10 Best Female Rock Singers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Amy Lee
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!
If people didn't only vote for the singer they like the most Amy Lee would definitely be on the top1. Her voice is probably the best you can hear nowadays on the rock industry!
Amy Lee has the most exquisite voice, her songs are deep and meaningful (and lets fsce it, most artists these days sing about the same old shallow things). She is a great person with a big heart... There are many reasons why Amy is the best.
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2Ann Wilson
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 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.
Ann Wilson has the best voice ever. No matter whether it's rock, pop, soul, or gospel she is the best female vocalist ever recorded! Aretha Franklin is a close 2nd and Billie Holiday is 3rd.
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3Meghan 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!
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4Joan Jett
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 first all girl rock band. She kicked down the doors so other girls can rock. She is the pioneer of women's rock n roll and, The Queen Of Rock N Roll. She lives for rock n roll. On top of all of that she has a very successful career. Top 40 hit singles includes; "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", "Crimson and Clover", "Do You Wanna Touch me", "Everyday People", "Fake Friends", "The French Song", "Light Of Day", "I Hate Myself For Loving You", "Little Liar", "Dirty Deeds", and "Backlash". She has multi gold and platinum albums.
I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL SO PUT A NOTHER DIME IN THE JUKE BOX BABY, I LOVE ROCK AND SO COME AND TAKE YOUR TIME AND DANCE WITH ME.
I LOVE YOU JOAN JETT YOUR AMAZING AND HAVE AN AMAZING VOICE, ROCK ON
CRIMSON AND CLOVER,
WICKED AMAZING AND SHOULD BE THE TOP ON THE LIST.
Formed the 1st successful all female ROCK band in 1977. (The Runaways)
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5Janis Joplin
Clearly the queen of live performing and amazing in all aspects. She could sing her tail off and will only be idolized.
NUMBER ONE NO DOUBT
At the height of her career, she was known as "The Queen of Rock and Roll" as well as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul, "
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6Pat Benatar
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!
Pat is THE Rock Goddess, no question!
Rock Legend! - Invented the Dance Fight Scene (won grammy - Love is a Battlefield video) that MJ used in Thriller Video... Just Sold out in NZ Concert which is more than most modern rock bands can manage...
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7Hayley Williams
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
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8Stevie Nicks
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.
The most recognizable female voice in rock. Always sounds awesome. How can there be any question? Her distinctive sound put Fleetwood Mac on the map!
Her stage presence used to be electric, especially through "Rhiannon" live. More than that her subtle lyrics in "after the glitter fades" shows us more than her witchy powerful ways.
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9Lzzy Hale
Lzzy hale has the coolest voice ever. And her honest smile really capture the picture. Halestorm songs are the best n I hope that others who haven't listen their songs will listens n I'm most definitely sure that they'll like it, lzzy has got a natural born talent when it comes to her voice n not only that but also she wright her own songs n its amazing. She even wrote a song for her brother to go to sleep when she was only five.
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.
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.
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10Tarja Turunen
Nightwish and Tarja were great! Example: - End of an Era -
Solo I find Tarja better. Example: - Act1 -
I prefer DVD's before the CD's because you hear Tarja Live and must see.
I was never a fan, but when I saw Tarja the first time I was blown away.
Shes a metal Goddess! No doubt about this!
She is just the ONE and Only! Goddess with angelic voice!
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The Contenders

11Alanis Morrisette
She is amazing man? Just listen to her songs you'll understand!
She is so strong vocalist. Her screaming awesome, yeah

12Doro Pesch
The best female singer of all time, her voice is awesome and powerfull, she really kicks ass!
Germany's queen of metal for over 25 years. Still going strong and kicking butt.
Awesome power in her voice, listen to Touch Of Evil if you need convincing! Plus she's gorgeous as well!

13Lita Ford
Member of the Runaways along with Joan Jett. Had a very successful career after the Runaways.

14Pink
I love the rawness in her songs.. She has a voice that is indefinable.. And awesome! And is so flexible and strong too!
One of the Best Voices ever! A very Strong Woman with an even stronger Voice!
Rough power - outstanding in pop mainstream - soul & brain instead just look - a range to beg for.
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15YVE (Yvonne Muentener)
Great voice from Switzerland. Very powerful, unique voice with an amazing range.
Amazing singer and songwriter, very authentic, so beautiful and charming. I love her style. The voice is the best I ever heard from a woman.
Beautiful voice, beautiful woman, beautiful smile, beautiful country where she's from. Stunning songs, funny and crazy lyrics. I love SUGAMICE!
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16Lacey Sturm
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.
Not only is she an amazing singer, her lyrics are so deep and her testimony is so inspiring
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17Tina Turner
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.
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18Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson is one of the best female guitarists out there and was long overdue in getting inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

19Taylor Momsen
She has an old school rock star quality and voice that is hard to find, although she is so young
Taylor is such an amazing rock singer! She is amazing live! Always puts on a great show!
TAYLOR IS THE BEST! SHE HAS AN AMAZING VOICE AND SHE CAN SCREAM!
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20PJ Harvey
Just listen to her first to ¨Rid of me¨.

21Sharon den Adel
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!
She is the BEST singer ever! She is simply AWESOME! YOU'VE JUST GOT TO HEAR "WITHIN TEMPTATION"!
Problem is people do not really know about Within Temptation.
Sharon is far as better than Amy Lee and others.
Sharon > Tarja > Anneke! > ALL
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22Siouxsie Sioux

23Avril 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's awesome! I love her rock style!
Shes ok not my favorite
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24Cristina Scabbia
<3 Cristina's voice is so unique and she's an amazing performer on stage with so much adrenaline, power and energy... And next to that definitely no diva but so kind to her fans and downearth... She's always there for her fans who she really loves...
Cristina is amazing! The best!
I LOVE HER VOICE!

25Deborah Harry
She was certainly better than Joan Jett whos only big hit "I love Rock n Roll" was just one of those songs you were supposed to like, you listen to it for years and it kind of grinds in your head until one day it just comes to you that it really is a horrible cheesy song. Listen to Blondie's "Eat to the Beat" album. You will realize that Deborah should be in the top ten.
Debbie Harry, the front woman of Blondie, paved the path that Madonna walked. Should be #1
She's incredible, she resembles Michelle phiffer. She is fcking gorgeous!

26Bjork
Heavenly, otherworldly, unique, and addictive. Her voice is like no other. She should be number two.

27Fiona Apple
Blues/rock/soul - amazing synthesis of multiple forms, and what a voice...

28Grace Potter
USA Today calls her the best female rock vocalist in the country. Google "Grace Potter reviews" and see for yourself.
She and her band put on one of the best all round show in ages
She's considered the best rock female vocalist on today.
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29Alison Mosshart
Completely underrated. She's definitely THE best singer of this generation, she's already a legend.

30Jen Ledger
Jen could start her own band!

31Dolores O'Riordan
One of the best rock singers, period. The Cranberries are a great group, and her vocals are what set them so high up among my favorites. Really dynamic and powerful vocalist.
Raw emotion. Powerful. One of my favorite voices, man or woman.
She was amazing in the song "Zombie", such an amazing voice.

32Florence Welch
She's a real singer! Her voice is powerful and deep, and she has no need of auto tune, like other musicians. She's a jewel inside the industry of music!
She's amazing! How could anyone not love her?! I don't consider her a "rock star" though. More of an Alternative kind of gal! But Janis, Alanis, Stevie, and Joan are some favorites of mine!
I cannot believe that Florence is on the 35th spot. She is amazing! Not as great as Amy Lee, but still amazing!
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33Christine McVie

34Linda Ronstadt
29th?! Seriously?! This lady is THE best and it's not even up for debate! All you young uns out there need to run, don't walk, to the record store (your folks can explain what those are) and get a copy of her greatest. Linda has a body of work that would make Lady Gaga assume the fetal position! There will never be another Linda Ronstadt! Period.
My all time favorite. They'll never be another. Blue Bayou, Mad Love, Desperado, dozens more!
Linda told the world last week that she has Parkinson's Disease, and will never be able to sing again. My heart is broken.
Get yourself a come of "Hasten Down the Wind"...
Linda is simply the most superb rock vocalist on this list with a voice that screams emotion. Just listen to Desperado for an example. The ultimate interpreter. She just sings everything better than anyone else, no matter what song it is.
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35Courtney Love
Why isn't here she was the lead singer of award winning rock band, Hole
In terms of raw emotion, no one even comes close.
Geez, people are idiots. Nancy Wilson is higher than Courtney Love? Nancy Wilson doesn't even sing!

36Liv Kristine

37Selena Gomez
She is my best singer and she is the best
I love you selena you r the BEST! ;-)

38Wendy O. Williams
Wendy has a very unique voice and The Plasmatics just blow me away

39Chrissie Hynde
The quintessential female rocker with a fabulous rock and roll voice. Hands down the best female rock and roller, with Grace Slick running a close second. (NOTE: Quite a few women on this list are NOT rock and roll singers. Pop, the Blues, Country are NOT rock 'n' roll! )

LaLocaHSA

Her voice is really good and she can sing in different ways. The pretenders are one of the best rock bands and she along with her band is legendary.
Absolutely baffling rating. Should easily be in top ten, if not top five.

40Lana del Rey
She has the most unique, perfect voice. Hard to find such voice and music anywhere in the industry now a days.

41Grace Slick
Grace Slick has such a unique and interesting voice! In my opinion she should be on the top of the list. There is just no other voice that sounds quite like hers. True, powerful, mysterious and extremely awesome! Gotta love her
The fact that Selena Gomez grabs more votes than Grace Slick is mindblowing. Slick and Janis Joplin were the frontrunners long before most of these women were alive.
Two words: White Rabbit. If that doesn't tell the story, not sure much else will. Grace Slick is a legend.
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42Annie Lennox
How could she not already be on the list?
Deep powerful voice, backed up by emotional, gripping performances. She must be in the top 5.
No way should she be out of the top ten. She had more talent than most singers could ever hope for and her range was unlimited.

43Jehnny Beth

44Angela Gossow

45Joni Mitchell

46Madonna

47Patti Smith
She is an amazingly good poet and a beautiful person with a unique voice.

48Aja Volkman
Lead singer of nico vega, one of the few female singer who can rock hard and create that scratchy rock sound

49Róisín Murphy

50Tori Amos

51Cat Power

She's today true sound of the south. She's the real thing, she's soul, deep soul, and wow she is sexy.


52Sonja Kristina

53Suzi Quatro
Wow how can she be so far down! One of the best and most versatile female voices
Greatest female vocalist, with Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry
She rocks like no other

54Shirley Manson
One of the sexiest, most badass chicks in music. Red hair, smeared makeup, short skirts, hell of a voice, and lyrics that could be either sad or frightening. What a woman... My favorite redhead ever.
One of the best rock singers of the 90's.
Amazing performances, voice and looks.
Probably the most iconic female rock singer to come from the 90s. Together with her band Garbage, she experimented in all kinds of genres. Very outspoken, articulate and inteligent woman + puts one hell of a live show.

55Simone Simons
I've heard so many amazing vocalists but Simone is just out of this world. So underrated too
Well she's technically metal but so are some others on here... Either way she has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard and is one if the most talented vocalists ever
Is better than everyone
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56Phoebe Killdeer

57Alexia Rodriguez

58Maria Brink
Maria Brink is the best. Hands down. She can sing, scream, snarl... She does it all and does it well! All while being beautiful.
The best for sure.

59Kate Bush

60Gwen Stefani
She is the one that opens doors for other female musicians. She is a able to be rock, pop, ska, reggae, dance, whatever. She is one heck of a live performer too. No other female artist has such versatility.
No Doubt is the bomb and Gwen is a very underrated singer. Also Lana and Selena shouldn't be so far ahead, they're not great singers and aren't in the rock genre.
Gwen and Maria Brink deserve a higher rank and some of these artists aren't rock and should be off of this list
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61Karen Carpenter
Sad how we forget so soon-- listen to the voice! Karen's range, purity, and emotion makes her a top vocalist of any age.
Unbelievably low, but who remembers her, even though she was the best ever.

62Beth Hart
Beth Heart is maturing into the most powerful & underrated Rock/Blues singer of our time. Her voice is reminisant of Etta James at her very best, but with a depth, power & raw emotion in her lower register that comes from deep within a primal soul.
When Beth Hart finally breaks out, no one will be able to touch her.
There is no voice like hers. Awesome and truly magnificent.
Beth is in the same league as Billie, Sarah, Ella, Nina, and Etta.

63Liz Phair

64Cherie Currie
Cherie Currie is one of the best rock stars ever. She fronted The first all girl rock band. She sang hits like "Cherry Bomb", "Neon Angels", and "Heartbeat". After The Runaways she started a band with her identical twin sister Marie Currie. Their band was called Cherie and Marie Currie. They were great together. She has a sexy voice when it comes to the hard rocking stuff and a smooth and beautiful voice in the ballads. She emotionally connects with us in her songs. Her on stage movement is amazing.

65Susanna Hoffs

66Alannah Myles
Can sing anything well

67Floor Jansen

68Johnette Napolitano
Just listen to a Concrete Blonde song. Any song at all. If you have an open mind, she goes up into the top 3.
Incredible voice that ranges from velvet to nails. Exceptional songwriting. Grossly underrated.
Listen to 'Heal it Up'. Now listen to 'Heal it Up' live. Her voice is #1 in my books.
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69Lee Aaron

The original "Metal Queen. " Sadly, she is now is a jazz singer. But still hot with a great voice,


70Dani Klein

71Patty Smyth

This gal was the bomb in the 80s. Still puts on a great live show.


72Sinead O'Connor

73Shakira
Those hips don't lie. Her voice is so unique and strong. She is an amazing all around performer.
Shakiras voice gives me piece

74Melissa Etheridge
She simply rocks! Every single time she succeeds in bringing together raw power of her music with deepness of emotion and tenderness of her brilliant lyrics.

75Candace Kucsulain

76Dana Fuchs
Think Janis Joplin, but even better. Powerful rock voice, deserves to be near the top of the list.

77Joan Armatrading

78Brody Dalle
What she should be in the top 10 at least and honestly I think I prefer her vocals over Lzzy's
She's actually rock unlike some people on this list
Does everything from soft to growl beautifully

79Mariska Veres

80Bonnie Raitt

81Magali Luyten
Magali is awesome singer woman! She sang for Ayreon, Beautiful Sin and of course Virus IV

82Rhokz Bitadora

83Betty Davis
Ex-wife of jazz pioneer/trumpeter Miles, she is credited w/ turning Miles on to Hendrix! She was described by some as the "black Janis Joplin" because of her rawness, her first album featured performances by bassist Larry Graham plus members of Graham Central Station & Sly's Family Stone, Buddy Miles, Neal Schon of Journey, disco dude Sylvester and also the Pointer Sisters! The 2nd album even had Miles! Legendary funk-rock sista from the 70's, NOT the actress!

84Emily Armstrong
If you haven't heard her sing, look up her song "Weatherman"

85Anna Tsuchiya

86Brittany Howard
Lead singer for the Alabama Shakes. She sings like other people wish they could.

87Renee Phoenix

88Ani DiFranco
Love her voice, love her lyrics, love her guitar playing, love that she started righteous babe records so that she would always have control over her music's sound and her own image.
A beautiful story teller with an engaging truth and rawness. Her music demands being listened to.

89Beverly McClellan

90Jenna Mcdougall
Her vocal range is amazing and Tonight Alive's music is so so good.

91Otep Shamaya

92Rindy Ross
Lead singer of Quarterflash, her high notes are through the roof! Not to mention she is a mean sax player.

93Beth Gibbons

94Annie Haslam

95Ruby Starr

96Neko Case

97Mary Margaret O'Hara

98Laurie Anderson

99Sarah McLachlan

100Eddi Reader
I never get tired of listening to Eddi. She goes straight to the gut.

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