Best Female Metal Singer

The Top Ten

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

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.

"As an 'old school' Nightwish fan (been listening since 2004) I definitely prefer Tarja. But Floor Jansen is nonetheless AWESOME! She has lungs if steel! Not to mention the simple fact that she is breathtakingly just beautiful! I admire her and wish her the best. This is actually the first time I have ever said anything about her, but there it is straight up about her if you ask me. Furthermore, I believe that Everdream with her singing is truly a masterpiece of both singing and musicianship the likes of which is seldom seen or heard! Good luck Floor and good fortune! "

Pretty sure there isn't anything she can't sing. You want metal, she's got it. You want hard rock, check. You want folk, she can do that. How about some Pergolesi? Not a problem. Oh, you want growling? Yeah, she's got that covered, too. Her stage presence is fierce and commanding, off stage she's so sweet. The universe gave this woman a metal soul and I'm grateful for that. Too bad she's wasting away in Nightwish.

Floor is the most versatile singer on the planet!
Her voice and breath control is beyond compare!

2 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. ...read more.

"Tarja Turunen IS NIGHTWISH... Seriously, I mean I don't even understand how she could ever have been kicked out of this band! That's just outrageous! Look, first of all I am an old school Nightwish fan, I grew up with her, but nonetheless they lost a truly awesome voice here with that. That being said, I can barely express my feelings for her...She IS NIGHTWISH, and as far as I am concerned, she is my Queen! I LOVE YOU TARJA! FOREVER! "

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

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

Her albums are so wonderful and inspiring... Nightwish had the greatest time with Tarja and you can see that, that energy and love they created between each other... Especially on "From Wishes To Eternity". The best singer ever! I am so glad I've seen her live. So beautiful and passionate! I have to mention "Oasis" as maybe her most passionate song...

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

VOICE OF AN ANGEL AND A DEMON AT THE SAME TIME... AND ALL THAT WITHOUT ANY MUSIC CLASSES; JUST PURE NATURAL TALENT! NOT LIKE SOME-SO CALLED SINGERS- WHO NEED CLASSES ALL THE TIME, AND SOUND THOUSAND TIMES WORSE! AND YOU KNOW WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE TECHNIQUE doesn't MATTER-ONLY HEART AND SOUL. YOU HAVE TO FEEL THE SONG, NOT JUST TO TAKE STUPID CLASSES, AND THINK THAT YOU ARE PRINCESS OR SOMETHING! NOT TO MENTION THAT SHE IS WRITING SONGS AND MUSIC FROM THE BEGINNING, TAKING CARE ABOUT SCENERY, COSTUMES, NEVER COMPLAINING ABOUT TRAVELING AND TOURING ANT by the way-HAVING THREE KIDS BESIDES EVERYTHING! SHE IS A DRAGON NOT A WOMAN! AND SHE IS SO UNDERRATED!

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!

Sharon is:
-one of the first and the best female vocals in metal music
-pioneer of the Gothic/symphonic metal
-role model for all other female frontwomen who started to dress like her (tarja)
-writer of all songs from the first album
-naturally talented without music school and singing classes
-some of them are just beautiful, some are just talented, but SHARON HAS IT ALL...!

Some days ago I was on their concert for the first time (traveled to Romania). It was amazing. Long setlist. Her voice is still very touching and unique. I am in love with her blue dress face-painted self from Mother Earth tour. So much emotions. I really like the old stuff of the band, but man I love to hear everything she sings live... And that concert was a dream come true. And now 15 days after this Nightwish comes to us in Bulgaria for the first time with Floor Jansen. What a month.

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

She writes awesome songs, her voice and stage presence are amazing and her headbanging is on point. Also, the band is obviously having a great time together when they perform. They all love what they're doing. They've never done a bad album.

She is not as powerful as Floor vocally but the emotion, beauty and technical ability in her voice is astounding. Definitely the best.

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.

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

5 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.

She is not called the Queen for nothing. This young woman commands a stage and an audience like few others - even decades older. And is still only just 22

Her straight singing voice is stinging in my heart.
And her unit BABYMETAL is the only unit that offers us a happy rock.

A singer close to my heart. She is a very talented and humble person that deserves to be on the top step.

She has a powerful and melodic voice that combines and contrasts very well with metal music

6 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.

Total badass. Her growls are brutal and her cleans are excellent. She writes really good songs, too. Alissa was great with The Agonist but horribly underused in Arch Enemy. Why get someone with a voice like that if all you want is half of what she can do?

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

7 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.

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

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

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

Dark Sarah is my favorite band forever

8 Charlotte Wessels (Delain) Johanna Charlotte Wessels is a Dutch singer-songwriter who was born in Zwolle, Netherlands. She is best known as the lead vocalist for the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. She is also in the symphonic rock musical group called Phantasma.

When a singer delivers you a full load of emotions in a quantity more than you can handle, when a singer steps on the lines of the songwriting and launch previous worldwide successful songs in new indescribably heights, when a singer makes you cry when you listen to songs that are not supposed to be soft and sensitive ballads but powerful metal creations, when the fans totally break down just with just a move of the eyes or a tiny facial expression of the singer or get lost with a small dance on the stage then you know that this is the best singer in the world for you!

Oh, I love her so much. Recently found out she can growl! Already knew she qualified as a sonic weapon with that powerful voice, but add in song writing and growling, apparently her impressiveness knows no bounds.

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

9 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 SHOULD BE THE FIRST! SHE IS THE TRUE QUEEN OF FEMALE FRONTED METAL BANDS- BECAUSE SHE IS THE PIONEER OF IT!

A LOT OF OTHERS ARE JUST PATHETIC COPYCATS AND "WANNA BE DANGEROUS CHICK" BITCHES! THEY ARE NOT IN A METAL WORLD BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT, BUT BECAUSE THEY SMELL THAT IT BRINGS MONEY AND FAME; LIKE TARJA TURUNEN (SHE don't LISTEN TO METAL, SHE don't HAVE A METAL VOICE, SHE don't DRESS LIKE LIKE METALHEAD - BUT SHE IS CONSTANTLY PUTTING HER ASS INTO THAT WORLD TO GRAB SOME MONEY FROM IT! )
DORO FOREVER!

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

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. ...read 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!

The Contenders

11 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.

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!

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

The most touching voice in metal

The warmest sweetest voice.

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

Anneke is Number 1 no matter what she is the one who started and the rest followed...

Best female singer ever. There is incredible resonance, pitch, tone and power in her voice. Her singing on "Travel" can makes crying everyone.

Saw the Gathering on Pinkpop mid nineties. And nothing has been able to top the mood, the charm

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

15 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...

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

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!

"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 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.

17 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!

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.

Amazing voice... listen to Lithium

18 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

19 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.

Her growling was brutal. She was one of the best, too bad she retired. Though the new Amaranthe song she guested on shows she hasn't lost it.

By far the best she growls better than many men

The power of her voice has not equal

The best female vocal fry

20 Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)

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!

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

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.

Hottest women on this list

21 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.

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?

Her pure powerful voice mixed with the roughness of the rest of the band touches my soul.

22 Noora Louhimo

Her voice is pure power! To me Noora is the best female METAL singer out there! Just listen to "Kingdom" "Black Ninja" or "Out of Control" the list goes on and on. She has such an unique timber and the edginess of her voice just has blown me away, she can also pull off jazzy and pop mellow vocals which shows her versatility is outstanding.

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

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

Researched at least all top 20 on this list.

I vote for Noora.

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

23 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.

24 Tatiana Shmaylyuk (Jinjer)

I mean, Tarja, Simone and Floor are all great, but Tatiana has a very unique clean singing voice and her extreme vocals are unbeliveabley heavy and brutal. In my opinion one of the best metal vocalist period.

The hardest part of describing her vocal skills is reassembling one's mind after her incredible transitions. Add undeniable style and the depth of intelligence to her writing and she is one of the greatest metal vocalists ever. In fact, Tatiana puts the very existence of gendered lists like this one in question. In a male-dominated genre, it's so easy to resort to looks when considering the women. Tati is so good a musician that while taking in a Jinjer set you honestly forget you think she may be the hottest being to walk the Earth since Aphrodite left the clam shell.

Her vocal range is something to really appreciate. Definitely should be in the top 10

She should be a lot higher her talent far exceeds most on the list

25 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.

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