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.

The Top Ten

1 Bjork Bjork Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

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

She does circles around everyone

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2 Fiona Apple Fiona Apple

I'm glad she showed up here. Although she hasn't had a pile of albums, her lyrics are so unique and well crafted and her voice is strong and extremely expressive. Increasingly her music has become more experimental and her songs more peculiar. But she isn't weird just to be weird or because she is trying to cover up her overall empty and uncreative mindset. She is an artist and her music will last.

Fiona looks so sweet but belts out powerful independent lyrics - cranfan4ever

Really amazing artist. She's got a beautiful, vulnerable and deep honest voice. Her lyrics are pure poetry and her albums are all incredible.

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3 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

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 be #1. He vocal range is awesome. I like Hayley Williams too, but I think Amy is better.

She is good but I don't think she's alternative.

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4 Alanis Morrisette Alanis Morrisette Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.

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

Best and clearest voice and emotion

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5 Marina Diamandis Marina Diamandis Marina Lambrini Diamandis, known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter.

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.

Marina is the most creative singer of her generation. The fact that she can so effortlessly change her sound and looks makes her music so interesting and never boring. Her voice is so soothing and flexible and her lyrics are heavenly. I owe Marina a lot for inspiring me to be as creative and as innovative as she is.

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!

My waifu

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6 Tori Amos Tori 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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7 Florence Welch Florence Welch Florence 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.

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 Hess got the vivid, eccentric style, accompanied by her mellifluous vocals. She can pull anything, from highly strung vivacious form of Ceremonials, to pure and raw vocals of How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Honestly she herself is a masterpiece.

Florence is an icon of this decade. Nothing left to say.

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8 Hayley Williams Hayley Williams Hayley 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.

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!

WHAT A BABE

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9 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana 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's amazing and all of her song sound different

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10 Kate Bush Kate Bush

Wait? Kate Bush is only #32 on this list? She practically INVENTED the alternative pop genre! She paved the way for singers like Tori Amos, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. She should be #1!

Check out songs like Wuthering Heights, Breathing, Hello Earth, Sat in Your Lap, and The Sensual World. She is a musical genius who needs more attention.

I can't believe that Kate Bush is so overlooked. That siren's voice hers is mystifying. Her lyrics create an environment that transcends beyond auditory recognition. She truly was pioneer in alternative music! Peter Gabriel recognized her unique gift and abilities immediately. If you didn't vote for Kate because you don't know her, GET TO KNOW HER!

The Dreaming and Hounds of Love are masterpieces and still sound unique today. Her vocals are insane and her lyrics brilliant. there's really not much to say, everything that needs to be said is said within her own work.

What? Kate Bush should be on the Top 3 with Björk and Pj Harvey. They're the queens of alternative.

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The Contenders

11 Gwen Stefani Gwen 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

Amazing queen! My favorite for 2 decades!

The best! Love her!

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

No one comes close. Fabulous musician, her voice is strong with an unfathomable range, her lyrics are that of a first class writer the accompanying music is flawless, her live shows are incredible, she pushes herself to new heights for every album, never repeats herself and is quite fearless. She is a true artist in every sense of the word, she is quite simply a treasure.

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.

THE BEST VOICE; LYRICS AND PERFORMANCE; SHE IS THE COOLEST EVER!

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13 Lorde Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.

She just got one album out but her music is so beautiful. Her lyrics are awesome, she's so young and such a great songwriter. An promising artist.

Amazing Singer & Inspiring Lyrics - Lucasfan12

I'm in love with being queen!

the best

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14 Sarah McLachlan Sarah 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

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15 Lzzy Hale Lzzy Hale Elizabeth 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.

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

She is amazing! Love her

AWESOME! - musicandy

I LOVE HER VOICE!

16 Melanie Martinez Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

Listening to her right now. She's the best. She's just so perfect... just... in every way. Such a great artist, I love how she's different. I love her style. I especially love her music. Her voice is angelic

I love her so much. She's the best new alternative solo artist in my opinion

Melanie has amazing music and she has the voice of an angel. If you need music to listen to, listen to Mel. I assure you that you won't regret it at all!

That�'s true, I love Melanie Martinez

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17 Imogen Heap Imogen Heap
18 Shirley Manson Shirley Manson Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish-born singer, songwriter and actress. She is the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage.

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

Probably my favourite female vocalist

Shirley Manson is my spirit animal ❤️

19 Ryn Weaver Ryn Weaver Ryn Weaver is an American singer and songwriter who first gained attention with the single "OctaHate" in June 2014. Billboard called the single a viral sensation.

Unlimited talent both as a singer and songwriter. Out of the box vibe.

20 Liz Phair Liz Phair Elizabeth Clark Phair is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist born on April 17, 1967 in Connecticut. ...read more.
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