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The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands 

muzziac
Updated October 31, 2019 2.8k votes 754 voters 65.2k views 76 items

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.
list ordered by
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Björk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Electronic dance music, Jazz & Tribal house; Nationality: Iceland
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Metric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Indie pop, Downtempo & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Punk blues, Grunge & Electronica; Nationality: England
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Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Mitski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Juliana Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Alternative rock and Indie rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Phoebe Bridgers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Chvrches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Courtney Barnett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Indie rock, Alternative rock & Grunge; Nationality: Australia
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Soccer Mommy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Waxahatchee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Speedy Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Indie, Folk rock & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Angel Olsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
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Imogen Heap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Synthpop, Indie & Pop music; Nationality: England
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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands
Genre: Indie pop, Synthpop & Indie; Nationality: Canada
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Sharon Van Etten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Indie Artists & Female-Fronted Bands