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100 Best All-Female Rock Bands


The music revolution in the '60s played a vital role in shaping the rock scene for women. While a number of female musicians in the '50s made a big impact in the gospel, blues, and jazz scene, it was only in the '60s that all-female lineups started gaining momentum.

Suddenly, the world started taking notice of the creative artistry of all-female bands. The folk movement in the '60s contributed immensely to free-form thinking and the feminist movement associated with music. A few female-fronted rock bands and all-female rock bands created a distinctive identity with their brand of music.

In recent years, several all-girl bands that split up in the late '70s and '80s have reunited and released albums. Members of many female bands that disbanded in the '70s embarked on successful solo careers in the '80s and '90s. Post-2000, the heavy metal scene and indie music scene has witnessed an astonishing rise in woman-fronted bands. They have taken the world by storm with their infectious brand of music.

The intensity and passion women bring to music and performance is truly remarkable. All-female lineups from the '60s and '70s have been an inspiration for many present-day female bands. Women are choosing diverse musical paths, and one thing’s for sure: it’s only going to get better for women in the days ahead.

Here’s a list of the best all-girl rock bands from past and present, each with a signature sound and style. This list includes bands from various rock genres and its sub-genres. Feel free to have your say in the comments section.

Top 10 Best All-Female Bands

  1. The Runaways
  2. Kittie
  3. Civet
  4. The Ronettes
  5. The Donnas
  6. Magenta Lane
  7. The Graces
  8. Fanny
  9. 7 Year Bitch
  10. Warbride

Best All-Female Bands (11–20)


11. Sleater-Kinney

Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, Laura Macfarlane, Toni Gogin, Misty Farrell, Katie Harkin

12. Luv’d Ones

Char Vinnedge, Chris Vinnedge, Mary Gallagher, Faith Orem

13. Astarte

Maria Kolokouri, Kinthia, Nicolas Maiis, Derketa

14. Slant 6

Christina Billotte, Myra Power, Marge Marshall, Rachel Carns

15. Aldious

Rino, Marina Bozzio, Yoshi, Rami, Aruto, 髏姫-Ruki-, 風-kaze-

16. L7

Donita Sparks, Jennifer Finch, Demetra Plakas, Suzi Gardner, Gail Greenwood, Janis Tanaka, Roy Koutsky

17. Super Junky Monkey

Mutsumi Fukuhara, Shinobu Kawai, Matsudaaahh!! , Keiko

18. The Micragirls

Mari Halonen, Katariina "Kata" Haapalainen, Kristiina "Risu" Haapalainen

19. Mo-dettes

June Miles-kingston

20. KSM

Shelby Cobra — Lead vocals Shae Padilla — Lead guitar Katie Cecil - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals Sophia Melon — Bass guitar, backing vocals Kate Cabebe — Drums


Finding a Foothold in a Male-Dominated Industry

The sheer intensity and insane passion rock music brings is unknowable unless experienced. While women in music have been outnumbered by their male counterparts in the past, in recent decades, the rise of women in the music industry has been phenomenal.

In present times, the number of all-female rock bands that have emerged on the scene is astounding. All-girl bands in various genres of music are on an upward climb, and the rock scene is at a whole new level. All-female lineups have silenced critics with their fiery brand of music and their theatrical live performances. It has never been easy for women to establish a firm foothold in the male-dominated music industry; however, the dedication, passion, and devotion of women that have chased their dreams have rightfully earned them accolades in the realms of rock music.

Best All-Female Bands (21–40)


21. Goldie & The Gingerbreads

Genya Ravan

22. Babes In Toyland

Kat Bjelland, Courtney Love, Lori Barbero

23. Sahara Hotnights

Maria Andersson, Josephine Forsman, Johanna Asplund, Jennie Asplund

24. The Ace of Cups

Denise Kaufman, Diane Vitalich, Mary Ellen Simpson

25. Ivy Lies

Emla Palmer - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2006–present) Lisa Blatchford - bass guitar, backing vocals (2006–present) Rosie O'Connell - drums (2006–present)

26. BarlowGirl

Lauren Barlow, Alyssa Barlow, Rebecca Barlow

27. Vixen

Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, Share Ross, Britt Lightning

28. The Pandoras

Melanie Vammen Kim Shattuck Karen Blankfeld Hillary Burton

29. Autoclave

Mary Timony Christina Billotte Nikki Chapman Melisa Berkoff

30. The Pleasure Seekers

Suzi Quatro Patti Quatro Nancy Ball Mary Lou Ball

31. LiLiPUT (Kleenex)

Klaudia Schiff, Marlene Marder, Astrid Spirit

32. Shonen Knife

Naoko Yamano, Michie Nakatani, Atsuko Yamano

33. Vivian Girls

Katy Goodman, Fiona Campbell, Cassie Ramone, Frankie Rose, Ali Koehler

34. Red Aunts

Louise Lee Outlaw, Taffy Davis, Terri Wahl

35. Girlschool

Kim McAuliffe, Denise Dufort, Enid Williams

36. Plastiscines

Katty Besnard - vocals, guitar (2006–present) Louise Basilien - bass (2006–present) Anaïs Vandevyvere - drums, backing vocals (2008–present)

37. Luscious Jackson

Jill Cunniff, Kate Schellenbach, Gabby Glaser, Vivian Trimble

38. The Headcoatees

Holly Golightly, Kyra LaRubia, Ludella Black and "Bongo" Debbie Green

39. Fifth Column

Caroline Azar, Beverly Breckenridge,

40. Spitboy

Michelle Gonzales Adrienne Droogas Karin Gembus Paula Dominique Davison

How the All-Female Music Movement Started

The '60s was the decade where it all began. Women from diverse backgrounds came together as a musical entity and blew away stereotypes. Thought-provoking lyrics pertaining to social issues and freedom marked a strong presence among female rock bands.

Several all-female bands sent a strong message through their songs at concerts in the '60s and '70s. A movement had begun, and this musical movement paved the way for women in different music genres. Women rock bands from the '60s and '70s have influenced a new generation, and since then there has been no stopping them.


Best All-Female Bands (41–60)


41. Tribe 8

Lynn Breedlove and Leslie Mah

42. Phantom Blue

Michelle Meldrum, Linda McDonald, Gigi Hangach, Nicole Couch, Kim Nielsen-Parsons, Courtney Cox

43. Jale


44. The Trashwomen

Tina Lucchesi and Dannielle Pimm, Elka Zolot

45. Heavens To Betsy

Corin Tucker, Tracy Sawyer

46. Skulker

Greer Skinner Annette Harada Angela Blackshaw Naomi "Batti" Battah Gregory Boulting

47. The Raincoats

Gina Birch, Ana da Silva, Palmolive, Vicky Aspinall

48. Lash

Belinda-Lee Reid, Micaela Slayford, Jaclyn Pearson, Jessica Bennett

49. The Bangles

Susanna Hoffs Debbi Peterson Vicki Peterson Annette Zilinskas

50. The Go-Go’s

Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey

51. Broadzilla

Rachel May, Kim Essiambre, and Angie Manly

52. The Like

Z Berg, Tennessee Thomas (drums), Laena Geronimo (bass), and Annie Monroe (organ)

53. The Shaggs

Helen Wiggin, Austin Wiggin Jr., Betty Wiggin , Dorothy Wiggin, Rachel Wiggin, Robert Wiggin

54. Girl Monstar

Damian Child Anne McCue Sherry Valier (aka Sherry Rich) Ritchie Hine Sue World Janene Abbott

55. Hepburn

Jamie Benson, Beverley Fullen, Lisa Lister, Tasha Baylis, Sarah Davies

56. Sick Of Sarah

Abisha Uhl, Jessie Farmer, Katie Murphy, Jessica Forsythe, Jamie Holm, Brooke Svanes, Alexa Wolfe

57. Cadallaca

Corin Tucker, Sarah Dougher, sts

58. Tattle Tale

Jen Wood Madigan Shive

59. General Luna

Bea Lao, Alex Montemayor, Audry Dionisio, Caren Mangaran, Nicole Laurel Asensio

60. The Heart Beats

Wally Roker, James "Shep" Sheppard, Albert Crump


The Legacy of Underground Music Movement and Music Promotion of Female Bands

While major concerts in the '60s and '70s were dominated by the presence of alpha males in rock bands, the underground music movement helped women in different music genres emerge with a strong fan-following. A number of all-female rock bands started gaining a cult following in the underground music movement.

From rock, punk, soul, and R&B to hard rock and metal, the all-female music movement had begun spreading its roots in major music genres. A number of female bands talked about social issues and female issues through their music.

Best All-Female Bands (61–80)


61. Splendora

Janet Wygal, Tricia Wygal, Cindy Brolsma, Delissa Santos, Jennifer Richardson

62. Antigone Rising

Cathy Henderson Kristen Henderson Jen Zielenbach Dena Tauriello

63. Jack Off Jill

Jessicka, Scott Putesky, Chris Vrenna, Robin Moulder, Clint Walsh, Helen Storer, Michelle Inhell, Tenni Ah-Cha-Cha

64. Screamin’ Sirens

Pleasant Gehman Boom Boom Lafoon Rosie Flores Laura Bandit

65. Cherri Bomb (Hey Violet)

Rena Lovelis Nia Lovelis Casey Moreta Iain Shipp

66. Finally Punk

Veronica Ortuño, Stephanie Chan, Erin Budd

67. The Deadly Nightshade

Helen Hooke, Pamela Robin Brandt, Florence Ballard, Anne Bowen, Beverly Rodgers, Gretchen Pfeifer

68. Indica

Johanna Salomaa, Sirkku, Heini, Laura, Jenny

69. Plumtree

Catriona Sturton, Lynette Gillis, Carla Gillis, Amanda Braden, Nina Martin

70. Exit Trace

Jyou Naoto Mally Miko Omi

71. Care Bears On Fire

Sophie Kasakove, Isadora Schappell-Spillman, Lucio Westmoreland, Lulu Prat, Jena, Jena Gilbert-Merrill, Sohpie

72. Rock Goddess

Jody Turner, Julie Turner, Julia Longman, Becky Axten

73. Girl In a Coma

Nina Diaz, Jenn Alva, Phanie Diaz

74. Bikini Kill

Kathleen Hanna, Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, Billy Karren

75. Gallhammer

Vivian Slaughter, Mika Penetrator, Risa Reaper

76. Crucified Barbara

Mia Coldheart Klara Force Ida Evileye Nicki Wicked

77. Tegan and Sara

Sara Quin, Tegan Quin, Brendan Buckley, Gabrial McNair

78. Isis

Carol MacDonald, Ginger Bianco, Suzi Ghezzi, Stella Bass, Nydia "Liberty" Mata, Lauren Draper, Lolly Bienenfield, Jeanie Fineberg, Margo Lewis, Faith Fusillo, Vivian Stoll, Barbara Cobb, Laurie Frink, Lynx Quicksilver

79. Cake Like

Kerri Kenney-Silver Jody Seifert Nina Hellman

80. Angelica

Holly Ross, Brigit Colton, Rachel Parsons, Claire Windsor


Best All-Female Bands (81–100)


81. The Aquanettas

Jill Richmond, Claudine Troise, Deborah Schwartz, Stephanie Seymour

82. Chatmonchy

Eriko Hashimoto, Akiko Fukuoka, Kumiko Takahashi, Ishida Elina, Sone Kayo, Yumi Nakamura

83. Voodoo Queens

Anjali Bhatia, Ella Guru, Stefania Lucchesini, Rajni Bhatia, Anjula Bhasker, Mary Deigan

84. The Feminine Complex

Mindy Dalton Judi Griffith Lana Napier Pame Stephens Jean Williams

85. Zelda

Sachiho Kojima (bass) Sayoko Takahashi (vocals) Ako Ozawa (drums) Fukie Ishihara (guitar 1983-90) Naomi Motomura (guitar 1991-96)

86. Vanilla Ninja

Lenna Kuurmaa Katrin Siska Piret Järvis

87. Gore Gore Girls

Amy Gore Marlene Hammerle Lianna Castillo Alicia Warrington

88. Team Dresch

Donna Dresch, Kaia Wilson, Jody Bleyle, Melissa York, Marci Martinez, Scott Plouf

89. Team Dresch

Donna Dresch, Kaia Wilson, Jody Bleyle, Melissa York, Marci Martinez, Scott Plouf

90. Blaxy Girls

Rucsandra Iliescu Anamaria Nanu Diana Ganea Gela Marinescu Cristina Marinescu

91. Conquer Divide

Kiarely Castillo

92. Drain STH

Maria Sjoholm, Martina Axén, Flavia Canel, Anna Kjellberg

93. Wild Flag

Carrie Brownstein Mary Timony Janet Weiss Rebecca Cole

94. The Liverbirds

Valerie Gell, Pamela Birch, Mary McGlory

95. Warpaint

Emily Kokal Theresa Wayman Jenny Lee Lindberg Stella Mozgawa

96. Boye

Atheist Rap, La Strada, Muzika Poludelih, Obojeni Program, Veliki Prezir

97. Savages

Camille Berthomier, Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan, Fay Milton

98. The Devotchkas

Johnny Kray

99. Dolly Mixture

Debsey Wykes

100. Fluffy

Amanda E Rootes Bridgette Jones Helen Storer Angie Adams Pandora Ormsby-Gore

Women in Music 1980s–1990s

Although only a few all-female rock bands managed to strike major record deals with recording companies, a number of bands promoted their music independently at local gigs and concerts. As girl power reached dizzying heights through the '70s, suddenly the number of all-female bands faded to oblivion in the '80s, with only a few making a major breakthrough with audiences.

However, the punk scene in the '80s helped many female bands pave the path to success. Through the '80s and '90s, a significant number of all-female bands emerged in the realms of mainstream rock, pop, and R&B, with many enjoying chart-topping success.

Other Notable All Female Rock Bands

  • Tijuana Sweetheart
  • Girlpool
  • The Coathangers
  • Fuzzbox
  • Amanda X
  • The Bodysnatchers
  • The Big Moon
  • Dum Dum Girls
  • Skinny Girl Diet
  • Childbirth
  • The Amorettes
  • The Slits
  • Birtha
  • Honeyblood
  • Sharkmuffin
  • Baby In Vain
  • Upset
  • The Pierces
  • Cayetana
  • The Wimmins’ Institute
  • Bratmobile
  • The Belle Stars
  • Audrey
  • Frightwig
  • The Tuts
  • Frau
  • The Priscillas
  • Dickless
  • Sweet Jayne
  • Doll Skin
  • The Prettiots
  • The Spazzys
  • Sidi Bou Said
  • Marine Girls
  • Ut
  • Shampoo
  • Haim
  • LiveonRelease
  • Mika Miko
  • Snatch
  • The Daisy Chain
  • Scrawl
  • The Scissor Girls
  • Scandal
  • Mambo Taxi
  • BeBe K’Roche
  • Stonefield
  • Lunachicks
  • Spires That in The Sunset Rise
  • Skinned Teen
  • Fire Party
  • The Pack A.D.
  • Scarlet

Questions & Answers

Question: What ever happened to Nickey Barclay from FANNY?

Answer: After leaving Fanny, Nickey Barclay released a solo album 'Diamond in a Junkyard.' She also wrote a song (Solid Gold) and played keyboards for Keith Moon on his 1976 album 'Two Sides of the Moon.' After Moving to the UK, she formed the Nickey Barclay Band in the 1980s with musicians Dave Ball, Wilgar Campbell, and Lou Martin. The band performed at venues in London.

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Comments on March 02, 2020:

Saw/heard a band of women who ROCKED on Little Steven's Garage Rock. Can't remember their name, dammit! i wanna hear them some more. Any suggestions?

Kelly on November 23, 2019:

Who was in a girl band in 80s with a member named joyce