25 Hot Beautiful Blonde Women of Rock and Roll
When you think of guitar-driven heavy metal and hard rock, you may not immediately think of a gorgeous golden-haired babe stroking the fretboard on her electric guitar. But that is exactly what fans of Lita Ford, Suzi Quatro and Orianthi Paragaris live for. And these ladies are no longer the exception to the rule. These days, women have a definite place in the hard rock music scene going to-to-toe with the boys in the band.
Let's take a look at some of these talented ladies. This is by no means meant to be a "Top 25". This is just 25 of the best and I am sure we could come up with 25 more. So, in no particular order, let's rock!
At sweet 16 she was a rebel queen and yes, she sure looked hot in her tight blue jeans. As the lead singer of the all-girl band The Runaways, Cherie Currie was many a young man's fantasy girlfriend. A 100% rock and roll, beautiful blond that always seemed to have living on the dge under control. As the years have passed and her biography has been told, it has become apparent that she probably never really was in control in those days, but like many rock and rollers who found the limelight a little overwhelming, she survived and is still gorgeous today.
Lita Ford also got her start with The Runaways but went on to even greater success after the band broke up, selling millions of albums as a solo artist and becoming probably the premiere female guitarist in heavy metal. Most would probably argue that Joan Jett is the better known Runaway refugee, but when it comes to sales and chart positions, Lita comes out well ahead. Lita is still rocking after all these years and is more lovely than ever!
When you think of rock and roll bands, ABBA may not be the first to come to mind. But they were indeed a rock and roll band and, at one time, the most successful band in the world. They even had a song called "Rock and Roll Band". But the thing that really made ABBA special to many were the ladies -- Agnetha and Anni-Frid. Anni-Frid, more often referred to as Frida, was the brunette. Agnatha was the blond. Both were lovely but there was always something special about Agnetha.
Sass Jordan plays rock and roll with the swagger of a Rod Stewart or Keith Richards and looks a whole lot better doing it. In addition to playing rock and roll on a par with the bad boys of the music world, she is also an actress and veejay as well as a wife and mother. Pretty awesomem I'd say.
Taylor Momsen is a popular actress on the show Gossip Girl though apparently her acting claim to fame prior to that was starring alongside Jim Carrey in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Cindy Lou Who. Apparently she has also done some modeling work, but I couldn't tell you who she modeled for. The first I heard of her was when I heard about a band called The Pretty Reckless. The band rocks and Taylor is a great singer. I know she probably has fans that enjoy her acting and modeling, but personally I would like to see her devote herself full time to the band.
When it comes to legendary figures in rock and roll, Suzi Quatro is an icon. Sure, there were illustrious women in rock before her -- Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Mama Cass and Michelle Phillips... but Suzi was the first to break through playing real rock guitar. Usually dressed in black leather, Suzi Quatro was the role model for Joan Jett and showed Jioan as well as the other ladies to follow the rock and roll path how to put some, well... balls into the rock and roll.
As the singer of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani hit the charts and became a household name. A few years later, her solo career launched her to even greater fame. Now with No Doubt reformed, though a bit slow on getting out new material, Gwen has kept busy spending time with her second child with husband Gavin Rossdale, guitarist and lead singer of Bush.
Nina Gordon co-founded the group Veruca Salt and was a driving force in the band. She wrote their hits "Seether" and "Volcano Girls" before leaving the band in 1998 to pursue a solo career. She has since released two solo albums and become a mom. Nina is a gifted songwriter and great guitarist in addition to being gorgeous and blond.
Canadian Avril Lavigne has packed a lot of success into her few years as a rock star, having released her debut album less than ten years ago. She now has her fourth album, Goodbye Lullaby, due out March 8, 2011. She has clothing line and has released two perfumes as well as embarking on an acting career. But right now, Avril seems to be concentrating on her music so be sure to watch for to head out on tour soon.
Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Orianthi is probably best known as the guitarist on Michael Jackson's This Is It Tour, but she has also had a Top 40 single, "According To You" that peaked in the United States at #17. The song was from her second album, Believe. Guitar International Magazine named her the Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year in 2010 and she has been nominated for several other awards. Her captivating guitar skills are highlighted by her flowing blond hair and energetic stage presence.
Michelle Phillips was not only a member of The Mamas and the Papas, but also co-wrote many of the band's hits including "California Dreamin'". She was also the wife of John Phillips. They had one child, Chynna, who could have also made this list, being both beautiful and a member of the pop group Wilson-Phillips. After the band broke up, Michelle tried to launch a solo career but could not match the popularity she had found with the band. She did, however, find success as an actress. Even after all these years, Michelle Phillips is still one hot mama!
With a sexy voice to match her hot looks, Bonnie Tyler scored big with the hit song "It's a Heartache" in 1977 and the again with "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1981. She has continued to record steadily since then but has not had another major hit on the US charts since "Holding Out for a Hero" that peaked at #34 in 1984. But that doesn't mean we can count this lady out. Do not be surprised if she returns to the charts again with her distinctively seductive voice.
Jan Kuehnemund hit the big time with all-girl hard rockers Vixen and had a few years in the spotlight before music tastes changed and hard rock gave way to grunge. Jan was recognized as a great guitarist and though the band officially called it quits in 1991, Jan put together a new line-up in 2001 to tour and release a new album. But unfortunately, the band has been inactive since 2009.
Liz Phair is the original "indie chick" in music, a title that now belongs to Zooey Deschanel. When she released Exile in Guyville in 1993, it barely hit the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #196, and even to date has sold less than a half million copies. Yet it is considered one of the most influential albums of the '90s and frequently pops up on "best album" lists. Kind of like Liz keeps popping up on hottest rock chicks lists. But then, neither of those accomplishments are surpising considering the quality of the record and the hotness of the singer.
As the Hannah Montana show came to a close, Emily Osment, who played Miley's firend Lilly Truscott, was looking for a way to step out of Miley Cyrus' shadow. Some expected her to do this by moving on to more serious acting roles or perhaps getting her own series where she could be the star, but many were surprised when she decided to do this with music instead. As Hannah's sidekick, Lilly never showed much aptitude for music, but Emily has certainly proven she has the the talent to succeed as a singer. Her music has a harder edge than the pop music Hannah Montana is known for and it would seem Emily has a bright future whether in music of in film.
With her husky, sexy voice and gypsy style of dressing, Stevie Nicks captured the imagination of many a man during Fleetwood Mac's heyday of the late '70s. It has even been rumored that The Eagles' song "Witchy Woman" is about Stevie who at one time dated Don Henley, but that seems unlikely since the song refers to "raven hair" and was written well before the couple were an item. But Stevie is definitely one of the most gorgeous women ever in rock and roll and even today is as lovely as ever.
Ritchie Blackmore, famed guitarist of Deep Purple and Rainbow, has a third band that is perhaps not quite as well known as his other two. Blackmore's Night features Ritchie's wife, Candice. The lady has a magical voice that fits well with the medieval tinged folk rock the band plays. Some might say "Witchy Woman" would describe Candice better than Stevie as she at times seems to refer to Wiccan or Pagan themes in her music, but she has never stated clearly if she considers herself a follower of either religion. What she has said on the subject is this... "Nature and music tend to be what might be termed as almost a religious path for us these days."
Torry Castellano, drummer for the all-girl punk rockers The Donnas, is the only drummer girl to make the list. That surprises me in a way because when Torry plays with her arms pounding out a steady beat and that gorgeous mane of blond locks flying out in all directions, she is smoking hot! The primal beat of the drums seems to bring out the animal is the petite blond, transforming her into a lioness on the prowl for fresh meat!
Joss Stone burst onto the music scene in 2003 and hasn't slowed down since. A soul singer with a rock and roll attitude, Joss is both beautiful and talented. Though her hair color changes on a regular basis -- occasionally to some rather unusual colors -- Joss is definitely hottest as a natural blond. I don't know why she would even want to change!
In the mid-1980s, there emerged a German goddess to take the crown of ultimate metal maiden. That goddess was Doro Pesch, lead vocalist of Warlock. With blond hair that shimmers in the sunlight, blue eyes that twinkle in the moonlight, the voice of a hellbound angel, Doro made a mark on metal that will always remain. Though Warlock only made four albums, Doro continued on and is still bringing metal to the masses today. And though she has gotten older, she is as beautiful and sexy as ever.
It would be hard to find any singer -- blond female or otherwise -- who hit the scene with more of an impact than did Duffy. Her debut album and single, released in 2008, were both international smashes and the following year she was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and nominated for two other Grammy Awards. She also won several awards in her native United Kingdom. Her delicate features, haunting eyes and silky blond hair make her one of the most attractive new rock stars in years.
Guitarist Nancy Wilson is the blond half of the Wilson duo that fronts legendary rockers Heart. Along with her vocalist sister Ann, Nancy broke through barriers and paved the way for female hard rockers in the years after Heart's breakthrough. The Wilson sisters' combination of good looks, great songwriting and masterful playing took the band to the top of the charts and pretty much has made them legends.
The Genitorturers have been around since 1986 in one form or another and often refer to themselves as "The World's Sexiest Band". With Gen front and center and a stage show that walks the thin line between performance art and live sex show, that is a claim that may be hard to argue with. And in her black leather dominatrix outfits, Gen has plenty of fans willing to get on their knees for her.
Otep Shamaya is the singer and primary songwriter in the band Otep. She made her debut with the band in 2000 and quickly developed a devoted fan base. Playing aggressive, loud heavy metal, Otep made a name for herself and her band. She is a vegetarian and -- sorry boys -- a lesbian.
I thought I would end the list sort of where I began... with The Runaways. Sandy West always seemed to me to be the Runaway that might be the girl that lived down the street. While the band's notoriety seemed mostly focused on the lingerie-wearing Cherie or the leather-clad Joan, it was T-shirt-and-jeans for Sandy. The ideal "California blond", Sandy attempted to continue her music career after The Runaways disbanded but never found much success. Sadly, Sandy West passed away October 21, 2006 due to lung cancer which had spread to her brain.