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Top 10 Greatest Female Rock Singers
In a male dominated industry that is Rock n Roll, these amazing female singers has given women their rightful place in music history. Here is a list of the Top 10 Greatest Female Rock Singers of All Time. Please leave your comments below and also feel free to vote in my online poll. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
#1 Folk Rock Queen Janis
Janis Joplin was one of the most powerful singers to emerge from the psychedelic rock movement. Her amazing vocals and unique stage performances made her icon of her generation. Though she only lived 27 years, her very short musical career endures forever. She was listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. She was also once dubbed the Queen of Rock n Roll a well as the Queen of psychedelic Soul. Though her musical style was seen as folk & rhythm and blues, she became a staple in the white rock movement during the early 1960s era thus opening up many doors for female rock artists. For this reason, she is my number 1 pick for the greatest female rock singer ever.
#2 Queen of Rock n Roll
Tina Turner is an American Rock n Roll singer and actress. She began her iconic career alongside her husband and band mate Ike Turner. Together they were known as Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
The duo released a string of successful hit records throughout the mid 1960s and early 1970s eras. Their many hits include the successful singles “Proud Mary” and “River Deep Mountain High” among numerous others.
After their divorce and split in 1978, Tina went solo and eventually became one of the greatest female rock singers of all time. The diva currently holds two Guinness Book of World Records, one for becoming the best selling solo concert ticket performer in history, having sold more concerts tickets than any other live performer and the other for the largest paying audience to see a live performer for a 1988 Brazilian concert in which the diva played in front of a crowd of 184,000. As one of the most successful female singers of all time, Tina redefined the rock aged and has since inspired numerous performers in her more than half of a century career. The Queen of Rock n Roll has sold more than 180 million records and singles worldwide. She was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame alongside her former bandmate and husband Ike turner in 1991. She was also given her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ms. Turner in recent years was honored by Former president Bush for her remarkable achievements in music. It is why I am naming her the 2nd greatest female rock singer ever.
#3 The First Lady of Rock
Linda Ronstadt is one the most successful female rock singers in history. She began her amazing career as a member of the Stone Poneys in the early 1960s. Ms. Ronstadt later became a solo performer who experimented with many different genres of popular music which includes country,r&b, jazz, opera and folk. She was once dubbed the Queen of Rock n Roll and the First Lady of Rock due to her remarkable trailblazing achievements as a female rock artist. During the early 1970s, she became the first woman of rock to have several multi platinum albums.
In her successful career, she has won 11 Grammy’s, two Country Music Awards and an Emmy. The diva has also “released over 30 solo studio albums and 15 compilations or greatest hits LPs” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Ronstadt). Her many hits include “Blue Bayou,” “You’re No Good” and the duet with Aaron Neville “Don’t know Much” among numerous others successful singles.
Linda Ronstadt have sold over 100 million records worldwide. It is why I am naming her the third greatest female rock singer ever.
#4 Dark Angel Amy
Amy Lee is an American rock singer and songwriter who first rose to fame with the Goth metal rock group Evanescence. She along with her band have sold over 20 million albums and singles worldwide. Ms. Lee is one the greatest female rock singers ever. In my honest opinion, if Whitney was the supreme voice of pop, this diva is likewise the supreme voice of rock. Her dark and powerful angelic sound has made her one of the most celebrated rock musicians of the new millennium.
The young rocker has yet to release a solo album but none the less, she has left an indelible mark on pop culture. Her many hits with Evanescence includes “Bring Me to Life” “Going Under” “My immortal” and “Everybody’s fool” among numerous other successful singles which have all redefined the new metal rock age. The diva’s Gothic and Celtic fashion forward attire is a signature to her ever more popular rock image.
#5 Punk Icon Annie
Annie Lennox is a Scottish singer, songwriter and social and political activist. She first rose to international fame with her former boyfriend and band mate David A Stewart. Together they were known as the new wave punk group the Eurythmics. They released several hit singles including their biggest hit to date “Sweet Dreams" are Made of This”. In 1990, after her split with her then boyfriend and band mate Dave she went solo, releasing a string of hit records which includes the successful singles "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass" just to name a few. During this same time period, she became a cultural icon for her gender bending style and amazing voice. Lennox is the most successful female British artist in UK history. She has been called “The Greatest White female Soul Singer Alive by VH1 and was also named as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Lennox). To date ,the diva has sold over 80 million records and recently won an Oscar for best original song for her work on the Lord of The Rings: Return of The King movie soundtrack. As one of the most amazing rock singers of all time, it’s only right that I name her the 5thgreatest female rock singer ever.
#6 80s Superstar Pat
Pat Benetar was one the biggest female rock stars of the 1980s. She started her amazing career performing in local night clubs around Richmond, Virginia and eventually moved back to her hometown of New York where she scored her first major record deal in 1978. Her second studio album Crimes of Passion made the young diva a mega star with major hits such as “Love is a Battlefield”, Fire and ice and Shadows among numerous other successful singles. During this time period she became a staple on MTV and began winning numerous awards. Her signature mega hit single “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” earned the rock queen several Grammys and American music awards throughout her peak years from 1980-1986. She went on to become a cultural icon her with numerous gold and platinum albums and was recently “inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Benatar#Life_and_career). It is why I am naming her the six greatest female rock singer ever.
#7 Rock Queen
Ann Wilson has one of the most powerful voices music has produced. She began her career with the hard rock group Heart alongside her sister Nancy who played lead guitar in the band. Ann's group went on to conquer the 1970s and early 80s rock age with iconic hits such as "Crazy on You", "Magic Man", "Alone" and "Barracuda" among countless other successful singles. The rock diva showed the world that women can also truly rock.
With over 30 million albums and singles sold to date, Ann continues to break barriers for women in a male dominated world that is rock music. Known for her powerful voice she has been cited as a major influence among numerous young rock female performers. It is why she is my number 7th pick for the greatest female rock singer ever.
#8 Punk Rebel
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian punk rock singer who first rose to fame in 2003 with her smash debut album "Let Go" which sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. Her sophomore LP Under My Skin was equally as successful. To date the young rock songtress has sold more than 30 million albums and is one of the best selling rock female artists in the United States with more than 10 million certified albums and singles to her name. Avril has won numerous awards in her nearly a decade long career. Her powerful and beautiful voice has made her one of the biggest female rock singers of the past decade. It is why I am naming her the 8th greatest female rock singer of all time.
#9 Latin Rock Diva
Shakira is an Columbian rock singer who made her American debut in 2001 with her bilingual album Laundry Service. The LP produced many successful singles which includes the #1 global hit "Whenever Wherever" which has gone on to reach #1 in over 30 countries worldwide. Other successful singles from the iconic CD includes "Underneath Your Clothes" and "Objection (Tango)." The album is Shakira's most outstanding LP to date selling more than 16 million copies globally and turning the Latin songtress into an international superstar. Over the past decade, Shakira has released several more successful LPs and has since become one the best selling musical artists in history with more than 70 million albums and singles sold worldwide. Her powerful Latin rock sound and amazing career has now given women of Hispanic descent a voice in popular music. Skakira is one of the most accomplished female rock artists ever. Her unique voice and dancing is truly a treasure. It is why I am naming her my 9th pick for greatest female rock singer.
#10 Punk Queen Joan Jett
Rock innovator and visionary Joan Jett is a cultural icon who paved the way for female singers in rock music. She first formed the all girl rock band the Runaways in the early 1970s. They were immensely popular throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia. As a solo artist she became known as the Godmother of punk for her unique hard rocking voice and style. Joan's best known hit was her cover of the rock anthem “I love Rock n Roll which made her one of the biggest stars of the 1980s rock era.
Her other band called Joan and the Blackhearts were also hugely successful and their achievements continued to further her career as music icon. Many female rock artists have cited her as a major inspiration. It is why she is my tenth and final pick for the greatest female rock singer ever.