Best Female Rock Singers of All Time

The Top Ten

1 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.

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!

Don't get me wrong, I love evanescence, and fallen is one of my personal favorite albums of all time, but Amy isn't the best female rock vocalist of all time.

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!

Best female voice ever heard

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2 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

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.

Any list on this subject that doesn't have Ann Wilson and Linda Ronstadt in a tie for first is irrelevant - This is rock singing only - NOT songwriting, folk singing, soul, Motown, blues, blues-rock or anything else. You can also give these two queens best-looking, sex appeal and charisma in their prime. There are many other utterly fantastic female singers, that I absolutely love - but they all come after these two.

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3 Joan Jett Joan Jett Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".

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

Best rock singer ever

She's awesome! I love her voice and all her songs. She should be number one.

The best in the world the best of all times any her song is a masterpiece I love this woman every day she play for me at home tanks joan

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4 Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

No one compares to Stevie Nicks. She is not only one of the most successful female rock singers but also an amazing songwriter whose talents have withstood the test of time. In her early years she was both innocence and ethereal goddess whose seemed part of an other worldly realm. Mysterious and beautiful beyond compare.

She may be beautiful physically but she doesn't have a beautiful voice.

She is in Fleetwood Mac.

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.

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5 Tarja Turunen Tarja Turunen 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.

If some people just listened to each of the vocalists, Tarja would be the #1. Never stopped studying classical music and has created her own way of singing, that is a mix of popular and erudite. If people do not vote for the more famous, instead of the vocal ability, Tarja would be the #1. Rarely miss a note, but you cannot say the same for Amy Lee, and can reach extremely high notes with no difficulties. She has also developed a way of singing very low notes, what is really tough to a soprano like her. Just listen to her singing Phantom Of The Opera with Nightwish on the DVD End Of An Era.

Tarja isn't just a common classically-trained soprano; she's the most perfectionist, workaholic and passionate artist of her generation, giving her powerful voice to many genres including metal, classical music, electronic, folk and many more, besides singing in several languages, creating an unique style of singing that influenced many female singers. 2 decades of experience, she's one of the most charismatic and beloved artists in rock. Her live performance is almost legendary. She has one of the most beautiful tone in the world, she's humble and not afraid of experimenting, has been touring extensively and successfully with her solo career. She deserves the top of this list!

I believe that there are many singers who have beautiful voices and create beautiful music that makes the world a better place. But only Tarja copes PERFECTLY both with classical and rock repertoire. From the first moment you can hear that she CAN sing (in comparison with some so called "artists" who only think that they can sing). If you listen for a longer while you can notice that not only has she a beautiful timbre, but also she controls her voice professionally. And that's because she IS a professional! Some of you may know her from Nightwish, but now her voice is even better! Her voice sill evolves and becomes better and better. I don't know any other female singer with such vocal range and who would use all that range so easily!

When Nightwish brought their first international album "Oceanborn" ("Angels Fall First" was technically their first but had a more restricted sale), they seeded a genre that marked metal history forever with a major milestone, setting the genre of Symphonic Metal. Tarja brought a seasoned and professional soprano voice to the metal, blending beautifully the bold of bass shreds with the beautiful lyrical voice, a technique that has been refined by other bands such as Epica, Within Temptation and others by coupling male growls with soprano female voices, a technique nicely nicknamed as the "beauty and the beast".
For the first time I heard Tarja, I finally had a piece of mind in my schizophrenic music taste, as I both like classical music and metal. Everyone said these two genres were two different to blend. Tarja and Nightwish nailed it down so perfectly.

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6 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.

Kind good hearted and good voice

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.

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.

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.

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7 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

She was unabashedly visceral and completely unrestrained. She emoted through her voice with a passion and style uniquely her own. I like the way the songs would build up to an orgasmic like climax.

Joplin and Grace Slink deserve to be in the top five not lower or not there at all.. joplin had a better voice than Benatar, I don't know who some of these other singers are, Adele and others could not sing like Joplin.

Clearly the queen of live performing and amazing in all aspects. She could sing her tail off and will only be idolized.

She was in a class by herself. She sang in a raw, powerful and inspirational manner. She is missed every day!

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8 Pat Benatar Pat Benatar Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award winner.

Been going to see her since 1980 and her voice is still above all!

Her range and strength make her the best

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!

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9 Tina Turner Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

I ADORE her solo "Simply The Best" as well as her duet version with Australian rocker, Jimmy Barnes... totally FABULOUS!

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.

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10 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.

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 very versatile and fun! she has the best live vocals I've heard in female artists so far. Not to mention she loves every member of her band and takes time to really interact with their fans. God I love her.

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.

Best singer ever!

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The Contenders

11 Lacey Sturm Lacey Sturm Lacey Nicole Sturm is an American singer and songwriter from Homestead, Florida, raised in Arlington, Texas. She is co-founder and former lead vocalist of the hard rock band Flyleaf.

She is the best way better than any one else out there. She's my inspiration. - Emofag

The best my inspiration. - Emofag

Her voice is just... Amazing. So passionate, so powerful, so penetrating. She can sing the same song in different ways, either softly or with great intensity (look at her singing "All around me" in album & acoustic versions). I listened a lot of times old Flyleaf albums but Lacey's voice in some songs is still breathtaking to me.

I was hooked when I heard "all around me" her vocals are quite different from anything I've heard; very rustic and addictive.

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12 Lita Ford Lita Ford 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.

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

Some of the great rock singers haven't had the best voices but they know how to sing rock n roll, some singers with a good voice don't know how to sing rock music, lita dose! She's top ten easy.

Never heard her rock anywhere.. Much less sing!

She should be in the top ten!

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13 Sharon den Adel Sharon den Adel Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. ...read more.

Voice of an angel. Period. - Userguy44

Sharon or Annie Wilson. Nobody else.

Sharon is the best!

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!

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14 Doro Pesch Doro Pesch 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.

Germany's queen of metal for over 25 years. Still going strong and kicking butt.

The best female singer of all time, her voice is awesome and powerful, she really kicks ass!

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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15 Floor Jansen Floor Jansen Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

The true force of nature, Floor Jansen started working in symphonic metal very young but only got the bigger exposure after joining Nightwish (right in the middle of the tour as well, with a 2 days warning). Blessed with a crystal clear voice and massive range, she is the most powerful AND the most versatile singer in her style, easily being in contention for both titles in all of non-classical music as well: from operatics to growls, she excels at everything. A charismatic and lovable front lady, she did the nearly impossible and reunified the war-thorn Nightwish fanbase, mastering the songs of her predecessors right away and never looking back.

Most versatile singer in the world. She perfects every style she attempts. Amazing singer. She also has a wonderful stage presence and is a skilled songwriter.

NUMBER 1. No arguments!

Amy lee above Floor... I don't think so.

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16 Taylor Momsen Taylor Momsen Taylor Michel Momsen is an American musician, singer, model, and former actress. She is known for portraying the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl and Cindy Lou Who in the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

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!

One of the few actual rock singers on this list, still very young and praised by Amy Lee for having such a good voice. This girl is going to be way closer to the top of these lists by the time she is done. It also helps that The Pretty Reckless are an incredible band any ways.

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.

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17 Meghan 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!

The first time I heard Meghan Krauss I found myself in a bit of a trance...after picking my jaw up off of the flOOr. This young lady has it ALL...gOOd (make that GREAT) lOOks, presence and a voice that is second to none. In a word, Meghan is AWESOME! (A word, mind you, that I rarely use due to the fact that its overuse, to me, tends to dilute its meaning.) Actually, now that I think about it, once you hear / see young lady, you may agree..."AWESOME" may just fall short in describing this SUPER-talented entertainer. Do yourself a favor...and check her out!

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18 Deborah Harry Deborah Harry Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie.

She was certainly better than Joan Jett whos only big hit "I love Rock n Roll" was just one of those songs you were supposed to like, you listen to it for years and it kind of grinds in your head until one day it just comes to you that it really is a horrible cheesy song. Listen to Blondie's "Eat to the Beat" album. You will realize that Deborah should be in the top ten.

Debbie Harry, the front woman of Blondie, paved the path that Madonna walked. Should be #1

She has and had so much charisma and also a great sense of humour and wit. Songs were brilliant and their first four albums are classics this tiny beautiful woman with the huge cheek bones and outlandishly beautiful mouth and eyes and then that hair that had dark roots. What an icon. 21 is too low! - ChatonNoir

What a hot punk"! - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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19 Jen Ledger Jen Ledger Jennifer "Jen" Carole Ledger is a English drummer mostly known for playing in the band and being the co-vocalist for Skillet since 2008 when Lori Peters decided to retire from the band. ...read more.

Jen Ledger really knows how to deliver beautiful vocals and epic drum playing skills!

Jen could start her own band!

Bloody great vocalist from the band skillet

Mad skills why is she not number 1

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20 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

Avril is great! She used to sing punk now she sings pop! Although I hate her new stuff, her old stuff will always be my favourite!

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.

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21 Maria Brink Maria Brink Maria Diane Brink is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the frontwoman of American metalcore band In This Moment.

Maria Brink is the best. Hands down. She can sing, scream, snarl... She does it all and does it well! All while being beautiful.

I looove Maria Brink! Her voice does things most girls can only dream of doing. She's got a snarl that sends chills down my spine. Not to mention she owns her looks and body in every way. She definitely deserves to be further up there in this list.

How is she not higher than Avril Lavigne? Maria can SCREAM. She is infinitely talented and should be up there with Lzzy Hale. - maarilynmaanson

I love Maria Brink's voice, she should definitely be higher up the list. She has an amazing voice

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22 Kimberly Freeman

Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll has a great voice, and is multi-talented. - Strikh

One helluva fun concert! She has pipes!

23 Dolores O'Riordan Dolores O'Riordan Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She was the vocalist for rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their break-up in 2003, later reuniting with her band in 2009, which she led until her death in 2018.

She has so much dimension in her vocals! It always gives me the chills to listen to her music. Dolores should automatically be number 1 in my opinion.

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.

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24 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

One of the Best Voices ever! A very Strong Woman with an even stronger Voice!

Pink's more of a pop singer than a rock singer. - DericWilsonMahil

SHE DOESN'T SING MUSIC

I love the rawness in her songs.. She has a voice that is indefinable.. And awesome! And is so flexible and strong too!

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

Great voice. I definitely liked her pixie haircut more than her long hair.

The rage and anger to the softer lyrics she can sing are truly unique. I can't think of another singer were her range and versatility. Should be in the top 15 at least.

Great style and very moving, she can certainly tell a story

Definitely the queen of alternative rock

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

She's got more talent, edge and raw power than Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne combined.

Should be sittin' straight at NUMBER ONE.

She's awesome!

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.

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27 Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz 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 was the first to fill the unique gap between melody and gore without sounding like someone was stomping on cats.

28 Cristina Scabbia Cristina Scabbia 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.

Its simple, she is best!

Easily the best.

I wanted to vote Hayley but I am Italian, so I can't do that ahah. Cristina has got a very good voice, it's impossible not to vote for her

Cristina is amazing! The best!

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29 Skin

Skin is one of those inspirational singers. A powerhouse, breaking all sorts of barriers. Not to mention the most AMAZING stage presence I have ever seen! She literally walks on the crowd! It's a travesty she's so low on the list!

Cannot be touched. Simply the best voice of all time.

Phenomonial singer and performer. Powerhouse vocalist live. Although there are a lot of great singers on this list, none come close to her strong ROCK delivery!

Lead singer of Skunk Anansie. HUGE all over except here in the states. Killer pipes. Best female vocalist EVER

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30 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.

One of the sexiest, most badass chicks in music. Red hair, smeared makeup, short skirts, hell of a voice, and lyrics that could be either sad or frightening. What a woman... My favorite redhead ever.

Shirley's a Rock & Roll goddess. Sultry and menacing voice and presence, and one of the most honest and badass chicks in music.

She's the perfect rock frontwoman. She isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be herself. Her charisma alone surely contributes largely to Garbage's following. Listen to her stuff when she was still with her former band, Angelfish, and you'd be convinced that this woman has what it takes to front a band.

Even Garbage is not of my favorite, her voice is too melodic

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31 Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot sucked. The Mamas and the Papas would have been a lot better without Mama Cass Elliot because she was too fat and too round like the Sheriff of Nottingham.

She was horrible and her voice was so annoying.

How can Cass Elliot be 36th? She was not only the best single voice, she harmonized beautifully with the Mamas and Papas. She was the greatest female singer in rock history. 36 th? Who made this list?

All the rest are posers. Mama Cass had the most exceptional voice ever. Karen Carpenter was a solid number 2.

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32 Joan Baez Joan Baez Joan Chandos Baez is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice.

Purest voice ever,

One of the most distinctive voices ever, clear, strong, sweeping through the octaves. incomparable. very special phrasing.

her soprano turned into a rich alto with age.

33 Fiona Apple Fiona Apple

Simply amazing!

Saved my life
"paper bag" has all the range any singer would imagine at great and PEOPLE she wrote the song. they used to kick Jim Morrison off the stage when he used to want to just jam, they said, Make it a song finish, that's what I feel her albums are like. She gives me that idea and that power that she does just by being her.

Blues/rock/soul - amazing synthesis of multiple forms, and what a voice...

34 Chrissie Hynde

Have to be in the top 5.

The quintessential female rocker with a fabulous rock and roll voice. Hands down the best female rock and roller, with Grace Slick running a close second. (NOTE: Quite a few women on this list are NOT rock and roll singers. Pop, the Blues, Country are NOT rock 'n' roll! ) - LaLocaHSA

Number 31? You have to be smoking some really funky crack. This lady should be top five, maybe top three.

Her voice is really good and she can sing in different ways. The pretenders are one of the best rock bands and she along with her band is legendary.

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35 Christine 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.

Great singer!

Sultry,smart voice. Unique sounding.

36 Darby Mills (Headpins) Darby 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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38 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

Absolutely the most beautiful,soothing voice.

She sang more easy listening than rock but definitely should be in the top 5 or 10. Just an incredibly beautiful angelic voice.

Sad how we forget so soon-- listen to the voice! Karen's range, purity, and emotion makes her a top vocalist of any age.

For those who never saw and heard her in person, I can only feel sorry for them. She is hands down the best ever!

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39 Alannah Myles Alannah Myles Alannah 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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41 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and composer. She rose to fame alongside her older sister, singer Ann Wilson, as a guitarist and backing vocalist in the rock band Heart, which she joined in 1974.

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

I love a great vocalist, but one that can not only play their instrument but make it sing - that's special.

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!

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42 Patti Smith Patti Smith Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

So unique she needs a category of her own. Love Patti!

She is an amazingly good poet and a beautiful person with a unique voice.

She isn't in the top 10, you clearly know nothing about rock'n roll

Top ten here...

43 Miranda Lambert Miranda Lambert Miranda Leigh Lambert is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is best known as a solo artist, and is a member of the Pistol Annies.

Isn't Miranda Lambert country? Not rock? - Swellow

Sorry this is not a rock singer!

She's on the wrong Page!

Yeah remove the ugly country thingy from this list!

44 Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success.

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.

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

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

I have been watching my favorite singer,song writer and Musician since she has been on stage.Melissa Etheridge is my Super Hero.She puts on great shows with high energy and is the Queen of Rock.Love ya'' ME'' From Tammi.🌈

45 Courtney Love Courtney Love Courtney Michelle Love is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and visual artist. A notable figure in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s, Love's career has spanned four decades.

She killed Kurt Cobain - MetalPope

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.

No other frontwoman as brave as Courtney Love has ever been on stage. She's one of the most controversial rockstars in history the thing that makes her great music behind.

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

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46 Wendy O. Williams Wendy O. Williams Wendy Orlean Williams, better known as Wendy O. Williams, was an American singer, songwriter and actress.

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

47 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox

She should be at the top of the list

How could she not already be on the list?

No way should she be out of the top ten. She had more talent than most singers could ever hope for and her range was unlimited.

Deep powerful voice, backed up by emotional, gripping performances. She must be in the top 5.

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48 Grace Slick Grace Slick Grace Barnett Slick is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid–1960s.

The fact that Grace Slick is not in the top 10 shows the shallowness of music listeners today

This list is a joke, 99% of this list isn't in the same universe as grace

I stopped reading when I saw Geace wasn't in the too 10.

Grace should be near number 1 with Tina turner she rocked in the 60's and played Woodstock and Monterey pop with Jefferson airplane! Can't believe more people in UK haven't heard her.

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49 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.

Heavenly, otherworldly, unique, and addictive. Her voice is like no other. She should be number two.

She should be NUMBER ONE.

50 YVE (Yvonne Muentener)

Great voice from Switzerland. Very powerful, unique voice with an amazing range.

Amazing singer and songwriter, very authentic, so beautiful and charming. I love her style. The voice is the best I ever heard from a woman.

Beautiful voice, beautiful woman, beautiful smile, beautiful country where she's from. Stunning songs, funny and crazy lyrics. I love SUGAMICE!

YVE sings in a way that releases always this wow-effect. Also her songs are great and she is much more beautiful than you expect from a great singer. She got everything. The music is fantastic too. Cool band!

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