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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1,047 542
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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598 354
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

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550 430
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

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873 129
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.

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523 437
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

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370 303
Nita Strauss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Iron Maidens

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485 326
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

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528 424
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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368 255
Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Halestorm

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381 457
The Great Kat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
The Great Kat

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255 210
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

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142 234
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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198 298
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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117 299
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
154 290
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
159 148
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

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123 300
Gretchen Menn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
AC/DShe, Zepparella

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91 191
Allison Robertson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Rock music, Garage punk - The Donnas

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68 161
Ruyter Suys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Nashville P*ssy

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69 184
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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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

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

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83 284
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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91 275
Tara McLeod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Alternative metal - Kittie

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103 156
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alexandra-zerner added Alexandra Zerner Progressive Rock/Metal

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52 77
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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70 151
Jan Kuehnemund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Coolza added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock - Vixen

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27 34
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Carlos Martins added Tina S

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60 110
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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45 176
Mia Coldheart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Crucified Barbara

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89 156
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - Patti Smith

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10 32
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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7 21
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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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37 150
Lee Aaron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Glam metal, Jazz, Hard rock - 2preciious

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23 30
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica

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7 36
Joanne Shaw Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Pavel Náhlík added

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17 30
Donita Sparks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge - L7

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11 70
Marnie Stern is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Noise rock, Indie rock, Math rock

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9 29
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MarylyleMcCue added Jackie Chambers Girlschool

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9 29
Marissa Paternoster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Punk rock, Indie rock - The Screaming Females

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11 34
Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock - Sleater-Kinney

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7 7
Kanami Tono is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Zooropa_Station added Kanami Tono Hard Rock (BAND-MAID)

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14 111
Malina Moye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
soullova added Funk Rock , blues rock, Rock

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11 31
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MarylyleMcCue added Wata Boris

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17 30
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MarylyleMcCue added Poison Ivy The Cramps

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16 118
Gabriela Quintero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
Teck2 added

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5 27
Leslie Mah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders
MarylyleMcCue added Hardcore punk - Tribe 8

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4 33
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MarylyleMcCue added Maribel Restrepo Detroit Cobras

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3 31
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MarylyleMcCue added Paula Pierce The Pandoras