They were not just as good as their male contemporaries but also proved they could outperform them. These rock n' roll queens have definitely paved the way for the next generation of female rockers:
10. Joan Jett
We can't even begin to image how many young girls decided they want to be rockstars after listening to her definitive version of "I Love Rock 'N Roll". From her looks to her talent and attitude, it's not wonder why she's often called as the "Godmother of Punk" and the "Original Riot Grrrl".
9. Siouxsie Sioux
When AllMusic names her as "one of the most influential British singers of the rock era", they weren't wrong. She helped lay down the foundation for goth and post-punk but she's not fond of being called anything. She once said, "What I really resent about people sticking labels on you is that it cuts off the other elements of what you are, because it can only deal with black and white: the cartoon."
8. Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin's raw, bluesy, and powerful voice, was unlike any other singers in the 60s. Her career was cut short by her untimely death but even so, she left an indelible mark in rock. Not many could match her soulful delivery.
7. Stevie Nicks
Stevie is a prolific songwriter but more than that, her sultry voice and fashion sense made her a pop culture icon.
Ann and Nancy wilson broke into mainstream in the 70s and when the next decade rolled in, they survived the transition with a stunning comeback fully embracing the arena rock sound. Rock was never the same after that.
5. Pat Benatar
With the polished sound of her pop/rock music, she was an absolute force of nature. Back in the 80s her videos were on heavy rotation in MTV, further boosting her popularity with the mainstream audience. She could sing rock numbers and ballads and nail it every single time.
4. Joni Mitchell
Hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest songwriters ever", Joni's music leaned towards folk, pop, rock, and jazz. She drew inspiration from her own life as well as social and environmental matters.
3. Carol Kaye
Anyone who's a fan of rock 'n roll has heard Carol Kaye's work at least once. She's the most prolific session musician in the genre and has played on over 10,000 recordings. Some of the artists she has worked with include The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel, and Nancy Sinatra.
2. Tina Turner
She's not called the Queen of Rock 'n Roll for nothing. Known for her powerful vocals and unrivaled stage presence, she's a spectacular live act. She's one of the first female rockers to bring rock music into mainstream.
1. Patti Smith
Patti Smith could never be contained in a single box. Even before she dropped her seminal debut album "Horses", she was already making a name as a poet in New York. With her own brand of punk rock, she's one of the best rock acts to come out of the 70s.