90s The Best Riot Grrrl Bands  

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While grunge music ruled the beginning part of the 1990s, another underground feminist hardcore punk movement emerged. Known as riot grrrl, the music emerged from Washington D.C. and spread to the Northwest, in particular Olympia, Wash. and Portland. Melding indie rock with the aforementioned punk, the topic most riot grrrl bands tackled was feminism. The progressive nature of the song's lyrics combined with the heavy nature of the music made the best riot grrrl bands cult favorites. While many of these groups didn't achieve widespread commercial success, riot grrrl artists have seen their music only get more popular as the years have gone on. 

So, who can be considered the best riot grrrl bands? Any poll needs to start with Sleater-Kinney, Olympia's trio. Though they may be known to many for their endeavors outside of their music, the influence of these women cannot be stated enough and is why they're considered among the best riot grrrl bands. Other popular riot grrrl bands include L7, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear.These are the top riot grrrl bands and are at or near the top of the list of riot grrrl bands.

It's up to you to decide who should be considered among the best riot grrrl bands. By voting on this poll, you're going to help determine who are the greatest riot grrrl bands.This list answers the questions "who are the best riot grrrl bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest riot grrrl musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular riot grrrl bands that you might've heard of. (52 items)
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60 10
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

2
36 6
Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock

3
42 11
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

4
38 9
L7 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
36 8
Bratmobile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Garage rock

6
34 8
Kathleen Hanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Punk rock, Indie rock, Electronica

7
35 10
7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock

8
34 10
Jack Off Jill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Pop punk, Riot grrrl, Gothic rock

9
22 5
Huggy Bear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Art rock, Punk rock

10
21 7
Heavens to Betsy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Alternative rock

11
20 7
Lunachicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Heavy metal, Punk rock

12
16 5
Team Dresch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Queercore, Punk rock

13
12 5
Corin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

14
16 9
Peaches is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk

15
8 3
Liliput is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
TanyaZubakin added Punk rock

16
7 2
Poison Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

17
7 3
Emily's Sassy Lime is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands

18
6 2
Hole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Christina Feduk added Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

19
8 5
Donita Sparks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge

20
6 3
Cold Cold Hearts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Pop music, Rock music

21
5 2
Excuse 17 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added Queercore, Punk rock, Indie rock

22
4 1
Skinned Teen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands

23
7 5
Fluffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock

24
5 3
Voodoo Queens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Britpop, Punk rock

25
5 4
Delta 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
TanyaZubakin added New Wave, Punk rock, Post-punk

26
3 2
Chastity Belt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Carolina Rose Wings added

27
2 1
Pussycat Trash is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added

28
2 1
Witchknot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added

29
3 3
Mika Miko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Garage rock

30
3 3
Fifth Column is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Post-punk

31
2 2
The Ethical Debating Society is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added

32
1 1
Golden Starlet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added

33
1 1
Coping Saw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added

34
5 6
Kathi Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock

35
4 5
GitoGito Hustler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Indie rock

36
2 3
Mambo Taxi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Garage punk, Britpop

37
1 2
Kate Nash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
TymePeace added Indie pop, Synthpop, Anti-folk

38
1 2
Care Bears on Fire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Pop punk, Riot grrrl, Garage rock

39
0 1
Frantic Spiders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added

40
6 8
Jennifer Finch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal

41
3 5
The Shondes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Queercore

42
3 5
Lucid Nation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock

43
3 5
Ella Drauglis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Garage punk, Britpop

44
1 3
Cake Like is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Indie rock

45
1 3
TacocaT is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Carolina Rose Wings added

46
1 3
Kids Love Lies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Pop punk, Riot grrrl, Power pop

47
1 3
Phallus Über Alles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Digital hardcore

48
1 3
The V is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Indie rock

49
1 3
Nomy Lamm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock

50
1 3
Shingai Shoniwa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Soul music