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To celebrate Patti Smith's 70th Birthday, we salute the greatest women in music with a selection of our favourite female artists from Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice to Bjork, Florence and more!
One of the most influential female musicians of the last 50 years, Patti's seminal 1975 debut album Horses led her to be dubbed the High Priestess of Punk.
The excellent frontwoman of London rockers Wolf Alice, one of the best new UK bands of recent years.
The young singer from Glasgow electro-pop trio CHVRCHES was born in Stirling and has a law degree to her name.
Florence Leontine Mary Welch hails from Camberwell and is the striking frontwoman of The Machine...
Part of the neo-folk revival of the late 00s, Laura has released four excellent solo albums.
Ms Nash had a Number Two smash with Foundations back in 2007 and released her third album Girl Talk in 2013. She and Ryan Jarman of The Cribs were an item for a time.
One of a pair of twin sisters, Kim joined the Pixies and in 1986 and became one of the most famous female alt.rock musicians. Her side project The Breeders saw her collaborate with sibling Kelley, but her association with the reunited Pixies came to an end in 2013.
The Blackpool singer-songwriter made a splash by performing backing vocals on Bombay Bicycle Club's So Long See You Tomorrow album and released her own debut LP, Unguarded, in 2015.
Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa are the members of this excellent dream rock band from Los Angeles.
The dynamic bassist with The Subways joined brothers Billy Lunn and Josh Morgan in the power trio from Welwyn Garden City.
A former child prodigy, Icelandic musician Björk Guðmundsdóttir achieved fame with the much-loved Sugarcubes, before heading off for a stellar solo career in 1993.
Romy is one of the founder members of London's The xx. Originally there was another female member: Baria Qureshi, who left just before the release of their debut album, xx.
Edinburgh native Shirley Manson was originally in the short-lived band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, before hooking up with US musicians and producers Butch Vig and Duke Erikson to form Garbage.
Born in Akron, Ohio, Chrissie Hynde came to London in the mid-1970s and was swept up in the burgeoning punk scene. She fronted the acclaimed post-punk band The Pretenders, who hit Number One in 1980 with Brass In Pocket.
Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana hail from Los Angeles, California and released their acclaim debut album Days Are Gone in 2013. Picture: Victor Frankowski
Frontwoman with The Distillers, Brody has been married to not one, but two rock frontmen: Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age. She followed up The Distillers with a project called Spinnerette, but is now working solo.
Aka Mrs Cobain, Courtney Michelle Harrison has been vilified, adored, appeared in movies and fronted her own band Hole.
The late, great Winehouse was probably the best voice of her generation. Her two albums - Frank and Back To Black - are modern classics and her death in 2011, aged 27 stopped a huge talent in its tracks.
The voice of Paramore, Hayley was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1988.
Polly Jean Harvey made a huge impression in 1992 when her debut album Dry. She's the only artist to win the Mercury Music Prize twice - in 2001 for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea and in 2011 for Let England Shake.
Born Susan Ballion, Siouxsie was part of the "Bromley Contingent", a group of punk Sex Pistols fans. She formed her own band in 1977 with Sid Vicious on drums, but luckily hired some proper musicians and made some of the most stunning post-punk albums. The Banshees wound up in the mid-1990s and Siouxsie is now a solo artist.
Part of the mid-1970s CBGBs scene, Debbie Harry became world famous by fronting New Wave legends Blondie.
Karen Lee Orzolek is the rambunctious frontwoman of New York scenesters Yeah Yeah Yeahs and one of our favourite people in the whole world.
Annie Clark has been making music as St Vincent since 2007's Marry Me album.
Deborah Anne Dyer is better known as Skin, the fiery singer with rocker Skunk Anansie.
One half of The Kills, where Alison goes under the name VV and part of the supergroup The Dead Weather with Jack White.
Charlotte Mary O'Connor hailed from Blackburn, Lancashire and has released two EPs - Colour My Heart and Strange - and is all set to head up the Communion Records New Faces Tour in April 2015.
The bewitching singer from Portishead was actually born in… Exeter.
The South East Londoner, musician and poet received a Barclaycard Mercury Prize nomination for her debut album, Everybody Down.
The glam disco electronica project that bears Alison's name was produced in conjunction with musician Will Gregory.
Natalie Findlay from Stockport performs grungy, sexually-charged blues-rock.
Better known under the pseudonym Bat For Lashes, Natasha has released three albums: Fur And Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009) and The Haunted Man (2012).
The memorable front woman with Welsh wonders Catatonia is now better known as a radio presenter.
Known to her folks as Luísa Hanae Matsushita, Lovefoxxx is the hyperactive singer with Brazilian rockers CSS.
18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson from Derry is the singer-songwriter who goes under the name of SOAK.
The amazing Ms Ditto is known to her family as Mary Beth Patterson and has been performing with [The] Gossip since 1999.
The Britpop band has a strong female contingent: formed by ex-Suede guitarist Justine Frischmann, she was joined by Donna Matthews on guitar and Annie Holland on bass. Holland left the band in 1996 and was replaced by Sheila Chipperfield.
The charismatic singer with Swedish pop band The Cardigans has recorded solo work under her own name and as A Camp.
Originally a member of Manchester girl band The Inadequates, she started dating Joy Division's Steve Morris in the late 1970s. When JD singer Ian Curtis died in 1980, she joined the remaining members as New Order, taking over extra guitar and keyboard duties. She left the band for ten years to look after her daughter, who was ill, but rejoined in 2011.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Candida moved to Sheffield aged ten and became the keyboard player in Pulp in 1984. She's been with them ever since.
AKA Pip Brown from Masterton, New Zealand, who made a splash with her excellent self-titled debut album in 1008, which spawned the club classics My Delirium and Paris Is Burning.
Finding a place in the tough, macho world of punk rock was difficult for a woman in the late 1970s, but Weymouth's funky baselines elevated Talking Heads way above their peers.
Jack White's partner-in-crime in The White Stripes attracted much derision for her musicianship, but none other than Dave Grohl named her as one of his favourite drummers: "Nobody fucking plays the drums like that,' he said.
This is the pseudonym of Merseyside singer-songwriter Holly Fletcher, who produces intriguing electronica.
Charlotte originally came to fame as the second guitarist in Ash, but later carved out her own, acclaimed solo career, which included a stint playing with Bat For Lashes.
Bassist for both Hole and, briefly, Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Auf Der Mauer has also had success as a solo artist, producer, actress and photographer.
She may have fallen from grace in recent years with legal battles and so on, but the original Smashing Pumpkins bassist was a striking and memorable presence in the testosterone-heavy world of grunge.