Back in the day, the Runaways were some of the baddest bishes in the rock scene. The group disbanded over disagreements on artistic direction, but not before proving that girls could rock, even as teenagers—founding members Joan Jett and Sandy West weren't even 18 when they debuted.
There are loads of women shaking up the genre right now with the likes of St. Vincent, Grimes and Paramore's Hayley Williams translating their badass personas to formidable musical outputs, alongside guitar goddesses Jenny Lewis and Este Haim, and metal chicks like Alissa White-Gluz, Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies. There isn't even room for argument anymore about pop stars like Janelle Monáe and Rihanna earning their place in the rock canon.
The media (i.e. old white dudes) likes asking questions like, "Where have all the real rock stars gone?" The simple answer is: Look to any one of these 40—forty!—bitchin' badasses.
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Bitchin' Moment: Alabama Shakes' 2015 Sound & Color lead single "Don't Wanna Fight"
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Bitchin' Moment: 1982's "I Love Rock N' Roll"
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Bitchin' Moment: 2013's "Fixurlifeup" feat. Prince, whom they collaborated with for the 2014 joint album PLECTRUMELECTRUM
If there’s anything we want to hear, it’s an Outkast and Run The Jewels collab. At an event by Vevo, the four artists linked up for an epic hip-hop moment. “Ain't Nobody f*cking with my clique!!!!!!!!” Killer Mike added on Instagram. Since the photo has been shared, fans online have been wishing for a collaborative album from the two groups. One can only dream.