Female Professionals The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders  

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List Rules 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, or just vote on all the famous female guitar players on this list.
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1,544 529
Sarah Longfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Sarah Longfield
Sarah Longfield Band

2
1,050 587
Leah Woodward is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Leah Woodward
Aliases

3
614 403
Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock
Heart

4
570 473
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne

5
540 476
Orianthi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock
Alice Cooper

6
874 173
Paula Carregosa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
don-jorge-martínez added Paula Carregosa
Death Metal, Brazilian.

7
395 340
Nita Strauss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders

8
496 376
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways

9
530 462
Simone Dow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Simone Dow
Voyager

10
384 496
The Great Kat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Great Kat

11
385 296
Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Halestorm

12
146 271
Juliette Valduriez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Juliette Valduriez
YouTube

13
263 261
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock
Heart

14
200 336
Jacqueline Mannering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Jacqueline Mannering
YouTube

15
119 337
Lori Linstruth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal
Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One

16
164 185
Jennifer Batten is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Coolza added Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion
Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello

17
156 13
Kanami Tono is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Zooropa_Station added Kanami Tono Hard Rock (BAND-MAID)

18
157 327
Nili Brosh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Heavy metal, Hard rock
The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine

19
129 337
Gretchen Menn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
AC/DShe, Zepparella

20
93 227
Allison Robertson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Rock music, Garage punk
The Donnas

21
71 218
Julia Pierce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Julia Pierce
Cherri Bomb

22
69 196
Ruyter Suys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Nashville P*ssy

23
109 342
The Commander-In-Chief is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Commander-In-Chief

24
66 214
Liz Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard

25
83 318
Laura Pleasants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Laura Pleasants
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