Best Female Rock Singers of All Time

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42Darby Mills (Headpins)Darby Phyllis Mills is a Canadian rock vocalist, former figure skater; known best as the lead singer of the Headpins.

Of course she's the best but several of the names on this list aren't even rock

Pure hard rock. Great raspy voice. Check out: Don't It Make You Feel; Mine all mine.
This lady is a real rocker and very underrated.
By the way, 80% of the singers on this list don't sing rock but lots of them are placed too high instead of real rock singers like Darby Mills. - Metal_Treasure

Absolute best should be way higher than this. Her voice is amazing. Having listen to the vocalists in the top 10 Darby should be up there.This isn't operatic metal we are talking rock music with very few studio add ins. Just give her listen. Any track from Heapins first album Turn It up to start with.

Brilliant! Just brilliant!

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43Alannah MylesAlannah Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter and the daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer William Douglas Byles, who was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 1997.

Alannah has a growl to her voice that is rare to hear female rock singers bring to their performances. It's great. She can bring such power and such emotion to any song she sings. Just phenomenal.

Best female vocalist I ever heard. She didn't just stick to one thing but did everything incredible. When she rocked she could tear you up, when she sang ballads, she could make you cry.

She's my cousin and I think she is great even if she wasn't

She's the Black Velvet Woman, awesome voice!

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44Alison Mosshart

Completely underrated. She's definitely THE best singer of this generation, she's already a legend.

45Joni Mitchell

Joni may not be the greatest rocker and roller but she has written some fantastic songs and has a unique and very pure voice, and she has had a huge influence one other musicians. I love Joni!

Joni Mitchell is just exquisite! Beautiful voice, excellent lyrics. No, she is not a hard rocker, but I'm sure most of the people on this list have learned a thing or two from her.

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46Liv Kristine

I gave my vote to Liv Kristine because she is without a doubt one of the most celebrated female vocalists of the rock metal scene. often times she doesn't get the recognition she deserves in light of other female singers: tarja, Amy Lee, etc - FMB2015

When I think of folk/viking women, Liv is the first that comes to mind. She is a strong warrior figure and her stage performance takes you to Valhalla and Odin. She has an angelic, ethereal voice and gives you a sense of Norse Mythology and emotions that occur after and during a battle.

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47Courtney Love

The same person said these two things in the same post: "Geez, people are idiots", and "Nancy Wilson doesn't even sing". Nancy Wilson is a GREAT singer - who do you think did all those Heart harmonies? Nancy is only as not as great singer as her sister by the slimmest of margins by most accounts. She also wrote and sang lead on several big hits for Heart. Geez.

She may not be the best person bit she's got an amazing and powerful voice. She should be higher in the list.

In terms of raw emotion, no one even comes close.

She should be up with Nicks, Joplin, Jett etc. Anything less is an insult and disgustingly wrong

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48Florence WelchFlorence Leontine Mary Welch is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine.

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!

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!

I cannot believe that Florence is on the 35th spot. She is amazing! Not as great as Amy Lee, but still amazing!

It's an obvious oversight not including her here...

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49Melissa 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.

The girl growls so well when the emotion needs to go their and when the song need it to happen

She's right up there with Pat Benatar! One of the best female rock & rollers of all time! Love her too!

50Wendy O. Williams

Wendy has a very unique voice and The Plasmatics just blow me away

51Gwen 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

Not a rock singer. Sorry!

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52Jehnny Beth

Just listened to some of her work. Will listen to more.Wish people would advise on which songs they like or the best work an artist has done.

53Linda RonstadtLinda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.

This list is Greatest ROCK female singers of All Time, RIGHT? If Linda Ronstadt and Ann Wilson are not tied for Number One this list is totally invalid. while were at it. While we're at it, you could probably justify ten to 15 runners-up, and the rest should probably just be given a T-shirt and sent home, or over to the "Really Damn Good Female Rock Singers of All-Time List".

Really, 50th. She is the Queen of Rock. She fused rock and country like no other female or male act for that matter. She should be Number One. Even Pat said when somebody paid her a compliment re: being the best female rocker or something to that extent and Pat said "Well Ronstadt is still alive." She also said that she has "the most gorgeous voice on the planet." Linda was a mentor and champion for other female artists. She is all about the music and artistry.

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.

Linda should be tied for number one with Ann Wilson of Heart!

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54Dolores O'Riordan

I don't know how I didn't find her in this list. She is the best female vocal I've heard in a rock band, and yes including evanescence. Just listen to The Cranberries - Zombie, Simply the greatest female vocalist in a rock band.

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.

She has the best voice, even Luciano Pavarotti chose her for singing the Ave Maria in a Dual Concert, She should be number one.

Almost forgot about the Cranberries. Yep she is a dam fine singer.

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55Angela GossowAngela Nathalie Gossow is a German vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy.

Wow. Never heard of her before. Not my cuppa tea but Wow.

Just a whole lot of screaming, NOT SINGING!

People complain that she sreams instead of singing... I'd say nobody "screams" the way she does! I definitely vote on her!

Arch Enemy need her and Alissa

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56Grace 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

Spare me. Anyone, yes I mean anyone, who heard Grace's rendition of White Rabbit at Woodstock would not let her outside the top three let alone at 127! The world is officially unhinged. Mark Mitchell.

This list is clearly age-biased. Grace Slick's vocals in the 1960s and '70s have very few rivals either before or since, and certainly in the "rock" category.

She is the best female rock singer and changed the rules

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57Simone SimonsSimone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.

My favourite band is Epica but Simone sometimes seems a bit alienated from the audience and the band when they perform live. I've seen them live once and although her voice was clear and as it's supposed to be (in comparison to the albums) she was distant enough from the crowd and focused more on the singing method and technique instead of giving soul to it. Generally, I like her voice both in 'The Phantom Agony' and 'The Quantum Enigma' era (also there's no denying that she is very beautiful and her headbang is neat and the whole band gives you many vibes and energy all at once), her voice is powerful and fits to the band/song style but sometimes when I listen to some live performances I think it will break. I only hope that she won't go solo as many have done before and I look forward to many concerts and golden albums!

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

I've heard so many amazing vocalists but Simone is just out of this world. So underrated too

Simone don't worry we are with you

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58Lana 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.

She's got a certain dramatic torch niche that she is the sultry queen of and smokin' smokin' smokin' hot.

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

Beauty, good music, best lyrics and video clips

Stop way to good

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59Suzi QuatroSusan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.

Suzi showed the rest what could be. She was the first. She broke down barriers so other woman could see what was possible. That rasp is what makes for a great rock singer. There is also a big range at work here, maybe not as noticeable as others but it is extraordinary. She should be in the top 10 no doubt. A true legend!

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

Trial blazer of her day. Still enjoy her work and she deserves to be higher in this list.

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60Cat Power

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

Rock this isn't. Still a nice voice.

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