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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    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

    the people's #1
    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


    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


    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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    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


    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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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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    Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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


    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


    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


    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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    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


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

    ranked low on reranks & added by MChi
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    P!nk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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


    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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


    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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    Christine McVie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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


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


    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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


    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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

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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

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

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Tarja Turunen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop

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    Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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

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    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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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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

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    Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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

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    Natalie Merchant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Alternative rock

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

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Belinda Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Pop music, Folk rock

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

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    Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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    Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers


    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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