Best Alternative Female Singers

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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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2Bjork

She belongs at number 1 on this list. Amy Lee is great but she does not come close to Bjork nor do any of the others. It's not just because she's my favorite either it has to do with musical ability. She in my opinion is one of the best female artists of all time.

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

Really the best

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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!

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4Alanis 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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5Hayley 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.

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!

She is the sensation that showed me what exactly alternative rock is all about! Her voice, her expressions and the emotions she puts into her work is juts MIND BLOWING!
Hayley williams for the world!

Every time I listen to Paramore, I think to myself "HOW are they so PERFECT? " I love Hayley Williams' voice. So soothing.

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6PJ Harvey

Greatest female artist in alternative music ever. Dry is in my top ten albums of all time. I've seen her live 4 times and every time has been amazing.

I actually think there's about 2 people on this list who I would consider alternative. Its funny, the word alternative used to mean something and when it did PJ wasnt just one of the best females she was one of the best acts in the last 25 years.

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

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7Gwen 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

8Tori 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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9Sarah 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 music...it's so pure. I like In the Arms of the Angels the best! - Leafpoolperson82

10Lorde

Amazing Singer & Inspiring Lyrics - Lucasfan12

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

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11Lzzy 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

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12Florence 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.

Her voice is AMAZING! She never has weak moments, her range is ridiculous, and her music is beautiful! She can throw her voice around wherever and whenever she wants, and whatever she does is always effortless and flawless. Listen to Rabbit Heart, Queen of Peace, and Cosmic Love.

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

She is just amazing!

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13Marina Diamandis

Marina is the most underrated singer here, Her voice is heaven, her lyrics are breathtaking, her music is just the best, She deserves more than she has now because she has true talent and these days talent is very rare.

Lead singer of Marina & The Diamonds. Her voice is perfect for the type of alternative pop music she sings! It is defiantly a band worth checking out!

She is amazing and is so down to earth and should be number 1

Marina Diamandis is my idol

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14Lana Del ReyLana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and ...read more.

LANA DEL REY. What is there to say about her? She holds her own, and her music is such a sultry sweetness that just shines beyond any other performer.

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."

She saved my life

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15Shirley 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

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17Dolores 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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19Courtney 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.

20Regina Spektor

Regina is a singer and a thinker. Her songs al hopeful celebrations of life amid a critical stance of our world. Beautiful and powerful.

Regina is a real genius.Her songs are pure art, they're so human and heart warming. She has her own unique and quirky style.

Her songs are quirky and strange, yet somehow always convey more feeling than many other singers. She's a great pianist, too. Listen to Eet and Fidelity.

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