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

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.
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    the people's #1
    Leah Woodward

    100
    Aliases
  2. 2
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    Down 25
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    94
    Heart
  3. 3
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    Down 132

    Simone Dow

    82
    Voyager
  4. 4
    Up 182
    Down 70

    Sarah Longfield

    80
    Sarah Longfield Band
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    most listed
    Lita Ford

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    78
    The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne
  6. 6
    Up 106
    Down 26
    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    78
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways
  7. 7
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    Down 161
    Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    72
    Alice Cooper
  8. 8
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    70
    The Great Kat
  9. 9
    Up 30
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    Nita Strauss

    65
    The Iron Maidens
  10. 10
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    Jacqueline Mannering

    61
    YouTube
  11. 11
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    56
    Halestorm
  12. 12
    Up 25
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    Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal More
    53
    Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One
  13. 13
    Up 20
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    Juliette Valduriez

    52
    YouTube
  14. 14
    Up 17
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    Rock music, Garage punk More
    52
    The Donnas
  15. 15
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    51
    The Iron Maidens
  16. 16
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    Julia Pierce

    51
    Cherri Bomb
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    50
    Heart
  18. 18
    Up 12
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    Liz Buckingham

    49
    13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard
  19. 19
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    Laura Pleasants

    48
    Kylesa
  20. 20
    Up 48
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    Gretchen Menn

    47
    AC/DShe, Zepparella
  21. 21
    Up 9
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    43
    Crucified Barbara
  22. 22
    Up 38
    Down 141

    The Commander-In-Chief

    42
    The Commander-In-Chief
  23. 23
    Up 12
    Down 14
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    40
    added by: Coolza
    Vixen
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    often listed
    Nili Brosh

    39
    The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ruyter Suys

    36
    Nashville P*ssy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tara McLeod

    Alternative metal More
    35
    Kittie
  27. 27
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    Down 23
    Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock More
    32
    2preciious
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Patti Smith

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    26
    Patti Smith
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    Up 23
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Batten

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    21
    added by: Coolza
    Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello
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    No image

    new! Jon Gomm

    17
    added by: MichelleMacDonaldBaerman
  31. 31
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    Metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal More
    16
    added by: JohnGutierrez
    This Moment Wonderland
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    15
    added by: Coolza
    Ladyfinger Revue, Fingers Taylor, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs
  33. 33
    Up 13
    Down 21
    Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge More
    15
    added by: vitor antunes
    The Pretty Reckless
  34. 34
    Up 7
    Down 12
    Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    15
    added by: dan808
    Hole, solo
  35. 35
    Up 8
    Down 14

    Laura Wilde

    14
    added by: dca1983
    Laura Wilde
  36. 36
    Up 4
    Down 9

    Candace Kucsulain

    Hardcore, metalcore More
    14
    added by: JohnGutierrez
  37. 37
    Up 1
    Down 4
    Alternative rock More
    14
    added by: C_Moorehead
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