The Donnas

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    Julia Pierce Cherri Bomb

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    Nashville P*ssy

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    13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard

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    The Commander-In-Chief

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    Alexandra Zerner

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    Alexandra Zerner Progressive Rock/Metal

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    Laura Pleasants Kylesa

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    Crucified Barbara

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    Nikki Stringfield

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock Vixen

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    Annie Grunwald

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    Alternative metal Kittie

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    Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock 2preciious

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk Patti Smith

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    Funk Rock, blues rock, Rock

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    Tina S

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    Tina S

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Marta Witiw

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