Female Singers 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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64 5
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 79

2
29 11
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer 49

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32 15
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 54

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29 13
Brittany Howard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
28 -

Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch

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29 14
Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 73

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32 17
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Grace Jones 68

7
14 3
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
IndiaSpooper added Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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25 15
Alexis Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Alexis Brown 34 -

Straight Line Stitch

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19 10
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

10
25 16
Fefe Dobson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 33

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17 9
Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 74 -

Solo and Labelle

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17 10
Poly Styrene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Dec. at 54 (1957-2011) -

X-Ray Spex

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17 10
Santigold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 42

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17 13
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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13 9
Joyce Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Joyce Kennedy 68 -

Mother's Finest

16
10 7
Militia Vox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Militia Vox

17
10 8
Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

18
7 5
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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8 7
Kimya Dawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 46

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3 3
Om Johari is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kim Mose added Om Johari

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2 2
Denitra Isler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
conkrete god added Denitra Isler

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1 1
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
westfaner added Dec. at 64 (1948-2012)

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7 8
Shingai Shoniwa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
age 37 -

Noisettes

24
7 9
Madame So is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Madame So

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5 7
Tamar-kali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers