Best Alternative Female Singers

Since alternative music has always been left of mainstream we have had many wonderful unique female singers who have added their own influence on the Alternative music with many years invested to widen the Alternative music popularity.

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1Amy Lee

Amy lee is one of the best rock female singers of all time. Not only that, but the entire sound of Evanescence blends with her voice. She should be way higher, at least No. 2

Should be number one. Amy has an amazing voice, only problem she needed to make more albums to stay commercial. More albums more money more fans...

Amy Lee should so be number one #1 she has the most beautiful voice
She's just all around amazing...
. Come people lets gets some more votes and put her on top
Where she belongs

Top on my Pandora list

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2Alanis Morrisette

Alanis "MORISSETTE" is undoubtedly the #1 alternative rock female artist! As simple as that! I mostly agree with this list, and I love Amy Lee, but she falls more into the "Hard Rock/Heavy Metal" category. As far as women in alternative rock go, Alanis was the forerunner. Alanis paved the way for many other women to break into the Alternative Rock scene. My top 5 would have to include Alanis (obviously at #1) with the top 5 including (in no particular order) Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant, Courtney Love, and Tori Amos. Again, I love Amy Lee and Evanescence, but she falls under a slightly different genre.

One of the most inspiring careers. Going from bubblegum pop to the alternative rock Alanis we all know and love is just an amazing feat.

Alanis took the alternative industry by storm with Jagged Little pill and her in your face lyrics - cranfan4ever

One of my favorite singers

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3Fiona Apple

Fiona looks so sweet but belts out powerful independent lyrics - cranfan4ever

Fiona opens her deep wounds with her lyrics. In my opinion she'll always be THE BEST

Fiona is the best singer/song writer ever!

4Hayley Williams

I would classify Gwen Stefani as more pop rather than alternative. I'm not sure... But Hayley Williams should be number one. The way she brought rock into the charts with that amazing voice was a really great achievement considering the standard of music in it at the moment.

Her voice is an orgasm to the ears. I cannot describe in words how much her voice ^^ the bands lyrics appeal to my senses.

I voted for hayley and natalie because they're really good... Paramore is a bit less fun to cover, but they're more popular and more rocking to listen to! Hayley is a great singer and decent songwriter and started early too... bonus!

Hayley is my idol as a female vocalist, and I believe she is amazing!

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I loathe most female singers. Bjork is an exception. There are times her voice gives me the chills. Way underrated I think, in part due to her eclectic nature.

Bjork is definitely one of a kind and her music is definitely eclectic and catchy. She has written songs for Madonna and others also. - cranfan4ever

Bjork got it all! the vocal, lyrics, music production and music videos.. the all!

Enough said! Although it was tough between this lady and the one and only Miss Amos. But Bjork has never let me down with an album yet.

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6PJ Harvey

Pj has reinvented her sound over the years but always a joy to hear her vision - cranfan4ever

She is amazing... Terrific range and lots of emotion.

Stunning, better than ever

7Tori Amos

Her music really has true meaning and her voice has pure emotion in it. People might say she's gone downhill recently but she's still going constantly making lots of new, different and brilliant stuff. - Yetaxa

Her songs are just more complex and have a deeper message to send to us. I think she has the god given talent and she is a true artist, changing things up.

She had a rich character to her studio work, but its her live performances that truly amaze!

The only Siren of the bunch.

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8Sarah McLachlan

Sorry, but can't BELIEVE Gwen Stefani would ever be ranked above Sarah McLachlan - are people crazy? Sarah has incredible range, and never hits a wrong note. I lean toward hard, classic rock, but can't help but thoroughly appreciate Sarah's exquisite vocals.


Sarah has a smooth approach in the alternative industry. Her ballads are smooth and calming. - cranfan4ever

Her's so pure. I like In the Arms of the Angels the best! - Leafpoolperson82

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9Gwen Stefani

today tomorrow and always, that voice has no comparison! the way that she uses her gift to fix words to the music it's amazing! I've not heard any other singer like this!

Gwen with a style all her own showed a girl can rock and keep up with the boys.
Aside from her pop exit , she is back with No Doubt in the studio again - cranfan4ever

10Lzzy Hale

Wow. Just wow. Listen to 'familiar taste of poison', 'tell me where it hurts' and 'hate it when you see me cry' to understand how amazing she is. Both albums are just pure bliss

She is amazing! Love her

The Newcomers

?Lyndsey Gunnulfsen

Her sound is refreshing and I see a great potential in her. She's obviously the best young female rock singer these days.

Shes obviously alternative

?Emilie Autumn
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The Contenders

11Shirley Manson

Shirley can even make gloomy sounding songs like Only happy when it rains and I would die for you catchy and addictive. She is a pleasant addition to Garbage as the band searched for a female frontwoman - cranfan4ever

Her voice is amazing. Garbage wouldn't be nearly as good if she wasn't their vocalist. - johnnywhiplash

12Liz Phair
13Florence Welch

Florence is just great. Many "indie" singers have appeared lately (all of them boring for me), but she is different. She has such a powerful way of singing, it reminds me of the old rock and roll; her band makes wonderful and beautiful music (something between rock-baroque-folk-indie) and everything about her is epic. They have a wide variety of sounds but have a recognisely style. Her voice is powerful and epic, I adore her.

Florence has absolutely the most beautiful voice. She has an amazingly unique style, and fascinating, introspective songs.

14Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores definitely shows a delightful, vibrant and musically talented influence on Alternative music with her band the Cranberries with soft ballads to guitar blazing rock songs she never disappoints and no one can even sound like her as she has such a wonderful unique voice and can definitely rock out on over 4 different instruments. Now solo she has not lost her touch but shows that a woman singer/songwriter can achieve success in a pop world - cranfan4ever

She has amazing depth.. ! Her songs get caught in my head and keep playing over and over again! All her songs are so different and full of soul... Dolores rocks!

Alanis Morrisette is great, but she screams more. Dolores from the cranberries has beautiful vocals, especially in Linger.

One of the coolest artist I knew

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15Courtney Love

I love her voice, I heard her sing in a Fall Out Boy song on the album, Save Rock n Roll. And it was awesome. There's not a better woman in the world for that song. The job she does as a rocking singer, she is officially my favorite.

Courtney Love has a voice that is unbeatable and can make you feel either full of rage or just kinda sway back and forth! And that is the "hole" truth.

She is incredible. She can make you love alternative music if you once hear her.

16Lana Del Rey

Lana is the best alternative singer because her voice is amazing and she is elegant and mysterious girl! SHE IS UNIQUE

A true poet and writer. "She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that's important."

Lana is the best her voice is perfect she sings like an angel I've never heard a lana song I didn't like

Lyrics should be put in the bible

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17Lacey Mosley

Lacey should definitely be farther up, she is incredibly talented, and flyleaf has amazing and meaningful lyrics.

Number one! Lacey is incredibly unique and has meaning behind everything that she says and does.


Amazing Singer & Inspiring Lyrics - Lucasfan12

Alternative Queen and got an Amazing voice... Lyrics are inspiring

I'm in love with being queen!

19Anneke van Giersbergen
20Mika Nakashima

she is not only known to pop - ronluna

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List StatsUpdated 1 Dec 2015

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Top Remixes

1. Amy Lee
2. Lzzy Hale
3. Fiona Apple
1. Florence Welch
2. Anneke van Giersbergen
3. Tori Amos
1. Fiona Apple
2. Sarah McLachlan
3. Bjork



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