10 Greatest female artists in rock history.

  • 1.Carole King
  • 2.Joni Mitchell
  • 3.Madonna
  • 4.Chrissie Hynde
  • 5.Janis Joplin
  • 6.Grace Slick
  • 7.Stevie Nicks
  • 8.Annie Lennox
  • 9.Liz Phair
  • 10.Souixie Soiux

No Aretha Franklin, Maureen "Moe" Tucker (both of the first two should be here, I'd think), Ruth Brown, Bjork, or PJ Harvey?

I mean, compared to Annie Lennox? (No offense)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Im sorry Janis Joplin and great do not belong in the same sentence unless you are talking greatest waste of a voice. I concur on Aretha who should top this list. Just my opinion of course.

All Aretha is is a overweight middle aged britteny spears. She wrote 3 songs in her life. She can sing real great, no doubt, but the songs she sings are Carole King's and Otis Redding's.

Well She certainly wasnt always middle-aged and I am not sure what weight has to do with her talents but come on Britney Spears? I thought the category was artist and not greatest female songwriters. I think if you asked Carole King who is the greatest Female Artist in Rock and Roll she would say Aretha. i think I even saw this on the VH-1 special about this subject.

Whoah, jblack, dem fighin' words there. You seem to dismiss Aretha with the phrase, "She can sing real great," but that is something of an understatement. She not only has one of the best voices ever to dabble in pop music, she also interprets the songs with intelligence and emotion, something most singers with great voices forget to do. Additionally, she largely defined female soul singing, which means she has a huge influence on a good amount of the pop music of our time.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I wholeheartedly agree. I can't think of anyone who would say that Billie Holliday wasn't an artist in her own right, or Ella Fitzgerald, and they, too were 'just' singers.

Look guys, I may of came off a little brash ok. But you know I consider artists to encompass everything. Songwriting included. I dont think Aretha sucks or anything, I just dont see what people see in her to make her worshipped! I respect and understand all you guys theories here, I just dont share the same love for her as other people.

How about we just get along...Sit down with your foe. Mo Money Tree is the best artist around and if you don't like my opinion I will personally beat you with a stick made of wood. It has been specially developed for use in childrens projects. Bonds most porous and semi-porous materials. It is important to your performance, enjoyment and safety to understand how things work. If you are not experienced don't assume that things will work like they did. It is YOUR responsibility!

what on gods green earth are you blithering on about. You must have good acid!

I'll just carbon copy L.'s comments and also ask about Linda Ronstadt, who really gets no respect today and that is a crying dying shame.

Other than Lennox and Sioux, I can swallow the rest of this list. Great job on a tough deed.

Zeep! Zeep! Zeep!

I liked Rondstadt. But here I try going with all facets, including songwriting. She didn't do much of that.

First, whoever said Janis Joplin is a waste of a voice is trippin. She definitely belongs on this list. As do Hynde, Phair, and Siouxsie Sioux. Won't quibble with the other entries although they aren't my favorites.

One comment about the Aretha thing: whether it is Aretha (whose voice, by the way is incredible and could destroy everything about Brittney in a second), Elvis, or Sinatra, the art of interpreting songs and making them one's own is as rare (maybe rarer) as being able to write great songs. It is the rare talent who can take over a song and make it sound like it truly comes from their own emotions. This ability has been denigrated in the last three decades or so, but unfairly in my opinion.

Johnny Waco

I see your point. However, the author of the song should be credited with making a song that is re recordable. Dontcha think?

Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer and Debbie Harry instead of Liz Phair, Siouxsie Sioux and Chrissie Hynde. They had a greater influence and acclaim.