Top 10 Female Singers With Male Sounding Voices

A female voice may sound masculine because it's too low, raspy, powerful, aggressive, deep, or all in one. Or she growls like a male.

The Top Ten

1 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning" and "Telling Stories".

I thought it was a man singing Fast Car for years until I looked on Youtube and saw it was a woman singing it.

I thought that the person who sung Fast Car was a man. Great voice, but not very feminine sounding.

Yes, she was really good! I love her hit Fast Car. I hear it a lot a Panera. (I'm 12, so I don't usually listen to older songs like this one. But at Panera, they have lots of them! )

I thought fast car was sang by a man! - Userguy44

2 Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

And she's actually feminine. - Userguy44

While I first thought that a male did the vocals of Arch Enemy's "War Eternal", I can hear the traces of female vocals on some of her songs. Maybe because of how I heard of her clean vocals in The Agonist.

She growls (death metal). Song: Arch Enemy - War Eternal. - Metal_Treasure

3 Nina Simone Nina Simone Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Incredible voice!

When I first heard her I was shocked to discover the voice I'd been loving belonged to a female! - Britgirl

Still struggling to process that "Sinnerman" was sung by a woman. All this time I thought it was a guy.


4 Angela Gossow Angela Gossow Angela Nathalie Gossow is a German vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy.

She growls like a male. Song: Arch Enemy - Nemesis. - Metal_Treasure

5 Alison Moyet Alison Moyet Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice.

As a favourite singer of mine, I used to think she was a guy because of the way she looked. - Swellow

Yes, I had a hard time to find a picture of her where she looks a bit like a woman... - Metal_Treasure

Ah, one of the best female voices of the 80s. I may be the only TopTenner who was around in her heyday haha. Still love her today. - Britgirl

I didn’t realise the song ‘All cried out’ was sung by a woman!

6 Amanda Lear Amanda Lear

French singer. Song: Égal - Metal_Treasure

7 Monica Monica Monica is an R&B singer who was most popular in the 90s. Her most well-known song was "The Boy Is Mine" with R&B singer Brandy.
8 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Toni Michele Braxton was October 7th 1967 in Severn, Maryland the oldest of six siblings.She has sold 67 million records worldwide. She is been named the ''Queen of R&B'' and has one of the most distinctive voices of the late 20th century.
9 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.

In her recent performance of "Vision of Love" on new years eve, she sounded like an 80 year old man. I guess all the smoking and drinking she does is catching up with her?

10 Cardi B Cardi B Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, songwriter, television personality and more.

She sounds like a 13 year old male with a mental disability. - DaWyteNight

Lol. When I first heard "Bodak Yellow" I thought it was a mid pubescent male.

The Contenders

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

I really like her voice. - Userguy44

12 Tanita Tikaram Tanita Tikaram Tanita Tikaram is a German-born British pop/folk singer-songwriter. She achieved chart success with the singles "Twist in My Sobriety" and "Good Tradition" from her 1988 debut album, Ancient Heart.

A very low and deep voice. Song: Twist in My Sobriety - Metal_Treasure

13 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.

She sounds like a transvestite honestly

14 Beyonce Knowles Beyonce Knowles Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

In the song halo when she sings "didn't even make a sound" it sounds like a man lol - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

The funny thing is that in most songs she sounds womanly but when she speaks she sounds manly

15 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe". more.

Sometimes she sounds like a man, but other times she sounds like a little girl. Weird.

16 Anita Baker Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which more.
17 Imogen Heap Imogen Heap Imogen Jennifer Heap is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and audio engineer. She is known for her involvement in electronic music and as a member of the short-lived project Frou Frou. Born in the London Borough of Havering, Heap became classically trained in piano, cello and clarinet at more.
18 Marla Glen
19 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Her song Believe was the first song to use autotune. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety more.
20 Darby Mills Darby Mills Darby Phyllis Mills is a Canadian rock vocalist, former figure skater; known best as the lead singer of the Headpins.

Very loud, aggressive and raspy voice. Songs: Headpins - Don't It Make Ya Feel, Mine All Mine, Line of Fire, People - Metal_Treasure

21 Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. She is known for her distinctive husky voice, resulting from an operation to remove vocal nodules in the mid-1970s.

Bonnie Tyler, Kim Carnes, Joan Jett, Janis Ian..."male-sounding voices? "
Seriously, what kind of "males" do you hang out with?

22 Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly, born June 7, 1990 known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.
23 Joan Jett Joan Jett Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".

Her performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction concert for Nirvana was deeper than Kurt's! - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

24 Janis Ian
25 Elise Testone
26 Alejandra Guzmán
27 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.
28 Joyce Berry
29 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Dua Lipa is an English singer and songwriter. After signing with Warner Music Group in 2015, she soon released her first single "New Love".

No. - Userguy44

30 Brody Dalle

Should be higher on the list. Brody Dalle is a grunge inspiration.

31 Kim Carnes Kim Carnes Kim Carnes is a two-time Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, California, Carnes now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music.
32 Victoria Legrand
33 Renee Phoenix
34 Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North. more.

Listen to Trust In Me, enough said

35 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
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Top Remixes

1. Alison Moyet
2. Nina Simone
3. Toni Braxton
1. Angela Gossow
2. Alissa White-Gluz
3. Tracy Chapman
1. Mariah Carey
2. Beyonce Knowles
3. Monica


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