Best Alternative Female SingersSince alternative music has always been left of mainstream we have had many wonderful unique female singers who have added their own influence on the Alternative music with many years invested to widen the Alternative music popularity.
She belongs at number 1 on this list. Amy Lee is great but she does not come close to Bjork nor do any of the others. It's not just because she's my favorite either it has to do with musical ability. She in my opinion is one of the best female artists of all time.
I loathe most female singers. Bjork is an exception. There are times her voice gives me the chills. Way underrated I think, in part due to her eclectic nature.
Bjork is definitely one of a kind and her music is definitely eclectic and catchy. She has written songs for Madonna and others also.
I'm glad she showed up here. Although she hasn't had a pile of albums, her lyrics are so unique and well crafted and her voice is strong and extremely expressive. Increasingly her music has become more experimental and her songs more peculiar. But she isn't weird just to be weird or because she is trying to cover up her overall empty and uncreative mindset. She is an artist and her music will last.
Really amazing artist. She's got a beautiful, vulnerable and deep honest voice. Her lyrics are pure poetry and her albums are all incredible.
Fiona opens her deep wounds with her lyrics. In my opinion she'll always be THE BEST
Amy lee is one of the best rock female singers of all time. Not only that, but the entire sound of Evanescence blends with her voice. She should be way higher, at least No. 2
Amy Lee should so be number one #1 she has the most beautiful voice
She's just all around amazing...
. Come people lets gets some more votes and put her on top
Where she belongs
Should be number one. Amy has an amazing voice, only problem she needed to make more albums to stay commercial. More albums more money more fans...
In this decade, specifically in the late 2010's, Lana has impacted pop culture, defined aesthetics among youth today. Her music is quintessentially gloomy, packed with striking lyrics and breathy, witchy voices that haunt of her dark past. Though Lana tells a different story, her music makes it relatable, poetic and mysteriously brilliant. And let's admit - new artists birthed now are under the influence of Lana Del Rey's revolutionized youth era of drugs, sex, money and rock and roll.
Lana Del Rey basically invented her own genre, a lot of artists (halsey mostly) wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Lana. She has her own unique style of singing that is absolutely breath-taking and dreamy. When I listen to Lana I feel like I'm in heaven!
I'm 62 years old. All I knew about Lana Del Ray was that she modelled clothes for H&M. I heard my daughter playing this last week. It's one of the greatest songs I've ever heard.
Her music really has true meaning and her voice has pure emotion in it. People might say she's gone downhill recently but she's still going constantly making lots of new, different and brilliant stuff.
Her songs are just more complex and have a deeper message to send to us. I think she has the god given talent and she is a true artist, changing things up.
10th? A musical genius, incredible singer bringing intelligent, soul searing, thoughtful, music to make you think and feel.
Florence is just great. Many "indie" singers have appeared lately (all of them boring for me), but she is different. She has such a powerful way of singing, it reminds me of the old rock and roll; her band makes wonderful and beautiful music (something between rock-baroque-folk-indie) and everything about her is epic. They have a wide variety of sounds but have a recognisely style. Her voice is powerful and epic, I adore her.
Her voice is AMAZING! She never has weak moments, her range is ridiculous, and her music is beautiful! She can throw her voice around wherever and whenever she wants, and whatever she does is always effortless and flawless. Listen to Rabbit Heart, Queen of Peace, and Cosmic Love.
Florence Hess got the vivid, eccentric style, accompanied by her mellifluous vocals. She can pull anything, from highly strung vivacious form of Ceremonials, to pure and raw vocals of How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Honestly she herself is a masterpiece.
Marina is the most creative singer of her generation. The fact that she can so effortlessly change her sound and looks makes her music so interesting and never boring. Her voice is so soothing and flexible and her lyrics are heavenly. I owe Marina a lot for inspiring me to be as creative and as innovative as she is.
,My son age 16 turned me on to Marina, I love her lyrics and her voice. She has substance and intelligence which makes me think she is one of the best. Considering I'm 57 and my favorite singer was James Taylor I think it's a leap in a good way.
Marina is the most underrated singer here, Her voice is heaven, her lyrics are breathtaking, her music is just the best, She deserves more than she has now because she has true talent and these days talent is very rare.
Alanis "MORISSETTE" is undoubtedly the #1 alternative rock female artist! As simple as that! I mostly agree with this list, and I love Amy Lee, but she falls more into the "Hard Rock/Heavy Metal" category. As far as women in alternative rock go, Alanis was the forerunner. Alanis paved the way for many other women to break into the Alternative Rock scene. My top 5 would have to include Alanis (obviously at #1) with the top 5 including (in no particular order) Fiona Apple, Natalie Merchant, Courtney Love, and Tori Amos. Again, I love Amy Lee and Evanescence, but she falls under a slightly different genre.
One of the most inspiring careers. Going from bubblegum pop to the alternative rock Alanis we all know and love is just an amazing feat.
I love this woman. Her earlyer work wasn't bad either. Kinda like 80's Cyndi Lauper. But her 90's stuff was gold.
With "Pure Heroine" (2013), "Melodrama" (2017) and "Solar Power" (2021), Lorde has released three studio albums so far. She is is known for... read more
I have no idea why Lorde is so low on this list. Alternative pop artists saw a rise because of Pure Heroine. She pushed this genre to the mainstream, which gave artists such as Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, Halsey, etc. more recognition.
She doesn't hold the most acclaimed female album of 2017 for no damn reason. This woman is a prodigy. Ella is doing things miles above her contemporaries. And she is barely 22.
Excuse all you beggars. Lorde is the real queen of alt pop and indie pop. She basically defined the genre and brought it the fame and popularity it has now. Forever queen
I would classify Gwen Stefani as more pop rather than alternative. I'm not sure... But Hayley Williams should be number one. The way she brought rock into the charts with that amazing voice was a really great achievement considering the standard of music in it at the moment.
I voted for hayley and natalie because they're really good... Paramore is a bit less fun to cover, but they're more popular and more rocking to listen to! Hayley is a great singer and decent songwriter and started early too... bonus!
She is the sensation that showed me what exactly alternative rock is all about! Her voice, her expressions and the emotions she puts into her work is juts MIND BLOWING!
Hayley williams for the world!
Kate Bush was WAY ahead of her time in terms of music. While unique and way out there in her time, many adopted or incorporated her style across many genres from the 80s until current times. There's a Kate Bush influenced artist popping up almost every month these days, or current popular ones moving more toward her direction of music. Long before Lady Gaga was making her album Art-pop, Kate Bush was pioneering the genre, along with many other alternative music styles.
I can't believe that Kate Bush is so overlooked. That siren's voice hers is mystifying. Her lyrics create an environment that transcends beyond auditory recognition. She truly was pioneer in alternative music! Peter Gabriel recognized her unique gift and abilities immediately. If you didn't vote for Kate because you don't know her, GET TO KNOW HER!
Wait? Kate Bush is only #32 on this list? She practically INVENTED the alternative pop genre! She paved the way for singers like Tori Amos, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. She should be #1!
Check out songs like Wuthering Heights, Breathing, Hello Earth, Sat in Your Lap, and The Sensual World. She is a musical genius who needs more attention.
Wow. Just wow. Listen to 'familiar taste of poison', 'tell me where it hurts' and 'hate it when you see me cry' to understand how amazing she is. Both albums are just pure bliss
She is amazing! Love her
I want to see her naked
No one comes close. Fabulous musician, her voice is strong with an unfathomable range, her lyrics are that of a first class writer the accompanying music is flawless, her live shows are incredible, she pushes herself to new heights for every album, never repeats herself and is quite fearless. She is a true artist in every sense of the word, she is quite simply a treasure.
I actually think there's about 2 people on this list who I would consider alternative. Its funny, the word alternative used to mean something and when it did PJ wasnt just one of the best females she was one of the best acts in the last 25 years.
Greatest female artist in alternative music ever. Dry is in my top ten albums of all time. I've seen her live 4 times and every time has been amazing.
Melanie is very unique and very different. Her music has hidden meanings that you may not catch onto right away. Her lyrics and her music type are extraordinary and she is an absolutely amazing artist.
She should by far be in the top 5, the has her own unique style and writes her songs to tell a story, but also be the best songs they can possibly be. She has the most unique voice I have ever heard. Incredible!
Listening to her right now. She's the best. She's just so perfect... just... in every way. Such a great artist, I love how she's different. I love her style. I especially love her music. Her voice is angelic
Sorry, but can't BELIEVE Gwen Stefani would ever be ranked above Sarah McLachlan - are people crazy? Sarah has incredible range, and never hits a wrong note. I lean toward hard, classic rock, but can't help but thoroughly appreciate Sarah's exquisite vocals.
Sarah has a smooth approach in the alternative industry. Her ballads are smooth and calming.
Her music...it's so pure. I like In the Arms of the Angels the best!
Shirley can even make gloomy sounding songs like Only happy when it rains and I would die for you catchy and addictive. She is a pleasant addition to Garbage as the band searched for a female frontwoman
Her voice is amazing. Garbage wouldn't be nearly as good if she wasn't their vocalist.
One of the most charismatic female singer.
Courtney Love has a voice that is unbeatable and can make you feel either full of rage or just kinda sway back and forth! And that is the "hole" truth.
I love her voice, I heard her sing in a Fall Out Boy song on the album, Save Rock n Roll. And it was awesome. There's not a better woman in the world for that song. The job she does as a rocking singer, she is officially my favorite.
She is incredible. She can make you love alternative music if you once hear her.
The Queen. She has been my favourite for a long time. This woman is so unique. Super talented. Iconic and beautiful. She's the best.
Gwen with a style all her own showed a girl can rock and keep up with the boys.
Aside from her pop exit , she is back with No Doubt in the studio again
The original alternative queen... There's no comprision. A living legend. Such a versatile artist.. There'll never be another Gwen Stefani.. She's the rock reigning queen..
The only women besides Bjork, who a true pioneer of Alternative music. No Kristin Hersh? No Kim Deal?
Yes! Ryn Weaver is one of the best in the alternative electropop scene right now. The Fool is a serious contender for best album of 2015, with Ryn providing excellent vocals, creative ideas, and great performances across the board. Let's get her top 10!
Unlimited talent both as a singer and songwriter. Out of the box vibe.
She has such a unique voice and I adore her songs with a passion
Dolores definitely shows a delightful, vibrant and musically talented influence on Alternative music with her band the Cranberries with soft ballads to guitar blazing rock songs she never disappoints and no one can even sound like her as she has such a wonderful unique voice and can definitely rock out on over 4 different instruments. Now solo she has not lost her touch but shows that a woman singer/songwriter can achieve success in a pop world
She has amazing depth..! Her songs get caught in my head and keep playing over and over again! All her songs are so different and full of soul... Dolores rocks!
Of course it takes for all tastes, but I think Dolores O'Riordan has something extra that the others don't!
And it comes out, it leaves the heart...
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