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
Tina Turner age 78

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Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Betty Davis age 72

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Brittany Howard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Brittany Howard 28 - Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Tracy Chapman age 54

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Grace Jones 68

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Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Skin aka Deborah Anne Dwyer 49

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Fefe Dobson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Fefe Dobson age 33

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
IndiaSpooper added Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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

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Alexis Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Alexis Brown 34 - Straight Line Stitch

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Etta James Died at 74 (1938-2012)

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Poly Styrene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Poly Styrene Died at 54 (1957-2011) - X-Ray Spex

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

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Nona Hendryx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Nona Hendryx age 73 - Solo and Labelle

The Best Female Rock Singers

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

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Om Johari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kim Mose added Om Johari

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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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Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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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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Shingai Shoniwa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Shingai Shoniwa age 36 - Noisettes

The Best Drummers of All Time

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Kimya Dawson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kimya Dawson age 45

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

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

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Siedah Garrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers

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Lisa Kekaula is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Lisa Kekaula age 50 - The Bellrays

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Sandra St. Victor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Sandra St. Victor age 54 - The Family Stand

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Madame So is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Madame So

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Bayli McKeithan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Bayli McKeithan The Skins

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Saidah Baba Talibah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Saidah Baba Talibah

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Kayla Phillips is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Kayla Phillips Bleed the Pigs

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Christiane Dolores is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Christiane Dolores

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Toshi Reagon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Toshi Reagon age 54

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Trina Meade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Rock Singers
Trina Meade