Gigwise takes a look at 50 of most independent ladies in music...

16:51 14th November 2011

2011 has been a very liberating year: of course there's been the Arab spring in Africa and the Middle East - toppling dictatorships in Libya and Egypt and causing unrest elsewhere. But this wasn't deemed enough to warrant this year's Nobel Peace Prize in the eyes of the awards panel. No, this year's grand acolade was shared between Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakel Karman for their non-violent struggle for women's rights around the world.

Well it seems that the rock world has followed suit, with women dominating the headlines and charts during 2011 - from Lady Gaga's unprecedented winnings at this year's MTV Awards to Jessie J's BBC Sound Poll triumph and PJ Harvey's Mercury Prize delight. That's not even mentioning Lana Del Rey, the lady that's been on everyone's lips these past couple of months.

We've also seen great new albums from veteran femmes such as Bjork, comeback tours from the likes of Patti Smith and new and emerging rock chicks in the mold of Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino.

Below we look at the most diverse, trendsetting and shocking women in rock and pop at the moment.

Have we left anyone out? Do let us know by commenting below!

You can vote for your Greatest Living Women In Rock - Now! The results will be released later this week.

  • PJ Harvey

  • Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine

  • Bjork

  • Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire

  • Lana Del Rey

  • Jessie J

  • Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth

  • Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • Hayley Williams of Paramore

  • Alice Glass of Crystal Castles

  • Patti Smith

  • Annie Clark of St Vincent

  • Rihanna

  • Katy B

  • Janelle Monae

  • Debbie Harry of Blondie

  • Beyonce

  • Beth Cosentino of Best Coast

  • Robyn

  • Lady Gaga

  • Feist

  • Samantha Urbani of Friends

  • Katy Perry

  • Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells

  • Courtney Love

  • Andrea Estelle of Twin Sister

  • Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag

  • Cat Power

  • Brody Dalle of Spinnerette

  • Adele

  • Gwen Stefani of No Doubt

  • Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley

  • Neko Case of The New Pornographers

  • Madeline Follin of Cults

  • Grace Jones

  • Victoria Legrande of Beach House

  • Madonna

  • Jenny Lee Lindberg of Warpaint

  • Lykke Li

  • Theresa Wayman of Warpaint

  • Katie Stelmanis of Austra

  • Nicki Minaj

  • Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus

  • Emily Kokal of Warpaint

  • Anna Calvi

  • Naana Oland Fabricius of Oh Land

  • Cameron Mesirow of Glasser

  • Willow Smith

  • Amy Lee of Evanescence

  • Alison Mosshart of The Kills