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

Examples include Jennifer Batten and Rurutia.

While this isn't a list of all female songwriters, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female songwriters?" and "Who are the best female songwriters?"
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records, and released her ...more

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Music artist, + more

Credits: The Interview, Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Ugly Truth, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

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#8 on The Best Current Female Singers

#39 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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

#64 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson Songwriter, + more

Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol

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#96 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#38 on The Best Current Female Singers

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

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

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997. Spears's first and second studio albums, ...Baby One More ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter Television producer, + more

Credits: Bridesmaids, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Spring Breakers, Knocked Up

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#25 on The Best Current Female Singers

#92 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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

#17 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood. In 2006, Cyrus rose to prominence as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television ...more

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Age: 24

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting Dancer

Credits: Bolt, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, The Last Song, Hannah Montana: The Movie

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#35 on The Best Current Female Singers

#12 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

#97 on Wait, These Famous Names Aren't Their Real Ones?!

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

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003 through mutual friends; she recorded demo tapes with his guidance. Her tape was sent to ...more

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Age: 29

Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor, Music artist Singer

Credits: The Hangover, Wreck-It Ralph, 21, I Love You Man

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#9 on The Best Current Female Singers

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

#81 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#94 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV ...more

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Age: 27

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Actor

Credits: The Hunger Games, San Andreas, Valentine's Day, Hannah Montana: The Movie

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#68 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#5 on The Best Current Female Singers

#28 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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

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Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel. She had her feature film debut in the 2003 film Thirteen, a teenage ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer

Credits: Spring Breakers, High School Musical, Sucker Punch, Thirteen

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#29 on The Best Asian Actresses in Hollywood History

#15 on Celebrities You'd Want To Go To Vegas With

#17 on The Most Annoying Celebrity Couples

#32 on Who Is America's Girlfriend in 2016?

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Hilary Duff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Songwriters
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Hilary Erhard Duff is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model and fashion designer. Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the starring titular character in the television series Lizzie McGuire. The series proved to be a hit, leading to a film ...more

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Age: 29

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Model, + more

Credits: A Cinderella Story, Lizzie McGuire, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Raise Your Voice

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#30 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#56 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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

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

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