While the world of rock music has been primarily dominated by male lead singers, there are a number of very talented and beautiful women who front some of the biggest bands around. This whole concept started with a simple debate: Who is the hottest female singer in the rock industry?
We made it our mission to comprise our own list of the twenty sexiest singers of female-fronted bands, which turned out to be a pretty difficult task. Beauty is subjective, so it took a while to figure out the order of our top 20. Our end result is a solid list of some of the baddest and sexiest women in rock.
Do you agree? Or is there someone missing from this list?
20. Sharin Foo
This Danish indie rocker shares vocal responsibilities with her partner Sune Rose Wagner. Cute, blonde foreign girls always have a place on a list like this – which is why she earned her spot at #20.
19. Lykke Li
Another talented and sexy European singer, Lykke Li (Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson) exploded onto the scene with her unique sound and style. They must be putting something in the water in Sweden, because it continuously pumps out hotties like Lykke Li.
18. Alexis Krauss
This relatively-new singer hit the scene with former [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Poison The Well[/lastfm] guitarist Derek Miller in 2008 and has been turning heads ever since. Once an elementary school teacher, she’s now part of one of the most notable indie groups coming out of New York today.
17. Kelly Ogden
A favorite of our own Rodney On The Roq, The Dollyrots have been spun on Rodney’s show for over a year now. When you’re fronted by a woman like Kelly Ogden, it’s hard for others to NOT take notice of your band.
16. Dee Dee
Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls are another hot band which gets a ton of spins on our Sunday night programming, with features on KROQ Locals Only, Jonesy’s Jukebox and Rodney On The Roq.
It sucks that we have to leave the other band members off this list (it’s an all-female band), but Dee Dee happens to be the hot singer.
15. Teri Gender Bender
This one’s for our friends south of the border. Hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, Le Butcherettes singer Teri Gender Bender does anything but bend genders.
It’s clear that she’s hot and puts on one hell of a show – rocking out on guitar, bringing out a real pig head and spewing fake blood all over the stage.
What’s not to like about her?
14. Alison Mosshart
Not only does Alison have great looks, but she’s also got the swagger and style to match it. Pair that with the fact that she’s the singer for not only The Kills, but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Dead Weather[/lastfm] as well, and you have a winner in our books.
Did we mention that she also can play practically any instrument in the band?
13. Zooey Deschanel
She & Him
It’s hard to exclude a famous Hollywood entertainer from this list. Zooey is like the girl next door that you’ll always wish you had a chance with. The fact that she could also pass as Katy Perry’s twin sister is definitely a plus too.
12. Emily Haines
Did you know Emily Haines was born in India and raised in Canada? Regardless, her amazing talent and beauty has wooed us over and over again, including Metric’s performance at Almost Acoustic Christmas 2009 (photos).
11. Taylor Momsen
The Pretty Reckless
After getting her start in the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas and the TV show Gossip Girl (among other things), Momsen went on to form her own band – The Pretty Reckless. Momsen is by far the youngest singer on this list, having just turned 18 in July, but has already formed a cult following.
She has the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll vibe to her, much like a young Courtney Love. Let’s just hope Taylor doesn’t turn out like her…
10. Maja Ivarsson
The second Swedish hottie to make this list is Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds, who’s been rocking out for over 10 years. It’s safe to say that she would have made this list at any point in her career, but damn does she look good for being in her 30’s!
9. Amy Lee
Evanescence fans may be stoked on the new album (which came out Oct. 11), but I’m going out on a limb and saying they’re mostly excited about the reemergence of singer Amy Lee, who’s owned the hearts of fans since the early days of the band.
She’s got one hell of a voice, and her looks appeal to goth kids everywhere.
8. Heidi Shepherd & Carla Harvey
Living in LA, it’s become almost impossible to not hear something about a band fronted by ex-Playboy TV hosts who rock many of LA’s legendary venues on a regular basis.
Shepherd and Harvey are a duo that leave a very lasting impression after their shows, pouring shots of whiskey into fans mouths and wearing tiny electrical-taped X’s over their nips. Sounds like a party that any guy would love to be a part of. Threesome anyone?
7. Carah Faye Charnow
Shiny Toy Guns
Carah Faye returned to Shiny Toy Guns earlier this year after a brief hiatus. She’s been hot ever since the release of their first single “Le Disko” in 2006 and continues to make hipsters cower at the sight of her.
6. Katie White
The Ting Tings
Born and raised on a farm in England, The Ting Tings’ singer Katie White has traveled a long way from home, becoming one of the hottest singers to come out of Britain. Don’t agree? Check her out in the video below…
5. Mette Lindberg
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
You might remember Mette from her appearance in one of the newer Heineken commercials, but she also happens to be the singer of Danish group The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Another hot foreigner we couldn’t help but add to the list.
4. Hayley Williams
You knew Hayley was almost certainly going to rank high up on this list, being one of the most boisterous and attractive singers on the planet.
Her amazing vocal skills only make her hotter than she already is. Add in one of the nicest personalities on the planet and you get Ms. Hayley Williams, our #4 pick.
3. Cristina Scabbia
This Italian beauty is one of the singers in goth metal band Lacuna Coil. You’d never know that she’s almost 40 now, but her beauty matched with an amazing set of pipes makes us forget about her age and focus on what’s really important.
Let’s also remember that she fronts a pretty hard metal band, and that’s just bad ass.
2. Gwen Stefani
Gwen is one of our all-time favorites, and has been melting hearts since the early days of No Doubt. She’s the epitome of the female singer – bringing together good looks, charisma and great music.
1. Mariqueen Maandig
How To Destroy Angels
If Trent Reznor wasn’t already one of the luckiest people on Earth, he also managed to land [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]West Indian Girl[/lastfm] singer Mariqueen Maandig as his trophy wife. Together, the two formed How To Destroy Angels, which helped Mariqueen step further into the spotlight.
In late 2008 she did a spread for iconic magazine Playboy- check out some non-nude photos here. Born in the Philippines and raised in Orange County, she’s become our number one pick as the hottest female singer in rock.
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