Favorite Female Lead Singers of Rock Bands – Updated

Wolf Alice – Source: thetimes.co.uk

This can be a tough category to define, as what constitutes a rock band is a moving target. For this list, a rock band is a group of musicians who play under a group name, not an individual’s name (unless it’s part of the group’s name). For example – Pat Benatar is an awesome rock performer and would rank easily in the top 5 of this list, but she performs under her own name not a band’s name. So here’s my list and its based solely on personal preferences.

As I hear new bands or new music from existing ones, this list may be revised, updated, and expanded upon from time to time. Enjoy!

  1. Ellie Rowsell – Wolf Alice
  2. Ann Wilson – Heart
  3. Emily Haines – Metric
  4. Stevie Nicks – Fleetwood Mac
  5. Shirley Manson – Garbage
  6. Patty Smyth – Scandal
  7. Ritzy Bryan – The Joy Formidable
  8. Rebecca Lovell – Larkin Poe
  9. Florence Welch – Florence and the Machine
  10. Deborah Harry – Blondie
  11. Aimee Mann – Til Tuesday
  12. Belinda Carlisle – The Go-Go’s
  13. Annie Lennox – Eurythmics
  14. Karen O – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  15. Leah Fay – July Talk
  16. Christine McVie – Fleetwood Mac
  17. Chrissie Hynde – The Pretenders
  18. Kim Gordon – Sonic Youth
  19. Terri Nunn – Berlin
  20. Grace Slick – Jefferson Airplane/Starship
  21. Gwen Stefani – No Doubt
  22. Hayley Williams – Paramore
  23. Susanna Hoffs – The Bangles
  24. Martha Davis – The Motels
  25. Delores O’Riordan – The Cranberries
  26. Beth Gibbons – Portishead
  27. Natalie Merchant – 10,000 Maniacs
  28. Courtney Love – Hole
  29. Joan Jett – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  30. Marie Fredriksson – Roxette
  31. Dale Bozzio – Missing Persons

Scandal – cincyweekend.com

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