rock The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists  

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List Rules alternative/indie artists and rock bands (truly fronted by women)

Contrary to pop(ular) belief, there are actual female musicians with real, legitimate musical talent, particularly in indie rock. Physical beauty is always nice but you can't listen to that and choreography is ear-boredom. Lip-synching is silent and when it isn't, you wish it was.

No such problems exist with the music of these bands and artists, although some of them are kinda cute...which isn't a problem but that's beside the point.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Björk Electronica, Experimental rock, Alternative dance

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Metric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Metric Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
PJ Harvey Punk blues, Experimental rock, Indie rock

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
St. Vincent Indie pop, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Sleater-Kinney Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Bikini Kill Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Indie rock

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Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Warpaint Indie pop, Dream pop, Indie rock

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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Beach House Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop

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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Liz Phair Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

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Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Le Tigre Synthpunk, New Wave, Dance-punk

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Speedy Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Speedy Ortiz Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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Juliana Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Juliana Hatfield Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Deerhoof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Deerhoof Noise rock, Art punk, Indie pop

The Best Female Rock Singers

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Waxahatchee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Waxahatchee Folk music, Alternative rock

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UME is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
UME Indie Rock

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White Lung is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
White Lung Punk rock

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Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Ani DiFranco Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Cayetana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Cayetana Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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P.S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
P.S. Eliot Indie Rock

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Ex Hex is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Ex Hex Indie Rock, Post-punk

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Helium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Helium Noise pop, Indie rock, Post-punk

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Dressy Bessy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Dressy Bessy Power pop, Indie rock

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The Corin Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
The Corin Tucker Band Indie Rock

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Melt-Banana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Melt-Banana Noise rock, Experimental rock, Japanoise

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Be your own PET is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Be Your Own Pet Garage punk, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Big Eyes Indie Pop

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that dog. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
that dog. Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk

Artists Who Have Inspired the Best Covers

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Marnie Stern is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Marnie Stern Noise rock, Indie rock, Math rock

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Blake Babies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Blake Babies Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Lemuria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Lemuria Indie Pop, Indie rock

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Velocity Girl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Velocity Girl Indie pop, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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The Charlottes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
The Charlottes Shoegaze, Indie Pop

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Swearin' is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Swearin' Indie Rock, Noise Pop

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Priests is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Priests Indie Rock, Post-punk

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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Eisley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Eisley Indie pop, Indie, Indie rock

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EULA is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
EULA Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Neo-No Wave

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Joanna Gruesome is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Joanna Gruesome Indie Pop

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Fastbacks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Fastbacks Indie Rock, Punk rock

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Drugstore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Drugstore Dream pop, Alternative rock

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Amanda X is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Amanda X Indie Rock

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Vivian Girls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Vivian Girls Indie pop, Dream pop, Noise pop

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Little Big League is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Little Big League Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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The Spinanes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
The Spinanes Indie rock, Alternative Rock

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San Francisco Seals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
San Francisco Seals Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

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All Dogs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
All Dogs Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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Magnapop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Magnapop Alternative rock

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Bleeding Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Bleeding Rainbow Indie Rock, Shoegaze

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Fight Like Apes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Fight Like Apes Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Sourpatch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Sourpatch Indie Pop