Ten Kick Ass Girl Rock Songs
Screw Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, and Fergie. They know nothing about how to Rock. It is one thing for a female musician to have a decent voice (or a nice ass), but you can’t rock without SOUL. The following female rockers found music in their souls, and you can feel it in their music. They aren’t primped, packaged pop shit. They are raw, rockin’, and Bad Ass. The following list illustrates what “Girl Power” is all about (it is in no particular order). These ladies can rock just as hard as any guy band, while wearing panties.
One Way or Another by Blondie: Debbie Harry proves that women stalkers can be just as scary as men. Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Cherry Bomb by The Runaways: Five hot “jailbait” chick musicians gathered and exploded like a “Cherry Bomb”. The Runaways have historical significance for being the first all-girl rock band to have hit songs, record platinum albums (at least 1,000,000 units sold), tour internationally, and acquire fame.
Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin: It is clear when you listen to this song that Janis Joplin gave her entire heart when she sang. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett: This “Runaway” ran away and made a solo career for herself. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” is on the list of top 100 songs of the twentieth century, according to The National Endowment for the Arts.
First listen to the Joan Jett version.
Now listen to the Britney Spears version. ( Click here if this track doesn’t work for you. )
Like night and day, huh? I think that I proved the point that I was trying to make in my intro paragraph. Britney doesn’t love Rock and Roll, she wants to destroy it!
Gold Dust Woman by Stevie Nicks: Rolling Stone magazine once deemed her the “Queen of Rock and Roll”. “Gold Dust Woman” is a haunting song said to be about cocaine addiction and the price of fame.
Barracuda by Heart: These two sisters from Canada have been compared to Led Zeppelin. It is clear why in the song “Barracuda”. In 2009, it was named the 34th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. Heart was ranked #57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.
Violet by Hole: Despite what you think about Courtney Love, she was the Queen of Girl Grunge Rock. On VH1’s countdown of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, Hole was number 77.
You Oughta Know by Alanis Morisette: The ultimate breakup song (see my next “Ten Songs” list). Alanis started out as a pop artist, but saw the error of her ways. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA), Alanis is the biggest selling female rock artist in music. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for “You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.
Because the Night by Patti Smith: Patti Smith took this Bruce Springsteen song and made it her own. In 1987, “Because the Night” by Patti Smith Group was ranked number 116 on New Musical Express (NME) magazine’s list of “The Top 150 Singles of All Time”. The “Godmother of Punk” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar: “Heartbreaker” was named the 72nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1. Billboard Magazine ranked Benatar as the most successful female rock vocalist of all-time, and she became eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Who knew a classically trained mezzo-soprano could rock so hard?
Unfortunately, there aren’t very many true female rockers. However, the majority of the female rockers that do exist Kick Ass! Rock ‘n’ Roll is a predominantly male musical genre. Hopefully, that will eventually change. Female artists need to quit selling out and crossing over to the dark-side – Pop Music! The preceding female rock artists became famous by staying true to themselves.
Wikipedia was referenced for specific artistic achievements. If you feel that I have omitted an important female rock song, please leave a comment. Next up – Ten Rock Breakup Songs…