Band Or Solo Artist?: Band
Band Name(s): Sonic Youth
Genre: Alternative, Indie, No Wave
Greatest Hit: "Teen Age Riot" (1988)
In terms of frontwoman coolness, Kim Gordon can't be matched. She fronted a band truly unlike any other with its lasting mix of '90s grunge, experimental and indie rock, set off by their use of eclectic instruments. Along with the rest of its members, Sonic Youth led the no wave art and music movement of NYC in the '80s. Although the band is on hiatus after Gordon and guitarist Thurston Moore split, you're guaranteed to run into a poster of the group in every other dive bar of the city to remind you of its greatness.