The term “rockstar” is supposedly coined for men. The following women however think differently, that’s why they carved their names in the realm of Rock n’ Roll in a manner that’s almost impossible to erase. Who among these dames is worthy to be called the greatest female rockstar?
Throughout her teen years and her 20s, She suffered from depression and various eating disorders. This did not prevent her however from the path of superstardom that she was meant to claim, for she became one of the most recognized female figures in rock music. In 1995 she released Jagged Little Pill, an album which sold more than 33 million copies worldwide. It is her most critically acclaimed work ever since. She is now a mother of 2, and is a hands-on wife to rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway
Popular songs: Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, Head Over Feet
We know her as the lead vocalist as well as the co-founder of Evanescence. What we may be unaware of is that she is also the American chairperson of Out of the Shadows, an international epilepsy awareness foundation. As a multi-awarded performer, she is very vocal about the fact that she is against women who often use sexuality to further their careers. Obviously, Amy is not just a plain rocker but is also an ambassador of a certain form of wellness.
Popular songs: Bring Me To Life, My Immortal, Call Me When You’re Sober
As a daughter of a psychotherapist, Courtney had a wandering early life. In her youth, she spent her years in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, where she was in a series of short-lived bands. She caught the attention of record and movie producers that she easily landed into recording and filmmaking deals. She was brought to the limelight as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. To us however, she was the wife of the legendary Kurt Cobain. Her stunts with the deceased rocker may have brought her criticism, but she is still one of the most distinguished female rock figures nonetheless.
Popular songs: Celebrity Skin, Gold Dust Woman, Malibu
Applauding the work of Elton John while publicly admitting to her bisexual affiliations, Debbie is one of the most outspoken female musicians in the industry. Her recognition list includes being awarded as the 12th greatest woman of rock and roll by VH1’s 100, and as the 18th sexiest artist of all time by the same institution. Her burst to fame may just be a result from her services as vocalist to the her band Blondie, but critics and fans unanimously agree that it was her natural raw talent that transformed her into the great female rocker that we admire and speak of today.
Popular songs: Maria, Heart of Glass, The Tide Is High
It can’t be disputed, she is the unstoppable force that led The Cranberries to worldwide success for thirteen years. The band’s success could be due to a lot of reasons but the strongest reason perhaps is due to her notable lilting mezzo-soprano voice laced with her strong Limerick accent. She is not only a singer, but an instrumentalist and songwriter as well. Known by her bandmates and friends as a person who truly embodies the importance of familial relationships, Dolores is perhaps the most affectionate female artist, within the rock genre as well as outside of it.
Popular songs: Zombie, Dreams, Ordinary Day
Some artists are driven by the pain of loss which made them songwriters. Fiona was believed to have drawn her creative energies from one traumatic experience. At age 12, she was raped outside the apartment she shared with her mother and sister. She then developed an eating disorder, purposely slimming her developing body, which she regards as “some kind of bait,” so she may get back at those people who are similar to the one who scarred her forever. Although she insisted that she doesn’t write songs about the trauma, her music easily resonates to other kindred spirits across all genders and across all kinds of people.
Popular songs: Criminal, Shadowboxer, Paperbag
VH1 ranked her 13th on their “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012. She embarked on career choices that encompass both being a solo artist and as lead singer of No Doubt – endeavors that allowed her to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, her musicality was met with both critical and commercial success. She is the wife of Gavin Rossdale, the lead singer of alternative band Bush. These days, Gwen is still proving the music world that women can be more powerful than men, as evidenced by her fame which is a lot greater than that of her husband’s.
Popular songs: Don’t Speak, Hollaback Girl, Underneath It All
She did excellent work with the Blackhearts and with the Runaways – 2 of the bands that enjoyed fame benefits due to her noticeable talent. Joan has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, which compliments her “fempunk” persona which in effect, earned her the title, “The Godmother of Punk.” She has been a feminist icon throughout her career while selling many albums that have been certified as either platinum or gold. Unstoppably grabbing awards throughout her career, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Popular songs: I Love Rock N’ Roll, Bad Reputation, I Hate Myself For Loving You
Brave and eccentric – these are the best words to describe her. Having pursued to be ordained as a priest though she was obviously a woman, she was brought to greater notoriety when she tore the picture of Pope Jon Paul II as she was declaring the pontiff to be an agent of Satan during one of her performances. She was often believed to be lesbian due to her shaved-head appearance, though she was publicly known to be in a relationship with some famous men. These are what made Sinead one of the most recognized female rock icons, though she is without a doubt, one of the most controversial.
Popular songs: Nothing Compares 2 U, Song of Jerusalem, In This Heart
Like Joan Jett who was declared as a “Queen of Rock,” Stevie Nicks also carries the tagline with her and was believed to be the real deserving one that should be declared as such. As the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, she is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter, with a style that has remained the same throughout her years in the spotlight. Fashion-wise, she is known as still a “compelling image,” even though she is already in her 60’s. Because of her distinctive influence she is not only looked-up to by other female singers, but also my some male artists.
Popular songs: Landslide, The Chain, Edge of Seventeen
Who among them should be ranked as no. 1?