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. Joan Jett
  2. Dessa
  3. Aretha Franklin
  4. Janis Joplin
  5. Chrissy Hynde (The Pretenders)
  6. Debbie Harry (Blondie)
  7. Patti Smith
  8. Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  9. Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Heart
  11. Janelle Monae
  12. Neko Case
  13. Bjork
  14. Billie Holiday
  15. Stevie Nicks
  16. Tina Turner
  17. Pat Benatar
  18. M.I.A.
  19. Amy Winehouse
  20. Etta James
  21. Bonnie Raitt
  22. Adele
  23. Fiona Apple
  24. Nina Simone
  25. St. Vincent / Annie Clark
  26. Sleater-Kinney
  27. Ani Difranco
  28. Patsy Cline
  29. Tegan and Sara
  30. Carole King
  31. Dolly Parton
  32. Lucinda Williams
  33. Sharon Jones
  34. Joni Mitchell
  35. PJ Harvey
  36. Lauryn Hill
  37. Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
  38. Tori Amos
  39. Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine)
  40. Siouxsie and the Banshees
  41. Shirley Manson (Garbage)
  42. Lizzo
  43. Cat Power
  44. Breeders
  45. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
  46. Emily Haines (Metric)
  47. Aimee Mann
  48. Brandi Carlile
  49. Feist
  50. Liz Phair
  51. Emmylou Harris
  52. Thao Nguyen (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down)
  53. Madonna
  54. Pussy Riot
  55. Caroline Smith
  56. Go-Gos
  57. Lorde
  58. Lydia Liza (Bomba de Luz)
  59. Sinead O'Connor
  60. Regina Spektor
  61. Courtney Love (Hole)
  62. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
  63. Kate Bush
  64. Missy Elliott
  65. HAIM
  66. Lily Allen
  67. Loretta Lynn
  68. Kate Pierson (B-52s)
  69. Melissa Etheridge
  70. The XX
  71. Pink
  72. Gwen Stefani
  73. Indigo Girls
  74. Lady Gaga
  75. Linda Ronstadt
  76. Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)
  77. Portishead
  78. Savages
  79. Wanda Jackson
  80. Alanis Morrissette
  81. Judy Garland
  82. Diana Ross (The Supremes)
  83. Alison Mosshart (The Kills/Dead Weather)
  84. Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
  85. Queen Latifah
  86. Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club)
  87. Jenny Lewis
  88. Santigold
  89. June Carter Cash
  90. Lana Del Ray
  91. Lissie
  92. Whitney Houston
  93. Beach House
  94. Gillian Welch
  95. Mavis Staples
  96. Channy Leaneagh (Polica)
  97. Chastity Brown
  98. Cass Elliot
  99. Sia
  100. Carly Simon
  101. Sharon Van Etten
  102. Suzanne Vega
  103. Bat For Lashes
  104. Big Mama Thornton
  105. Dusty Springfield
  106. Gladys Knight
  107. Laura Marling
  108. Cher
  109. Haley Bonar
  110. Lykke Li
  111. Nico
  112. Sheryl Crow
  113. Suzi Quattro
  114. Cowboy Junkies
  115. Heartless Bastards
  116. Nancy Sinatra
  117. Amanda Palmer
  118. Aby Wolf
  119. Elastica
  120. Grimes
  121. Joanna Newsom
  122. Laurie Anderson
  123. Lucy Michelle
  124. Luscious Jackson
  125. Peggy Lee
  126. Soviettes
  127. Valerie June
  128. Bikini Kill
  129. Bessie Smith
  130. Beth Ditto (The Gossip)
  131. Donna Summer
  132. Grace Potter
  133. Sarah Vaughn
  134. Stars
  135. Exene Cervenka (X)
  136. Goldfrapp
  137. Marianne Faithfull
  138. Yoko Ono
  139. Alicia Keys
  140. Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland, Koalas)
  141. Peaches
  142. Poison Ivy (The Cramps)
  143. Tammy Wynette
  144. Warpaint
  145. Courtney Barnett
  146. Desdamona
  147. Grace Jones
  148. Kate Nash
  149. Kristen Hersh
  150. Tanya Donnelly (Belly)
  151. Barbra Streisand
  152. Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex)
  153. Stereolab
  154. Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band
  155. Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles)
  156. Alison Moyet (Yaz)
  157. Coco Rosie
  158. Joan Baez
  159. Kat Bjelland (Babes in Toyland)
  160. Roberta Flack
  161. Sarah Barthel (Phantogram)
  162. Ritzy Bryan (The Joy Formidable)
  163. Cibo Matto
  164. Kathleen Edwards
  165. Kirsty MacColl
  166. Shirley Bassey
  167. Tina Schlieske (Tina and the B-Sides)
  168. Alison Mosshart (Killers/Dead Weather)
  169. Bethany Constentino (Best Coast)
  170. Dionne Warwick
  171. The Knife
  172. The Waitresses
  173. Detroit Cobras
  174. Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde)
  175. Madeline Peyroux
  176. Maria Isa
  177. Tracy Thorn (Everything But The Girl)
  178. Kim Shattuck (The Muffs)
  179. Lucius
  180. Shovels & Rope
  181. Wild Flag
  182. Zuzu's Petals
  183. Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells)
  184. Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)
  185. Jolie Holland
  186. Pink Mink
  187. Saint Etienne
  188. Shawn Colvin
  189. The Slits
  190. Dum Dum Girls
  191. Irma Thomas
  192. Laura Jane Grace (Against Me)
  193. Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
  194. Judy Collins
  195. Poe
  196. Sam Phillips
  197. Sharin Foo (Raveonettes)
  198. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  199. Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser)
  200. Koko Taylor
  201. Michelle Leon (Babes in Toyland)
  202. Amy Lee
  203. Dressy Bessy
  204. Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces/solo)
  205. Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo)
  206. Kerry Alexander (Bad Bad Hats)
  207. Mary Wells
  208. the Clams
  209. The Motels
  210. Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura)
  211. Sarah McLachlan
  212. Beth Hart
  213. Anonymous Choir
  214. Au Revoir Simone
  215. Claire de Lune
  216. Pauline Black (The Selecter)
  217. Tanya Tucker
  218. The Raincoats
  219. Candi Staton
  220. Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays)
  221. Jessie Ware
  222. Lisa Germano
  223. Tetes Noir

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