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10 of the Most Iconic Women in Rock

From Elvis Presley to Mick Jagger, the rock star pose has often been filled by men, all swagger and slither, brandishing their guitars and larger than life personalities with equal rock n’ roll prowes

From Elvis Presley to Mick Jagger, the rock star pose has often been filled by men, all swagger and slither, brandishing their guitars and larger than life personalities with equal rock n’ roll prowess. While men have a much longer history of living out the most idealized of public personas, the concept of “women in rock” is still not quite familiar enough that the phrase has become altogether passé.

It may seem like a thing of the past, but there was a time when it was men who dominated the airwaves and women that remained on the sidelines as the last in line to lead their own band, revolt at the establishment or garner a number one record. It’s only since the 1960’s that women have really come into their own, combining their unique talent with some hard-headed resistance in order to shift the tides and shape the future, providing the musical world with an eclectic mix of admirable figures from genres across the board.

Whether it’s the diverse style of Canadian musician Joni Mitchell who broadened the horizons for folk music or Courtney Love of Hole fame who managed to bring her own vision of punk music to the forefront of 90’s rock and her infamous reputation along with it, the following women have plotted out their very own spot in the annals of music and made new things possible for those who frequent the playlists of today.

10 PJ Harvey

9 The Raincoats

8 Kathleen Hanna

7 Grace Slick

6 Courtney Love

5 Kate Bush

4 Janis Joplin

3 Joni Mitchell

2 Patti Smith

1 Joan Jett

Born on September 22, 1958, Joan Jett’s journey into rock music stardom first began when she received a guitar for her 14th birthday. At just 15, Jett put her musical ambitions to the test, starting one of history’s most iconic all-female rock bands, The Runaways. Highly influential for their hard rock stance, lingerie-and-leather wardrobe and rebellious attitude, the band forever altered the kind of music teenage girls could make, but broke off in 1979. While Jett went on to start Blackheart Records in 1980 and has released plenty of music since, her name still resounds today with the legend status she’s achieved in the industry.

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