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

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Simone Dow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Simone Dow Voyager

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Jennifer Batten is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Gretchen Menn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Gretchen Menn AC/DShe, Zepparella

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

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

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alexandra-zerner added Alexandra Zerner Progressive Rock/Metal

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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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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

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Carlos Martins added Tina S

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Nikki Stringfield is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
TonySegner added Nikki Stringfield

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Mia Coldheart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Mia Coldheart Crucified Barbara

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Patti Smith

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Yoshiko "ronnie" Fuj... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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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) 35 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Lee Aaron Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock - 2preciious

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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Joanne Shaw Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Pavel Náhlík added Joanne Shaw Taylor

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Donita Sparks is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Marnie Stern is listed (or ranked) 39 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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MarylyleMcCue added Jackie Chambers Girlschool

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Marissa Paternoster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Marissa Paternoster Punk rock, Indie rock - The Screaming Females

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Malina Moye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
soullova added Malina Moye Funk Rock , blues rock, Rock

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Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 43 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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MarylyleMcCue added Wata Boris

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Kanami Tono is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Zooropa_Station added Kanami Tono Hard Rock (BAND-MAID)

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MarylyleMcCue added Poison Ivy The Cramps

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Gabriela Quintero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Teck2 added Gabriela Quintero

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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