Female Professionals Famous Female Lyricists

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

List features people like Laura Nyro and Margarita Pushkina.

While this isn't a list of all female lyricists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female lyricists?" and "Who are the best female lyricists?"
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, Love became a fixture in alternative music, drawing public attention for her uninhibited stage presence and confrontational lyrics, as well as her highly publicized personal life following her marriage to Kurt Cobain. The daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll and publisher Hank Harrison, Love mainly grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she was in a series of short-lived bands before landing roles in films by British cult director Alex Cox. After forming Hole in 1989, Love received substantial ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: San Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area, + more

Also Ranked

#9 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#92 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#51 on Celebrities Who Get A Way Worse Rep Than They Deserve

#46 on The Best Female Rock Singers

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. She began her musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name "Little Ann". Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including "A Fool in Love", "River Deep“ Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 79

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

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#10 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#27 on The Best Singers of All Time

#22 on The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

#79 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 30

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America

Also Ranked

#34 on The Best Current Female Singers

#47 on The Sexiest Artists of All Time

#41 on The Best Female Rock Singers

#45 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Lyricists
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Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide and along with that has also received four Gold, three Platinum and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 73

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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#82 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#59 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#72 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#49 on The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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