Best Female Fronted Rock Bands

The Top Ten

1 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Evanescence is by far the best band you could ever find out there! Not only are they my favorite female-fronted band, but they are my favorite band period. Amy Lee sings with such a distinct tone that is unmistakable and unique. Their lyrics are so thoughtful, and very deep and heartfelt. These lyrics can just help you go into your own little world sometimes.

Amy Lee has voice that I love so much. It is so beautiful and special. She sings with so much passion in her songs that it gives me goosebumps. Her songs are so meaningful and I love the fact that her songs aren't just written for the sake of it, there is actually deep thought into it which makes it so unique. She has a voice that you could never get tired of. This is my favourite band that I could never imagine to let go of. Perfect. Her voice is my escape. Go Amy Lee!

What can I even say about Evanescence? Though Amy Lee is the sole founding member still in the band, I love everything they have done, including their new album Synthesis. They never fail to amaze me! Amy Lee is the most talented voice of the 21st century. Such a large range, so much power! She sings higher than any of us ever could (see: Weight of the World, right after the second chorus) while still maintaining that same level of power! No band will ever top Evanescence for me. Additionally, their spinoff, We Are The Fallen, is amazing too. Everything that comes out of them is great!

Evanescence have been around for a long time now and with each album they have proven that they are one of the best bands ever! Amy Lee's vocals and lyrics are flawless and the band are also really talented. Evanescence are a really good and talented band.

2 Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.

In my opinion Paramore is the best. They're unique, versatile, their songs are really relatable and emotional without being whiny. Instead of just letting the entire song focus on a problem someone is going through they also offer solutions to the problem.
Honestly I don't think they are overrated at all, most people say that because Hayley is usually compared to Amy Lee. But not saying Evanescence is bad but without Amy not many people would care for them and most of their praise is due to her vocals. Reminder Amy is not the entire band (same with Paramore, Jeremy and Taylor are great too) Besides I think a lot of Evanescence songs are kind of similar to each other, but I'm not a huge fan I mainly know their popular songs.
Additionally the members of Paramore sound amazing live and are good role models. They don't ignore their fans and have shown their gratitude for the fans many times. Also they make mistakes but can own up to them and are generally positive people. They also ...more

Paramore deserve be where they are. They've worked hard for it, no I'm not saying there aren't bands that have worked harder or don't work hard but that doesn't change the fact that they made their way up here through hard work. They have brilliant lyrics and awesome beats and their songs are so real and relevant. They don't always have songs about specific events but emotions and feelings so it's easy to relate to. They're amazingly creative and unique (also no they aren't a No Doubt copy cat, they've never ripped them off)
Each album they've created is great in its own way. They've grown over the years and have been through hard times. And although they may not be the most mature and talented band in the world I still love them so much.
Besides the members and the fan base is actually pretty cool. Not saying there aren't annoying fans or that the members have never made a mistake but they're truly wonderful people.

Paramore deserves the number 1 spot. Over the years this band have been getting better and better. Their latest album reflects on the hardships the band went through when the Farro brothers left and were still able to make catchy and upbeat songs with that air of optimism and looking towards the future. The band are also really committed to putting on great live shows for the sake of their fans.

In short Paramore kicks ass.

Paramore isn't pure rock, but they're alternative rock and this is the only female fronted band list that they kind of fit in with. And before dismissing them as a couple of pop sell outs who put no work in their music, you need to realize that they do. Each album reflected very well on the band members life, thoughts and feelings. They're not whiny one bit but actually very emotional. They have some carefree, fun songs too. They can actually experiment with music and it turning out well. They're amazing live. They're just brilliant. But honestly I don't care if they're first or not because it isn't going to change my opinion or love for them. And there are too many great bands on here.
Side note- The Plasmatics, Garbage, Hole, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jack Off Jill, Tribe 8, Epica, The Distillers, Fit For Rivals and No Doubt all deserve a higher rank

3 Halestorm Halestorm is an American rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale, her brother drummer and percussionist Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith .

Lzzy Hale. A stunning songstress with and absolutely amazing range. Please, do not make the mistake of listening to just her studio albums. Don't limit yourself by just doing a Google search for live performances, either. *See note

She screams, she growls, she laments, she croons. She very obviously loves to sing, has the skill to do it in a variety of styles, and it shows in both live and studio versions. I have had to buy every one of their albums as soon as they release, and hope to do it for years to come.

And as good as she is, her drummer and brother Arejay, the guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith compliment and contribute equally. And I'd like to add flawlessly. I have yet to hear a single missed note, riff, lick or solo from any of them.

*If you do search for any of their live videos or performances, PLEASE make sure that you view one where the actual sound technician recorded the audio. You will miss out on 90% of what makes them so amazing in ...more

Halestorm is HARDCORE! She has an awesome voice and they are definitely my favourite band at the moment. I don't usually listen to rock but Halestorm is just so EPIC. I would recommend this to anyone who wants their mind to be blown.

I discovered Halestorm quite recently and I must admit that even though the lyrics aren't that deep, that the music is EPIC AND... * no words to describe feeling. Lzzy has such a powerful and breath taking voice that I loved the group since minute one. Plus the talent of the rest of the band is fascinating. I recommend "I am the Fire", "Ms Hyde", "I miss the misery", "Amen" and "Love Bites". Which are your favourite songs?

I almost picked Flyleaf as my #1, but Kristen May kind of ruins the deal for me now. She's a great singer, she's just not a good fit for them in my opinion. Halestorm, on the other hand, is a MINDBLOWINGLY talented group. Arejay is an animal on drums, and Lzzy is definitely the most talented female singer in rock right now. My only problem is that their lyrics aren't very deep for the most part, but they're insanely talented and definitely going to be around for a long time.

4 The Pretty Reckless

On of the best rock bands out their but gets a horrible rap, common give Taylor a chance she's got a great voice and deserves to be higher on this list

The Pretty Reckless has been my favorite band for five years. Taylor is an amazing performer and she is PASSIONATE about what she does. She lives and breathes her music, and is constantly inspired by the music around her.

I can't get enough of Taylor. She is really an inspiration to all girls. She stands for expressing yourself and living your life in a way that will make you happy. She should be in the top 3.

I dig the raw, emotional feeling behind this band's music along with Taylor's versatility - she has a range of styles and sounds. Whatever she's aiming for, she nails it in every song. Genuine talent.

5 No Doubt No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986. Since 1994, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, and drummer Adrian Young.

What is going on, something is wrong here. I have never even heard of most the bands on this list. No Doubt is one of the biggest and best bands of all time. No doubt has more top 10 charting songs then any other band on this list. They should be number 1. This actually makes me mad.

They're a decent band, but do you seriously think that they should be ranked higher than both Fleetwood Mac and Heart to name just 2 that are so much more accomplished than No Doubt, hell The Pretenders and Blondie blow them off this list!

What the hell is wrong with you people? No Doubt is one of the most popular bands of all time. Gwen Stefani is one of the greatest front women in music industry. They are definitely number 1

I have NEVER heard of 90% of the bands on this list. No Doubt were one of the shining stars of the 90's and are still kicking ass today! They have many different styles, but Tragic Kingdom was the first album to kick-start their careers. They are AMAZING and all these random bands are no match for Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Eric Stefani, Adrian Young, etc... And the queen herself, Gwen Stefani. Amazing music, amazing lyrics, amazing voice.

6 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

Seriously, how is it that arguably the most successful female-fronted band of all time isn't even listed, when One-Eyed Doll is?

Lol Heart and Fleetwood Mac 6 and 7? What a joke. Fleetwood Mac and Heart should be 1 and 2 no doubt.

Stevie nicks is the Queen of Rock and Roll she is probably the influence of the people on this list. People are just to stupid to realize their favorite isn't the best!

Stevie Nicks has probably been the major influence for most of the girls on this list

7 One Eyed Doll

Yes... I have to admit.. Paramore and Evanscene are pretty cool, plus Otep and Sirenia aren't to be ignored. But... You forgot all about One Eyed Doll. Kimberly Freeman has a beautiful rocker voice that could blast a hole of love into your heart and Junior's drumming is super epic!

This two-piece band is awesome. I highly recommend them to anyone that likes a bit of goth-punk.

GREAT concert! Gotta see 'em again!

Love this band should be higher

8 Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Guys, don't be ridiculous. Heart should be at the top. They are more than just a "lead singer"... They write they're own music and Nancy Wilson plays guitar just as well as, actually better, than most guys. Ann Wilson has the best voice in rock history, male or female. The sisters both play several instruments and they only get better with age. Saw them live recently and even as "old ladies" they still out rock Evanescence or Halestorm. I'd like to see most of these bands who are listed ahead of Heart 40 years from now. They will be forgotten. They don't have the lyrics and riffs that Heart has. Heart is a classic... A legend, these other bands, while somewhat enjoyable, are just trendy. They won't have the timeless appeal of Heart. Has anyone ever jammed on acoustic guitar as hard as Nancy Wilson? Heck, Ann Wilson can currently sing Led Zeppelin in 2013 as well as Robert Plant could in his prime in 1970! Unlike a lot of older acts nowadays, they are still going as strong as ever! ...more

Any list (or any person) that has anything at #1 other than Heart is ridiculous.

All I want to say is that Heart should be at the top of the list. Honestly paramore isn't even a rock band MOST of their songs are extremely pop sounding and just because they have a few "hard rocking" songs doesn't make them a "rock" band. I mean come on think about it Heart beats everything on the list they write their own music, are FANTASTIC singers (One of the very best in rock), and they can play multiple instruments better than most people. Unlike a lot of rock bands on the list and in general they never butchered their style and music to be trendy. Their music had soul! They put their everything completely into their music it wasn't just about catchy songs and trendy music videos to them it was about the music which in itself makes them one of the best rock bands in history.

Heart is my favorite band. Heart should be in the top 5 because it has really good vocals and songs in it (Especially, Alone and These Dreams). Ann Wilson is also a very astonishing artist and can still beat high notes after a while in concerts. I really wish I meet them because Heart is a very cool and stupendous female fronted rock band. I also wish I would get autographed by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson because they're actually very good singers too.

9 Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

Sharon den Adel is one of the few lead singers of any bands that contributes to all of the band's songs. Within Temptation is simply an excellent band. They were the first gothic rock band I ever heard of or listened to. They are what introduced me to Sirenia, Epica, Nightwish, Delain, etc.

Within Temptation have been the best female fronted band in the world since the late 90's. There is no better singer than Sharon den Adel, she has a tremendous vocal range and she does what a front woman is supposed to do, dominate the stage. She is also gorgeous and talented, what more do you need?

Sharon den Adel is simply on a different level to ALL other female vocalists. Her range and versatility are amazing. When performing a ballad, she has the ability to make grown men cry (me actually! ). Her voice is so exquisitely,achingly,hauntingly beautiful words seem totally inadequate. Then you look at that stunningly gorgeous face and you see the true meaning of perfection. If I'm feeling down the sound of her voice lifts me instantly. Yes, I like lots of other artists too, mainly raised on metal and hard rock, yet WT combine almost every worthwhile style of music into something truly powerful, melodic and memorable. Music that will stand the test of time I believe. I also believe that Sharon den Adel is a rare musical Goddess - one that I desperately hope will gain the recognition she rightly deserves one day. Love you Sharon and WT!

Within Temptation were pioneers of the symphonic metal genre and are still the best. Evanescence are just a cheap imitation and Amy Lee copied Sharon den Adel's style. The only reason Amy Lee is more popular is she is American and gets more exposure than Sharon.

10 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Ah, yes, now we're into classic rock. Joan Jett, the most amazing female rocker of the 20th century, I would say. Sadly, she's gone downhill this century. She's lost her mind-blowingly good voice. I miss the old days of her career. I'm glad she left The Runways to form her own awesome band. She's far more talented than Cherie Currie. So, in conclusion, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts may be one of the best rock 'n roll bands of all time.

Joan Jett is awesome. Must I say more?

I loved this bands songs even heifer I knew it was them!

But... She's the best what is Paramore doing up there?

The Contenders

11 Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

Nightwish is unbelievably astounding! Tarja's voice may have been better than Anette's, but at least Anette wasn't as greedy. Anette still has a very sweet-sounding voice. I know the fans favor Tarja over Anette, unlike me. If the fans would quit being so rude to Anette, maybe she wouldn't have left. They want Nightwish to not die, but it WILL die if they do that every time they can't accept a new lead singer. Tarja was fired for a reason, though. Anyways, Nightwish is good enough to rise all the way up to my #2 spot :) Even though I prefer Anette Olzon, my favorite song by them was sung by Tarja Turunen.

Unfortunately, Annette was replaced due to illness. She didn't leave because the fans were rude to her. Me thinks every time a female lead steals the spotlight from Marco, they end up replaced. However, Floor Jansen is with them, so it brings a new dynamic to which I'm interested in listening.

Nightwish is so underrated, and even though Tarja was replaced with Anette, I personally like Anette better. It's a beautiful band, no matter who's singing.

Nightwish is more of a Symphonic/Gothic/Power/Folk Metal band. But I prefer them since they're my favorite band.

12 Hole Hole was an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989 by singer and guitarist Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson.

Such an awesome band. Honestly one of the most badass bands to ever exist

Too much Courtney hate. Live Through This is as good as Nevermind if not better.

I love this band so much

Really underrated band to be honest

13 Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

Simone Simons definitely has a gift with her operatic voice. The beauty of her voice is just so... Different, unique... Something along that line. But it is unique in the good way. It isn't just a good voice, it's talent. Their music can be boring, but that doesn't mean I don't like it or that it's not good.

They are a metal band and still get high on the rock list! Proves just how epic they are!

They're actually a metal band but this deserves to be higher up on this list

Such power! Her note range is incredible and her music is creative and amazing.

14 Arch Enemy Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.

Arch enemy at 23!
people what is wrong with you?

Best female fronted band ever.
One more cd like last one, and they are the best band ever, female fronted or not

15 The Cranberries The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1989. The band consists of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler.

19 is definitely too low for The Cranberries. Best Music, best vocals and best lyrics

Dolores is the queen of rock and the band is unique and has it's personal vibe nobody else does.

That voice of dolores...

I think Cranberries should definitely be higher up on this list. The Zombie generation shouldn't get to vote. Lol. It is good to see Pretty Reckless at #4 though.

16 Flyleaf Flyleaf is an American rock band formed in Bell County, Texas, in 2002. The band has charted on mainstream rock, Christian pop and Christian metal genres.

Without Flyleaf I wouldn't be the person I am today. I'm gonna be a happily socially over expressive guy for the rest of my life because Flyleaf taught me to follow my dreams and be who I am, because the people who keep you happy are the ones just like you, and how are they gonna find you when you wanna be somebody else?... So I Thought my favorite song by Flyleaf is such an inspiration to everything I do, with just interpreting the true meaning behind that and every other song they flow personally from the heart. It doesn't hurt too much to see Lacey Sturm move on, I mean it's been such a long journey for her and the members of Flyleaf that she even had her name changed. Not like I don't want her around when I first hear of her, besides the fact I would be going to every one of her concerts laugh out loud. Lacey rescued herself from her own insecurities and surely did the same for many people like me everywhere, and I'd totally have a major crush if I met her in person, even a ...more

Flyleaf is a Christian rock band that I favor over most Christian bands that are their style. Their lead singer just left, I know, and closed her being the lead singer with their 2012 album, "New Horizons". I wish she didn't have that heavy auto tune; I've heard her without it, she sounds good. I've never been crazy about them, but I'd like to see where they go with their next lead singer.

As much as I miss Lacey she has a good reason for leaving and I respect it. But just because she left doesn't mean we don't have 4 amazing rock albums to headbang to all day. I haven't heard anything from Kristen May other then some horrible cell phone recordings but I wish the best for her and many more epic rock albums to come.

Lacey Sturm is LITERALLY the one of THE BEST female screamers I've EVER heard. I mean, Lzzy from Halestorm is on the same list. But let's be honest, Flyleaf. Come on. Lacey should AT LEAST be in the top five!

17 Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive have quickly broken out of the whole "Paramore clone" claim that people gave their earlier songs. They have a heavier sound to them, but their songs are relatable to a lot of teenagers and the band members themselves seem like genuinely good people.

Tonight Alive has a great pop punk sound and really relatable and encouraging lyrics! The whole band is really nice and jenna is a sweetie.

I was checking Punk Goes Pop and I found their cover of Little Lion Man and I instantly fell in love with them, Jenna's vocals are amazing, The music is awesome, The lyrics are meaningful and I can relate to them, I believe that they are the next big band and they do deserve it.

Tonight Alive is a band that is full with energy, the band is very good with the genre pop punk and their performances are amazing. But I'm still wondering why the band named "We Are The In Crowd" is not on the top ten list... but Tonight Alive is a great band with a great sound.

18 Garbage Garbage is an American-Scottish alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The group consists of Scottish musician Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig.

Garbage should be in the top 10, they're one of the coolest 90's bands. They could be a part of the rock crowd and the pop crowd and had a very unique style. Shirley is one of the most iconic figures in music from her voice to her style.

Very few bands out there where I like every song on the albums. Garbage are the best, great balance between guitars, bass, keyboards/synths and drums. What I like about the vocals it that she is not squeeky 'high pitched' (this irritates me after 2, 3 songs in other bands). They invented a style, can be recognized instantly despite all songs being different.

Garbage. Musically, their music is the most unique and experimental compared to the other band on this list.

Leave most of the others behind

19 Blondie Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.

Role model for so many women who have gone on to front their own bands.

Blondie and Debbie Harry set the bar high very early on and I think you'd find that everyone else who is on this list would agree that great deference is owed to her.

Are you guys serious #49, absolutely insane! Top 10 for sure, maybe even top 5!

This band is amazing, I really don't like female fronted bands but I came here just to vote for blondie, its one of my favorite bands ever and debbie is a true inspiration

20 The Runaways

In my opinion, they tie with Blondie as the most influential and underrated female rock bands. Just listen to a couple of the Runaways' songs. They were rather ahead of their time

Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox, and Sandy West. A band way ahead of their time. True legends

Ever heard of the song "Cherry Bomb"? That is the runaways.


21 Icon for Hire

I actually came here to find some bands to listen to with Icon For Hire and Halestorm. No one I know has ever heard of Icon For Hire but many like Paramore; they're okay but I much prefer Icon For Hire. I'm not here to say that they're the best female fronted rock band ever, just that they're my favourite and well deserve to be high up this list.

I think these guys are totally underrated. Whenever I listen to one of their sings I can't get it out of my head. They have meaningful lyrics and very impressive instrumentals.

Icon for hire isn't just your run-of-the-mill band. Their lyrics always have a deep meaning of their opinions and the musical aspect is like an onion. They have so many layers to create each song. Their heavy rock riffs to the candy pop tech sound makes them unique and hard to forget.

The lyrics, folks. THE LYRICS. They are without compare. Combined with a wickedly intoxicating sound, especially in their first album and now their self-launched "You Can't Kill Us", and this band is addicting.

22 Otep Otep is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1995. They have released two EPs, eight studio albums, and one live album.

I, much to my chagrin, have only discovered this band very recently and I must say that Otep is extremely awesome. Personally, I enjoy music that gives you something to think about while your brain is being tossed back and forth Ina violent manner.

She has such a strong voice and the music is hardcore! Did I mention that the lyrics have very strong and important messages? I love Otep. It should really be higher on this list.

One of my favorite all time female lead bands!

Meaningful Artcore hard rock at it's best

23 The Breeders

Last Splash is an amazing album. (It's almost better than Pixies' Doolittle.)

Kim Deal is by far the most talented musician ever and is incredibly underrated. Releasing music for the sake of art, not money.

Kim Deal's amazing post-Pixies band - Influenced Nirvana!

Should be around top 10

24 The Birthday Massacre The Birthday Massacre is a Canadian dark wave and synth rock band currently consisting of Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitar), Falcore (guitar), Owen (keyboard), Rhim (drums) and Nate Manor (bass), that formed in 1999 (even though the 2016 demo collection "Imagica" dates some tracks back at 1998). more.

Grace Slick has a wonderfully sassy voice. Some classic tracks too.

Great songs and Chibi is wonderful.

Someone needs to update this list...TBM needs to be way higher, awesome band.

25 In This Moment In This Moment is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth in 2005. They found drummer Jeff Fabb and started the band as Dying Star.

Absolutely amazing! Maria Brink is fantastic live, I've been to many, many rock concerts and they just step up big time and stand out among everyone else!

I absolutely love Maria brink, just everything about her, her voice her style.. always mesmerized by her videos

This band should be at the top, their music never left my playlist for years!

Maria Brink voice is definitely an angel in this dark band. The band's way totally underrated.

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