Top Ten Female Rockers

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.

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.

Ann Wison is the number 1 female rocker nobody comes close and still touring at 60 she rocks

Es la mejor..!

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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!

Saw her as a runaway. Expected fluff. She was and is real. Good on ya Joan. Love ys

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3 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

Amy lee is amazing,she has to be in the first place!

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4 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!

#1 with out question

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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 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson

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

7 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

8 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.

9 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...

10 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

The Contenders

11 Taylor Momsen Taylor Momsen

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

12 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

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..

Why so low!? nobody can rock like her

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13 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.

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

Only one other comes close.

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14 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.

Best female Rockers, an impossible call if you ask me but, Lzzy is my favorite.

One of the reasons why this can’t be simply determined is that rock itself is a strange beast. You do not need to be a great vocalist to be a great rock singer ex: Mick Jagger… ironically, great vocalists are not necessarily good at signing rock either ex: Celine Dion signing you shook me all night long (nothing short of scary). So I based my choice on someone that does both extremely well.

This being said, I believe that Lzzy embodies the above title better than the rest:

1) Her voice is made for rock; controlled raspiness, allot of power + she can roar better than most men.

2) She can actually sing, meaning she has quite an impressive range and her voice stays true live.

3) She show allot of diversity, she can take on different signing genre/styles and make it seem effortless.

Finally, here is why I did not pick other incredibly talented singers that are ...more

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15 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.

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

Hayley Williams is perfection.

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16 Lacey Sturm Lacey Sturm

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.

17 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.

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19 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

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.
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