Recently the rock band The Pretty Reckless shattered records for having 7 number 1 singles for a female fronted rock in 2020. This came as no surprise seeing as how women have been dominating the world of rock and roll music since the 60’s. The Taylor Momsen led act have legitimized the fact that women led rock groups can sell out stadiums and records even more so than their male contemporaries. This article takes a look at some of the best women in music today while also discussing their oldies influences.
- The Pretty Reckless
No one would have guessed that Cindy Lu Who, who was no more than 2 would grow up to front one of the most successful female fronted acts of the 2010’s. Actress Taylor Momsen, who starred in Jim Carrey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the TV series Gossip Girl decided to take a break from acting to pursue a career in music. This move by all accounts shouldn’t have worked, an actress transitioning to music, rock music, no less. The gamble paid off when her first record had 3 number one hits and received generally positive reviews from critics. She is currently on tour with Shinedown and will headline her own tour this summer with Halestorm. Taylor Momsen has stated her influences included Robert Plant, The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and AC/DC.
Sisters Daniel, Este, and Alana are the driving force behind the group from San Fernando, California. Pressured to play music at a young age by their father, Mordecai, Haim quickly took the world of pop and rock music by storm. They released their debut record Days Are Gone in 2013 featuring the hit single, “The Wire”. The group has since collaborated with acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) on various music videos. Alana Haim has recently starred in Anderson’s latest movie, Licorice Pizza, which debuted last winter with reviewers praising Alana’s performance. The band is currently scheduled to go on their biggest tour to date with the One More Haim Tour set to starts later this month. As for influences, the sisters cite Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Fleetwood Mac as influences. To see the girls influences at work in their music, check out this cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” in the link provided.
You all know the song, when the piano begins and the mood darkens, Evanescence is here to bring the audience to life. The group fronted by Amy Lee is more relevant now than when “Bring Me to Life” became the soundtrack for Generation X. They still tour, write songs and sell out festivals around the world. Recently “Bring Me to Life” saw a resurgence in popularity when used in a spot during the Big Game earlier this year. The group cites oldies artists such as Prince and Joan Jett as influences for their hard rocking sound.
- Dua Lipa
While not rock and roll, Dua Lipa’s newest album Future Nostalgia evokes the sound of Madonna and Blondie records from the 70’s and 80’s. Lipa started her career as a model before transitioning into the world of music. Her debut album was certified platinum 2 years after its release in 2017. Her single “Levitating” has reached number one at the end of 2021 in the US. Dua Lipa is currently on tour for Future Nostalgia in the United States.
This quartet of girls from New York are currently turning heads in the rock world. Fronted by Monica Formica, who began her career as contestant on season 13 of The Voice. The group set out to inspire young women to pick up instruments and play. The girls, most of whom are still in high school, now find themselves touring with the likes of Slash and Chris Daughtry. It also helps this bands credibility that Formica has a voice that uncannily resembles Anne Wilson of Heart.
- Wet Leg
Wet Leg prove that despite being nearly 45 years from when the genre started, punk rock will never die. The British band from the Istle of Wright are finding themselves on the rise in the music industry. Founded by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers took off when their song “Chaise Lounge” became a viral hit, garnering millions of streams. Their debut record drops this week and we here at Popradio77 can’t wait to see where their career takes them.
- Wolf Alice
Having started life as an acoustic duo before becoming a sonic force to be reckoned with, Wolf Alice is now one of the more popular female fronted rock bands today. The group fronted by Ellie Rowsell has achieved critical success since the release of their debut album, My Love is Cool. The group has toured with the likes of The Foo Fighters and Queens of The Stone Age. As for oldies influences, the group cites the Beatles and Siouxsie and The Banshees as being responsible for their sound.
If there are any female led rock bands that I missed, let me know in the comments below. Let me know what you also think of the ones I presented to you.