Women Who Rock: An Essential Top Four List

Putting together a women-only list might look sexist at first.

But stay with me.

It also means you celebrate these outstanding women that worked, played, and fought harder to get the same acceptance as men. And when they finally did it, they re-wrote the playbook, making things even spicier.

Patti Smith

Popularly known as the Poet Laureate of Punk, Patti Smith is famous for her hit song “Poetry Meets Rock and Roll,” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” Her music journey started with her debut album, Horses, which made Patti an icon in the rock and roll scene. She even got inducted to the Hall of Fame and remains the #1 female rocker to date.

Stevie Nicks

You can never put together a rocker list like this and leave out Stevie Nicks. She is famous for her hit song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” that came out after leaving Fleetwood Mac.

However, she cemented her place in rock royalty when she entered the HOF as a solo artist in 2019. Beyond that, her fans love her for her mystical persona and concert storytelling.

Debbie Harry

Debbie was the lead singer of Blondie, the most commercially successful band to ever come from New York in the 70s. She brought a special kind of style and punk to the rock scene. And, she was responsible for some of the greatest hits like “Heart of Glass” and “Rapture.” The band separated for a while, but later regrouped to push their 2017 release, “Pollinator.”


Fanny goes down as one of the most influential rock artists of all time. That’s because she cracked the rock and roll code as a woman, inspiring even more people. Her first signing was with Reprise in 1969 that resulted in the hit album “The Runways” and many more.

In summary, these are the best female rockers the world has seen so far.