The Best Female Rock Singers

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List Criteria: Female rock vocalists only!

Best female rock vocalists of all time include some of the greatest girl rock singers ever. This list includes some of the most memorable rock goddesses ever -- women whose voices ring out powerfully in every single song. Who deserves the top spot? That's up to you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to vote up the female rock vocalists you like the most, and vote down any that you just don't like. You can also make your own unique list by reranking, and you can add women to the list as well.

Any list about the best female rock singers should include iconic names like Stevie Nicks, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett. These women have been belting out amazing tunes for decades, and none show any signs of slowing down. And of course, anyone who appreciates great rock music knows that Heart's Ann Wilson has one of the most stunning, awe-inspiring voices in rock history. Amy Lee, the lead singer of Evanescence, is a huge favorite as well. Her vocal prowess is astounding.

Those choices are pretty obvious, but there are others who might not be. This list includes the best female rock vocalists from all types of rock music: Glam punk, hard rock, pop rock and more. Nothing is off limits, so vote away and enjoy.


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  1. 1
    + 3936
    - 2141
    Stevie Nicks

    most listed
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  2. 2
    + 3686
    - 1769
    Ann Wilson

    the people's #1
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ;
  3. 3
    + 3841
    - 1894
    Pat Benatar


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ;
  4. 4
    + 2908
    - 1727
    Janis Joplin


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

    ;
  5. 5
    + 2868
    - 1613
    Joan Jett


    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

    ;
  6. 6
    + 3450
    - 2012
    Tina Turner

    added by mal1
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  7. 7
    + 2076
    - 1482
    Debbie Harry


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

    ;
  8. 8
    + 1949
    - 1299
    Annie Lennox

    added by First L
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

    ;
  9. 9
    + 1435
    - 1676
    Alanis Morissette

    often listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ;
  10. 10
    + 2120
    - 1886
    Amy Lee


    Alternative rock, Alternative metal

    ;
  11. 11
    + 1686
    - 1305
    Linda Ronstadt


    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

    ;
  12. 12
    + 1595
    - 1442
    Grace Slick


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  13. 13
    + 1546
    - 1316
    Cyndi Lauper

    added by misterp01
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

    ;
  14. 14
    + 1483
    - 1272
    Chrissie Hynde


    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

    ;
  15. 15
    + 1292
    - 1512
    Sheryl Crow

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  16. 16
    + 1352
    - 1156
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  17. 17
    + 1686
    - 1330
    P!nk

    added by selenemastiffs
    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

    ;
  18. 18
    + 1426
    - 998
    Nancy Wilson

    added by MChi
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

    ;
  19. 19
    + 1379
    - 1612
    Gwen Stefani


    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

    ;
  20. 20
    + 1074
    - 1303
    Patti Smith


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

    ;
  21. 21
    + 1161
    - 1101
    Karen Carpenter

    added by minna05
    Pop music, Soft rock

    ;
  22. 22
    + 1151
    - 1251
    Bonnie Tyler


    Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

    ;
  23. 23
    + 1240
    - 1418
    Melissa Etheridge


    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

    ;
  24. 24
    + 1035
    - 1051
    Christine McVie

    added by MChi
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ;
  25. 25
    + 1095
    - 1202
    Donna Summer


    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

    ;
  26. 26
    + 927
    - 822
    Bonnie Raitt


    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    ;
  27. 27
    + 1176
    - 1254
    Cher


    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

    ;
  28. 28
    + 921
    - 1159
    Lita Ford


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ;
  29. 29
    + 1008
    - 1256
    Lzzy Hale


    ;
  30. 30
    + 1012
    - 953
    Adele

    added by richerb
    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

    ;
  31. 31
    + 911
    - 1552
    Avril Lavigne


    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  32. 32
    + 902
    - 1255
    Hayley Williams


    Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

    ;
  33. 33
    + 963
    - 755
    Madonna

    ranked low on reranks & added by BigDogBama
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    ;
  34. 34
    + 686
    - 942
    Kate Bush

    added by mal1
    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

    ;
  35. 35
    + 858
    - 1446
    Tarja Turunen


    Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop

    ;
  36. 36
    + 768
    - 962
    Joni Mitchell

    added by MChi
    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

    ;
  37. 37
    + 652
    - 1132
    Shirley Manson

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

    ;
  38. 38
    + 415
    - 394


    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

    ;
  39. 39
    + 619
    - 695
    Dusty Springfield

    added by minna05
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

    ;
  40. 40
    + 763
    - 860
    Belinda Carlisle

    added by Coolza
    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

    ;
  41. 41
    + 567
    - 583
    Carly Simon

    added by minna05
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  42. 42
    + 575
    - 1512
    Courtney Love

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock

    ;
  43. 43
    + 758
    - 901
    Cass Elliot


    Pop music, Folk rock

    ;
  44. 44
    + 571
    - 973
    Siouxsie Sioux

    added by First L
    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

    ;
  45. 45
    + 421
    - 355
    Sarah McLachlan

    ranked low on reranks & added by velvet
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

    ;
  46. 46
    + 486
    - 773
    Sinéad O'Connor

    added by mal1
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

    ;
  47. 47
    + 463
    - 710
    Natalie Merchant

    added by mal1
    Alternative rock

    ;
  48. 48
    + 719
    - 997
    Tracy Chapman


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

    ;
  49. 49
    + 496
    - 821
    Tori Amos


    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

    ;
  50. 50
    + 344
    - 275
    Etta James

    ranked low on reranks & added by MChi
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    ;
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