Best Female Metal Singer


The Top Ten

1 Floor Jansen (After Forever) Floor Jansen (After Forever) Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

There are so many talented vocalists out there, and it's really impossible to say that one is the "greatest of all time". But if there can actually be one such individual, I would pick Floor. Of course others are amazing, such as Tarja, Simone, and Britney Hayes, but if I had to pick one, it would be Floor. She's too talented, versatile, and powerful. Plus, even though she's always bold and powerful in her singing, she's always feminine and exudes a gentle softness, which is a great counter-balance to the more rough and aggressive male approach to the music and performance. And her on-stage charm and personality are wonderful. She's a complete package. Nightwish hit the jackpot with her.

Floor Jansen's version of Ghost Love Score on her debut tour during Live at the Wacken in 2013 simultaneously gave me goose bumps and put a tear down my eyes with the melodic beauty and range with constant consistency, hitting every note possible. I don't think there is a woman on this planet who has the ability she has shown us time and time again. Her singing reaches deep into the soul!

Floor Jansen has the best technique and the most versatility out of any female metal vocalist. This woman exudes metal. She is not only the best female vocalist in the genre, but one of the best voices in metal as well.

Since After Forever disbanded, she's been working with her project "Revamp". Both bands are worth checking out alone for Floor's voice. At the time of writing there is also a very high possibility that she will become the third lead singer for Nightwish, and I very much hope that this happens. She deserves to be recognized by a wider audience because she is so fantastic at what she does.

The first time I heard her voice, my jaw dropped and I nearly burst into tears. Her voice combined with the power and beauty of the music she sings is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

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2 Tarja Turunen (Tarja, Nightwish) Tarja Turunen (Tarja, Nightwish) Tarja 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. more.

When is Janis sing a opera?

Tarja is the best singer that Nightwish has ever had
And now, her solo cR.Is also very successful
She was the first to mix metal and opera
Love her

Floor I'm sorry, but Tarja beats you anyday.

Tarja got this wonderful voice, and the perfect additude on stage. She is very beautiful and got nice dresses on stage. Rock On Tarja :-)

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3 Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. more.


Best growling- Otep Shamaya (Otep)
Best opera metal- Lory Lewis (Therion)
Best new age metal- Amy Lee (Evanescence)
The most melodic and touching voice ever, who can sing whatever you want, even without any singing classes- SHARON DEN ADEL!
She is very underrated singer only because she doesn't pay a journalists to call her "a Goddess", like some other singers do (like Tarja Turunen, whos husband pays every interview and headlines with such a ridiculous title, to make you feel like that there is nobody else who sings even better! )I just hope that the voting is going to be fair once for all, and that the REALLY THE BEST is going to win!

Voice of an angel. - Userguy44

Well.. once again I'm speechless because of her.. "not from our universe" is all what I can say

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

very good

I did not see Jinx Dawson on this list who pretty much pioneered the future of Metal so I will pick Simone Simons.

Not only one of the hottest, but also one of the greatest voices in female-fronted bands, or any genre of female singing for that matter. Listen to 'Tides of Time', it's a beautiful ballad which brings out the best in Simone's vocals. - petrucci75hammet

Her range soars octaves above Tarja's. Her voice is also very versatile, stretching from operatic to lower, dark pitches.

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5 Suzuka Nakamoto (Babymetal) Suzuka Nakamoto (Babymetal) Suzuka Nakamoto, known by her stage names Suzuka and Su-Metal, is a Japanese idol, singer and model. She is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of three musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's, Sakura Gakuin, and Babymetal.

Clean vocals in live setting

The future metal vocalist

She is the only one who can not compare with others.

She is the youngest on this list at just 16, But she's also the best. This young lady from Japan has the pure beautiful voice of an angel. An angel of Death.

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6 Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

She has amazing voice and great stage presence... She makes the music video beautiful and some of her choices in way of living on her own terms and not giving a damn to the world is perfect... She complements rest of the band (Arch Enemy) in all aspects

Best female metal singer in the history of ever!


EXTREMELY beautiful and talented

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7 Heidi Parviainen (Amberian Dawn) Heidi Parviainen (Amberian Dawn) Heidi Parviainen is a Finnish lyric soprano, and best known as the former lead singer of Finnish metal band Amberian Dawn.

She is my favorite with Simone. But she's mezzo, not soprano.

Dark Sarah is my favorite band forever

Heidi really does have a beautiful voice. I really like sopranos, but here, especially. I don't think anyone really compares. - djh101

An angelic operatic voice, for me the best full soprano singer in metal/rock scene nowadays

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8 Doro Pesch (Doro, Warlock) Doro Pesch (Doro, Warlock) Doro 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.

Doro has a quality to her voice that is really second to none.. Not the sort of over the top "operatic" quality that a number of female metal singers have, but a power and intensity to her clear voice that few can match. One of the pioneers, and still unrivaled.



Saw her in concert for the first time this year and she gave so much energy. You can tell she loves what she does. Doro is the best.

Why isn't Doro number one is beyond me! The true pioneer in women in metal

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9 Charlotte Wessels (Delain) Charlotte Wessels (Delain)

Not many singers like her in the world are like her. You can tell her voice from other women in a heart beat.

She has an amazing voice along with her stunning looks

Beautiful. Angelic voice. Lovely. Normal person, not diva. Good lyricist.

The most beautiful smile in metal world.

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10 Anette Olzon (Nightwish) Anette Ingegerd Olsson, known by the stage name Anette Olzon, is a Swedish singer, best known as the former lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish from 2007 to 2012. She is also the vocalist of Swedish classic rock band Alyson Avenue, and of the Finnish heavy metal band The Dark Element. more.

I love Anette because she is a great singer and a down-to-earth person. We don't need other divas like Turunen, and Imaginaerum is a perfect album. She's the perfect singer for Nightwish, and I can't wait to hear what she'll be able to do in the future

I love both Tarja and Anette for Nightwish. I'm voting for Anette because she is potentially more moving than Tarja.

Anette is so beautiful person with very amazing voice.

Anette rocks more then Tarja! I really love New Nightwish era!

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The Contenders

11 Liv Kristine (Liv Kristine, Leaves' Eyes, Theatre of Tragedy) Liv Kristine (Liv Kristine, Leaves' Eyes, Theatre of Tragedy) Liv Kristine Espenæs, better known as Liv Kristine, is a singer/songwriter who has performed and composed songs mostly for various subgenres of heavy metal music.

Definitely deserves a spot in the top 3.

Leaves Eyes is a truly awesome band! Hell to the Heavens is one of the most awesome things I have ever seen! Those men have NO RIGHT to persecute her! I am a practicing witch and I personally find this offensive! Many women were ruthlessly killed in the middle ages for no good reason at all! I love you Liv Kristine!

No one comes close period.

Her voice is operatic, melodic and perfect for symphonic, Gothic, doom metal! Nice voice and very beautiful!

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12 Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Agua de Annique)

The goddess of music. There's a lot of fantastic vocalists on this list, but Anneke is head and shoulders above all of them.

Wonderful voice, amazing live performance.

I have never in my life seen a live performance as that of Anneke, and I never will. If possible I think the notes were more on key than on the record. Fantastic presence and amazing control. There is no one like her, no matter what you say.
She moved me to tears up on that stage.

She is perfect.

13 Lisa Johansson (Draconian)

A fistful of emotions in a pristine and melancholic voice...

Should be number 1 in my opinion, the most beautiful angelic voice I have ever heard, a shame she left Draconian, but she'll always be my number 1.

Very dramatic, angelic and versatile voice. She should actually be part of the top list.

14 Vibeke Stene (Tristania) Vibeke Stene (Tristania) Vibeke Stene is a Norwegian soprano. She is best known as the former vocalist in the gothic metal band, Tristania.

"I've been listening to Tristania now since 2007. While I am these days mostly a fan of Xandria and Nightwish (just recently totally impressed by Draconian, though). I feel it is time for me to say what I think and feel about Vibeke, though. She is AWESOME! Sanguine Sky and World of Glass are by far my two favorite songs featuring her singing in them. There is truly something about her, in her voice that I don't quite fully understand, but...I mean, she is in all honesty magickal, in some way or another. I wish you the best of luck and fortune in you and this astoundingly unique band! Thanks! "

She has the most unique, touching voice in the world. I can cry because f her singing, there is no other singer who do the same with me. Shame that not so many people love her

I have many years hearing metal, bands go in and bands go out. Many femme singers, beautiful voices but no one as Vibeke... powerful as soprano, melancholic expression and her voice print a very special color in each song of Tristania... Why you leave us Vibeke? No one like you, bless you for your emotional legacy!

She has an incredible voice, angelic and hypnotic, full of emotions. Besides, she has a unnbeatable singing technique.
She is one of the few women of metal genre that has a voice that sounds just as beautiful in studio and live.

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

Why is she so low? I mean #15 is too low for her. - Metal_Treasure

Arch Enemy starts and ends with Angela. I miss you forever

By far the best she growls better than many men

The power of her voice has not equal

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16 Elize Ryd Elize Ryd Elize Ryd is a Swedish singer-songwiter, dancer, composer and show artist, best known as one of the three vocalists in the melodic metalcore/power metal band Amaranthe.

By far one of the best female singers out there! Powerful and heavenly voice that just make you love the music even more!

"Evolution" with Chris Rehn, Tomas Wallin and Tommy Levin. That's probobly the best that will ever come out of Sweden in this genre.

She is young and not well known, but once you have heard her singing you will never forget it. Elize has very beautiful voice, she sounds like an angel but at the same time she can deliver very strong vocal performance.

Probably the most beautiful voice, not only in metal, but just in general. She has excellent voice control and a super clear voice. I'm afraid that the only reason she isn't ranked much higher is because her band, Amaranthe, isn't as famous as Nighwish, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, etc. Although I still do love those other singers, too.

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17 Akane Liv (Liv Moon)

Akane Liv is an absolutely incredible soprano vocalist, who is also very versatile and isn't just constrained to the operatic side. She is a very passionate singer with excellent control and tone, I'd easily put her up there with the greats of Symphonic Metal like Tarja or Floor

18 Amanda Somerville Amanda Somerville Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach, known primarily for her work with many European symphonic metal bands.

A magnific voice, powerful and melancholic it's a shame that she had not a band to sing to the world, one of the most underrated voices in the metal scene!

The metal fan that never have a creep in their spine when Amanda sings... it's not a true metalhead...

19 Amy Lee (Evanescence)

Amy Lee is in the category of her own... she doesn't have operatic voice (Tarja is the best in that area), she is not and has never been a metal symphonic but goth rock artist... saying artist for a reason, b/c unlike many women here who only sing, she creates magical melodies, her lyrics are pure poetry, unlike some fairy tale crap, and her voice is so full of emotions that no other performer can convey to an audience. So stop putting Amy Lee in any lists, she is ONE OF A KIND!

She's good, but she is not a metal singer. - RogerMcBaloney

Amy Lee can't cut it live her voice is too weak.

Her voice is great. But she doesn't sing metal. Learn this already. - Metal_Treasure

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20 Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)

Hottest women on this list

I really love lzzy, her voice its awesome, shes have the pasion and the power that music needs.

Here range between a beautiful Amy Lee tone as shown in "Break In" to her sexy raspy voice as shown in "Mz. Hyde" makes her in my opinion the best female rock/metal vocalists. And her stunning good looks just puts the sugar on top!

Great but she isn't a metal singer. Halestorm isn't a metal band. Even her vocal style isn't metal - her style is hard rock with some punk-ish vibe. - Metal_Treasure

21 Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia is an Italian singer and lyricist, best known as one of the two vocalists in the Italian Gothic metal band Lacuna Coil.

Amazing live voice

She's an amazing singer, she has a special voice. When I heard her for first, I was amazed. Two words: Angelic voice.

Best voice ever, powerful and high at the same time... She is THE Metal Queen! Amazing girl.

Because she's a lovely green-eyed brunette who has a great body that I'd like to spend an hour with. Oh, she can sing?

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22 Brittany “Kobra” Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)

Brittany “Kobra” Paige was listed as one of the Top 25 Women in Hard Rock and Metal for 2013.
The band was nominated as Best New Band at Golden Gods 2012 by Metal Hammer.
The band’s self-titled second album was listed as #3 Best Emerging Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Artists Of 2013.

Songs: 50 Shades Of Evil, Forever One, Welcome To My Funeral, Soldier. - Metal_Treasure

23 Noora Louhimo Noora Louhimo

Recently saw described as 'its like Celine Dion singing metal' ha

Reminds me of Freddie Mercury.

Researched at least all top 20 on this list.

I vote for Noora.

Why? Watch live. You will know, with no explanation needed.

Mind-blowing, powerful voice, incredible vocal range and versatility. She has everything a truly talented singer should have.

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24 Ailyn (Sirenia) Ailyn (Sirenia) Pilar Giménez García known artistically as Ailyn Giménez, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, best known as the former female vocalist of the Norwegian symphonic/gothic metal band Sirenia.

Amazing singer, and a person.

25 Dianne van Giersbergen (Xandria) Dianne van Giersbergen (Xandria) Dianne van Giersbergen is a Dutch dramatic soprano singer, songwriter, and vocal coach who is well-known for being the frontwoman and founder of the progressive metal band Ex Libris and German symphonic metal band Xandria.

The simple fact that Dianne is not on number 1 shows that ranks in this list are just about who is best known and who is the most popular. If all these singers were judged by an independent professional jury who did not have any pre-knowledge of all the ladies, Dianne would always be number one.

She's the best live singer. And she knows her stuff too! She studied music and singing for 7 years and for her Masters wrote about the connection vocal-wise between metal and classical music.

It's rather impossible to see this name as number 61!

26 Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion)
27 Maria Brink (In This Moment) Maria Brink (In This Moment) Maria Diane Brink is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the frontwoman of American metalcore band In This Moment.

She deserves a better place.

Maria Brink is a fantastic vocalist, amazing live, brings a lot of energy to In This Moment's stage presence, and really gets the crowd going. Seeing her at Mayhem Fest in 2010 was possibly one of the best experiences I had throughout my teen years. She is a fantastic addition to the world of metal, and I expect In This Moment to be a name we will continue to see for many years to come.

I first heard Maria at Ozzfest and was completely blown away. In This Moment and Maria Brink should have been on the main stage instead of the second. They were better than any band that played on that second stage and better than Lordi which made the main stage. Complete travesty of Metal.

By far should be #1

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28 Tatiana Shmaylyuk (Jinjer)

! How the f... is this possible. She is the next Generation of Female Metal Vocal. This woman is absolutly insane. In 2019, she has to be in top ten. No doubt...

29 Leather Leone (Chastain)

Leather should surely be higher in this list.

Leather leone is one of the most talented singers on the planet, she can give any man a run for there money... She is my metal queen!

Just listen to "Surrender to no one"!

She is the best female metal vocalist in my book!

30 Nitte Valo

Singer in Burning Point

Superb power & pitch perfect while maintaining her unique own tone.

Best there is. What a strong voice,/

This lady ROCKS! Such a voice that never leaves you cold!

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31 Otep Shamaya (Otep) Otep Shamaya (Otep)

Very few female vocalists can scream like her, be so angry or show their vulnerabilities through their music quite like Otep can. I'd actually say that her singing and writing is some of the most raw in almost all music, regardless of genre. It may not be for everyone, but the power and emotion in this ladies voice is very hard to ignore.

I love otep so much and otep shamaya is a really good singer. The songs are beautiful... Otep is an anagram of poet. Rise rebel resist is the best song, also perfectly flawed and confrontation. My favourite singer.

Can't believe she isn't higher on this list. The pure energy, raw emotion, and powerful themes encompassed in her music blow me away every time.

Can do some clean with some awesome screamo

32 Katarina Lilja (Therion)
33 Nera (Darzamat)

She must find a TRUE band to expand that powerful voice!

Adding to the above comments you should hear Magja it's a gem in the metal scene!

The first 3 records of Darzamat... suck but Darzamat with "Nera" is another band, one band to hear with a good proposal and yes her voice is somehow enchanting...

Agnieszka Gorecka... I don't know why... but her voice in their solo albums neranature is... mesmerizing. Just give her a shot you will not be disappointed!

34 Manuela Kraller (Xandria) Manuela Kraller (Xandria) Manuela Kraller is a German soprano singer from Ainring. She is best known as the former lead singer of German symphonic metal band Xandria from late 2010, until late 2013. Manuela was formerly one of the soprano vocalists in German symphonic metal band Haggard.

Manuela is not only an awesome singer but performer in general, right down to her costumes and everything. I haven't seen her perform live before, but from her videos alone I can honestly say that she is truly a sight to see! Valentine was particularly intense. With so many good female singers in metal out there these days it is hard to decide which are ones favorite, but she certainly is way up on the list if you ask me!

Shame that she was only with Xandria for one album. Neverworld's End is my all-time favorite album

Hopefully we'll see her again somewhere, even if it's not with Xandria

This powerful and beautyfull voice shall be below the metal goddess Floor Jansen... wait... She is a platinum goddess! and both are trully beautyfull

35 Lori Lewis (Therion) Lori Lewis (Therion) Lori Lewis is an American opera singer and soprano currently residing in Salem, Oregon graduate in the University of Kansas, she is a vocalist and official member of the Swedish symphonic metal band Therion.

Fits perfect the actual (2017+) musical direction of the band

Lori has the best voice of the classical trained singers. This voice fits the Therion music perfectly.

Lori is the best singer ever! Her live performance is flawless, I can�'t say the same from the other singers on the list.

36 Carmen Elise Espenaes (Midnattsol)
37 Virginie Goncalves (Kells)
38 Lisa Middelhauve (Xandria) Lisa Middelhauve (Xandria) Lisa Middelhauve is a German musician, better known as the former lead vocalist and pianist of German symphonic metal band Xandria from early 2000, until April 2008, but returned as their singer in 2010, only to finish the remaining live shows due to their second lead vocalist, Kerstin Bischof's departure. more.

" As a fan of Xandria I must give Lisa due credit here. As far as I know (I am still in the process of getting to know them) she is very much the original female front line singer of Xandria. Furthermore, her voice is HAUNTINGLY AWESOME! I am serious in saying that...believe me, Ravenheart is a classic example of this. And by the way, Ravenheart, with her vocals and the video is something I would definitely recommend to any Goth, Pagan, Witch and those of us who stand together in solidarity amidst an overwhelmingly ignorant world and society. Don't get me wrong here, I don't judge anyone, just saying."

Way too good to not have her considered a top-class voice. She could even match one of the top 5 singers on the top 10 list just by taking into consideration her talent.

39 Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge)
40 Anna Murphy

Listen to Cellar Darling and a few select songs by Eluveitie for reasons why Anna Murphy is on my top ten list of best singers ever. - CaptDeadeye

Anna is supernatural talent, she is voice engineer, sings 6 languages, uses 3 music instruments perfectly, & has all atmospheric voices... She is the best!

41 Lita Ford (Lita Ford, The Runaways) Lita Ford (Lita Ford, The Runaways) Lita 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.
42 Sabina Classen (Holy Moses)

The only girl in thrash, that says something...

43 Ji-In Cho (Krypteria)

Great singer, currently on hiatus but she'll be back with a vengeance!

Has good talent, best when toned down a bit

44 Nienke de Jong (Autumn)
45 Sandra Schleret
46 Morgan Lander (Kittie)

I've loved her voice since the 1st time I heard it! She can sing like an angel and growl like a beast. Always been a huge fan of Kittie!

47 Kuroneko (Onmyo-Za)
48 Alexandra Pittracher (Darkwell)
49 Cadaveria (Opera IX)
50 Sabine Dünser (Elis) R.I.P.
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1. Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist)
2. Simone Simons (Epica)
3. Floor Jansen (After Forever)
1. Heidi Parviainen (Amberian Dawn)
2. Lisa Johansson (Draconian)
3. Liv Kristine (Liv Kristine, Leaves' Eyes, Theatre of Tragedy)
1. Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation)
2. Tarja Turunen (Tarja, Nightwish)
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