Countdown: Women Who Rock

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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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    Which women who rock will top our poll? (Courtesy the artists / Nate Ryan, MPR Photos)