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List of famous female bandleaders, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female bandleaders list contains the most prominent and top females known for being bandleaders. There are thousand of females working as bandleaders in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic bandleaders have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a bandleader then the people below should give you inspiration.

Tania Maria and Sweet Emma Barrett are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

While this isn't a list of all female bandleaders, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female bandleaders?" and "Who are the best female bandleaders?"
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Bandleaders
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Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Hynde is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead singer of the rock band The Pretenders. She has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history. She has also released a number of collaborations with other musicians – two of which reached No.1 in the UK Charts. ...more

Age: 66

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Bandleaders
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Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989. She has released fourteen albums, appeared on numerous soundtracks, and helped renew interest in bluegrass music in the United States. Her soundtrack performances have led to further popularity, including the O Brother, Where Art Thou? ...more

Age: 46

Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States of America

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Bandleaders
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Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. ...more

Age: 33

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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Alice Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Bandleaders
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Alice Coltrane, née McLeod was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. One of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! Records and Universal Distribution. ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1937-2007)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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