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!
Skin aka Deborah Anne DwyerAge: 49
Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch
Grace JonesAge: 68
Alexis BrownAge: 34
Straight Line Stitch
Solo and Labelle
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Joyce KennedyAge: 68
Lisa KekaulaAge: 53