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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. (53 items)
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Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock
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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Alternative rock
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Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge
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Bratmobile is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Garage rock
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L7 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Heavy metal
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Kathleen Hanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Punk rock, Indie rock, Electronica
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Jack Off Jill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Pop punk, Riot grrrl, Gothic rock
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7 Year Bitch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Grunge, Punk rock
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Huggy Bear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Art rock, Punk rock
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Heavens to Betsy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Alternative rock
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Team Dresch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Queercore, Punk rock
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Lunachicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Heavy metal, Punk rock
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Liliput is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
TanyaZubakin added Punk rock
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Corin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock
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Peaches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Synthpunk, Riot grrrl, Dance-punk
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Poison Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock
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Hole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Christina Feduk added Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock
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Emily's Sassy Lime is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
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Cold Cold Hearts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Pop music, Rock music
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Donita Sparks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Rock music, Grunge
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Fluffy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Punk rock
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Excuse 17 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
jameskpolk added Queercore, Punk rock, Indie rock
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Skinned Teen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
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Voodoo Queens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
Riot grrrl, Britpop, Punk rock
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Delta 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Riot Grrrl Bands
TanyaZubakin added New Wave, Punk rock, Post-punk