Top Ten Female Rockers

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Beginning with the 70s to today, count down the top ten female rockers.

The Top Ten

1 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

A grateful, astonishing, and powerful dramatic soprano singer. - SpinelliFan

Wow! Finally, Ann Wilson is number 1, she is the best female rock singer I ever seen in my life, Go Ann Wilson, you rock! - VeronicaMSP

Absolutely agree, if wasn't for Ann & Nancy Wilson. The heavier genres wouldn't be what they are today. But I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Runaways, with greats like Lita Ford & Joan Jett. Even though they didn't have near as many hits as Heart. They too, paved the way for women in the harder genres.

Every female rocker on the planet owes Ann and Nancy Wilson immense gratitude for kicking open the door so that they may follow. If Heart weren't around, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Pat Benatar, The Donnas or The Bangles wouldn't be around either. No mystery here:These Rock Legends need to be in the Hall of Fame.

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2 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".

Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover, Cherry Bomb, I Hate Myself for Loving You, Love Hurts, and (the classic) I Love Rock 'N' Roll. I LOVE HER!

Joan Jett is one of the only women who are repeatedly called the "Queen of Rock" throughout their career. She is the only "Godmother of Punk. " At least she will always be featured as one of the top female rockers! She and Lita Ford practically invented the thought of female rockers! - tr_11

Joan Jett is THE QUEEN of rock n roll! I've been a fan for over 25 years and no one rocks harder and with as much heart as she does. You can see, feel, and hear her rock n roll soul in all her music! There is no one who rocks better, harder, longer than Joan Jett!

I LOVE JOAN JETT WITH A PASSION AND FEEL SO BAD, FOR HER BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST UNTALENED ACTOR IS PLAYING HER IN THE RUNAWAYS.
BUT HANDS DOWN THE BEST, SEEING HOW SHE PAVED THE WAY FOR THE REST OF THE FEMALE ROCKERS. - LavenderMusic

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3 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and composer. She rose to fame alongside her older sister, singer Ann Wilson, as a guitarist and backing vocalist in the rock band Heart, which she joined in 1974.

She is a lead vocal of These Dreams - Heart - VeronicaMSP

Nancy Wilson is awesome. I was suprised to see her here and that people know her. I love her songs "I Can't Make You Love Me", "Don't Ask My Neighbors" and "Don't Let Me Lonely Tonight". Her voice in concert is amazing.

Nancy,s amazing, her vocals are angelic

4 Amy Lee 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 such an amazing talented female singer she has such a calm beautiful stunning voice I love all her songs they are truly amazing - Rikku5968

She has really good lungs. She can hold out a note without it sounding like she's from the opera. She rocks!

She is the only person on this list that is classically trained in piano, Sings operatically, Throws rock music behind that, and makes it work. She is a beautiful rockstar. She definitely deserves it! - LinkinParkPiNKMotleyCrue

Shes beautiful and has the most haunting voice... She also is the only singer that I heard which made me cry when hearing the songs "hello" and "the last song I'm wasting on you" kudos Amy

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

According to Billboard, she is the most successful female solo rock artist. Her voice was as powerful as Whitney Houston, she still would have been out even if Heart came out a few years earlier. - israel08

Pat Benatar still has the pipes!

6 Kimberly Freeman

Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll has a unique vocal range that absolutely rocks! She's super active on-stage, and puts on a fantastic show! - Strikh

So much energy, so active, so entertaining in concert! Must see!

See her live in concert -- then you'll understand

7 Stevie Nicks 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.

What really

She has quite a bit of achievements. She was the only Female Rock Star to have a number 1 album with a group (mirage) and solo (bella donna) she worked her ass off, and it about killed her

Love the unique raspiness of her voice. She was Fleetwood Mac. Stevie rocked and ruled the 80's.

Steve nicks is undoubtably the goddess of rock! Yeah she doesn't rock the hardest but every word she writes and sings has the most feeling and rawness than any others musician ever

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8 Janis Joplin 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.

I don't understand this. What Janis brought to the world of rock and roll no one above her in this list was able to. Janis Joplin was ranked Number 28 in The Rolling Stones Greatest Artists of All Time, and I have not seen nay of the others on this list. Janis Lyn Joplin, "The Queen Of Rock and Roll, " as well as ""The Queen of Psychedelcic Soul, would've been better recognized if it weren't for her untimely, tragic death before the release of Pearl, which was to be her biggest breakthroguh yet. She soared through the 60s and the 70s and anyone who saw her live, knew of her strength and power on strong, the way she knocked you straight off your chair with her presence, even though she was known to be an insecure, vulnerable girl. Her music is timeless, her voice was one of a kind and so powerful. She has the diversity and the right to be classed as Number One on this list, just as her friend Jimi Hendrix was ranked number one for greatest Artists of All. I'm sorry, but she was ...more

She brought more power, depth and passion to her singing than anyone before or after her. She fully expressed the pain and longing, strength and fragility of the women of her generation, and her music and message is as powerful today as it ever was.

Those Top 10 on this list are cool, but nowhere NEAR the caliber of the following: Janis Joplin, Lita Ford, Joan Jett... With exception to Lzzy Hale. She will be an Icon in the future!

Janis should be number one and everyone knows it... She sing with so much feeling and soul... Her words puts you in a trance.. Janis is one of the rock Goddess

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9 Hayley Williams Hayley Williams Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.

Been choosing Lacey Sturm a lot but Haley is the best also.

Hayley Williams is so awesome. She is very talented at a very young age. I have so many friends who are fans of her great powerful music.

Hayley knows how to rock the world! She leads a band to success! She is number one to me.

Her voice is amazing! Paramore is still great now because of hayley still in the band. She's better than avril no matter what

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10 Grace Slick Grace Slick Grace Barnett Slick is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid–1960s.

This list is disgraceful. Half of these women ARE NOT "Rockers"!
In the spirit of this list, I vote for Maria Callas. She has a better voice and is more popular than anyone listed here!
Avril Lavigne, indeed!

This is rock, not pop.

Grace set the standard that the rest of the list aspired to.

An archetype... along with Janis...agreed... rock n roll is not pop...

The Contenders

11 Lacey Sturm 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.

It's a huge decision between Lacey, Hayley, and Amy for me, but I have to say Lacey because she has heart and passion, and even though she's taking time off music to take care of her child and be with her family, she still cares about her fans. She's easily one of the most inspirational female rock stars ever.

YES! I LOVE flyleaf. One of the most amazing bands in the world. She has a voice like no one else and can scream better than any other female I have heard yet.

Best singer I ever heard. I hope she makes music until it hurts her too much to do it.

12 Taylor Momsen 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!.

It's Taylor! She has the greatest voice and style. Her voice is so awesome. And I usually listen her live. Her voice is so raw and amazing. Even more experienced singers can't sing like her live. GO TAYLOR!

Her voice is close to Courtney Love's voice. Also, she's just a teenager.

She's bringing the old Rock back! M/

Amazing she should be second
1. Amy Lee
2, Taylor Momsem

13 Lita Ford 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.

Lita Ford is a true legend in my opinion and I cannot believe that she is as low on the list as she is. She should be way up higher!

How is Lita Ford below Sheryl Crow? Hell of a lot better singer and rocker than her.

Lita Ford belongs in the top 5... period. She may not have had as many hits as some of these other female rockers, but that doesn't mean she wasn't fantastic!

Lita was rocking before avril and all these other gals. Lita had a much marvelous career than joan also.

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14 Debbie Harry Debbie 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.

Gave new wave a face. Pure attitude.

Loved her then and now! - Ylfie

WISHED 95.7 WOULD play

70'S NEW WAVE/PUNK ROCK DIVA!

15 Lee Aaron Lee Aaron Lee Aaron is a Canadian rock and jazz singer. She had several hits in the 1980s and early 1990s such as "Metal Queen", "Whatcha Do to My Body" and "Sex with Love".

This Canadian Metal girl turned jazz woman has out-of-this world vocal ability. She is way underrated. - MegBaX

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17 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.

The Queen of power ballads, the rasp she gets is reviled on by joplin. How she is not at the tip I don't know. Hits like holding out for a hero, it's a heartache, and total eclipse of the heart. She has such pure emotion to her voice its insane and unmatchable

THE female rocker should be number 1 on every list

18 Alana Myles
19 Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.

Do you see that thing in her hand?
Sorry Suzi for their ignorance, see yah in Red Deer Girl!

Top 5 easily. She's on fire! And she's a true rocker. - Metal_Treasure

Are you kidding me?
A list of female rockers and no Suzi Quatro, this is sacrilege, How in God's name did you forget Suzi?

20 Tina Turner 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.

With a comeback that would become known around the world, Ms. Turner has dominated almost ever genre there is but she is known to many as the "Queen Of Rock & Roll". - israel08

She owned it like no other. The heart of Rock is in struggle. She has evolved over her life to embody the heart of rock.

She sang "River Deep - Mountain High, " for pete's sake. She clearly should be number one, it makes no sense to see her all the way down at 35 :(

My 3rd cousin is Chris Franz and I'm a huge fan of the heads and Tina rocks

21 Lzzy Hale 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.

I'm sorry but Avril topping her makes no sense sure Avril has a nice voice but Lzzys voice is so diverse, she can have a beautiful singing voice then she can scream and growl so controlled, she sings actual rock too not pop rock or pop punk, shes so genuine and not only can she sing she plays piano and guitar and totally embodies the female rocker persona. Shes my Idol and she deserves to be in the top 5 right next to the greats!

Equal to many of the top men.

She definitely deserves to be on the top of the list. A true rock goddess.

If anyone belongs above her on this list, maybe it's Joan Jett. Otherwise, she should be at the top.

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22 Avril Lavigne 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's awesome pop rock artist she's got All different sides to her and you can be in a hyper mood or in a sad mood and listen to her she can be crazy proper rock and she still helps out with her charity!

She is one of the only female pop rock artists today and has paved way for artists such as Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

Damn damn damn
Why everybody not vote
This this this
I wish you vote here..

I think avril have quality to reach top 3 on this list, her voice, look, and songs, is so damn good..

Easy winner come on people get f-ing voting for miss lavigne here

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23 Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie is such a badass. Not to mention one of the best singer/songwriters in rock, with some genuine guitar chops as well.

For over all Rock 'n Roll attitude this woman is the best. She looked like she could kick your butt and then sing about it. - mgenet

For overall rocker chops, I think Chrissie has it all: good singer/songwriter/can handle an ax.

She's special, so special - Give it to me! - Billyv

24 Jen Ledger Jen Ledger Jennifer "Jen" Carole Ledger is a English drummer mostly known for playing in the band and being the co-vocalist for Skillet since 2008 when Lori Peters decided to retire from the band. ...read more.

She's sexy, a good drummer, and a good singer. Anything more to say?

Jen rocks. That's all you need to know.

Everything about her is awesome

Jen is the best.
First, she Sings and plays the drums, no one else on this list does that.
Plus she is such an awesome person and a great role-model. She probably head bangs more then any of these other people on the list.
GO JENNY!

25 Courtney Love Courtney Love Courtney Michelle Love is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and visual artist. A notable figure in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s, Love's career has spanned four decades.

WISHED 96.7 WOULD play!

26 Darby Mills Darby Mills Darby Phyllis Mills is a Canadian rock vocalist, former figure skater; known best as the lead singer of the Headpins.

She's a lesser known but amazing hard rocker. Extremely powerful and raspy hard rock voice.
Try: Headpins - Don't It Make Ya Feel, Mine All Mine, People - Metal_Treasure

27 Shirley Manson Shirley Manson Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish-born singer, songwriter and actress. She is the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage.

How can you pass over her? First in Silverfish then in Garbage with Butch Vig, they made a whole new sound that we haven't heard again since. A perfect mix of style, passion, and talent.

28 Wendy O'Williams

Sadly Wendy, 'The Queen of Shock Rock', never got the success and recognition she deserved. Mostly, as singer of the Plasmatics (check out Butcher Baby, Sex Junkie, A Pig is a Pig, The Damned, etc.), as well as a solo-artist. Also worth mentioning is her duet with Lemmy (Stand by your man) and the hilarious concept-album 'Maggots: The Record'. She was also in several films, plus in a stage-production of the 'Rocky Horror Show'. Shame, she took her own life far too early.

Is most likely the most raunchy performer this world has seen. She puts Lady Gaga to shame, even though she is no longer with us. As the lead singer of The Plasmatics, she stormed the stage with a chainsaw and wore whipped cream for a shirt. - MegBaX

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30 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.

Really, no Sheryl Crow? I think Sheryl Crow's got it going on over Kelly Osbourne, Demi Lovato, or even Kim Carnes. Thanks for adding Nina Hagen, even though I wouldn't call her a rocker. Bonnie Raitt is a fantastic guitarist, but I hesitate to call her a rocker... maybe Blues-inspired rock. Thanks for the list.

31 Alanis Morisette

Awesome voice. Truly original. She should be in the top 5! Jagged Little Pill alone should put her higher on this list

Very original, totally rocking chick. Needs to be higher.

I agree with someone else's comment here. She should be in the top 5. She's paved the road for current female rockers.

32 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. ...read more.

Nah she’s just another generic pop singer

33 Christina Scabbia

Lacuna Coil Lead Singer!

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

I think pink should be in the top ten she is one of the best rock singer in this age

The greatest voice the world has ever heard, too bad she wont sing songs that really show it.

35 Ellen Foley
36 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.
37 Mika Nakashima

she rocks. she starred NANA and its great - ronluna

38 Patti Smith Patti Smith Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Patti Smith is the complete artist. Honest, raw and the most talented artist today. Also, Patti still rocks!

To the idiot that said Patti wouldn't be around if it weren't for Heart, Patti came out before Heart did.

Quite simply the greatest female songwriter of all time, an electricfying performer without peer, a writer, author, painter, singer, poet and artist - she has mastered it all beautifully.

39 Kelly Osbourne Kelly Osbourne Kelly Lee Osbourne is a British singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter and fashion designer.

The daughter of the guy who practically created heavy metal; Ozzy Osbourne!

I love her dad, the great, the amazing, OZZY OSBOURNE!

40 Karin Axelsson Karin Axelsson
41 Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.
42 Patty Smyth

The underrated singer that first lead Scandal to fame and then had some success on her own. Listen to Goodbye To You, Love's Got A Line On You, Beat Of A Heart, Warrior, Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough, Downtown Train. The woman has an amazing voice!!!

Come on, not only is she awesome, she spawned R.E.M.!
She also has a very unique voice and did not conform to any sort of gender role.

WISHED 95.7 WOULD play!

43 Brody Dalle

Brody Dalle inspires me so much, I started playing guitar because of her and Courtney Love, Brody Dalle is definitely a better musician than Hayley Williams or Amy Lee (I don't mention others on top ten because either I don't know them or they are legends). In my opinion Brody should be number 1. The Distillers were amazing! - dianajorge2

44 Marie Fredriksson Marie Fredriksson Gun-Marie Fredriksson, known as Marie Fredriksson is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter and pianist, best known for forming one half of the pop rock duo Roxette, which she created together with Per Gessle in 1986. She and Gessle achieved international success from the late 1980s to the early 1990s with ...read more.

With many hits, this lady along with Per Gessle has taken rock to another level. - israel08

Today is 30-May-13, so I'm voting for, and wishing Marie a Happy Birthday!

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

Sharon is an angel! - Userguy44

Sharon is the hottest Woman in Rock. She is absolutely gorgeous and is also beautiful on the inside.

She has such great voice, and the band always has amazing songs! Deep meaning... perfection!

Sharon is the ultimate Rock Chick. Just watch Within Temptation live to see what I mean.

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46 Ellen Shipley

Fantastic songwriter, performer--the best live performer delivers her songs with conviction, passion, sincerity and fire! Audiences loved HER!

Great performer with fantastic songs!

47 Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani

She's not rock and she sucks

48 Siouxsie

Propably the best and most unique.

49 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt
50 PJ Harvey PJ Harvey Polly Jean Harvey, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.
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