Female Professionals The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers  

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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 78

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13 1
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
IndiaSpooper added Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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31 13
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 54

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32 15
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Grace Jones 68

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28 12
Brittany Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
28 -

Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch

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28 13
Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 72

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24 10
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer 49

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17 8
Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 73 -

Solo and Labelle

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18 9
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 32

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24 15
Fefe Dobson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 33

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17 9
Poly Styrene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Dec. at 54 (1957-2011) -

X-Ray Spex

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22 14
Alexis Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Alexis Brown 34 -

Straight Line Stitch

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16 9
Santigold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 41

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16 12
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Dec. at 74 (1938-2012)

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12 8
Joyce Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Joyce Kennedy 68 -

Mother's Finest

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9 7
Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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8 6
Militia Vox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Militia Vox

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5 3
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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3 2
Om Johari is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kim Mose added Om Johari

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2 1
Denitra Isler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
conkrete god added Denitra Isler

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1 0
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
westfaner added Dec. at 64 (1948-2012)

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7 7
Shingai Shoniwa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 36 -

Noisettes

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5 6
Tamar-kali is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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5 6
Tasmin Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 54

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5 6
Kimya Dawson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 45

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5 6
Siedah Garrett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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4 5
Lisa Kekaula is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Lisa Kekaula age 50 -

The Bellrays

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4 5
Sandra St. Victor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 54 -

The Family Stand

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6 8
Madame So is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Madame So

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3 6
Bayli McKeithan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Bayli McKeithan

The Skins

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3 6
Saidah Baba Talibah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Saidah Baba Talibah

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2 5
Toshi Reagon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 54

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2 6
Kayla Phillips is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kayla Phillips

Bleed the Pigs

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1 5
Christiane Dolores is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Christiane Dolores

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2 7
Trina Meade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Trina Meade