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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
Garage rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock
2
Björk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Electronica, Experimental rock, Alternative dance
3
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Punk blues, Experimental rock, Indie rock
4
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Experimental music, Alternative rock
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Metric is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave
6
Sleater-Kinney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Alternative rock, Punk rock
7
Beach House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Shoegazing, Dream pop
8
Bikini Kill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Riot grrrl, Punk rock, Indie rock
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Warpaint is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Dream pop, Indie rock
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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Lo-fi music
11
Le Tigre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Synthpunk, New Wave, Dance-punk
12
Juliana Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock
13
Waxahatchee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Folk music, Alternative rock
14
Speedy Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Noise pop, Indie rock
15
Deerhoof is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise rock, Art punk, Indie pop
16
Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock
17
White Lung is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Punk rock
18
Eisley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie pop, Indie, Indie rock
19
Helium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Noise pop, Indie rock, Post-punk
20
Swearin' is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Noise Pop
21
Cayetana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock, Indie Pop
22
UME is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock
23
P.S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Rock
24
Lemuria is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Indie Pop, Indie rock
25
Blake Babies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female-Fronted Indie Bands & Artists
Alternative rock, Indie rock