Best Female Rock Singers of All Time
The Top Ten
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!
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
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!
The most powerful singer of all time in my opinion. her music has helped me through so many lowlights of my life
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.
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.
Joan Jett, mm I beg to differ with her position on this top 10 ladder. AND where is SUZIE QUATTRO people of the top ten voters/makers, she surely deserves a place in the Top 10?
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
The Best! No other female artist can come close. That raspy voice and beauty is a deadly combination.
Whenever I'm feeling stressed, sad, or angry, I would listen to her songs and they take me away from those bad feelings.
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
Amazing voice and really knows how to kick ass. One of my favorite bands of all time!
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.
Absolutely amazing singer, both her and her husband Spyder (Neil) should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Iconic songs, iconic guitar rifts
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 is better than all of them and has been doing it longer that most of the others have been around.
PUT HER IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Why is she 22 she is my second best singer after whitney houston with over fifty years of rock shes better than ann wilson ten times better than stevie nicks!
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.
One of the best singers in general, incredibly powerful operatic vocals.
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.
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!
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Why isn't she in the top ten, there is something wrong with these people they don't vote for a voice that everybody has heard and loved!
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!
I honestly can not believe she is not in top three or four, but, I can not believe many other things as well...She was absolutely PERFECT, not only her looks, but her voice and groove is just amazing...
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.
I love Maria Brink's voice, she should definitely be higher up the list. She has an amazing voice
One of the Best Voices ever! A very Strong Woman with an even stronger Voice!
Pop singer not a rock singer. Big difference!
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
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.
Great style and very moving, she can certainly tell a story
Definitely the queen of alternative rock
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
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!
Nancy has always been such a talented musician and singer.. Her voice is beautiful and sings with great emotion... She ROCKS
Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll has a great voice, and is multi-talented.
One helluva fun concert! She has pipes!
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.
Sharon is so underrated. Her voice is unique and is just so compelling. Sharon deserves to be higher up this list if not #1. Amy Lee pales into insignificance compared to Sharon.
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.
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.
She can sing heavenly Everything: opera, rock, pop, soft, growling, screaming... Best versatile voice ever heard!
She's got more talent, edge and raw power than Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne combined.
Should be sittin' straight at NUMBER ONE.
Should be in the top 5! just a poetic and amazing musician.