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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Leah Woodward

    100
    Aliases
  2. 2
    Up 121
    Down 27
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    94
    Heart
  3. 3
    Up 353
    Down 133

    Simone Dow

    81
    Voyager
  4. 4
    Up 182
    Down 71

    Sarah Longfield

    80
    Sarah Longfield Band
  5. 5
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    most listed
    Lita Ford

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    78
    The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne
  6. 6
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    Down 28
    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    78
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways
  7. 7
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    Down 163
    Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    72
    Alice Cooper
  8. 8
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    70
    The Great Kat
  9. 9
    Up 32
    Down 62

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nita Strauss

    64
    The Iron Maidens
  10. 10
    Up 63
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    Jacqueline Mannering

    60
    YouTube
  11. 11
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    56
    Halestorm
  12. 12
    Up 1
    Down 0

    new! Ruyter Suys

    53
    Nashville P*ssy
  13. 13
    Up 26
    Down 74
    Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal More
    53
    Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One
  14. 14
    Up 21
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    Juliette Valduriez

    52
    YouTube
  15. 15
    Up 18
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    Rock music, Garage punk More
    52
    The Donnas
  16. 16
    Up 14
    Down 25

    Julia Pierce

    50
    Cherri Bomb
  17. 17
    Up 49
    Down 153
    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    50
    The Iron Maidens
  18. 18
    Up 43
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    50
    Heart
  19. 19
    Up 12
    Down 28

    Liz Buckingham

    48
    13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard
  20. 20
    Up 38
    Down 139

    Laura Pleasants

    47
    Kylesa
  21. 21
    Up 48
    Down 138

    Gretchen Menn

    46
    AC/DShe, Zepparella
  22. 22
    Up 10
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    43
    Crucified Barbara
  23. 23
    Up 38
    Down 142

    The Commander-In-Chief

    41
    The Commander-In-Chief
  24. 24
    Up 13
    Down 14
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    40
    added by: Coolza
    Vixen
  25. 25
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nili Brosh

    39
    The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine
  26. 26
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tara McLeod

    Alternative metal More
    36
    Kittie
  27. 27
    Up 10
    Down 24
    Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock More
    33
    2preciious
  28. 28
    Up 21
    Down 24
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    25
    Patti Smith
  29. 29
    Up 24
    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Batten

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    21
    added by: Coolza
    Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello
  30. 30
    Up 10
    Down 14

    Laura Wilde

    15
    added by: dca1983
    Laura Wilde
  31. 31
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    Metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal More
    15
    added by: JohnGutierrez
    This Moment Wonderland
  32. 32
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    Jon Gomm

    15
    added by: MichelleMacDonaldBaerman
  33. 33
    Up 8
    Down 13
    14
    added by: Coolza
    Ladyfinger Revue, Fingers Taylor, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs
  34. 34
    Up 8
    Down 13
    Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    14
    added by: dan808
    Hole, solo
  35. 35
    Up 15
    Down 24
    Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge More
    14
    added by: vitor antunes
    The Pretty Reckless
  36. 36
    Up 5
    Down 10

    Candace Kucsulain

    Hardcore, metalcore More
    13
    added by: JohnGutierrez
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