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Hottest rocks stars of all time

Here's our guide to the hottest women in music, not just pop or rock but as many genres as you can think of. We cover everything from 70s punk to modern Europop.

Debbie Harry

Biography: Born July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida.

Band: Harry was leader singer of Blondie, a punk and new wave band formed in 1974.

Genre: Punk, new wave, pop, jazz.

Best album: Parallel Lines (1978).

Debbie Harry, Blondie

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Madonna

Madonna. American beauties


Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill. African American beauties


Nina Persson

Nina Persson. Go to Swedish stars


Oumou Sangare

Oumou Sangare. Go to Oluchi Onweagba


Alison Mosshart

Alison Mosshart. American beauties


Sade

Sade. Go to Oluchi Onweagba


Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis. American beauties


Candia Ridley

Candia Ridley. American beauties


Anouk

Anouk. American beauties


Quote about her long career: I feel really privileged that my life has been about music and I don’t want to stop doing that. As difficult as it is, it’s delightful.

Madonna

Biography: Born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan.

Band: Solo artist working with a variety of line-ups. Madonna is the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time.

Genre: Pop, rock, dance music.

Best album: Erotica (1992).

Quote on her creative process: I think it's good to get into arguments with people and have them say, 'That sucks' or 'You're crazy' or 'That's cheesy' or 'What do you think of this?' If anything, it helps you understand what you believe in and what you're passionate about and what is sh-t.

Lauryn Hill

Biography: Born May 25, 1975 in East Orange, New Jersey.

Band: Built her reputation with the Fugees, which also featured Wycleaf Jean and Pras Michel. Launched a solo career in 1998.

Genre: Hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae.

Best album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998).

Quote about art as addiction: I think back in the day, I made music as much as I did because it made me feel so good. I think you could argue that there is a creative addiction -- but, you know, the healthy kind.

Nina Persson

Biography: Born September 6, 1974 in Sweden.

Band: Persson is the lead singer of Swedish band Cardigans, formed in October 1992. She also sings with pop duo A Camp.

Genre: Commercial and indie pop.

Best Cardigans album: Gran Turismo (1998).

Quote about love songs and duets: I love the idea of duets, but too many are simple love songs. I don't understand that -- you know the singers aren't going to f-ck, so it feels fake and cheesy.

Oumou Sangare

Biography: Born February 25, 1968 in Bamako, Mali.

Band: Sangare is a solo artist known as The Songbird of Wassoulou. She is one of the best-selling African and World Music artists.

Genre: A mix of traditional and modern Malian music. World music.

Best album: Worotan (1996).

Quote about women's rights: We can't force people to do things they don't want to. Everyone is free to do what they want to in life, but we can try to speak, to council.

Alison Mosshart

Biography: Born November 23, 1978 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Band: Mosshart is the lead vocalist for the alternative rock bands The Kills, formed in 2000, and The Dead Weather, formed in 2009..

Genre: Alternative rock.

Best album: Sea of Cowards (2010).

Quote about life and performing: Performing is one thing, and day-to-day stuff -- like the way you talk to people -- is totally different. If I acted like I did onstage in normal life, everyone would probably hate me.

Sade

Biography: Born January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Band: Achieved international success in the 1980s with a band named Sade in which she was the vocalist. She is the most successful solo female artist Britain has ever produced, with album sales of more than 50 million.

Best album: Diamond Life (1984).

Genre: Smooth jazz., soul, soft rock.

Quote about fame: People always used to say, 'What's it like to see your face on the cover of a magazine?' But it doesn't mean anything to me at all. I don't really see it. I'm not trying to promote an image.

Vanessa Paradis

Biography: Born December 22, 1972 in France.

Band: Paradis is a solo artist, model, and actress. She is the longtime partner of Johnny Depp.

Genre: Rock, pop.

Best album: M&J (1988).

Quote about life's opportinities: I love what I do. What’s difficult is when it is all at once. But in this work, opportunities come your way, and you never know if they’ll come again. It’s all about making compromises.

Candia Ridley

Band: Inkubus Sukkubus, a British goth and pagan band formed in 1989. Ridley is the vocalist.

Best album: Belladonna & Aconite (1993).

Genre: Goth and pagan rock.

Quote about writing lyrics: I tend to listen to the music to get a feel of it emotionally, before writing the lyrics and vocal lines. I find that pictures and stories come to me after a few listens.

Anouk

Biography: Born April 8, 1975 in the Netherlands.

Band: Solo artist who has released 10 albums since 1997.

Genre: Pop, rock, soul.

Best album: Together Alone (1997).

Quote her personality: Two or three songs into my act and after a sip of whisky, I explode on stage.

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