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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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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    Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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    Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Grace Slick Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Nancy Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    P!nk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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    Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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    Christine McVie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Christine McVie Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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    Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Lzzy Hale

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    Cher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Lita Ford Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Hayley Williams Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

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    Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Shirley Manson Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Tarja Turunen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Tarja Turunen Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Carly Simon Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Courtney Love Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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    Belinda Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Belinda Carlisle Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


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

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    Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

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    Siouxsie Sioux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Siouxsie Sioux New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Natalie Merchant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Natalie Merchant Alternative rock

  47. 47
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    Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Sinéad O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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    Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Tori Amos Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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

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