Countdown: Women Who Rock

Joan Jett in 2008.
Joan Jett in 2008. (Flickr user Lindsey T / Creative Commons)

March is Women's History Month, and we want to celebrate women who rock. So we decided to take a poll of The Current listeners favorite female artists to inform our "Women Who Rock Countdown."

With your help, we compiled a list of over 200 of our favorite female artists, you voted, and here are the results. Rock on!

  1. Liz Phair
  2. Emmylou Harris
  3. Thao Nguyen (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down)
  4. Madonna
  5. Pussy Riot
  6. Caroline Smith
  7. Go-Gos
  8. Lorde
  9. Lydia Liza (Bomba de Luz)
  10. Sinead O'Connor
  11. Regina Spektor
  12. Courtney Love (Hole)
  13. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
  14. Kate Bush
  15. Missy Elliott
  16. HAIM
  17. Lily Allen
  18. Loretta Lynn
  19. Kate Pierson (B-52s)
  20. Melissa Etheridge
  21. The XX
  22. Pink
  23. Gwen Stefani
  24. Indigo Girls
  25. Lady Gaga
  26. Linda Ronstadt
  27. Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)
  28. Portishead
  29. Savages
  30. Wanda Jackson
  31. Alanis Morrissette
  32. Judy Garland
  33. Diana Ross (The Supremes)
  34. Alison Mosshart (The Kills/Dead Weather)
  35. Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
  36. Queen Latifah
  37. Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club)
  38. Jenny Lewis
  39. Santigold
  40. June Carter Cash
  41. Lana Del Ray
  42. Lissie
  43. Whitney Houston
  44. Beach House
  45. Gillian Welch
  46. Mavis Staples
  47. Channy Leaneagh (Polica)
  48. Chastity Brown
  49. Cass Elliot
  50. Sia
  51. Carly Simon
  52. Sharon Van Etten
  53. Suzanne Vega
  54. Bat For Lashes
  55. Big Mama Thornton
  56. Dusty Springfield
  57. Gladys Knight
  58. Laura Marling
  59. Cher
  60. Haley Bonar
  61. Lykke Li
  62. Nico
  63. Sheryl Crow
  64. Suzi Quattro
  65. Cowboy Junkies
  66. Heartless Bastards
  67. Nancy Sinatra
  68. Amanda Palmer
  69. Aby Wolf
  70. Elastica
  71. Grimes
  72. Joanna Newsom
  73. Laurie Anderson
  74. Lucy Michelle
  75. Luscious Jackson
  76. Peggy Lee
  77. Soviettes
  78. Valerie June
  79. Bikini Kill
  80. Bessie Smith
  81. Beth Ditto (The Gossip)
  82. Donna Summer
  83. Grace Potter
  84. Sarah Vaughn
  85. Stars
  86. Exene Cervenka (X)
  87. Goldfrapp
  88. Marianne Faithfull
  89. Yoko Ono
  90. Alicia Keys
  91. Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland, Koalas)
  92. Peaches
  93. Poison Ivy (The Cramps)
  94. Tammy Wynette
  95. Warpaint
  96. Courtney Barnett
  97. Desdamona
  98. Grace Jones
  99. Kate Nash
  100. Kristen Hersh
  101. Tanya Donnelly (Belly)
  102. Barbra Streisand
  103. Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex)
  104. Stereolab
  105. Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band
  106. Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles)
  107. Alison Moyet (Yaz)
  108. Coco Rosie
  109. Joan Baez
  110. Kat Bjelland (Babes in Toyland)
  111. Roberta Flack
  112. Sarah Barthel (Phantogram)
  113. Ritzy Bryan (The Joy Formidable)
  114. Cibo Matto
  115. Kathleen Edwards
  116. Kirsty MacColl
  117. Shirley Bassey
  118. Tina Schlieske (Tina and the B-Sides)
  119. Alison Mosshart (Killers/Dead Weather)
  120. Bethany Constentino (Best Coast)
  121. Dionne Warwick
  122. The Knife
  123. The Waitresses
  124. Detroit Cobras
  125. Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde)
  126. Madeline Peyroux
  127. Maria Isa
  128. Tracy Thorn (Everything But The Girl)
  129. Kim Shattuck (The Muffs)
  130. Lucius
  131. Shovels & Rope
  132. Wild Flag
  133. Zuzu's Petals
  134. Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells)
  135. Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)
  136. Jolie Holland
  137. Pink Mink
  138. Saint Etienne
  139. Shawn Colvin
  140. The Slits
  141. Dum Dum Girls
  142. Irma Thomas
  143. Laura Jane Grace (Against Me)
  144. Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
  145. Judy Collins
  146. Poe
  147. Sam Phillips
  148. Sharin Foo (Raveonettes)
  149. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  150. Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser)
  151. Koko Taylor
  152. Michelle Leon (Babes in Toyland)
  153. Amy Lee
  154. Dressy Bessy
  155. Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces/solo)
  156. Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo)
  157. Kerry Alexander (Bad Bad Hats)
  158. Mary Wells
  159. the Clams
  160. The Motels
  161. Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura)
  162. Sarah McLachlan
  163. Beth Hart
  164. Anonymous Choir
  165. Au Revoir Simone
  166. Claire de Lune
  167. Pauline Black (The Selecter)
  168. Tanya Tucker
  169. The Raincoats
  170. Candi Staton
  171. Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays)
  172. Jessie Ware
  173. Lisa Germano
  174. Tetes Noir

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