This article only lists all-female bands who perform original material that is either authored by themselves or authored by another musician for that band's use. All-female tribute acts and cover bands are not included. Fictional all-female bands, such as those created for scripted television programs, are also not included.
An all-female band is defined as "musical group exclusively composed of female musicians", this is distinct from a girl group, in which the female members are solely vocalists, so this is a list of "Rock" (Rock taken in it's widest context and really it's music of all types) groups rather than "Girl Groups" such as the wonderful "The Cake" or "The Ronettes" who sang rather than playing instruments.
A great, extensive list that ranks thousands of all-female bands.
"I Love Playing With Fire" by The Runaways
Active in the '70s, The Runaways are one of the most well-known all-female rock bands.
At some point, all famous female rock bands of the past several decades have endured a similar barrage of insults: not being able to play their instruments, being dramatic, have too much sex appeal (or not enough) or being feminist man haters. Although most of those accusations are biases and downright sexism, one common similarity among all women rock groups is the tendency to make fun of the guys instead of trying to fit in among them.
UPDATE: Bikini Kill and Dead Sara were subsequently removed from the list for having male members. The updated list awaits below. This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the UG community discussing the matter of the best all-female bands in the world of rock and metal.
Music video by The Bangles performing Manic Monday. (C) 1985 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
The Bangles are an all-female rock band that released a number of hits in the '80s.
"Girls invented punk rock, not England," reads one of Sonic Youth co-leader Kim Gordon's famous feminist shirts. While Gordon wasn't in an all-female act herself, she knew the importance of them: bands made up entirely of women may feel like a rarity now, but more pop up every day and others are still going after all these years.
With the unstoppable rise of indie sweethearts HAIM, all-female bands have never been cooler. And we’re not talking 90s girl power. Meet the new generation of axe-wielding, drum-beating, stage-dominating goddesses that’ve given us a new reason to rock out.
Sub Pop Records reissued the remastered catalog of the acclaimed American rock band, Sleater-Kinney on October 21st 2014.
Sleater-Kinney has been praised by music critics as one of the best rock bands of the 2000s.
The ten best female rock bands ever are diverse groups of women, hailing from various locations and musical decades. Not until the 1970s, did we see signs of all-female rock groups. Women had fronted rock bands back in the 60s, but never had we known what it was like to see females slap a bass, pound the drums or scream lyrics at the crowd.
This list showcases notable rock bands from the '60s to the present that were/are comprised of only women. From garage rock to metal to grunge, these female rockers have proven that rock 'n' roll isn't just for the boys.