Best Female Rock Singers of All Time

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1Amy LeeAmy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer.

HER VOICE IS SO THRILLING & SHE BRINGS SO MUCH VARIATION IN HER NOTES! SHE ALSO GIVES AWESOME LIVE PERFORMANCES! SHE KNOWS HOW TO KEEP THE AUDIENCE DAZZLED IN THEIR SEATS!

Amy lee is an outstanding vocalist who has an incredible talent. Not only does her voice sound gorgeous, but she has incredible skills with the piano, harp, and guitar. Over all the one thing that stands out the most is her perfect intonation. I've tested many of her songs live and studio and I have never seen any artist hit the notes at exact hertz at decimal point value for about 80%-100% of the entire song. It is like hearing the perfect sound of a tuning fork at every note she hits. That is something no other artist has been able to accomplish so far. Plus her songs are powerful and deep. All in all Amy Lee is without doubt the Queen of Rock!

I don't know enough words as to describe the incredible artist Amy Lee is. She is passionate about her music, her work, and pretty much anything and everything she does. She's a perfectionist, but also knows how to let go. She's original, everything from her lyrics, her notes, HELL, even her clothing and the sound of her tunes whether in the band (Evanescence) or any music she composes on her own for any general purpose. There are many great female rock artists that are very talented as well, but in my opinion, none more talented and driven like her. Amy Lee's got it all, and more!

Will someone please explain the fascination for Amy Lee & Evanescence? Agreed she is a very good singer, but she is nowhere near the best.

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2Ann WilsonAnn Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

In an era when legendary rock bands ruled the tours, Ann Wilson's voice along with her hot multi-talented sister as Heart kicked the door down. It is fair to say that Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and every other successful female singer owe their opportunity to the powerful voice of Ann Wilson. She belongs at the top of this list.

I always liked Heart since when they first came out. But I wasn't a hard core fan my any means. Before a recent Heart concert I was going to, I started listening to a lot of Heart albums and for the first time, I guess, I really listened to Ann Wilson's voice. Oh my God! She has the best voice I have ever heard! She can sing quite beautifully, but then rare back and yell some lines that I have never heard anyone else do. She has a wide range and she has a way of controlling her pitch like no other. I truly think she has the best voice I have ever heard.

I think this is one of the few lists that do not have her as top. The number of hits she has had over so many years with HEART speaks for itself. One of the most powerful voices of rock and still going strong today.

SO OVER- RATED! So she can sing like Robert Plant! BIG DEAL!

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3Joan JettJoan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".

Joan is the best female rock singer and best singer ever. She has the best voice ever. She can sing hard rock songs with this sexy raspy voice. But when it comes to ballads her voice is smooth and beautiful. Her lyrics are easy to relate to. (And she writes a lot of her own songs. ) In her songs she emotionally connects with me and her fans. She inspires me to sing and play guitar. I look up to her. She has more passion than any other singer. She has been playing rock n roll ever since she was 15 and, she is now 54 and, she is still playing. She never took a year off. No matter what music is hot or played on the radio a lot Joan never changes her style of music. She is a true rocker. She plays hard rock and punk rock. Some bands play pop rock songs and they are just boring. They are not aggressive enough for me. They are not true rockers. SO many bands call themselves rock n roll bands but, they don't have the attitude. Joan has lots of attitude. She also started The Runaways the ...more

Joan Jett is probably the best female rocker but she owes it to the true pioneer of female rock and rollers: Suzi Quatro. Suzi was there before Joan, Pat, Ann, Stevie, Deborah Harry, Lita Ford and others, playing her big bass guitar and belting out rock as good as men. Joan sites Suzi as a major influence. Suzi is the queen and pioneer of women in rock and roll.

Rock me Joan Jett all night long. She is one of the most extremely hot and a very classy female artist of all time. I seen her in concert several times and would love to see her again. For now I'll guess I'll put another dime in the juke box baby. Rock on Joan Jett!

Her voice and attitude are the best. She isn't one of those prissy girls who wants to act cool. She IS cool. She doesn't care.

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4Stevie NicksStephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

Grew up hearing Stevie Nicks through my aunts, uncles and cousins who were all young back then and through my teenage years I considered this 70s generation lame.. But as I've gotten older I've come to realize that this music symbolizes my childhood and I actually love Stevie Nicks.. Every album of Fleetwood Mac represents a chapter of my younger years and Stevie Nicks' solo music, especially Bella Donna strikes a sensitive chord within me about those years before kindergarten when I did not understand the adults around me but can certainly now identify with.

How many female rockers has Stevie Nicks not influenced? She was so beautiful that every girl wanted to look like her and every guy just wanted to look at her. Who couldn't help but notice the unique and beautiful tone to her voice? Some of her live performances are up there with best live moments of all time. What I love is that she just rocked and let the music overtake her. There was no attention to if she looked beautiful or ethereal when she just got into it. No lip dubbing ever. And while this has nothing to do with her actual singing, her songwriting skills are also superb.

From her passionate, emotive live renditions of "Rhiannon" to the sensual vocals on "Dreams", Stevie Nicks' contralto grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go.

Great songwriter - Voice like a GOAT!

So she's beautiful! Big deal - that doesn't mean she can sing!

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5Janis JoplinJanis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

Clearly the queen of live performing and amazing in all aspects. She could sing her tail off and will only be idolized.

Janis made it possible for all other females to even attempt to enter the rock world! Remember it wasn't easy back then as female artists were kind of pushed aside... But there was no pushing Janis back, she was so very comfortable singing and performing, SHE was herself and always courageous!

None of these rockers were in the same league as Janis Joplin. She was a talent through and through. If you are talking about rock Janis rules. If you are talking about pop these other musicians were great. In terms of best female rocker Janis was in a class of her own.

Total waste! Queen of emotion!

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6Tarja TurunenTarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. ...read more.

If some people just listened to each of the vocalists, Tarja would be the #1. Never stopped studying classical music and has created her own way of singing, that is a mix of popular and erudite. If people do not vote for the more famous, instead of the vocal ability, Tarja would be the #1. Rarely miss a note, but you cannot say the same for Amy Lee, and can reach extremely high notes with no difficulties. She has also developed a way of singing very low notes, what is really tough to a soprano like her. Just listen to her singing Phantom Of The Opera with Nightwish on the DVD End Of An Era.

I believe that there are many singers who have beautiful voices and create beautiful music that makes the world a better place. But only Tarja copes PERFECTLY both with classical and rock repertoire. From the first moment you can hear that she CAN sing (in comparison with some so called "artists" who only think that they can sing). If you listen for a longer while you can notice that not only has she a beautiful timbre, but also she controls her voice professionally. And that's because she IS a professional! Some of you may know her from Nightwish, but now her voice is even better! Her voice sill evolves and becomes better and better. I don't know any other female singer with such vocal range and who would use all that range so easily!

When Nightwish brought their first international album "Oceanborn" ("Angels Fall First" was technically their first but had a more restricted sale), they seeded a genre that marked metal history forever with a major milestone, setting the genre of Symphonic Metal. Tarja brought a seasoned and professional soprano voice to the metal, blending beautifully the bold of bass shreds with the beautiful lyrical voice, a technique that has been refined by other bands such as Epica, Within Temptation and others by coupling male growls with soprano female voices, a technique nicely nicknamed as the "beauty and the beast".
For the first time I heard Tarja, I finally had a piece of mind in my schizophrenic music taste, as I both like classical music and metal. Everyone said these two genres were two different to blend. Tarja and Nightwish nailed it down so perfectly.

Oh common she destroys Amy vocally. - LukeTargaryen

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7Pat BenatarPatricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award winner.

The way I see it... And hear it... Pat Benatar is the very main reason that many, many, many female rock singers who have either been able to live their dream of singing with a band in front of an audience, or have their biggest dream of being signed to a recording contract come true, all because of the foundation she has laid down for all of us. She is a wonderful example of what TRUE TALENT really is! THANK YOU PAT!

There can be no doubt Pat is the queen. Sure there are great rock singers out there but there is only one Pat Benatar. Very few have the attitude to pull off that rock voice. Singing to rock music does not makes a 'rock singer'. You need the firepower behind the vocal to be convincing & Pat has loads of it!

I just saw her at the Bohemian nights festival in Fort Collins. She blew me away again, she is the best Female Rock singer of all time bar none. I had tears in my eyes for most of the hour and a half show, Really. Words are hard to come by to describe how good she and ( my new favorite guitar player ) Neil Giraldo are together.

Saw her - sang out of tune a lot - now with in ear monitors - MUCH BETTER!

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8Lzzy HaleElizabeth Mae "Lzzy" Hale is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the American hard rock band Halestorm, which she co-founded in 1997.

Her voice is so complex; she's so talented. She's one of the few artists today who has a beautiful 80s rocker type of voice and though Halestorm's songs show hints of 80s rock they also have several songs that are heartbreaking and haunting like Evanescence. But they are still completely their own sound. When she screams/sings she reminds me of a female Brian Johnson and I feel like she's one of few woman in rock who can embody that emotion and grit. Like everyone else has said, her range is huge and she can hold out high notes in her chest voice with that rasp and gut. I love Lzzy because she's the mixture of screw you and vulnerability.

Just when you think Rock and Roll is dead, along comes a band and a singer that reminds us what it SHOULD be about. I can't find a song by this lady that is anywhere near average - they all beat anything I've ever heard. Her voice just goes straight through your heart and rips your spine out. I defy anyone with a soul to not have a visceral reaction to this voice. Power, range, subtlety, dynamically brilliant - any style, any song. Who can ever make any cover song sound better than the original? - let alone 2 discs of them!
If Pat Benatar, and Janis Joplin, had a love child and it was raised by Joan Jett and Alanis Morissette, she would be Lzzy, and she would be the Queen of Rock. More talent than attitude, and the attitude is something to behold. The real deal. Rock on. Right to the top.

Lzzy is AMAZING, and she is my idol. She has a great range, and even though she isn't that famous yet, people need to give her and halestorm a chance. She is a wonderful person, and she is real and doesn't use harmonizers and computers like so many musicians today even rock. If you don't know who lzzy Hale is or who Halestorm is, go on youtube right now, and see for yourself hwo this list should be.

Lzzy is amazing. I saw Halestorm in concert, and she deserves a much higher position. Her screams are phenomenal, unspeakable. She gives every performance & song her all. I can't wait to hear new music from this incredible band.

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9Tina TurnerTina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

Can't believe Tina is only 22, she definitely should be top 5, Such a long career and such a power. She belongs when music wasn't so much about the look and much more about feelings and emotions

Simply the most entertaining and best energy ever. SHE FILLED STADIUMS ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

Simply the best! She demonstrates raw energy and life into whatever vocals she was taking on. Definitely number 1.

She should by far be number 1 in the rock category without question. Other categories too, as she's a crossover in style over the years.

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10Hayley WilliamsHayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.

Hayley Williams is by far the best LIVE female vocalist... Unmatched stage presence and sheer vocal stamina live. Paramore's popularity is a reflection of William's live talent - a definite female all-timer!

She's the best in my opinion, she's a brilliant song writer as well she should be in the top 5 at least. She's beautiful and amazing, she also saved my life with her music, along with others but yeah, she's amazing.

Come on.. She's way too good not be top 5. Not just an extremely talented vocalist, but an amazing performer

Easily my favorite singer of all time, and the best singer in the world currently.

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The Contenders

11Meghan Krauss

Lookout people - this chick is the real deal! All aspiring ladies out there, (and a few guys too), start studying and taking notes. Even so, this kind of voice isn't something that can be taught or learned in some fancy music school; you either have it or you don't, simple. And to be honest, there's not many out there who have what Meghan Krauss has, which just makes her that much more, in a world of mediocrity and force fed radio fodder. See and hear for yourself.

Meghan is so amazing, the lead singer of Maragold, she is the choice of the legendary guitarist Greg Howe for his new vocal band. Her voice is filled with emotion on all points of the spectrum, cannot help but identify with her. And an amazing live performer too. Very down-to-earth and approachable, but still a rock star on the stage.

What a great voice. I really like her voice full of power. And Maragold is an amazing band with a great drummer, great bassist and the legendary greg howe that I like the most. I was blown away by this band. And the vocals were perfect. Meghan Deserves to be on top1. ROCK!

One of the best rock voices out there!

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12Lita FordLita Rossana Ford is an English-born American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s, an all-female rock band formed by Joan Jett and Sandy West. In the 1980s Lita Ford embarked on a solo career.

Member of the Runaways along with Joan Jett. Had a very successful career after the Runaways.

Some of the great rock singers haven't had the best voices but they know how to sing rock n roll, some singers with a good voice don't know how to sing rock music, lita dose! She's top ten easy.

Never was a big fan sure don't hear anything good from her nowadays

Who is she anyway?

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13Sharon den AdelSharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. ...read more.

I have a lot of respect for all these ladies, but think that Sharon has something special. Her voice moves me like no other, and she can sing almost any style. It also might help that she's a Goddess and seems so down to earth and sweet it's ridiculous! Hang on, I think I might be a little in love with this woman! Anyway it's a hard call to make, and is very subjective, but I can't go past Sharon - she's PERFECT!

Sharon is without a shadow of a doubt the most breathtaking singer in symphonic metal, her voice is like silk on the soul, I've had the pleasure of seeing the band before on the Hydra tour and I was absolutely blown away, she's also the most incredibly beautiful woman I have ever seen, I don't thing Within Temptation fans around the world need a vote to decide who's number 1.

Sharon's voice is puts chills up my spine. She has no equal. I agree that the reason she is not ranked higher is because Within Temptation are not that well known outside of Continental Europe.

Sharon is amazing, such a beautiful voice.

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14Lacey Sturm

Her voice is just... Amazing. So passionate, so powerful, so penetrating. She can sing the same song in different ways, either softly or with great intensity (look at her singing "All around me" in album & acoustic versions). I listened a lot of times old Flyleaf albums but Lacey's voice in some songs is still breathtaking to me.

I was hooked when I heard "all around me" her vocals are quite different from anything I've heard; very rustic and addictive.

Her voice has so much power and such impact. Not only that but she puts so much feeling into it when she sings, its almost like the music takes control of her.

Unique and not afraid to get weird with her voice with the likes of Kurt Cobain.

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15Taylor Momsen

She has an old school rock star quality and voice that is hard to find, although she is so young

Her voice is so crisp and fresh. Taylor is really the only person I can relate to sometimes, she speaks to me like no other singer. And on the plus she is absolutely beautiful! I love what she wear and I love the fact she doesn't care! I wouldn't compare her to anyone. Miss Momsen is my idol!

One of the few actual rock singers on this list, still very young and praised by Amy Lee for having such a good voice. This girl is going to be way closer to the top of these lists by the time she is done. It also helps that The Pretty Reckless are an incredible band any ways.

Good music, pretty face

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16Floor JansenFloor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

Most versatile singer in the world. She perfects every style she attempts. Amazing singer. She also has a wonderful stage presence and is a skilled songwriter.

Floor Jansen is an amazing vocalist. For stunning opera vocals listen to Monolith of Doubt, where she holds an A5 note for 10 whole seconds at the end. For growls, Wild Card or Yours Is an Empty Hope by Nightwish. For everything in between After Forever, Revamp and Endless Forms Most Beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing Floor Jansen live last year with Nightwish and Ghost Love Score has has been the fans' standard on measuring the ability of the band's vocalists, and oh my god. I saw the DVD version of Floor singing Ghost Love Score on Showtime, Storytime and I was impressed, but that's nothing compared to seeing and hearing it live and in person. I think tears welled up in my eyes and I finally understood the meaning for FLOORGASM.

She can sing heavenly Everything: opera, rock, pop, soft, growling, screaming... Best versatile voice ever heard!

The most versatile female singer. Does it need to be said anything else?

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17PinkAlecia Beth Moore known professionally as Pink, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

One of the Best Voices ever! A very Strong Woman with an even stronger Voice!

I love the rawness in her songs.. She has a voice that is indefinable.. And awesome! And is so flexible and strong too!

Rough power - outstanding in pop mainstream - soul & brain instead just look - a range to beg for.

She must be in top 3 of the list. 1. Amy Lee 2. Tina Turner 3.Pink

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18Avril Lavigne

I know she is pop punk now but her first two albums were rock based and they were amazing with lyrics and sound. She also has a beautiful choice live. Great range.

She is just a beautiful woman who has a complete rock tallent. Hear to her succesfull pop rock single "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi","I'm With You" and a harder rock single "Losing Grip" from her first "Let Go". Then, hear to her alternative rock single "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending" from her "Under My Skin". Then, you can hear her pop rock ballad single from "The Best Damn Thing" and "Goodbye Lullaby", such as "When You're Gone","Keep Holding On","Wish You Were Here" etc. Also her harder rock single from "Goodbye Lullaby" with "What The Hell" and "Smile". And finally in hear newest self titled album, we can hear her "Let Go" style In "Here's To Never Growing Up". Then, her nu metal song, "Bad Girl". Also her cover songs "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett and "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback. Thank you

To those of you who say that Avril isn't rock: you obviously don't know what rock is. Half of the women on this list that are above Av are less rock than she is, and the other half are only as rock. Screaming your lungs out does not qualify as rock music, I'm sorry to say. That just means that you likely don't have a voice worth using. That being said, Avril is one of the most deserving rock and roll artists on this list... And should be much higher than 16th. Try 1st.

Deserve to be at number 1

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19Doro PeschDoro Pesch is a German hard rock singer that started her career in native Düsseldorf in the early 80s with the underground bands Snakebite and Beast.

Germany's queen of metal for over 25 years. Still going strong and kicking butt.

The best female singer of all time, her voice is awesome and powerful, she really kicks ass!

Awesome power in her voice, listen to Touch Of Evil if you need convincing! Plus she's gorgeous as well!

With that type of music? It's hard to tell what she's trying to sing.

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20PJ HarveyPolly Jean Harvey, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.

She's got more talent, edge and raw power than Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne combined.

A girl who can really play guitar (not that Joan Baez stuff) is like a girl who really knows how to throw a baseball.
She has a great voice and is too underrated.

There's a lot of other vocalists better on this chart!

She's awesome!

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