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The Best Female Rock Singers

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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.

List Criteria: Female rock vocalists only!

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    96
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    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    95
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    92
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    most listed
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    92
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    the people's #1 &ranked low on reranks
    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    90
    added by: mal1
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    87
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    often listed
    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    80
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    Amy Lee

    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    71
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    68
    added by: First L
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    Linda Ronstadt

    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music More
    67
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    Grace Slick

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    65
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    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    64
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    62
    added by: misterp01
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    Chrissie Hynde

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    62
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    Bonnie Tyler

    Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music More
    61
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    controversial
    Tarja Turunen

    Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop More
    61
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    Sheryl Crow

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    58
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    Gwen Stefani

    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave More
    58
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    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    56
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    Lita Ford

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal More
    56
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    Patti Smith

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    54
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    Pink

    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    54
    added by: selenemastiffs
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    Aretha Franklin

    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
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    Christine McVie

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    53
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    niche appeal
    Adele

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    Nancy Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    52
    added by: MChi
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    Sharon den Adel

    Doom metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal More
    52
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    Cher

    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    51
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    Lzzy Hale

    50
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    Karen Carpenter

    Pop music, Soft rock More
    50
    added by: minna05
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    Doro Pesch

    hard rock, metal More
    49
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    48
    added by: MChi
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    Belinda Carlisle

    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    48
    added by: Coolza
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    Courtney Love

    Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    47
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    Avril Lavigne

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
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    Cristina Scabbia

    Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal More
    46
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    Cass Elliot

    Pop music, Folk rock More
    46
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    Shirley Manson

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music More
    46
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    Bonnie Raitt

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    46
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    Siouxsie Sioux

    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    45
    added by: First L
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    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    45
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    Hayley Williams

    Pop punk, Pop music, Emo More
    45
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    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    44
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    Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal More
    44
    added by: DaniloCoutinho
    Floor Jansen (pronounced [flɔr ˈjɑnsɛn]; born 21 February 1981 in Goirle) is a Dutch singer ... more
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    Natalie Merchant

    Alternative rock More
    43
    added by: mal1
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    Susanna Hoffs

    Pop music, Rock music More
    43
    added by: richerb
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    Fiona Apple

    Indie pop, Rock music, Piano rock More
    43
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    Kate Bush

    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    42
    added by: mal1
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