Bands/Musicians 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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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Experimental rock, Indie rock
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98 36
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock
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122 52
Björk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Electronica, Experimental rock, Alternative dance
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88 37
Metric is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
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89 41
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Experimental music, Alternative rock
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59 22
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock
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50 20
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Indie rock
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50 24
Beach House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop
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37 16
Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Dance-punk
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27 9
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music
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34 15
Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Dream pop, Indie rock
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24 11
Juliana Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock
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21 11
Waxahatchee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Folk music, Alternative rock
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22 14
Speedy Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock
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16 10
Deerhoof is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Art punk, Indie pop
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22 16
Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock
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16 14
UME is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
UME Indie Rock
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16 14
White Lung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Punk rock
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15 14
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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12 11
Eisley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Indie, Indie rock
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15 15
P.S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
P.S. Eliot Indie Rock
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13 13
Ex Hex is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Ex Hex Indie Rock, Post-punk
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11 11
Helium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise pop, Indie rock, Post-punk
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11 11
Swearin' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Noise Pop
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9 9
Lemuria is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Pop, Indie rock