Best Female Rock Singers of All Time

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1Amy 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 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!

Unbelievable. Amy Lee should not even feature on this list, never mind top it.

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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 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.

One of Rock Music,s greatest

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3Stevie Nicks

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.

She's The Queen of Rock!

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4Janis Joplin

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.

Janis is clearly #1... Rock Queen! She was around way before Any of these other singers!

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5Pat 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!

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.

Pat is the all time rocker, no doubt! Voice, hard rock attitude and great knowledge of the music industry... Have a lot of respect for her!

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6Lzzy Hale

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.

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.

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.

She is not that good!

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7Tina 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.

She is simply the best the voice

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8Meghan 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!

Vocals are not what you would call great

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9Hayley 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

Number 1 she tops everyone on here and yes even the greats best to ever do it

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10Joan 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 ...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!

What.. Your kidding... Why would she be up here on the list?

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Quite simply, the very best rock 'n roll female singer

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11Tarja 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.

Listen to Nightwish or anything on her own and it is simple to see how see deserves to be in the top 10.

There is something enthralling about the way she does music. I can't describe it, but her voice has a rare kind of power.

She's lacking on a lot, sorry!

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12Doro Pesch

The best female singer of all time, her voice is awesome and powerful, 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!

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

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13Taylor 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!

Her image and song lyrics are a bit "out there" for my tastes, but she has a wicked good voice. I often wonder what a collaboration between her and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm would be like musically.

Crazy talented

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14Lita Ford

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

What is she even doing on front page with only five comments!

This lady does not have a great singing voice in my opinion!

Who is she anyway?

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15Pink

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 doesn't sing ROCK MUSIC

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16Avril 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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17PJ Harvey

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!

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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.

Nancy is one hot lady that we have always looked up to... Very very talented and rocks out, love to watch her perform. She should be right at the top with her sister Ann! Legendary ROCK N ROLL.. The BEST

Nancy has what it takes for several decades now, great personality, soft but yet one of the most beautiful voices... Just love to hear her singing! And always a real gutsy unmatched ability to perform with awesome get down attitude!

She is truly one of greatest singers/performers of Rock n Roll!

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19Sharon 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!

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.

She is the BEST singer ever! She is simply AWESOME! YOU'VE JUST GOT TO HEAR "WITHIN TEMPTATION"!

Sharon den Adel is the real deal. Amy Lee is just a poor imitation.

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20Christine McVie

Along with Stevie Nicks, these two women are what made fleetwood Mac one of the greatest rock bands in history. Their album rumours is still one of the highest selling albums.

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