There is a shortage of females in the music industry, put simply. While each genre has its own set of gender barriers, the world of rock is one in which this disparity is readily evident. As one of the genres with the most visibility and popularity, aside from pop, there is a stunningly low number of frontwomen or instrumentalists who are topping charts the same way male-fronted bands are.
Here to bring some attention to women who rock is a playlist featuring a diverse set of dynamic female performers.
From Mitski, a Japanese-American performer who sings not only about gender but racial issues, to Hayley Kiyoko's "Girls like Girls," these songs cover a broad array of issues and topics from the female perspective.
CHVRCHES, Grimes, Purity Ring and Chairlift all experiment with electronic elements in their music, and constantly show off their impressive vocal range. Angel Olsen fuses the genre with country undertones and Esperanza Spalding sings in both English and Spanish while incorporating rock and jazz elements.
While all of these women are rock artists, they incorporate unique and vast layers of musical diversity and idiosyncracies that establish them as artists worth following (and revering) today.