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She is the Marmite of the alternative rock scene- and, personally, I love her. She is controversial and talented- what more could you want from a rockstar? Besides from being Kurt Cobain’s widow, she is the lead singer and guitarist for grunge band, Hole. I saw her live at Brixton Academy, and damn, she still knows how to bring it.
9. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
For me, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane are the sound of the 60s- psychedelic rock at its best. Her deep, screaming vocals made Jefferson Airplane unforgettable and certainly impossible to copy. Not the easiest karaoke option…
8. Joni Mitchell
She inspired women every to pick up a guitar and play, Joni Mitchell was the voice of the female revolution and a truly innovative and inspiring artist. She began busking and singing in nightclubs in Canada before moving to NYC. She became heavily involved in the folk music scene and became known as a respected songwriter before finding fame as a singer. Her striking vocals and distinctive guitar style, alongside her experimentation with jazz, rock and folk, truly secure her place in this list.
7. Suzi Quatro
The Wild One of glam rock. She was the most prominent female of the British glam rock scene, and inspired the likes of Joan Jett- who also appears on this list somewhere… She sang undeniably awesome hits, such as Your Mama Won’t Like Me and Can The Can. She is also a pretty decent bassist.
5. Stevie Nicks
Stevie is one of the most successful female singers of all time – period. She is best known for her time with Fleetwood Mac, but she has also enjoyed a long and successful solo career. Viva la Stevie.
4. Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin was probably one of the first ‘proper’ female rock stars. She fused blues and rock in a way that have never been heard before, or since. Though she recorded only a few albums, she is perceived as one of the greatest women of rock and blues to this day, opening doors to a whole new generation of female musicians.
3. Ann & Nancy Wilson
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart fame, have been rocking since the 1970s and show no signs of giving up anytime soon. Throughout their career, which has spanned four decades, they have delved into hard rock, metal, folk rock and a whole host of other genres, enjoying success in all areas.
2. Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry ushered in a new wave of rock and roll when she arrived on the punk rock scene in the mid 1970s. Best known as the front woman of Blondie, she inspired women everywhere to hack their hair off, reach for the peroxide and sing along to hits such as Hanging On The Telephone, Heart Of Glass, Call Me, and Rapture. Blondie are still just as relevant today- check out their new single, Mother:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXX8rUV4p9A
1. Joan Jett
There is no woman who is more rock and roll than Joan Jett. She has been paving the way for females in rock for over 35 years. She taught herself how to play guitar as a teenager and went on to form The Runaways in the mid 1970s; an all-girl rock group that proved to the male-dominated rock industry that women could show male rockers a thing or two. When the girls disbanded in the late 70s, she went solo before forming Joan Jett And The Blackhearts. She is best known for her number one hit, I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, and songs such as Bad Reputation, Crimson And Clover, I Hate Myself For Loving You and Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).