American Female Rock Singers

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 1 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin
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Famous As: Known for Her Powerful Mezzo-Soprano Vocals
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: October 4, 1970

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

 2 Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
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Famous As: Co-founder of Band 'No Doubt'
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, United States

The co-founder of the popular band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani is a famous singer, songwriter, and record producer. One of the most decorated singer-songwriters, Stefani was ranked 13th in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, she is also one of the most successful female artists.

 3 Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Stevie Nicks is a songwriter and vocalist with the British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac. She also performs solo and is known for her unique voice. She has numerous hits to her credit and her records have sold in millions. She has won many awards, including the Grammy and was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by the Rolling Stone magazine.

 4 Tina Turner

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Famous As: The "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll"
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

 5 Joan Jett

Joan Jett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States

Joan Jett, also known as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, is the frontwoman of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, best known for their rendition of the Arrows song I Love Rock 'n Roll, which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Jett also released the hit Cherry Bomb with the Runaways

 6 Debbie Harry

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Debbie Harry is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular rock band Blondie, which pioneered the American punk rock and later the new wave genre. Also a well-known philanthropist, Debbie Harry works with charities that fight against endometriosis and cancer.

 7 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

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 8 Courtney Love

Courtney Love
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Courtney Love is an American singer-songwriter, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the alternative rock and grunge music scenes of the last three decades. Known for her distinctive style and confrontational lyrics, Love has been a major influence on aspiring female rock musicians across the world. She is also an ardent supporter of LGBT rights.

 9 Elle King

Elle King
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Famous As: American Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

American singer, Elle King, made her mark in showbiz when her debut single Good To Be A Man was released in March 2012 as a digital download. Her 2014 single Ex's & Oh's became one of the top songs in US. Under the Influence, America's Sweetheart, Good Girls, Different for Girls, Wild Love are some of her other popular songs.

 10 Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

The oldest daughter of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra established herself as a popular singer and actress during the 1960s and 1970s. At the age of 54, she posed for Playboy magazine, becoming one of the oldest women to do so. In 2006, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 11 Elizabeth Gillies

Elizabeth Gillies
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haworth, New Jersey, United States

Elizabeth Gillies is a popular American actress and singer who started her acting career at the age of 15 when she was cast to play the character of Lucy in the Broadway musical 13. She then went on to establish herself as an actress in the American film and TV industry, thanks to her hard work and skills.

 12 Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kennett, Missouri, United States

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

 13 Patti Smith

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the punk poet laureate, Smith became an influential figure of the punk rock movement with the release of her album Horses. Many world-renowned musicians, such as Madonna and Michael Stipe, have cited Smith as their inspiration. Even actresses like Ellen Page and Maria Doyle Kennedy have called Smith a major influence.

 14 Miley Cyrus

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Miley Cyrus, the American singer-songwriter and actress, is known for her wide range in music, spanning from pop and country pop to hip hop. The portrayal of the title character of television series, Hannah Montana, made her a teen idol. Her personal life has often sparked controversy, especially when she came out as pansexual and talked about use of cannabis.

 15 Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenpoint, New York, United States

Four-time Grammy-winning rock artist Pat Benatar left her job as a teller to step into the music industry and is best known for her chartbusting tracks Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Fire and Ice, and Love Is a Battlefield. She has platinum albums in both the U.S. and Canada.

 16 Lisa Marie Presley

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Famous As: Rock Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

The only child of the legendary singer and musician, Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley fought her addiction with drugs during her teens and later launched herself as singer-songwriter with her debut album To Whom It May Concern. It was followed by two more commercially and critically successful albums. Lisa Marie Presley has also earned appreciation for her numerous philanthropic work.

 17 Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 18 Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: June 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 19 Taryn Manning

Taryn Manning
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Falls Church, Virginia, USA

 20 Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Chrissie Hynde, founding member, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of the rock band The Pretenders, previously performed with The Frenchies. A follower of Vaishnavism and the hippie counterculture, Hynde is also a staunch vegetarian, fights for animal rights, and once owned a vegan restaurant. She has also authored an autobiography.

 21 That Poppy

That Poppy
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 22 Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

 23 Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Sheena Easton first gained attention on The Big Time. With the singles Modern Girl and 9 to 5, she became the second female to feature twice on the same Top Ten chart. Easton is the only artist with a top 5 hit on all Billboard singles charts.

 24 Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 25 AJ Michalka

AJ Michalka
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

AJ Michalka is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. She is credited with forming the popular pop duo Aly & AJ along with her sister Alyson Renae Michalka. Also a respected actress and voice actress, AJ Michalka has contributed to the success of several TV series, such as Steven Universe and The Goldbergs.

 26 Rain Phoenix

Rain Phoenix
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Crockett, Texas, U.S.

 27 Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 28 Tori Amos

Tori Amos
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Famous As: Musician and Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newton
Alternative rock singer Tori Amos is known for her songs that highlight issues such as feminism. Amos was the youngest to win a music scholarship to the Peabody Institute. She performed with the group Y Kant Tori Read before going solo. She is associated with RAINN, a sexual abuse helpline. 

 29 Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

 30 Patti Scialfa

Patti Scialfa
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 31 Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

Aimee Mann is an American singer and songwriter whose song Save Me, which she recorded for the soundtrack of the film Magnolia, earned her a Grammy Award and Academy Award nomination. Apart from being a singer and songwriter, Aimee Mann has also made several appearances on film and television. She also appears on the albums of other artists.

 32 Domino Kirke

Domino Kirke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

 33 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 35 Patty Smyth

Patty Smyth
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Patty Smyth is best known as the leading vocalist of the rock band Scandal. She also had a successful solo career and co-wrote and sang the Junior soundtrack Look What Love Has Done, which earned her Grammy and Academy Award nominations. Patty is married to legendary tennis star John McEnroe.

 36 Alison Sudol

Alison Sudol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 37 Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Spector
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York, United States
Died: January 12, 2022
Ronnie Spector was once the lead singer of the Ronettes, which released hits such as Be My Baby and Baby, I Love You. The “bad girl of rock and roll” was in an abusive marriage with record producer Phil Spector, who was later convicted of the murder of Lana Clarkson.

 38 Alexa Ray Joel

Alexa Ray Joel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 39 Alisan Porter

Alisan Porter
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: June 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts

 40 Kim Deal

Kim Deal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA

 41 Wendy O. Williams

Wendy O. Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States
Died: April 6, 1998

 42 Aja Volkman

Aja Volkman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, USA

 43 Juice Newton

Juice Newton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

 44 Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Exene Cervenka soared to fame as a singer of the punk rock band X. She has also held exhibitions for her mixed media art, published books, and released a spoken word album. She has also expressed her views as a conspiracy theorist named Christine Notmyrealname, on social media.

 45 Brody Armstrong

Brody Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 46 Ellen Foley

Ellen Foley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

 47 Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Homestead, Florida, United States

Former lead singer of the hard-rock band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm is known for her trademark screams and her tracks such as I'm So Sick and All Around Me. Her album Life Screams made her the first solo female performer to top the hard-rock album charts. She has also penned a memoir.

 48 Niykee Heaton

Niykee Heaton
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Illinois, United States

 49 Carmit Bachar

Carmit Bachar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 50 Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA