5 Songs by Badass Women in Rock You Need to Be Listening To

Like many sectors of the music industry, rock is dominated by men, making it hard for female artists to break out and get the same level of respect as their male peers. As a result, there’s a trove of lesser-known artists with amazing songs that don’t get as many listens. Here are five songs by female rockers you should check out!

The Aquadolls – “Disappearing Girl”

Opening with an ominous guitar riff, this grunge-y track from three-piece The Aquadolls describes a “Disappearing Girl” who captivates a boy despite being “just a dream” to him. It has a commanding energy reminiscent of Gwen Stefani with a frantic beat that keeps the mood up while telling a fairly melancholic story. It’s no question why these ladies got to play this year’s Lollapalooza festival! Get to know The Aquadolls on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and their official website.

Warning: the video below has flashing clips of various intensities throughout – viewer discretion is advised for those with photosensitivity!

The Cocktail Slippers – “Be the One”

Opening with a sassy “shut up, la-la-la,” “Be the One” is a flashy love song channeling the likes of Joan Jett, The Go-Gos, and Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. The all-female Cocktail Slippers are bound to become one of the hottest new groups out of Norway! They manage to be open without coming off as fragile, and “Be the One” is a promising glimpse into their upcoming SHOUT IT OUT LOUD! record. Keep up with The Cocktail Slippers on Facebook, Instagram, and their official website!

Drones – “Please Vacate the Planet”

Led by Lois McDougall, British punks Drones tackle environmental issues on “Please Vacate the Planet,” insisting that humans are the main cause for Earth’s demise and highlighting the importance of taking action so we can get “some color back.” It’s an energetic track that appears on their recent album Our Hell is Right Here, out now with Thousand Islands Records in the US and Lockjaw Records in the UK. You can learn more about Drones on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Warning: the video below has flashing clips of various intensities throughout – viewer discretion is advised for those with photosensitivity!

Meet Me @ The Altar – “Brighter Days (Are Before Us)”

Fueled By Ramen signees Meet Me @ The Altar are three talented women of color – Ada Juarez, Edith Johnson, and Téa Campbell – who aren’t afraid to tackle hard topics in their music, and their recent single “Brighter Days (Are Before Us)” is the perfect example. The song describes feelings of self-doubt and insecurity before delving into an anthemic, optimistic chorus that will boost you up even in a rough patch. Get to know the trio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their official site!

Warning: the video below has flashing clips of various intensities throughout – viewer discretion is advised for those with photosensitivity!

Typhoid Rosie – “All I Need”

Typhoid Rosie challenge traditional gender roles in relationships on “All I Need,” which fierce frontwoman Rosie Rebel describes as “the song happens when a grown-ass woman rips the mic out of some douchebag’s hand who’s held that mic for way too long.” Deep vocals from featured artist Coolie Ranx contrast Rosie’s unapologetically feminine energy while still letting her lead the story, highlighting her firm resolve and drive when it comes to what she believes in. Connect with Typhoid Rosie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their official website!

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Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, and I’m the founder of Melodic Musings. In addition to writing, I’m a community editor on Genius, lyric curator on Musixmatch, and a playlist curator at VOLUP2. My favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK, Elko, phem, and YUNGBLUD. She/her.

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