The Best Female Metal Singers

Though there's still quite a gender disparity in the genre, the best female metal singers on this list have managed to break barriers to become well known names in the game. The way aggression and machismo was intertwined into metal at first made it difficult for women to make their voices known but thanks to hard rock pioneers like Joan Jett, women began to make their way into the genre.

The early 80s band Warlock became successful across Europe thanks to Doro Pesch, the proclaimed "Metal Queen." Then in the 90s, Liv Kristine's feminine vocals provided a stark contrast to the band she joined - Theatre of Tragedy. In the 2010s, Japan saw a rise in all-female metal bands. As metal develops and changes as a genre, more women will no doubt find ways to participate and thrive in vocal and band capacities.

Vote up your favorite female metal singer and scan the list for some more talented figures in the genre.

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  • Floor Jansen (pronounced [ˈfloːr ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born 21 February 1981) is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and vocal coach. She is currently the lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. Jansen first became known as a member of symphonic metal band After Forever, standing as their lead vocalist from 1997, when she joined at age 16, to their disbanding in 2009. When After Forever disbanded, she formed ReVamp and has released two albums with them. In 2012 following the departure of their lead vocalist Anette Olzon, Nightwish brought in Jansen as a touring member until the end of their Imaginaerum World Tour. In 2013, they announced Jansen was now their full-time lead vocalist; she ...more
  • Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia (Italian pronunciation: [krisˈtiːna adriˈaːna ˈkjaːra ˈskabbja]; born 6 June 1972) is an Italian singer and lyricist, best known as one of the two vocalists in the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. She used to write an advice column in the popular rock magazine Revolver, alongside musician Vinnie Paul. Scabbia is featured in a Megadeth song "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)". She also featured on "The Theory of Everything", an album from Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Ayreon project, with which she is cast as the Mother. She is also the featured artist in the Apocalyptica song "S.O.S. (Anything But Love)" and another version of the Alter Bridge song "Watch Over ...more
  • Amy Lee (Evanescence)
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    Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. Along with her contributions with the band, Lee has also participated on other musical projects including Walt Disney Records' Nightmare Revisited and Muppets: The Green Album. She has performed collaborations with artists such as Korn, Seether, and David Hodges. Lee composed the soundtrack to the films War Story (2014) and Indigo Grey: The Passage (2015) with cellist Dave Eggar, and the song "Speak to Me" for the film Voice from the Stone (2017). She possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal ...more
  • Sharon Janny den Adel (born 12 July 1974) is a Dutch singer, songwriter and fashion designer, best known as the lead vocalist and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. She has been a performing musician since the age of 14, and is a founding member of Within Temptation, along with Robert Westerholt, in 1996. She was also elected to be the Dutch chairperson of the jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
  • Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy)
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    Alissa White-Gluz is a member of the musical group Arch Enemy.
  • Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)
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    Elize Ryd is a Swedish singer, dancer, composer and show artist, and is most famous for being the female vocalist for the melodic death/power metal band Amaranthe. She also gained some popularity prior to the band's inception by performing guest vocals for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot both on tour and in the studio. She sings in the soprano range.