10 All-Time Greatest Female Rock Stars
These 10 all-time greatest female rock stars proved that women could rock the stage and studio just as hard as the guys. The rock music genre is notably a man's business but over the years, rock music has produced some of the greatest female rock stars in history. From performance to lyrics, these women know how to sing.
- Nancy and Ann Wilson- The Wilson sisters formed the rock group "Heart" in the early 1970's and took the music industry by storm. "Barracuda" the group's most famous song has a fantastic riff and rhythm. The group's fame spanned over a four decade period and still entertain in present day.
- Janis Joplin - The late 1960's saw the rise of one of rock music's female icons. Joplin sang with a blues tone but struck a cord with rock fans across America. She credits her successful career to Blues artist Bessie Smith and Leadbelly.
- Tina Turner - 1971 saw the escalation of Tina and Ike Turner's music career. "Proud Mary" the couple's signature hit made Tina Turner's voice and career a household name. In 1984, on a solo career, Turner returned with ballad "What's Love Got To Do With It". She'll always be considered one of rock music's greatest female stars.
- Joan Jett - her hard-edge tone is heard loud and clear in her 1982 hit "I Love Rock and Roll". Follow up hits included"I Hate Myself For Loving You". "Crimson and Clover" and "Do You Want To Touch Me". All Jett's music had the tough rock girl sound.
- Debbie Harry - Once the lead singer of "Blondie", a new wave music group, she started a solo career in the mid-1990's. During the years with "Blondie", Harry's recognizable voice was heard over the airwaves and fans reveled in the sound.
- Stevie Nicks - best known as co-singer for "Fleetwood Mac" in the 1970's found equal success as solo artist in the 1980's. Her raspy no-nonsense voice had fans craving more. While her tone was more on the pop side of the music scene, Nicks is recognized as one of the greatest female rock stars in history.
- Lita Ford - early in her career, Ford was the lead guitarist for the "Runaways" along with fellow top female rock star Joan Jett. "Kiss Me Deadly", Ford's biggest hit song was released in 1988 and her solo career slowly faded.
- Pat Benatar - Pat Benetar was inspired by Broadway star Liza Minelli and in 1979 her first hit song, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" skyrocketed into the top ten of the Billboard Chart. Benatar continued her success with numerous hits and has a distinguished voice among the greatest female rock stars.
- Alanis Morissette - Her debut album, "Jagged Little Pill" was the start of an unbelievable career for the Canadian female rock star. The single "Ironic" is considered Morissette's biggest hit on record.
- Gwen Stefani - Lead vocalist of the rock band "No Doubt", Stefani went solo in 2004 and has found great success. From the lull of her powerful voice in the love-gone-wrong song of "Don't Speak" to the high tempo "Hollaback Girl", Stefani has a place in being known as one of the greatest female rock stars.