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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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    often listed
    Nancy Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    90
    Heart
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    ranked low on reranks
    Simone Dow

    90
    Voyager
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    Sarah Longfield

    89
    Sarah Longfield Band
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    84
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways
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    78
    The Great Kat
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lita Ford

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    75
    The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    70
    Alice Cooper
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jacqueline Mannering

    66
    YouTube
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    often listed
    Nita Strauss

    64
    The Iron Maidens
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    ranked low on reranks
    Juliette Valduriez

    60
    YouTube
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    Julia Pierce

    60
    Cherri Bomb
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    ranked high on reranks
    Allison Robertson

    Rock music, Garage punk More
    60
    The Donnas
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    controversial
    Lzzy Hale

    60
    Halestorm
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    often listed
    Lori Linstruth

    Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal More
    58
    Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One
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    Liz Buckingham

    57
    13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    53
    Heart
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    Gretchen Menn

    52
    AC/DShe, Zepparella
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    often listed &controversial
    Laura Pleasants

    51
    Kylesa
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    50
    Crucified Barbara
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    controversial
    Courtney Cox

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    46
    The Iron Maidens
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    The Commander-In-Chief

    45
    The Commander-In-Chief
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    Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock More
    42
    2preciious
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    often listed
    Nili Brosh

    42
    The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine
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    often listed
    Ruyter Suys

    39
    Nashville P*ssy
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    often listed
    Tara McLeod

    Alternative metal More
    37
    Kittie
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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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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    35
    added by: Coolza
    Vixen
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    34
    Patti Smith
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    Metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal More
    33
    added by: JohnGutierrez
    This Moment Wonderland
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    new! Candace Kucsulain

    Hardcore, metalcore More
    33
    added by: JohnGutierrez
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    33
    added by: Coolza
    Ladyfinger Revue, Fingers Taylor, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs
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    Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    33
    added by: dan808
    Hole, solo
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    Laura Wilde

    33
    added by: dca1983
    Laura Wilde
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    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    31
    added by: dan808
    Babes in Toyland 
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge More
    31
    added by: vitor antunes
    The Pretty Reckless
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