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The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers 

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Updated February 19, 2020 1k votes 357 voters 20.7k views 34 items

List Rules Vote up the top black women in rock music.

Who are the best black female rock singers? This list includes some of the most well-known women who’ve rocked the music world, some of them for decades. If you’re putting together a playlist of the top black female rock singers of all time, you’ve come to the right place.

Black woman rock singers aren’t the norm in the genre, which is still dominated by (mostly white) men. Still, some incredibly talented women of color are rocking it out, powerfully – and a whole new up-and-coming scene featuring black female rock singers has emerged in recent years.

Many of the famous black female rock singers on this list have instantly recognizable names: Grace Jones. Nona Hendryx. Etta James. Tina Turner. Tracy Chapman. These names you very likely know. But, hopefully, this list will introduce you to some new and exciting black female rockers, too, like Alexis Brown of Straight Line Stitch or Tamar-Kali.

Check out all the artists listed here. Find out more about them and then, be sure to vote your favorites to the top!

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 79 from Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America
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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 54 from Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
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Skin aka Deborah Anne Dw... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer
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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Grace Jones
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Brittany Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch

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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 73 from Durham, North Carolina
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Alexis Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Alexis Brown

Straight Line Stitch

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Dec. at 74 (1938-2012) from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 33 from Kansas City, Kansas
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Fefe Dobson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 33 from Toronto, Canada
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
IndiaSpooper added Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 74 from Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Solo and Labelle

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Poly Styrene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Dec. at 54 (1957-2011) from Bromley, United Kingdom

X-Ray Spex

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Joyce Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Joyce Kennedy

Mother's Finest

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Santigold is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 42 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 68 from Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Militia Vox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Militia Vox
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Om Johari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kim Mose added Om Johari
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Trina Meade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Trina Meade
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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
westfaner added Dec. at 64 (1948-2012) from Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Shingai Shoniwa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 37 from London, United Kingdom

Noisettes

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Kimya Dawson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
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Sandra St. Victor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 55 from Dallas, Texas

The Family Stand

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Denitra Isler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
conkrete god added Denitra Isler
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Tasmin Archer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Age 55 from Bradford, United Kingdom