The Top 10 Sexiest Women in Rock History

November 9, 2009

Is there anything sexier than a gorgeous woman that knows how to rock out? Beauty is one thing, but adding talent to the mix takes it to a whole 'nother level. And that's where these girls come in.

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10. Alison Mosshart

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Alison is perhaps best known by the stage name of “VV” in the garage punk outfit The Kills, where she lent her talents as a seductively brash vocalist, and more recently with The Dead Weather, an indie rock supergroup formed earlier this year by Jack White.

Mosshart’s charisma behind the microphone is without a doubt top-shelf material, and her ability to pull you in with every sultry croon and physically emotive strange presence is undeniable.

9. Kim Gordon

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As the bassist and co-vocalist for the incredibly influential alt rock group, Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon commands a massive amount of respect from all corners of the rock n' roll community. Her distinct sense of style also helped play a role in what would define the look of punk and indie rock throughout the '90s.

Kim has also never been shy about using her sex appeal as a weapon in her arsenal of rocking out either, as songs like “Bull in the Heather” and “Kool Thing” will certainly attest.

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8. Karen O

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Better known as Karen O, the fiery singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen’s command of the stage is undeniable. Karen’s vocal delivery will often jump from angelic hums to caterwauling screams and back before you even have a chance to realize what just happened.

Her ostentatious fashion sense also helps set her apart from the rest of the pack, and her tendency to use microphones in very suggestive manners during live shows is legendary.

Playboy recently approached her about being on the cover, which Karen refused. But she was quick to add that she might "do it in the future" so we can still at least hold on to hope for the time being.

7. Brody Dalle

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The Australian native made a name for herself as the rough-n-ready frontwoman of the punk band The Distillers. Rising to fame in the early 2000s on the success of songs like "Drain the Blood" and her howling vocal delivery:

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Brody embodies a lot of what traditional punk rock is all about: tough attitude, tattoos, piercings, and beauty on one’s own terms. She became part of punk rock royalty when she married Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong in 1997. The two would later split, and Dalle is now hitched to Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. 

6. Grace Slick

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Grace rose to fame as the lovely, talented, and slightly crazy singer for Jefferson Airplane. Hitting their stride right alongside the Haight-Ashbury San Francisco psychedelic movement of the 1960s, Jefferson Airplane embodied a lot of what hippie culture was all about. Grace’s contribution to that end seemed to be mostly in the department of run-ins with “The Man.”

Many of these incidents fell under Grace’s own self-made category of “TUI” (Talking Under the Influence) and she was notorious for mouthing off to cops. She also crashed a car on the Golden Gate Bridge while drag racing, allegedly attempted to spike Richard Nixon’s drink with LSD, and as recently as 1994 was arrested for waving a gun around at cops who came onto her property illegally. Now that’s our kind of girl.

 

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5. Poison Ivy

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As the guitarist for the seminal psychobilly band The Cramps, Poison Ivy is equal parts sex appeal and flat out rock ‘n roll. Known as much for playing slide guitar with a broken beer bottle as she is for scandalous photo shoots, Poison Ivy is the real deal.

Imagine an evil version of Bettie Page with the ability to really lay it down on the six-string and you get an idea of why Poison Ivy will always have a place in our hearts.

4. Nico

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Nico came onto the scene when she became one of Andy Warhol’s girls at his art warehouse known as The Factory in New York City in the 1960s, having previously been an actress in European film and television.

After Warhol became the de-facto band manager for the soon-to-be-legendary proto-punk band The Velvet Underground, he quickly placed Nico in the band as the lead singer, to the chagrin of the rest of the band.

Despite their reluctance, the album “The Velvet Underground and Nico” has since become a heralded classic, and Nico’s stark persona and beautiful vocal performances on songs like "All Tomorrow’s Parties" matched her distinctly Nordic figure perfectly. 

3. Liz Phair

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Some may not be too familiar with Liz’s early work before she sold out back in 2003, but she achieved unbelievable critical acclaim and did it all by her lonesome.

Not only was Liz a bombshell who didn’t mind using her guitar as a pasty, she also released one of most heralded albums of the ‘90s and showed the world that even hot gals can write  great songs. Exile in Guyville was a groundbreaking work for Phair as well for the up-and-coming indie music scene.

Beyond her songwriting prowess, it becomes clear after watching videos like "Never Said" that Liz has always had a way of wrapping a carefree rock star attitude with very legitimate sex appeal:

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2. The Runaways

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We quickly realized that if we’d honored specific members of The Runaways individually, we’d have populated half the list singing the praises of this badass '70s girl-powered punk band. From Joan Jett to Lita Ford to Cherie Currie, The Runaways were supergroup of equal parts hotness and awesomeness.

But these chicks weren’t some powder-puffed marketing gimmick. From very early on, these girls were entrenched in the west coast punk rock scene, and soon found themselves rubbing elbows with CBGB alums like The Dead Boys and The Ramones while subjecting the unsuspecting masses to their punk bombast with tracks like "Cherry Bomb" and "Rock ‘n Roll." Though their lifespan as a group only lasted four short years, nearly all of them went on to successful musical careers afterward.

1. Debbie Harry

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Better known as Blondie, Debbie Harry was the lead singer of CBGB favorite-turned new wave hit band by the same name. Debbie said she came up with the name after she noticed a lot of guys yelling “Hey blondie!” at her out their windows as she cruised the streets of New York, and we don’t find it hard to believe that men felt compelled to get her attention, because Blondie was, without question, the hottest thing around at the time.

Blondie and company cut their teeth in the burgeoning New York punk rock scene of the late '70s and would later defect to the mainstream appeal of disco, which utilized Debbie's angelic voice to great effect in the early 80s with singles like "Rapture" and "Call Me":

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Much to the glee of men everywhere, Blondie wasn’t shy about her body either, as she was a former Playboy Bunny and was gracious enough to appear stark naked in the movie Videodrome. Blondie was also known to, on rare occasions, hit the stage with less than a full outfit of clothes. Man, the internet is awesome.

 

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