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Top 10 Frontwomen In Hard Rock And Heavy Metal

August 20, 2019


[Music] they’re the leaders of their bands and have way more metal cred than you do welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten front women in hard rock and heavy metal this list we’re following up our top 10 front women in rock video with this list of female lead vocalists in hard rock and heavy metal [Music] while you may have been told that girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice these women made the list thanks to their undeniable performance ability skilled songwriting popularity and unmatched vocal range [Applause] number 10 Lacey Sturm Wiley [Music] despite stepping away from Flyleaf in 2012 to pursue other interests Lacey Sturm NAB’s the number 10 spot on our countdown thanks to a strong decade-long run as the leader of said Ben [Music] during sturms time as lead vocalist Flyleaf netted a platinum album top 20 spots on the Billboard 200 and a number-one spot on the Billboard alternative chart [Applause] [Music] sturms various endeavors outside of Flyleaf have also won her various accolades [Music] number nine Sharon den Adel Within Temptation [Music] a performer since the age of 14 Sharon den Adel has never had formal vocal training but you wouldn’t know it when listening to her [Music] she possesses an incredible mezzo-soprano range which she utilizes to create the epic sound of Within Temptation versatility is an mo for dental who sings with full orchestral backing and a piano she also put to use her fashion industry experience by designing stage costumes for Within Temptation stage shows and she can sing in both Dutch and English [Applause] [Music] you might say she’s somewhat of an artistic polymath and number eight Rodie doll the distillers and spinnerets Rodie doll drew comparisons to Courtney Love of grunge era band whole when the distillers debuted in 2000 he became one of the more recognizable faces of punk-rock for a time in the early 2000s as her band enjoyed a brief period of wide popularity displaying an aggressive side that gave her performances a sharper edge than most her fierceness keeps her in high demand among the hard rock community he’s guessed it on work bike garbage as well as her ex-husband Tim Armstrong’s ban transplants and her current husband Josh hommies groups Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal among others [Applause] [Music] and number seven simone simons época [Music] the second Dutch metal front woman on our list simone simons left behind her pop singing lessons in favor of classical singing after hearing other female fronted metal band Nightwish fans of the genre are glad she did as they now get to enjoy her take on symphonic metal as the lead singer of epic ax gothic metal music provides the perfect soundscape for simon’s operatic vocal range and she has helped to find the newest generation of women in metal [Music] number six Lizzy Hale hailstorm plenty of bands have singers who would be hard to replace but Halestorm definitely couldn’t go on without Lizzy Hale the band’s namesake and frontwoman since she was just 14 years old [Music] Lizzy brings her raw style and raspy vocals to over 250 shows a year as part of the group’s grueling touring regimen [Music] when not on the road Lizzy acts as a metal ambassador performing crossover songs with violinist Lindsey Stirling and country star Eric Church [Music] a hailstorm song has even been immortalized on Glee [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] number five Amy Lee Evanescence [Music] with 25 million albums sold two Grammys two albums to reach the top spot on the Billboard charts and two certified platinum records Amy Lee inner band Evanescence are undeniably popular [Music] she puts her lyrical acumen to work alongside her skills as a classically trained pianist serving as the primary songwriter for the band as well [Music] she does it all and she’s received just about every award imaginable for her efforts [Music] number four Angela Gossow arch-enemy [Music] [Applause] Angela Gossow contributions to Swedish melodic metal bed arch-enemy are too good and too lasting to ignore and will surely be remembered long after her recent parting with the bed gah so cut her teeth and meddle with bands like mistress before mastering the unique growling vocals that she displays with arch enemy a singing style that eludes and challenges lead singers of both genders [Applause] now acting as the band’s manager rather than performing angela has equipped arch-enemy with similarly skilled Alissa white-gluz [Music] number three Doro Pesch warlock and Dora [Music] sometimes the best metal comes with age Doro Pesch recently turned 50 and just keeps on rocking [Music] she’s been belting out gothic fantasy metal lyrics with her trademark scream and vibrato for over three generations now [Music] originally the vocalist of German heavy metal band warlock she was the sole remaining member of the band by the turn of the 90s and was forced to change the name to duro the original lineup of warlock reunited in 2003 and has toured under the name warlock 1986 [Music] number two Cristina Scabbia Lacuna Coil starting her career as a touring musician by performing backup vocals Cristina Scabbia now has no reservations about sharing the stage with co-lead vocalist aundrea Farrow [Music] when Christina opens her mouth she quickly takes the spotlight and her vocal capabilities make her malleable to the often shifting sounds of Lacuna Coil [Music] she’s capable of soaring high notes or rolling low vocals and her crystal clear voice plays the perfect foil of beauty to Pharaoh’s Beast [Music] before we reveal our top pick let’s take a look at some other noteworthy front women and the honorable mentions [Music] nobody nobody gets hurt [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] number one Harriet or Onan Nightwish [Music] if you’ve heard Tarija Turin n sing then you know exactly why she’s in the top spot of this countdown she studied singing in school continued to develop her voice over her career and managed to unlock a three octave vocal range which allows her to sing mezzo soprano contralto and a coloratura soprano [Music] and she uses them all in her emotionally-driven powerful music [Music] Tereus operatic voice gave Nightwish its trademark sound but even after she was dismissed from the band in 2005 she’s used her incredible vocal skills to build a successful solo career [Music] do you agree with our list which heavy-metal women make you want to find the nearest mosh pit for more head-banging top 10s published every day be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com [Music]

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100 Comments

  • Reply Danielle Darling August 12, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    You put the distillers ahead of in this moment have you hear Maria Brink?!

  • Reply Rebecca Smith August 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Lita Ford is one of the best singers from my youth she paved the way for all the rest who have came after she even did a duet with godfather of metal Ozzy Osburn close my eyes forever

  • Reply Chris C August 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    CHIBI tops my list. She tops all my lists.

  • Reply Graham Norman August 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Great to see a celebration of woman who perform in Hard Rock and Metal today. Massive oversight though, where is Elize Ryd from Amaranthe????? Not even an honourable mention?????

  • Reply Kyle Atkins August 12, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Floor Jensen should be on the list along with Maria Brink!
    Floor has perfected Nightwish

  • Reply Deamos33 August 13, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Amy Lee And Lacy Sturm all the way..

  • Reply kralicaaleks August 13, 2019 at 1:57 am

    it's an absolute sin that Sharon Den Adel is #9. hers is the best band on this list, and she's the best vocalist (along with Lzzy Hale); she should be at least in the top three. the fact that Amy Lee is so ahead, #5 on the list, is absolutely disrespectful…Within Temptation walked so Evanescence could run.

    also, i'm very happy the Distillers are getting the recognition they deserve…seeing them in a video with symphonic metal bands like Epica makes my punk heart happy. but the women who Brody Dalle wouldn't have existed without – Courtney Love and Joan Jett) – are missing, which i'm pretty bummed about, considering the Runaways were revolutionary as the first all-female rock band, and Hole was also a very influential feminist band.

    The Pretty Reckless deserved a lot more than an honorable mention. although Taylor Momsen is not THAT talented, the quality of her band is almost up there with Halestorm. i knew everyone on this list except #10, no idea who she is, so they should've taken that place.

  • Reply Laura Bulaya August 13, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Update : Tatiana Shmaylyuk is number 1

  • Reply Nikumi Rok August 13, 2019 at 6:50 am

    And also amaranthe

  • Reply Blaise Collins August 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Flyleaf and Distiller are not metal by any definition. They could have been replaced by any of the honorable mentions or Leaves Eyes or Butcher Babies or something

  • Reply Giovanni Ghekiere August 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Who I mis in this list is Vibeke Stene, front woman of the first 5 Tristania albums. Luckely I saw them live before she left the band. She also has an amazing vocal range.

  • Reply Tamara T August 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Why couldn't they just put minimum effort and pronounce Simone Simons' name properly? It's not even hard

  • Reply Donald Bo August 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Halestorm Lizzie Hale is number 1 rock not opera crap

  • Reply Dan lawrence August 13, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Sorry, but Amy Lee is number one in my book.

  • Reply My Little Gargoyle August 13, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    First of all, Within Temptation sounds like country music wtf.

    Second of all, GEN FROM GENITORTURERS, bitches.

  • Reply Blind Dragon August 14, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I will never understand why Nightwish got ride of Tarja

  • Reply Jamie Bowser August 14, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Good list, I’m shocked Joan Jett wasn’t on the list. Could have made a top 20 instead of having honorable mentions. Vixen, Lita Ford, Heart, Jinjer, and Joan Jett to name a few I didn’t see on the list at all

  • Reply Jeffrey Horner August 14, 2019 at 4:21 am

    What about jinjer

  • Reply Jamie Bowser August 14, 2019 at 4:28 am

    I’m glad my favorite female vocalist made it to #2 well deserved. Can’t wait for the new lacuna coil Album

  • Reply goingtoscotland August 14, 2019 at 4:57 am

    It's really too bad all of the bands on this list are hot garbage

  • Reply 217sherlock August 14, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Simone is ranked below Amy Lee?? give a fucking break!!! She should have been mumber 2

  • Reply Michael Trammell August 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Amy lee should be 1 the queen of heavy metal

  • Reply KevyMotorSport August 14, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Doro was it the rest are plane shit

  • Reply Mr. E from Tau Ceti August 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    What, no Suzuka Nakamoto (Sumetal) of Babymetal?

  • Reply Graham Kyle Vulcan August 14, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I agree Tarja being put on top of the list. Nightwish was such a great band with her.
    Such an awesome soprano vocalist to back up a metal band. Gorgeous as fuck, too

  • Reply moserr11 August 14, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    no they have a higher octive

  • Reply jordania hernandez August 15, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Yea! Tarja Tururen ❤️❤️

  • Reply kralicaaleks August 15, 2019 at 2:51 am

    LACEY STURM?? are you FUCKING kidding me??? you could've put Joan Jett or Courtney Love (both of whom inspired Brody Dalle) or one of the "honorable mentions" like Taylor Momsen or Maria Brink, instead you put Lacey fucking Sturm?? fuck off. Sharon Den Adel deserves so much better than to be put next to that homophobic religious cunt.

  • Reply kiss the sky August 15, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Julie xmas

  • Reply DefMettle August 15, 2019 at 5:17 am

    fair enough… i would add Nicole Bogner rip.

  • Reply steven Last August 15, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Amy at 5? Honorable mention for Brink? Crap list, in my opinion! #1 Evanescence, #2 Lacuna Coil ( they got that right at least), #3 In This Moment, #4 Halestorm #5 Hole!!!! Didn't make the list! AYFKM!!!

  • Reply Matty McPatty August 15, 2019 at 10:01 am

    you cn really see the feminisme cancer shining thru in this

  • Reply ThatRandomPerson 1 August 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t remember her name but the singer in this Hungarian band called Nova Prospect is amazing. She’s not only an amazing singer but a great performer.

  • Reply Daniel Bath August 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I would put Cristina Scabbia at number one personally, but nice compilation anyway.

  • Reply Guilherme August 15, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Sharon at 9?? WTF?? SHE DESERVES MORE!!!

  • Reply Guilherme August 15, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    10 – Taylor momsen (The pretty reckless)

    9 – Maria brink (in this moment)

    8 – Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)  

    7 – Amy Lee (Evanescence)

    6 – Alissa White Gluz (Arch enemy)

    5 – Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna coil)

    4 – Floor Jansen (Nightwish)

    3 – Simone Simons (Epica)

    2 – Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish)

    1 – Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation)

  • Reply Stacy Herbert August 15, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Amy Lee is #5?? In what world? I can't even watch this shit anymore….

  • Reply Jayden Hoeg August 15, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Number one should be the chick fronting kiwi band DEVILSKIN

  • Reply Josh Lenard August 16, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Tatiana isn’t even on the fucking list?!? She’s literally got 10x the talent of any other woman listed.

  • Reply Belladonna Noir August 16, 2019 at 2:45 am

    No Liv Kristine? No Anna Murphy? No Ailyn? No Dianne Von Giersbergen?

  • Reply phil barnes August 16, 2019 at 3:14 am

    sharon den adel should of been in the top 3

  • Reply brandorn August 16, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Tatiana from Jinjer Numero Uno Baby🤟🤟🤟

  • Reply Mads Sørensen August 16, 2019 at 11:11 am

    That list sucked… really… had a few good names

  • Reply Sergey Redvanetsky August 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I just have to admit that this list will include some new names in 2019, and it's incredible!

  • Reply m l August 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    terrible list of wannabe metal and rock

  • Reply Neb6 August 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Not the lead signer in the group, but certainly noteworthy: https://youtu.be/WoI0pIg8_Yw?t=96
    Of course, there's also Nina Hagen.

  • Reply Kim McG. August 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    WOW! 🤯👍

  • Reply Joel Andersson August 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Doro. period. period. period. period. and so on….

  • Reply Kyle Sokoloski August 16, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    What about Unsun!! Polish Metal at its best.

  • Reply TheLeg9ndplays August 17, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Amy lee all the way

  • Reply Janeruluu August 17, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Wow, I thought Amy Lee would be #1

  • Reply Solar DNA August 17, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Don't understand why Flyleaf could make it on this list but not Paramore. Just saying.

  • Reply Jordan McMichael August 17, 2019 at 5:47 am

    "Hard rock and heavy metal" hahahahahahahahahahaha
    Bs

  • Reply engasal August 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

    *three decades. Three generations would make Doro like 90

  • Reply sabre_wulf1 August 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

    This top ten needs a serious makeover… its beyond old

  • Reply D'Orian Stone August 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Are you guys high???? Tarja, while exceptional, does not hold a candle to Floor's vocal capabilities. Haven't you heard Floor's divine live performance at Wacken 2013??? It puts all of Tarja's performances to shame.

  • Reply Scott Bland August 17, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Arch Enemy melodic? Bullshit. Why did Gossow retire from singing and go to managing the band? Because that crap style of singing destroys your voice.

  • Reply GAMER 523 August 17, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Evanescence
    Halestorm
    💯❤👌

  • Reply ZOSO4RUNE August 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Nightwish was blessed to have 3 number 1 caliber singers. its an absolute tragedy to have only one of them listed in the top 10. whom ever made up this list doesn't have a clue.

  • Reply Philip Gray August 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Charlotte Wessels from Delain should also be in tghe list.

  • Reply My Agony August 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I love Nightwish but I prefer Floor over Tarja! Are you serious having Floor as honorable mention? Not only her voice is divine but her vocal capabilities are superb and would sweep the floor with everyone in your list.

  • Reply Mark Beggs August 17, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Christina Scabbia craps on everyone she is unbelievable.

  • Reply Gilead Maerlyn August 17, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Only an honorable mention for Floor Jansen? :'(

  • Reply Kalten Browning August 17, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I would just like to correct something. Mojo bragged about Tarja Turunen's 3 octave range. I beleive her range is better than that. A 3 octave range is normal, a 4 octace range is great, and a 5 octave range is amazing.

  • Reply Matthew McClain August 18, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Y'all shoulda rennamed this list to "The Top 10 Heavy Metal MILF's""

  • Reply Geist FLY August 18, 2019 at 4:31 am

    NOPE!!!!

  • Reply Richard Adams August 18, 2019 at 5:11 am

    You have Amy Lee at number five? Behind Grosse, Pesh, Scabia, and Taria Turinin? Ridiculous!

  • Reply Reanna Not Rihanna August 18, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Lzzy and Amy should be higher on the list. Just sayin.

  • Reply MinecraftTransgenderyoutube feminist August 18, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Does anyone not love female singers of rock groups?

  • Reply Gary Wallace August 18, 2019 at 11:18 am

    When i heard the vocals of your top pic.. i literally wanted to slice my wrists.. how many albums have they released in comparison to Lacuna Coil (CRISTINA SCABBIA)?.. and CRISTINA's voice.. OMG

  • Reply kiomi101 August 18, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    No Tatiana from JINJER?!?!?!?

  • Reply Mike95 August 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Where the hell is Hayley Williams from Paramore?

  • Reply Renan Leme August 18, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I think Annie Wilson from Heart should have been mentionated.

  • Reply Mandy van Beek August 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Yes within temptation❤️

  • Reply Christie Gibbs-Campos August 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    You forgot Shirley Manson of Garbage

  • Reply Julián Martínez August 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Anneke van Giersbergen

  • Reply AvidR1 August 19, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I really like UnSun and Birthday Massacre as well…

  • Reply Domenic Martino August 19, 2019 at 3:17 am

    In this moment should have been number 3 just my opinion then nightwish and lacuna coil as number 1

  • Reply Aaron Blackwell August 19, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Maria Brink should of made the list

  • Reply WWTormentor August 19, 2019 at 7:15 am

    There are a couple that were missed. Lita Ford and Joan Jett. Also I think Doro should have been number one. I have been a fan of her and warlock since 1985. She’s an amazing singer and even more amazing live.

  • Reply RainbowDemon August 19, 2019 at 10:13 am

    This is clearly written by someone who maybe researched heavy metal but isn't actually into it. Doro hasn't been really relevant in years and Flyleaf and The Distillers could be left out in favor of actual heavy metal and left the hard rock out, Halestorm is one of the most overrated bands of all time – they're an inferior version of Paramore or Cold Kingdom. And Evanescence? Are you kidding me? She's a good vocalist but she's hardly one of the leaders of female-fronted heavy music.

    Sharon den Adel was a good pick, as was Simone Simons and Cristina Scabbia. I'd accept Marina Brink on the list over some of the others. Tarya Turunen's a classic but her solo career hasn't been that exceptional.

    This is just a popularity contest, not anything actually relevant.

  • Reply Dylan Young August 19, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Check out DevilSkin out of NZ

  • Reply Tara Bonee August 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Fly Leaf? No. Get Straightline Stitch in there!

  • Reply Angeluss Blade August 19, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Ew distilers. Ew ew ew

  • Reply Bill Schipper August 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I must be out of touch because I didn't recognize one name on that list. They are all cool singers

  • Reply baked boy mail August 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    where the fuck is Wendy O Williams?

  • Reply Rob B. August 19, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Ok, so good work on the video…

    However, this could have easily been a Top 20 or even 30 list!!! There should be NO "honorable mentions" remotely attached to this subject. Definitely needs an updated version.

  • Reply DevilsNachoz August 19, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Maria Brinks is only an honorable mention???? Way to drop the ball Mojo.

  • Reply Eli Toole August 19, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    i think brittney hayes/slayes should be on here

  • Reply Sira Cosin August 19, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Amy Lee at number 5?! Number 5?! Excuse me I request a redo because she deserves at least in the top 3

  • Reply Cursi August 20, 2019 at 12:34 am

    you'll have to do a new one soon to add Melody Cristea (Liliac Band)

  • Reply MUDRA August 20, 2019 at 1:44 am

    hey stop to call this stuff hard rock or metal, this is pop music. listen to Crisis – different ways of decay Frontwomen just for one example

  • Reply Gerhard Parke August 20, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Some of these women shouldn't be on this list.

  • Reply Richard Rieth August 20, 2019 at 2:41 am

    How is Sandra Nasic from Guano Apes not on here?

  • Reply Eric Swannie August 20, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Love Tarja, but Floor Jansen is #1, not honorable mention. I get a chuckle when I see you think 1-10 are better Front Women than Floor (6' Viking Warrior Goddess)

  • Reply Mark Klimaszewski August 20, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Floor 1 no contest !!!!

  • Reply bleacheddandelion Köfte August 20, 2019 at 5:56 am

    13:35 definitely not, definitely

  • Reply Nico Jormalainen August 20, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Yeah I’ve heard Tarja Turunen sing and that’s exactly why I know she shouldn’t be anywhere near this list. She can’t keep her rally english down even when performing, she is constantly out of tune when singing and she really isn’t all that impressive when it comes to her vocal abilities.

  • Reply Richard Khiangte August 20, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Lizzy hale could have scored higher

  • Reply Miss Alissa August 20, 2019 at 9:07 am

    what about IWRESTLEDABEARONCE !?

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