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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97 36
Björk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Electronica, Experimental rock, Alternative dance

2
72 25
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock

3
62 21
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Experimental rock, Indie rock

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66 28
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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46 16
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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66 31
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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40 18
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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37 16
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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27 10
Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Dream pop, Indie rock

10
28 14
Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Dance-punk

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18 6
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music

12
19 9
Speedy Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock

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13 5
Deerhoof is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Art punk, Indie pop

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13 6
Waxahatchee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Folk music, Alternative rock

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15 8
Juliana Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock

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14 8
Cayetana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Cayetana Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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15 9
White Lung is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Punk rock

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14 9
UME is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
UME Indie Rock

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18 13
Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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10 6
Helium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise pop, Indie rock, Post-punk

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11 8
Ex Hex is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Ex Hex Indie Rock, Post-punk

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11 9
P.S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
P.S. Eliot Indie Rock

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7 5
The Corin Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
The Corin Tucker Band Indie Rock

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7 5
Be your own PET is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Garage punk, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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8 7
Dressy Bessy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Power pop, Indie rock

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7 6
Lemuria is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Pop, Indie rock

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10 10
Melt-Banana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Experimental rock, Japanoise

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8 8
Swearin' is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Noise Pop

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7 7
Marnie Stern is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Indie rock, Math rock

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6 6
Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Big Eyes Indie Pop

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5 5
Eisley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Indie, Indie rock

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6 7
Priests is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Priests Indie Rock, Post-punk

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5 6
Blake Babies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock

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5 6
that dog. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk

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9 11
Velocity Girl is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Indie rock

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8 10
The Charlottes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
The Charlottes Shoegaze, Indie Pop

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4 6
Little Big League is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Little Big League Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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1 3
EULA is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Neo-No Wave

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5 8
Joanna Gruesome is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Pop

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5 8
Fastbacks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Punk rock

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4 7
Drugstore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Dream pop, Alternative rock

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4 7
Amanda X is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Amanda X Indie Rock

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4 7
Vivian Girls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Dream pop, Noise pop

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4 8
San Francisco Seals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
San Francisco Seals Indie Rock, Alternative Rock

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4 8
All Dogs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
All Dogs Indie Rock, Indie Pop

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3 7
Magnapop is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock

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3 7
The Spinanes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie rock, Alternative Rock

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4 9
Bleeding Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Shoegaze

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3 8
Fight Like Apes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock

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2 7
Sourpatch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Sourpatch Indie Pop