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List Rules 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 Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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4,841 2,151
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Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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4,713 2,313
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Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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3,813 2,180
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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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3,598 2,083
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Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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4,086 2,454
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mal1 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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2,759 1,871
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Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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2,562 1,685
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First L added Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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2,760 2,390
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Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

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2,274 1,644
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Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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1,859 2,167
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Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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1,976 1,587
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Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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2,111 1,775
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Grace Slick Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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1,994 1,736
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Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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1,841 1,546
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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1,637 1,933
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Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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1,939 1,251
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MChi added Nancy Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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2,249 1,734
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selenemastiffs added P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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1,736 2,087
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Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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1,575 1,411
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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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1,407 1,611
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Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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1,298 1,082
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Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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1,491 1,288
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MChi added Christine McVie Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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1,563 1,756
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Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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1,419 1,587
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Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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1,383 1,499
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Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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1,454 1,349
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richerb added Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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1,233 1,425
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Lita Ford Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,333 1,600
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958 1,252
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mal1 added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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1,455 1,606
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Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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885 783
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Carly Simon Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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1,237 1,211
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BigDogBama added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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705 602
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velvet added Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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1,191 1,976
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Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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899 1,428
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Shirley Manson Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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1,053 1,186
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MChi added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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588 496
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MChi added Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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1,151 1,590
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Hayley Williams Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

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893 882
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Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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683 693
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Rock Singers
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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1,053 1,086
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Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

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970 1,754
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Tarja Turunen Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop

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777 1,224
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First L added Siouxsie Sioux New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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992 1,054
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Coolza added Belinda Carlisle Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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660 916
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mal1 added Natalie Merchant Alternative rock

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722 1,056
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mal1 added Sinéad O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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778 1,931
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Courtney Love Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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926 1,235
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Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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644 869
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richerb added Susanna Hoffs Pop music, Rock music