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 Aliases

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock Heart

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    Simone Dow Voyager

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    Sarah Longfield Sarah Longfield Band

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

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

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock Alice Cooper

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    The Great Kat

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    Nita Strauss The Iron Maidens

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    Jacqueline Mannering YouTube

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    Halestorm

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

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    Juliette Valduriez YouTube

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    new! Nashville P*ssy

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    Rock music, Garage punk The Donnas

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heavy metal, Hard rock The Iron Maidens

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    Julia Pierce Cherri Bomb

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock Heart

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    Liz Buckingham 13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard

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    Laura Pleasants Kylesa

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    Gretchen Menn AC/DShe, Zepparella

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    Crucified Barbara

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    The Commander-In-Chief The Commander-In-Chief

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    added by Coolza Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock Vixen

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nili Brosh The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello

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    added by dca1983 Laura Wilde Laura Wilde

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    added by vitor antunes Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge The Pretty Reckless

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    added by JohnGutierrez Metal, Metalcore, Heavy metal This Moment Wonderland

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    added by dan808 Post-grunge, Alternative rock Hole, solo

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    added by Coolza Ladyfinger Revue, Fingers Taylor, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs

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    added by JohnGutierrez Candace Kucsulain Hardcore, metalcore

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