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List of famous female lyricists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female lyricists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being lyricists. There are thousand of females working as lyricists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic lyricists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a lyricist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like Laura Nyro and Margarita Pushkina.

While this isn't a list of all female lyricists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female lyricists?" and "Who are the best female lyricists?"
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, Love became a fixture in alternative music, drawing public attention for her uninhibited stage presence and ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Kurt & Courtney, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Juno, Hit So Hard

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#9 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#47 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#79 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#5 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. She began her ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: GoldenEye, Tina Turner: Live in Amsterdam, What's Love Got to Do with It, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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#42 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#99 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#28 on The Best Singers of All Time

#11 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore. ...more

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Age: 27

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

Credits: Twilight, Jennifer's Body, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Apparition The Apparition

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#29 on The Best Current Female Singers

#50 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#33 on The Best Female Rock Singers

#12 on The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Entrepreneur Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Divine Madness, Beaches, Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas

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#86 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#91 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#55 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#53 on The Best Living American Actresses

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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh and the United States to record with Garbage; she now ...more

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Age: 49

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Model, Lyricist Actor, + more

Credits: Garbage, Love & Other Drugs, Remember Me, In Her Shoes

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#19 on The Best Scottish Actresses Working Today

#88 on The Best Current Female Singers

#86 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#64 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1948-2012)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist Actor, + more

Credits: American Hustle, Frost/Nixon, The Martian, Charlie Wilson's War

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#59 on The Best Singers of All Time

#10 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#29 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#77 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Hamasaki has achieved popularity in Japan and Asia by enforcing her position as an artist and not trying to be forced as a "product", which was a common factor within the Japanese music culture and Avex Trax. Through her ...more

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Age: 37

Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

Profession: Spokesperson, Gravure idol, Record producer, Businessperson Songwriter, + more

Credits: InuYasha, Dragonball: Evolution, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, Like Grains of Sand

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Nico was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for her vocals on the Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and her work as a solo artist. She also had roles in ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1938-1988)

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model Lyricist, + more

Credits: La Dolce Vita, Chelsea Girls, Salvador DalĂ­, Imitation of Christ I, + more

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#56 on The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

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