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Best female rock vocalist

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Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Ann Wilson, Beth Hart, Skin.

ETA: Suzi Quatro

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Ann Wilson and those symphonic rock queens as mentioned by redheaddamsel,Sharon den Adel,Floor Jansen and the one with the most incredible range Tarja Turennen.Saw her once with Night wish years ago,unforgettable.

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For my money, this is the single greatest performance by a chick, and for me ranks near the top of any dude or chick, it's sounds so rock n roll and her voice to me has a lot of character and swagger at this gig:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wui6lCNjqs

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Bonnie Raitt

Melissa Ethridge

Ann Wilson

Lucinda Williams

I'd say Adele, but she is in a class all her own..a total freak of nature.

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If I narrowed it down to just a few favorites (who I've listened to consistently over the years) it would be:

Stevie Nicks

Ann Wilson

Chrissie Hynde

Allison Mosshart

Natalie Merchant (not really ROCK, but...)

There are others I like too, and I'm not counting soul singers here

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Love the stuff Annie Lennox has done, especially her solo work.

Rickie Lee Jones does some fabulous stuff, check out Vessel of Light. Almost anything from her first two albums are amazing.

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. The first LP was hectic and amazing, the second much quieter but still amazing!

Patty Smyth could have been lead singer for Van Halen, oh what that COULD HAVE BEEN! Hats off to EVH for recognizing an amazing possibility.

God there's a ton! Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Ani Difranco...could go on and on!

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Without Big Brother, I don't think there would be a reason to list Janis Joplin, here.

Grace Slick had the best voice/fellow singer (Marty Balin)/band (Jefferson Airplane).

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Cherie Currie could belt 'em out. But then again , so could Lita , Joan and Sandy West. rip

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Annie Lennox, Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks, and Bonnie Raitt though i'm not sure if Bonnie is Rock and Roll or blues/Folk. Either way she has a beautiful and powerful voice.
If we are just talking about amazing pipes then Patti Labelle is very hard to beat though calling her a rock vocalist is a stretch.

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For pure Rock and Roll attitude, and a voice that just radiates emotion, Janis Joplin is hard to beat.

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Underrated Female Rock Bands: Epicea, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Hydrogyn, Doro, Nightwish.

Will also 2nd Ann Wilson, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks.  I also love Courtney Love's filthy vocals.

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8 minutes ago, Marmalade_Skies said:

Underrated Female Rock Bands: Epicea, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Hydrogyn, Doro, Nightwish.

Will also 2nd Ann Wilson, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks.  I also love Courtney Love's filthy vocals.

None in the first row's singers could even come close to Ann Wilson (all of these over-pompous metal chicks just miss the ingredient called "soul")

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I never said they were better than Ann Wilson.  I don't think there's a single female [rock] singer who could compete with her.

Also, I need to get Nancy Wilson to marry me.  <3

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18 minutes ago, Marmalade_Skies said:

 

Also, I need to get Nancy Wilson to marry me.  <3

Lol, yeah she is amazing!

Funny everyone on this planet seems to know Epica, I know their bass player for ages.................should I send a "hi there" to Simone on your behalf?

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10 hours ago, Marmalade_Skies said:

Underrated Female Rock Bands: Epicea, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Hydrogyn, Doro, Nightwish.

 

 

Never liked Doro, although she seems like a nice person.

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15 hours ago, reswati said:

None in the first row's singers could even come close to Ann Wilson (all of these over-pompous metal chicks just miss the ingredient called "soul")

Well said, to me it's easily Ann Wilson. We got a chance to see Heart a few years back, they were just amazing. Her voice on the Zep tracks they did in the encore, as well as The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" was just magical.

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Keeping strictly to the "rock" genre (no pop, country, blues, etc.), so no Patsy Cline, Nina Simone, or Roberta Flack for instance.

In no particular order...

Grace Slick

Janis Joplin

Patti Smith

PJ Harvey

Kate Bush

Elisabeth Fraser

Chrissie Hynde

Joan Armatrading

Joan Jett

Siouxsie Sioux

Ann Wilson

Linda Rondstandt

Emmylou Harris

Wanda Jackson

Debbie Harry

Kate Pierson

Exene Cervenka

Penelope Houston

Christine McVie

Stevie Nicks

Bonnie Raitt

Joan Armatrading

Annie Lennox

Margo Timmons

Lucinda Williams

Laetitia & Mary from Stereolab

Donita Sparks

Kristen Hersh

Corin Tucker

Bjork

Trish Keenan

Allison Goldfrapp

Diamanda Galas

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^ No Lita Ford?  She and Joan Jett always come to mind when I consider women rock singers.  Ann Wilson would be my favorite as others have said.  Strider, your list definitely is comprehensive! 

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