Top 10 Frontwomen in Rock Music

While they often don't get an equal share of the spotlight with men, women have fronted some of the most iconic bands of all time. Which current bands have female lead singers?

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Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

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Singer and classically trained pianist Amy Lee burst onto the music scene in 2003 with the hard rock band Evanescence whose debut album Fallen went on to sell over seventeen million copies worldwide. Evanescence has endured numerous lineup changes with Lee as the only constant band member on all three albums of the band's albums. In August 2015 longtime lead guitarist-songwriter Terry Balsamo left the band and was replaced by the band's first female musician beside Lee—lead guitarist Jen Majura. Evanescence performed at Japan's Ozzfest as the second headline act on November 21, 2015. In an October 2015 interview, Amy Lee said that Evanescence will continue to tour in 2016 but her next studio album will be a solo album.

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Shirley Manson of Garbage

Shirley Manson

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It's hard to believe that Garbage's self-titled debut album came out 20 years ago on August 15th, 1995. Producer/musicians Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Duke Erikson recruited Scottish singer Shirley Manson from the band Angelfish after Marker saw her in a video ​"Suffocate Me" the only time the song it aired on MTV's '120 Minutes' program. Angelfish broke up after a tour opening for the band Live. Shortly thereafter Manson flew to Madison, Wisconsin to record Garbage's debut album. Propelled by the singles "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains" the album went on to sell 4 million copies worldwide. Garbage are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album with a 2015 world tour.

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Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and solo artist

Gwen Stefani

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Since the meteoric success of No Doubt's third album, 1995's Tragic Kingdom singer Gwen Stefani has been one of the top frontwomen in rock and pop music. Tragic Kingdom sold over sixteen million copies and Stefani's 2004 debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. has sold over seven million copies. Stefani continues to record and perform with No Doubt and as of September 2014, she was simultaneously working on a new No Doubt album and her third solo album. 

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Alison Mosshart of The Kills and The Dead Weather

Alison Mosshart

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Alison Mosshart has been lead vocalist for the indie rock band The Kills since 2000, releasing 4 studio albums including their latest 2011 album Blood Pressures. In early 2009 she joined the blues-rock supergroup The Dead Weather as co-lead vocalist along with former White Stripes frontman Jack White. The Dead Weather's third album Dodge & Burn was released in September 2015. Watch the official video for The Dead Weather's new single ​"I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" online.

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Annie Clark of St. Vincent

Annie Clarke of St. Vincent

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Annie Clark, who is best known by her stage name St. Vincent, started her own band in 2006 after stints as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band. On her self-titled 2014 fourth album St. Vincent, Clarke won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. On April 10, 2014, Clark sang lead vocals with surviving Nirvana members on "Lithium" at the 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. St Vincent performed the songs "Digital Witness" and "Birth In Reverse" on Saturday Night Live on May 17, 2014.

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Hayley Williams of Paramore

Hayley Williams

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The alternative rock/pop-punk band Paramore formed in 2004 in Tennessee. Their second album 2007's Riot! sold over a million copies propelled by energetic frontwoman Hayley Williams vocals. Originally a five-piece band, Paramore have been a trio since brothers Josh and Zac Farro (guitar and drums) left the band in December 2010. Williams, guitarist-songwriter Taylor York, bassist Jeremy Davis released their self-titled fourth album in 2013 which went gold (over 500,000 copies sold). The band continues to rack up hit singles and played a co-headlining tour in 2014 with Fall Out Boy. Paramore is currently working on their fifth album.

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Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll

Kimberly Freeman

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Singer/guitarist Kimberly Freeman has fronted the Austin, Texas goth punk duo One-Eyed Doll since 2006. In 2015 One-Eyed Doll, which includes drummer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jason Rufuss "Junior" Sewell, released their sixth studio album Witches, a concept album based on the Salem witch trials. Witches features a diverse array of sounds including Freeman's soaring vocals, metal guitars, heavy double bass drums, orchestrated synthesizers, folksy mandolins, strings arrangements, and much more sonic textures creating an album that defies categorization. You can watch the official video for One-Eyed Doll's new single "Afflicted" online.

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Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen

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Former Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen embarked on a music career in 2009 as lead singer/rhythm guitarist for the rock band The Pretty Reckless. The band has released two full-length albums: 2010's Light Me Up and 2014's Going to Hell. In 2011 The Pretty Reckless have toured as headliners and as the opening act for Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, Nickelback, and joined the Carnival of Madness tour in 2015 with Halestorm.

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Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Lzzy Hale

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The hard rock Halestorm, led by singer/guitarist Elizabeth Mae "Lzzy" Hale, released their self-titled debut album in 2009. In 2012 Halestorm released their second album  The Strange Case of... Since 2006 Halestorm has toured constantly performing about 250 shows a year opening act for Chevelle, Seether, Staind, Shinedown, Sevenfold, Evanescence, Stone Sour, and many others. Halestorm were the last band to open for Heaven & Hell in 2009 at Ronnie James Dio's last concert ever. The band's third album Into the Wild Life was released in April 2015. Watch Halestorm's official video for first single "Apocalyptic" online.

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Mariqueen Maandig of How To Destroy Angels

Mariqueen Maandig

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In 2009 Mariqueen Maandig, her husband Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, and Reznor collaborator Atticus Ross formed the band How To Destroy Angels. In 2013 the band released their debut LP album Welcome Oblivion after releasing 2 EPs in 2010 and 2012. Watch the official video for HTDA's 2012 song "Ice Age" online.