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!

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!

If people didn't only vote for the singer they like the most Amy Lee would definitely be on the top1. Her voice is probably the best you can hear nowadays on the rock industry!

There's no better artist out there in my opinion. Love her. - DCfnaf

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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.

How is Ann not #1. Most powerful voice of any rock era. Only Stevie Nicks is as good.

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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

Joan Jett is probably the best female rocker but she owes it to the true pioneer of female rock and rollers: Suzi Quatro. Suzi was there before Joan, Pat, Ann, Stevie, Deborah Harry, Lita Ford and others, playing her big bass guitar and belting out rock as good as men. Joan sites Suzi as a major influence. Suzi is the queen and pioneer of women in rock and roll.

Rock me Joan Jett all night long. She is one of the most extremely hot and a very classy female artist of all time. I seen her in concert several times and would love to see her again. For now I'll guess I'll put another dime in the juke box baby. Rock on Joan Jett!

She is so inspirational

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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.

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.

How many female rockers has Stevie Nicks not influenced? She was so beautiful that every girl wanted to look like her and every guy just wanted to look at her. Who couldn't help but notice the unique and beautiful tone to her voice? Some of her live performances are up there with best live moments of all time. What I love is that she just rocked and let the music overtake her. There was no attention to if she looked beautiful or ethereal when she just got into it. No lip dubbing ever. And while this has nothing to do with her actual singing, her songwriting skills are also superb.

Stevie Nicks is coming to see you and Mom at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces New Mexico and you got laryngitis and ever since then I've been kicking myself because I'd like to see you but you can't hear Little Rock Arkansas but they didn't have the money to come see you I wish you could come back sometime when I have money because I'm on a low income I lost my mom in 2011 don't have any money backing me up anymore but I'm on a fixed income and everything so you get a chance to come back give me a call my phone numbers 501-240-4197

Stevie Nicks talent and beauty! Red Rocks Colorado. " I was blessed "🙏

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5 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.

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

Janis made it possible for all other females to even attempt to enter the rock world! Remember it wasn't easy back then as female artists were kind of pushed aside... But there was no pushing Janis back, she was so very comfortable singing and performing, SHE was herself and always courageous!

None of these rockers were in the same league as Janis Joplin. She was a talent through and through. If you are talking about rock Janis rules. If you are talking about pop these other musicians were great. In terms of best female rocker Janis was in a class of her own.

Again, HOW IS AMY LEE HIGHER THAN JANIS JOPLIN?

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6 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.

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!

I just saw her at the Bohemian nights festival in Fort Collins. She blew me away again, she is the best Female Rock singer of all time bar none. I had tears in my eyes for most of the hour and a half show, Really. Words are hard to come by to describe how good she and ( my new favorite guitar player ) Neil Giraldo are together.

Everyone knows she should ne No. 1. Come on. Amy Lee? Seriously? Obviously her fan base got hold of this site. She belongs no where near the Top 20.

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7 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.

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.

Best female Rock Singer, an impossible call if you ask me but, Lzzy is my favorite.

One of the reasons why this can’t be simply determined is that rock itself is a strange beast. You do not need to be a great vocalist to be a great rock singer ex: Mick Jagger… and yet great vocalists are not necessarily good at signing rock ex: Celine Dion signing you shook me all night long (nothing short of scary). So I based my choice on someone that does both extremely well.

This being said, I believe that Lzzy embodies the above title better than the rest:

1) Her voice is made for rock; controlled raspiness, allot of power + she can roar better than most men.

2) She can actually sing, meaning she has quite an impressive range and her voice stays true live.

3) She show allot of diversity, she can take on different signing genre/styles and make it seem effortless.

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8 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.

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.

I was going to cast my vote for Ann Wilson, who I feel should be #1 on this list but once I saw someone as talented as Tarja on this list behind Joan Jett and Janis Joplin, I felt my vote was better placed here. Don't get me wrong. I like both Janis and Joan, but there is no way in hell either of them is a more talented singer than Tarja.

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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.

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.

Her voice is amazing and so is her dancing skills! - JESUSISKING

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10 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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11 Lacey Sturm Lacey Sturm

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.

Her voice has so much power and such impact. Not only that but she puts so much feeling into it when she sings, its almost like the music takes control of her.

My favorit Female singer. She can project and make you feel her feeilings with her voice.

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12 Doro Pesch Doro Pesch Doro Pesch is a German hard rock singer that started her career in native DĂĽsseldorf 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!

Metal a Queen regins

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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.

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!

Sharon is without a shadow of a doubt the most breathtaking singer in symphonic metal, her voice is like silk on the soul, I've had the pleasure of seeing the band before on the Hydra tour and I was absolutely blown away, she's also the most incredibly beautiful woman I have ever seen, I don't thing Within Temptation fans around the world need a vote to decide who's number 1.

Sharon's voice is puts chills up my spine. She has no equal. I agree that the reason she is not ranked higher is because Within Temptation are not that well known outside of Continental Europe.

Heavenly voice and an absolutely gorgeous Lady

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14 Taylor Momsen Taylor Momsen

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.

If you’re going for vocals, Taylor may not be the most impressive but, she and the Pretty Reckless have a great sense of music, rhythm & melody that can be reminiscent of the Rolling the Stones composition wise with a much heavier sound. They are one of the very few newer rock bands that still have a clue to what they are doing and where they are going.

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15 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!

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

Fearless funny strong stylish unique vocals all that comes in one point a mama finally best live performances you can see ever

This girl's pop. - chevygolderado

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16 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!

ARE YOU NUTZ!?

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17 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 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.

Come on.. She's way too good not be top 5. Not just an extremely talented vocalist, but an amazing performer

Hayley william is the best

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18 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.

Cristina is amazing! The best!

Beautiful voice, beautiful woman!

The only reason I started listening to the genre.

My favourite person in the female rock/metal world(and also my all-time female crush)! She is true,original,sincere,she definitely stands her ground and knocks her hatters out with an non-offensive way. She is not afraid to 'crumple her image' and show her geeky/nerdy/goofy side. She's not your average, stereotypical rocker girl as she is in touch with her sexy,feminine, but also with her strong,wild,bold side. Her stage appearence is soulful,powerful and her voice is strong and intense. She is a skillful songwriter and a very good singer. Love her both in the 'Reverie' and 'Broken Crown Halo' era. I'd love to meet her in person one day!

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19 Kimberly Freeman

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

One helluva fun concert! She has pipes!

20 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.

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

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

Debbie s at #20? R u joking me.

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