Best Female Rock Singers of All Time

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

Amy lee is 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!

I get it when others say that she's not the best female singer but the whole concept of 'best' when it can only be subjective, will be kicked around forever. To many of us she has a unique combination of vocal qualities that are highly appealing. She is blessed with a very pleasing singing voice that has wide range, is very expressive sometimes very subtly, and the emotion always breaks through, consistent on every performance. Her vocals have become refined over the years. I found Fallen to be a great album but when I listen to later Amy Lee output, in comparison, her voice then seemed hesitant, safe, thin in spots, and uneven. Listening to her today, she is powerful, willing to take risks, and not afraid to challenge herself on the low and high ends of the scale. What impresses me most is her abject consistency and never fading consistent emotional delivery in her live performances. Her last foray into a classical feel, Synthesis, I respect for putting it all out there and doing so ...more

Not only she has the most beautiful voice I've ever heard, also she's the one who brought female fronted rock bands to live again. I know there are many female fronted rock and metal bands nowadays older than Evanescence, but even though they had a small success, it was until Bring me to Life of Evanescence rocked every chart in the world that people got interested in female fronted rock bands, so even though Nightwish and Within Temptation, for instance, had success in the past, they got more famous when more people listened to Evanescence and were eager to listen to more similar bands... so she's the pioneer of the currently female rock, therefore, she deserves to be the queen of rock of this generation.

I don't know enough words as to describe the incredible artist Amy Lee is. She is passionate about her music, her work, and pretty much anything and everything she does. She's a perfectionist, but also knows how to let go. She's original, everything from her lyrics, her notes, HELL, even her clothing and the sound of her tunes whether in the band (Evanescence) or any music she composes on her own for any general purpose. There are many great female rock artists that are very talented as well, but in my opinion, none more talented and driven like her. Amy Lee's got it all, and more!

2 Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

Ann is a distant FIRST on this list. She is in a league by herself and no one is even close when it comes to rock for a female vocalist. Ann has the absolute full package - range, power, soulfulness, sultriness, pitch-perfect in live performances, you name it. Just listen to the outro on "Never" and look up "Nobody Home" on Youtube - Live in Iowa 1986. Anyone who can't see Ann as #1 needs his/her ears and emotions checked!

No question she is the greatest female rocker. She just never quits! If you have not heard her live performance of Stairway to Heaven at the Kennedy Center, you have no idea how timeless and perfect she is. What a voice! What a performer!

On record she's great, but in a live performance no one comes close to Ann Wilson. I say that because most vocalists don't sound as good live (especially in challenging passages) as they do on record. Most recorded tracks are 'sweetened' up to correct pitch issues and to digitally construct a song from start to finish. However, with Ms. Wilson her voice is even better live than it is on record because she lets loose far more often than on a controlled recording. Her pitch is impeccable and she can go from tender, quiet folk to raging metal with (seeming) ease. She is one of the few vocalists that can sing all of her hits in the same key today as when they were written.

There may be other bands with songs I prefer, but when it comes to pure technical skill as a vocalist no one is better than Ann Wilson.

Ann Wilson rightfully belongs in first place on this list. Her songs have stood the test of time. She brought an assertiveness and vulnerability that are unmatched among female rock singers (and many male rock singers). Back in the day, females were largely relegated to variations on the themes of "Johnny Angel" and "I Will Follow Him." Ann Wilson came along and sang "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," and "Barracuda." She can take or leave you. On her own terms.

3 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.

The Godmother of Punk! She is the reason woman have an accepted place in rock and roll, and more than that, she changed the genre. She still sound just as good today as she always has. Look up her sining "Smells Like Teen Spirit" along side Nirvana and tell me she doesn't deserve to be number 1

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!

4 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.

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.

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.

Beautiful, unique voice that not even a computer could imitate shows how powerful and prominent a woman she feels the need to be in her music, pours out her emotions symbol of feminine power. Music is so magical it can suck the air out of a room. Gives me Chills! FANTASTICALLY AWESOME

While her voice is not that crystal clear and powerful thing that an Ann Wilson or like possesses, it is truly one of the most unique, moving and recognizable in pop music history. Then there's the writing, the songs. And the style, the vibe. All together, she is the Queen of Rock. An incredible original who quite arguably has influenced more female musicians than the rest of this list combined.

5 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.

OK, generally not a fan of female singers, although, there's a number on this list that are the exceptions - Benatar, Jett, Wilson, Joplin (now imagine they were all rolled into one phenomenal performer...). This lady eclipses all of them, and the fellas too. Mind blowing, gut wrenching talent and in your face attitude tempered with a humility and love of her fans. So much integrity. Just the best singer out there. How are Halestorm not more famous? Is nobody paying attention? The best I've heard in many decades of serious rock and roll research. Complete package. Can do anything. Listen to Halestorm, then just search for all the covers, guest appearances, acoustic versions. There is nothing "average" in any of it. Long time Led Zep fan- her covers just give you chills. Imagine Guns and Roses if Axl could sing? (I love Guns N' Roses) Listen to her doing their songs. Just open your mind, open your ears, and celebrate the new Queen of Rock and Roll.

There are some rockers on here that are better fit for the "best female rock singers of ALL TIME," but Lzzy Hale is a great current hard rock singer, and definitely my favorite. She will be one of the "best of ALL Time" eventually, but she hasn't been around that long yet. She's got great talent and if you love listening to great guitar and drums then her band is the way to go. I love the legends like Pat Benatar and Joan Jett, but don't forget to support the current rockers, they're a dying breed!

6 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.

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.

Technique, skill, mastery- all of that is very well, but for me the most powerful part of an artist's voice is the ability to reach into your soul and move the earth. It is not a quality that can be measured or defined-it just is. This woman had it in spades.

Everyone to their own opinion and all but I do not understand how Janis is not at least second. Amy Lee may be techniqually brilliant but she will never have the raw emotion and power that Janis had. Janis Joplins voice is powerful enough to give many of the men in rock a run for their money!

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

I rediscovered her music after many years and realize in retrospect that her magnificent singing and her husband's fabulous guitar licks weathered time better than any other women led vocal rock group and shine like a bright diamond to this day. I like her better than when I was younger. Like fine wine her music took time to age on the vine of time. Pat Benatar's singing has such a dynamic mix of beauty and attack with a wide vocal and dynamic range, excellent emotional resonance, fantastic sustained and vibratto, and power and strength contrasted with feminine sensitivity and vulnerability. The opera training gives her a dramatic flair and marvelous technique.

Pat Benatar at #6 is a travesty! She is #1 without a doubt! Look through her list of songs. So many amazing songs, great range, personality and attitude. Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Ann Wilson are okay, but definitely don't belong above Pat unless this is Bizarro World! I would put Stevie Nicks about equal with Pat Benatar. Amy Lee is great too, but not nearly as versatile as Pat...maybe #3 behind Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks.

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!

Pat Benatar is sick she be number one! Come on she nows what rock and roll really is like who does not like the song hit me with your best shot like that is the best sing ever! Is it just me or does her voice never change or crack and is perfectly on key each time after she sings really loud is that just me?!?! So what I'm try to say is that she has to be in the top come people do you listen too music!

8 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.

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!

Judging by talent, musical knowledge, the range of her voice, appearance, performance, artistry... she deserves to be number 1 more than anyone on this list. She creates her music, adapts amazingly, have a unique voice color unlike Evanescence Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil who all sound almost the same to me - no offense people - she DOES stand out in many ways. And the way she performs makes me cry. She is more than x number of chicks out there who are famous due to the advertising and growing trend of how to seduce audience with the *sparkly* voice and hot appearance. She is one among the rarest who can make me to type such words of admiration and respect. True musician and an amazing artist. Bravo!

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!

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.

9 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.

While in the US this woman might be more known for her R'n'B signature tune What's love got to do with it, this woman is arguably THE rock 'n' roll icon in the remaining world. With her energetic stage presence, even into her 60's, and her iconic rock songs, covers and collaborations, Tina Turner has ultimately been the first lady of rock'n'roll for decades and remains simply the best in her field.

Tina Turner is only 18?! You people put these new singers in front of the Goddess?! This list is far from legit and was probably created by a broad under the age of 21 who wears hello kitty attire with black and considers herself punk smh

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

Give me a break. This unique powerhouse entertainer, human being for that matter, reigns supreme as the Queen #1 of this weird list. Unquestionably #1. Legend.

10 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.

"I'm so sick", how she goes from calm vocals to screaming, seemingly effortless.. I get goosebumps every time. Lacey along with Tarja Turunen should be splitting number 1 easily.

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.

Her acoustic songs are really free and really don't sound like any other female singer. She has tone in her voice that makes you listen. Flyleaf will always rock with or without Lacey!

Amazing vocals. The only reason she isn't higher on this list, is because Flyleaf is a Christian band that most mainstream rock fans have probably never even heard of.

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11 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.

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.

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

Never was a big fan sure don't hear anything good from her nowadays

What is she even doing on front page with only five comments!

12 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.

Awesome power in her voice, listen to Touch Of Evil if you need convincing! Plus she's gorgeous as well!

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

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

With that type of music? It's hard to tell what she's trying to sing.

13 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!.

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!

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.

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.

14 Meghan Krauss

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!

Meghan has the best voice that I have heard in a long time. I love her voice. She has an amazing talent that came naturally for her. I have had a great opportunity to hang out with her and my daughter adores her. She has inspired my daughter to want to be a singer. She not only has a great talent vocally. She is also a great person inside and out. She loves what she does and she loves making others happy. I loved listening to her when she was playing for Hyjinx and I love listening to her now as well in the band Maragold. Speaking about Maragold. Check out the cd Evergreen is Golder by Maragold (Meghan Krauss' band). I enjoy listening to every song.

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.

I never thought that I would ever be privy to a female vocalist that could perform as well, sometimes better (intentionally planned) than Greg Howe himself. She can play well with the best in the indie music field, and that's quite an accomplishment. In all honesty, she has an unfair advantage - she gets to work/evolve with three of the best studio musicians in the world. Honestly speaking, I think that she's being slighted by not placed as the top female vocalist.

15 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.

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

Avril lavigne was, is and will b THE most popular singer forever. I still remembr when she ruled our entire school with her songs, smile, punk style... Etc. Her craze, charm, charisma was just everywhere to d large extent. I've barely seen a house without posters of hers in my country. Back in high school MJ n Avril were d only two great intrnationl singers whom I knew n listend to n it's still d same. Her songs/music r just perfect. And I'm really happy to say that she does ROCK d world like before till today. I LOVE Avril forever ever ever..

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.

Her voice isn't that great. Her songs aren't that great. There should be a list of top ten performers, though; she's good at performing and has a fair chance of topping such a list. Also if it was a "most good-looking" list, she's very appealing to look at and would stand a chance.

16 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.

Debbie Harry smokes all the competition. I mean, really? Siouxsie Sioux? Pat Benatar? Hayley Williams? Tarja Turunen? Pink? Avril Lavigne? None of these women hold a candle to Debbie Harry. Sexy, sassy, super-smart, charismatic, cool… She was an icon. She RULED the late 70's and early 80's. She was at the top of her game when her man (Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein) was struck down with a rare disease. She put everything on hold, folded the band, so that she could stay by his side and care for him when he needed her most.

Not sure what the voters are thinking when they fail to mention Debbie as one of the best female performers. She paved the way for many. She was rocking with the best of them back in the CBGB days. Iconic to the hilt. The voice, the style, the looks, she had it all. Oh yeah not to mention topping the charts 4 times with a rap song, a dance song a reggae"ish" song and a movie theme song that ranked #1 for the year. Top 5 for sure!

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!

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

I have a lot of her songs and I can't believe how strong she is or how far she has come. when she started singing it was rebellious or sad songs about her childhood now its more about love for her family.

Range, diction, soul and raw power - within her genre there are few that can compare!

Plus, she flies on a harness out to the cheap seats to wave to her fans. EPIC!

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

Rough power - outstanding in pop mainstream - soul & brain instead just look - a range to beg for.

18 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.

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 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.

She has the best voice, even Luciano Pavarotti chose her for singing the Ave Maria in a Dual Concert, She should be number one.

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

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.

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

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

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

She is amazing man? Just listen to her songs you'll understand!

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

21 Kimberly Freeman

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

One helluva fun concert! She has pipes!

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

'You don't simply like Sharon den Adel... You worship her! '
As others have posted, she is not a singer, she is a goddess. Her range is outstanding and she can deliver the most beautiful and haunting rendition followed by a raunchy or powerful rock song, each with consumate ease. Her voice is possibly the only thing in music that transcends her physical beauty and if this vote was for the most beautiful woman, she would also get my vote. She is also total class and takes the time for fans in a way that is so rare with other 'so-called' stars.
She is our goddess and we are not worthy.

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.

23 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.

Floor Jansen is an amazing vocalist. For stunning opera vocals listen to Monolith of Doubt, where she holds an A5 note for 10 whole seconds at the end. For growls, Wild Card or Yours Is an Empty Hope by Nightwish. For everything in between After Forever, Revamp and Endless Forms Most Beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing Floor Jansen live last year with Nightwish and Ghost Love Score has has been the fans' standard on measuring the ability of the band's vocalists, and oh my god. I saw the DVD version of Floor singing Ghost Love Score on Showtime, Storytime and I was impressed, but that's nothing compared to seeing and hearing it live and in person. I think tears welled up in my eyes and I finally understood the meaning for FLOORGASM.

Oh really? 1% in my opinion Floor Jansen one of the Best and beauty singer I've seen she's the only that revive Nightwish and put the band as high as we can see you know when Tarja leaves Nightwish things wasn't the same with anette until Floor came and revive the metal spirit of Nightwish fans spirit my spirit you can feel the change only watching WACKEN OPEN AIR 2013 what a wonderful concert Floor has a unique style, an amazing voice with a beautiful personality and She deserves more so much more.
Well I can't say you to vote for Floor but If you listen to her singing you shuld know she's not an ordinary singer.

She has evolved a lot throughout the years From After Forever and Revamp till now, has a very strong but in touch with her feminine side on stage appearence and can nail every vocal challenge you throw in her way with remarkable vocals ranging from high notes and octaves to bass,rock voice and growling. She's my all-time-favourite singer (despite the fact that Epica is my favourite band).

24 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.

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

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.

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

Peej is the queen. Almost everyone else on this list isn't fit to stand in her shadow.

Should be in the top 5! just a poetic and amazing musician.

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