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Famous Female Songwriters

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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?"


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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 debut ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Barbara
    • Profession: Businessperson, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Music artist, + more
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, The Smurfs, The Muppets, The Smurfs 2, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, + more
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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: age 46
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Castle Hill
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Antz, Ice Age: Continental Drift, American Idol, Out of Sight, Anaconda, + more
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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 Time ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, Crossroads, The Mickey Mouse Club, Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, Pauly Shore Is Dead, + more
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    Miley Cyrus
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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: age 23
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville, USA
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer
    • Credits: Big Fish, Bolt, Hannah Montana, High School Musical 2, The Last Song, + more
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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: age 27
    • Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor, Music artist, Singer
    • Credits: Battleship, Home, Styled to Rock, Styled to Rock
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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: age 26
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Valentine's Day, The Lorax, Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Giver, + more
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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: age 27
    • Birthplace: Salinas, USA, California
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Sucker Punch, Thirteen, High School Musical, Spring Breakers, High School Musical 2, + more
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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: age 28
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston
    • Profession: Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: A Cinderella Story, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Lizzie McGuire, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Perfect Man, + more
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    Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Die Another Day, Vision Quest, Evita, + more
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    Zooey Deschanel
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    Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan comedy and roles ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Almost Famous, New Girl, Elf, Weeds, (500) Days of Summer, + more
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    Lady Gaga
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    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black 3, The Muppets, American Idol, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Muppets Most Wanted, + more
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    Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian-French singer and songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Hastings County, Americas, Belleville
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: American Idol, Over the Hedge, Fast Food Nation, Going the Distance, The Flock, + more
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    Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went multiplatinum and spawned four consecutive number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Under the ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: USA, Huntington, New York
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, American Idol, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Butler, Glitter, + more
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    Ashley Michelle Tisdale is an American actress, singer, and producer. During her childhood, she appeared in more than 100 TV advertisements and had roles in theatre and television shows. In 2004, she was cast as Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and rose to prominence ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: USA, West Deal, New Jersey
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Donnie Darko, A Bug's Life, Phineas and Ferb, High School Musical, An All Dogs Christmas Carol, + more
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    Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She debuted as an actress at the age of 10 and has since appeared in several films and television series including the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 and Victorious. She has made appearances in several theatrical releases, including ...more

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    • Age: age 22
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer
    • Credits: Victorious, Zoey 101, Fun Size, Unknown, The Garden, + more
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    Emmanuelle Grey "Emmy" Rossum is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She has starred in movies including Songcatcher, An American Rhapsody, and Passionada. Her role in Mystic River garnered her wider recognition. She starred in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow and received critical ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Mystic River, The Day After Tomorrow, Shameless, The Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful Creatures, + more
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    Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. In 2008, Lovato rose to prominence in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut ...more

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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, USA, New Mexico
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, TV Personality, Dancer
    • Credits: Glee, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Princess Protection Program, Sonny with a Chance, + more
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    Gwen Stefani
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    Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band No Doubt. During the band's hiatus, Stefani embarked on her solo career, releasing her debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004. Inspired by music of the ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: USA, Fullerton, California
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Designer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Zoolander, The Aviator, The Voice, No Doubt: Live in the Tragic Kingdom, Harajuku Lovers Live, + more
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    Katharine Hope McPhee is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol. Her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records on January 30, 2007, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 381,000 copies. The album's ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: American Idol, Shark Night, Smash, The House Bunny, Scorpion, + more
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    Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has set and broke several records throughout her career. Her achievements led her to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and into the ...more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Guitarist, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: American Idol, Soul Surfer, Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special, CMT Invitation Only, The Sound of Music Live!
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