Though it’s mostly a male dominated field, rock music does have a number of outstanding female performers. Long after the days of Janis Joplin and The Runaways, the number of female artists has shot up. Spanning across multiple genres, they all contribute to their individual scenes and continue to leave their marks on the industry. Whether they are front women or take to a more modest assignment in the band, the presence of female rockers has been crucial in the growth of the industry.
In the age of pop divas there are still female artists who earn recognition and succeed due to talent and creativity, rather than sex appeal. That isn’t to say that there aren’t any attractive female rockers – there’s a ton! It’s a great combination to have, looks and talent to go along with it, especially for music fans.
Obviously there are many more beautiful female rockers out there. If you feel like we left out some of your favorites, let us know in the comments below.
These are our top 10 sexiest female rockstars of 2014.
10. Ginger Sling
The former Smashing Pumpkins bassist and Halo Friendlies bassist was definitely eye-catching during her three-year tenure with the Pumpkins from 2007 to 2010. Born Ginger Reyes, her career began back in 1999 with the Halo Friendlies. She replaced then guitarist Cheryl Hecht and stayed with the band throughout their 2003 tour. She released two EPs as a solo artist in 2004 and 2005 before joining The Pumpkins in 2007. Though she was with the band throughout their recording of their 2007 album “Zeitgeist”, Reyes has never appeared on any of their albums and served only as a touring member of the band up until she decided to leave in 2010.
9. Jenny Lewis
Before she hit the music scene with Rilo Kiley in 1998, Jenny Lewis was making a living as an actress for TV sitcoms and made-for-TV movies. A child actress, Lewis debuted in a 1985 Jell-O commercial and continued to act until 1998 when she formed Rilo Kiley. The band released their debut in 1999 and went on to release four more albums before they split up in 2011. Lewis released her first solo effort Rabbit Fur Coat, with accompaniment provided by The Watson Twins in 2006. She released a second solo effort in 2008 and is currently busy touring in promotion of her latest album The Voyager.
8. Brody Dalle
The punk rock front woman first appeared with her band Sourpuss back in 1995, releasing two EPs before the band’s break-up. She then went on to form The Distillers with her then-husband Tim Armstrong in 1998. The band released three albums during their eight-year career, but split up in 2006 after two of the band’s four members moved on to other projects. The remaining members of The Distillers went on to form Spinneret along with former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons and Queens of the Stone Age contributor Alain Johannes. The band released their sole album – their self-titled debut – in 2009 and has been inactive since 2010. In 2014 Dalle released her first solo album, Diploid Love, featuring collaborations from Garbage’s Shirley Manson and The Strokes’ Nick Valensi among others.
7. PJ Harvey
Polly Jean has been around for a while, being active in the music industry for over twenty years now. Since hitting the scene back in 1988 with Automatic Dlamini she’s gone on to work with artists such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Mark Lanegan and Thom Yorke. After leaving Automatic Dlamini in 1991 Harvey formed her own musical trio which ended up transitioning into her own solo career. After the trio split up in 1993 Harvey continued to use the PJ Harvey name, but this time as a solo artist. She’s released an impressive eight albums over the course of over twenty years, with her latest release Let England Shake being released in 2011.
6. Emily Haines
The Canadian singer-songwriter got her start in 1997 when she met future band mate James Shaw. After a quick run under the name Mainstream the duo then changed their name to Metric. With Metric Haines contributes both vocals and keyboards and serves as one of the band’s principle songwriters. The band has released five albums since 2003. Apart from her work with Metric Haines has collaborated with The Stills, Broken Social Scene and MSTRKRFT and has also put out a couple of solo efforts under the name Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton.
5. Sharin Foo
The Danish beauty co-founded her group the Raveonettes shortly after she met future band mate Sune Rose Wagner in 2001. The duo quickly finished up the recording of their debut Whip It On that same year, then began touring where they were discovered by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke. After a favourable review by Fricke the band got multiple record offers from major record labels. Their first full-length album Chain Gang of Love was released in 2003 and their latest effort Pe’ahi came out earlier this year.
Taking her name from the 1985 Richard Donner film of the same name, Pip Brown, more famously known by her stage name Ladyhawke, got her first start as a member of New Zealand hard rock band Two Lane Blacktop. Coincidentally, Two Lane Blacktop also took their name from a film, theirs being influenced by the 1971 Monte Hillman road movie of the same name. After leaving Two Lane Blacktop in 2003, Brown went on to form the art rock group Teenager in 2004. The group only released one album and split up in 2007. A year later Brown came out with her debut solo album Ladyhawke. Since then she’s released a follow-up effort Anxiety in 2012, and while her previous projects have leaned more on a rock-driven sound, her solo work is highly electronic and experimental.
3. Hayley Williams
Originally signed at the age of 14 to be a pop star, the Paramore front woman eventually convinced producers to let her form her own group. By the time Paramore’s debut album All We Know Is Falling was released in 2005 Williams was just 16 years old. The band gained much recognition after the release of their debut and found continued success with their 2007 follow-up Riot! and their third studio album Brand New Eyes. Williams has also appeared on B.o.B’s debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray and wrote the song “Teenagers” for the 2009 horror film Jennifer’s Body.
2. Katie White
Katie White first got her start in the punk trio TKO at the age of 14. The group was managed by her father’s music management company. Although the group had some success they were never signed to any sort of record label. In 2007 White along with former TKO songwriter Jules De Martino formed the Ting Tings. The group signed with Columbia and released their debut We Started Nothing in 2008. The duo has released two other albums, 2012’s Sounds from Nowheresville and 2014’s Super Critical.
1. Maria Brink
Maria Brink formed what would eventually be known as In This Moment back in 2005 with guitarist Chris Howorth. Brink takes on the singing duties; her vocal style alternates from melodic singing to harsher screams. Eventually the band gained a following through self-promotion on the internet and live shows. The band released their debut Beautiful Tragedy in 2007 followed by 2008’s The Dream, 2010’s A Star-Crossed Wasteland and 2012’s Blood, with another album Black Widow due to drop sometime later this year.