29 Bands With Female Lead Singers

Looking for some new music to listen to? Check out these 30 great bands with female lead singers! From indie to metal, and everything in between, there is something for everyone on this list.

So put on your headphones and prepare to be amazed by the power of these female vocals!

1. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Formed in 2000, this New York City-based band started making waves in the indie world with iconic Karen O as lead singer. Some of their most well-known songs are “Maps”, “Heads Will Roll”, and “Y Control”. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an indie rock band with a unique sound that has earned them critical acclaim throughout their career.

2. Paramore

Paramore is a rock band that formed in 2004. Lead singer Hayley Williams has been with the band since their beginning and her powerful voice helped them gain popularity with hits like “Ain’t It Fun” and “The Only Exception”.

3. ABBA

The next band on the list is an iconic pop group from the 1970s, ABBA. The band was fronted by the talented duo of Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Their voices blended perfectly together and helped create some of the most catchy pop tunes of all time, like “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia” which became massive hits.

4. Blondie

Blondie is a punk rock band that was formed in 1974. The group is fronted by the one and only Debbie Harry, who is known for her cool style and powerful vocals. Hits like “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me” helped to make Blondie one of the most popular bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

5. Sonny & Cher

Next up is the duo Sonny & Cher, who were one of the most popular musical acts of the 1960s and 1970s. The duo was made up of Sonny Bono and his then-wife Cher. They were known for their catchy pop tunes and their on-stage chemistry. Some of their most popular songs include “I Got You, Babe”.

6. The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless is a rock band that was formed in 2010. Lead singer Taylor Momsen has been the lead singer of the band since their debut and sang “Heaven Knows” and “Messed Up World”. The band is known for their dark and edgy style, which is reflected in their music.

7. The Pretenders

The Pretenders is a rock band that was formed in 1978. The group is fronted by the one and only Chrissie Hynde, who is also a founding member of the band. The Pretenders are best known for their hits “Brass in Pocket” and “I’ll Stand by You”.

8. The Go-Gos

The next popular band with a female lead is The Go-Gos. The band was formed in 1978 and is fronted by the one and only Belinda Carlisle. They were formed in Los Angeles and are best known for their hits “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation”.

9. Flyleaf

Flyleaf is a rock band that was formed in 2002. Kristen May is the lead singer of the band and she joined in 2012 replacing former-vocalist Lacey Sturm. They have been described as a “Christian rock” band and some of their popular songs include “All Around Me” and “Memento Mori”.

10. Evanescence

Another iconic rock band with a female lead singer is Evanescence. The band was formed in 1995 and is fronted by Amy Lee, who is also the founder. They are best known for their hit “Bring Me to Life”, which was featured on the soundtrack of the film “Daredevil”. Other popular songs include “My Immortal” and “Going Under”. There is another woman in the group, Jen Majura, who is the lead guitarist.

11. Hey Monday

Hey Monday is a pop-punk band that was formed in 2008. The group has a female lead singer, Cassadee Pope, who is also a founding member of the band. They were formed in Florida and are best known for their hits “Homecoming” and “How You Love Me Now”.

12. No Doubt

No Doubt is a rock band that was formed in 1986. The group is fronted by the one and only Gwen Stefani, who is also a founding member of the band. No Doubt is best known for its hits “Don’t Speak” and “Just a Girl”. They have won multiple awards and have been nominated for several Grammy Awards. Unfortunately, they disbanded and pursued solo careers.

13. Halestorm

The next band on the list is Halestorm. The group has a female lead vocal, Lzzy Hale, who is also a founding member of the band. They were formed in Pennsylvania and debuted in 1997. The band is still playing in gigs and even made a fundraiser for the people who were greatly affected by the CoVid-19 pandemic.

14. The Distillers

The Distillers is a punk rock band that was formed in 1998. The group is fronted by the one and only Brody Dalle, who is also the founder of the band. They were able to release three albums before they decided to part ways in 2006.

15. Vixen

Another punk rock band that has a female lead singer is Vixen. The group was formed in the 1980s and is fronted by Janet Gardner. They did not confirm if they disbanded but they have been inactive since 2011.

16. Alabama Shakes

The next band on the list is Alabama Shakes. The group has a female lead singer, Brittany Howard, who is also a founding member of the band. They were formed in 2009 and are best known for their hits “Gimme All Your Love” and “Hold On”. Howard has a unique voice that sets them apart from other bands.

17. Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gladys Knight & The Pips is a soul and R&B group that was formed in the 1950s. Their lead vocalist is Gladys Knight, who is also known as the “Empress of Soul”. The group is best known for their hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.

18. The Shirelles

The next soul and R&B group on the list is The Shirelles. They are an all-girl group and their lead singer is Shirley Owens, who is also a founding member of the band. The group is best known for their hits “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Soldier Boy”.

19. The Cranberries

The Cranberries is an alternative rock band that was formed in 1989. The group is fronted by the one and only Dolores O’Riordan, who replaced the first lead vocalist of the band, Niall Quinn. They are best known for their hit “Zombie”, which was released in 1994. Other popular songs include “Linger” and “Dreams”.

20. Heart

Next up is Heart, a rock band that was formed in the 1970s. The group is fronted by sisters Ann Wilson as the lead vocalist and Nancy Wilson as the lead guitarist, who are also founding members of the band. They are best known for their hits “Barracuda” and “Magic Man”. The sisters have been through ups and downs but they are still making music together.

21. Pale Waves

The next band on the list is Pale Waves. The group has a female lead singer, Heather Baron-Gracie, who is also a founding member of the band. They were formed in Manchester, England, and debuted in 2014.

22. Hole

The band Hole is known for its frontwoman, Courtney Love, who was the wife of the late legend, Kurt Cobain. The alternative rock band was formed in 1989 and released its first album in 1991. The band has been through many lineup changes but they are still active today.

23. Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is a rock band that was formed in 1967. The group has had many lineup changes but the current members are Stevie Nicks on lead vocals, Christine McVie on keyboards, and Lindsey Buckingham on guitars. They are best known for their hit single “Albatross”.

24.  Jefferson Airplane

The next band on the list is Jefferson Airplane. The group was formed in the 1960s and is fronted by Grace Slick, who is the lead vocalist of the band. They have released many hits throughout their career, such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”.

25. The Bangles

The Bangles is an all-female group that was formed in the 1980s. Their lineup includes Susanna Hoffs on lead vocals, Vicki Peterson on guitars, and Debbi Peterson on drums. They are best known for their hits “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Eternal Flame”.

26. Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips is a group that was formed in the 1980s and is fronted by Carnie Wilson, who is the lead singer of the band. The group also includes her sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips. They are best known for their hit “Hold On”.

27. The Ronettes

The Ronettes was an all-girl group that was formed in the 1950s. Their lead singer was Ronnie Spector, who is also known as the “Queen of Rock and Roll”. The group is best known for their hit “Be My Baby”, which was released in 1963.

28. The Runaways/Blackhearts

Finally, we have The Runaways/Blackhearts. The group was originally formed in the 1970s and is fronted by Joan Jett, who is the lead singer of the band. They are best known for their hit “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

29. Destiny’s Child

The popular R&B group Destiny’s Child was fronted by the one and only Beyoncé. Her powerful voice helped the group churn out hits like “Survivor” and “Say My Name.” They are an all-time great girl group and their music is still as popular today as it was when they first debuted.

Final Thoughts

So, these are 30 bands with female lead singers that you should check out. They mostly consist of rock bands but there are a few from other genres as well. We hope you enjoyed the list and found some new music to listen to. Thanks for reading!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs image by Max Knies, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Evanescence Image by: Justin Higuchi, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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The Distillers Image by: Ian Wilson from London, England, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Alabama Shakes Image by: Liza Agsalud from Los Angeles, Ca, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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