african american The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers  

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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
Tina Turner age 77

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Brittany Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Brittany Howard 28 - Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch

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Fefe Dobson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Fefe Dobson age 32

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Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer 49

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Tracy Chapman age 53

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

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Alexis Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Alexis Brown 34 - Straight Line Stitch

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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Betty Davis age 71

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Santigold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Santigold age 39

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Etta James Died at 74 (1938-2012)

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Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Nona Hendryx age 72 - Solo and Labelle

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Janelle Monae age 31

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Poly Styrene is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Poly Styrene Died at 54 (1957-2011) - 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 68 - Mother's Finest

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Shingai Shoniwa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Shingai Shoniwa age 34 - Noisettes

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Tamar-kali is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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Kimya Dawson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kimya Dawson age 43

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Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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Tasmin Archer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Tasmin Archer age 53

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Sandra St. Victor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Sandra St. Victor age 53 - The Family Stand

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Lisa Kekaula is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Lisa Kekaula age 48 - The Bellrays

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Militia Vox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Militia Vox

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Bayli McKeithan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Bayli McKeithan The Skins

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Siedah Garrett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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Toshi Reagon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Toshi Reagon age 53

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Kayla Phillips is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kayla Phillips Bleed the Pigs

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Christiane Dolores is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Christiane Dolores

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Saidah Baba Talibah is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Saidah Baba Talibah

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Trina Meade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Trina Meade

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Madame So is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Madame So