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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1,541 488
Sarah Longfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Sarah Longfield Sarah Longfield Band

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1,049 548
Leah Woodward is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Leah Woodward Aliases

3
604 358
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
558 433
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
873 134
Paula Carregosa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
don-jorge-martínez added Paula Carregosa Death Metal, Brazilian.

6
530 440
Orianthi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock - Alice Cooper

7
387 304
Nita Strauss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders

8
489 329
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
530 427
Simone Dow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Simone Dow Voyager

10
373 258
Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Halestorm

11
383 459
The Great Kat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Great Kat

12
258 214
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock - Heart

13
145 235
Juliette Valduriez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Juliette Valduriez YouTube

14
200 299
Jacqueline Mannering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Jacqueline Mannering YouTube

15
117 301
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
154 291
Nili Brosh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Heavy metal, Hard rock - The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine

17
161 149
Jennifer Batten is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
125 301
Gretchen Menn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
AC/DShe, Zepparella

19
91 192
Allison Robertson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Rock music, Garage punk - The Donnas

20
68 162
Ruyter Suys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Nashville P*ssy

21
70 184
Julia Pierce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Julia Pierce Cherri Bomb

22
109 308
The Commander-In-Chief is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Commander-In-Chief

23
63 180
Liz Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard

24
83 284
Laura Pleasants is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Laura Pleasants Kylesa

25
91 275
Tara McLeod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Alternative metal - Kittie