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

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545 331
Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Nancy Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock - Heart

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860 105
Paula Carregosa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
don-jorge-martínez added Paula Carregosa Death Metal,  Brazilian.

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507 412
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Lita Ford Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - The Runaways, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne

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486 414
Orianthi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Orianthi Pop punk, Glam metal, Blues-rock - Alice Cooper

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways

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520 408
Simone Dow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Simone Dow Voyager

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323 286
Nita Strauss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Nita Strauss The Iron Maidens

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372 436
The Great Kat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Great Kat The Great Kat

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323 241
Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Lzzy Hale Halestorm

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135 221
Juliette Valduriez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Juliette Valduriez YouTube

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232 194
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock - Heart

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190 285
Jacqueline Mannering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Jacqueline Mannering YouTube

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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109 285
Lori Linstruth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Lori Linstruth Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal - Guilt Machine, Ayreon, Star One

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145 279
Nili Brosh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Nili Brosh Heavy metal, Hard rock - The Iron Maidens, Tony MacAlpine

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113 294
Gretchen Menn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Gretchen Menn AC/DShe, Zepparella

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144 139
Jennifer Batten is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Coolza added Jennifer Batten Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion - Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Michael Sembello

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64 149
Ruyter Suys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Ruyter Suys Nashville P*ssy

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85 178
Allison Robertson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Allison Robertson Rock music, Garage punk - The Donnas

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63 174
Julia Pierce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Julia Pierce Cherri Bomb

The Best Rock Vocalists

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

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58 170
Liz Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Liz Buckingham 13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard

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78 275
Laura Pleasants is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Laura Pleasants Kylesa

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102 144
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alexandra-zerner added Alexandra Zerner Progressive Rock/Metal

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83 265
Tara McLeod is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Tara McLeod Alternative metal - Kittie

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45 71
Annie Grunwald is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
juan-ayestas added Annie Grunwald

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61 143
Jan Kuehnemund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Coolza added Jan Kuehnemund Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock - Vixen

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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55 103
Nikki Stringfield is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
TonySegner added Nikki Stringfield

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41 169
Mia Coldheart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Mia Coldheart Crucified Barbara

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87 146
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Patti Smith

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The Rocker added Meria Cairns hard rock, grunge, psychedelic - Having studied classical and Spanish Flamenco music, Meria's styles are influenced by a variety of genres that seem to wander like an inspired vagabond across styles, throughout time and the convoluted space inside your mind...

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Lee Aaron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Lee Aaron Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock - 2preciious

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20 22
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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5 29
Joanne Shaw Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Pavel Náhlík added Joanne Shaw Taylor

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12 22
Donita Sparks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Donita Sparks Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge - L7

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11 63
Marnie Stern is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Marnie Stern Noise rock, Indie rock, Math rock

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14 103
Malina Moye is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
soullova added Malina Moye Funk Rock , blues rock, Rock

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MarylyleMcCue added Jackie Chambers Girlschool

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9 26
Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Carrie Brownstein Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock - Sleater-Kinney

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6 21
Marissa Paternoster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Marissa Paternoster Punk rock, Indie rock - The Screaming Females

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

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MarylyleMcCue added Wata Boris

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Gabriela Quintero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Teck2 added Gabriela Quintero

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MarylyleMcCue added Poison Ivy The Cramps

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Yoshiko "ronnie" Fuj... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Yoshiko "ronnie" Fujiyama The 5.6.7.8.'s

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Courtney Cox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
-1449931878876 added Courtney Cox Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Leslie Mah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Leslie Mah Hardcore punk - Tribe 8

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MarylyleMcCue added Maribel Restrepo Detroit Cobras

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MarylyleMcCue added Paula Pierce The Pandoras