Florence Welch: Greatest Woman In Rock Of All Time?

Listeners of XFM radio station call Florence Welch the greatest front woman of all time.

Florence Welch: Greatest Woman In Rock Of All Time?
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Florence + The Machine have only really been on the scene for the past five or so years, yet that's apparently enough for listeners of radio station XFM to call her the greatest front woman of all time. According to NME.com, Florence won out against a number of rivals including Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Courtney Love, Hayley Williams and the late Amy Winehouse. Alison Mosshart of The Kills came in second place. The full top 20 list is below: 01. Florence Welch 02. Alison Mosshart 03. Skin (Deborah Dyer) 04. Karen O 05. Debbie Harry 06. Siouxsie Sioux 07. PJ Harvey 08. Hayley Williams 09. Amy Winehouse 10. Courtney Love 11. Joan Jett 12. Brody Dalle 13. Chrissie Hynde 14. Patti Smith 15. Shirley Manson 16. Bjork 17. Charlotte Cooper 18. Kim Deal 19. Laura Marling 20. Kate Nash Welch had the following comments of offer regarding her victory: [being a woman in rock is about] "doing something unexpected for someone who is perhaps more feminine... Perverting the idea of femininity managing to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time is a big thing in performance really feeling like you've seen someone giving a big part of themselves over to the audience." Florence + The Machine's second album, "Ceremonials", was released on October 31st of last year, reaching #1 on the UK album chart and #6 on the Billboard 200. The band will tour North America in April and early May, before moving on to Australia later in the month. Whether you think that Patti Smith should have been higher up in the list, agree wholeheartedly with XFM's decision, or are baffled by the fact that Heart's Ann Wilson didn't even chart, let us know in the comments section.

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    BlitzkriegAir
    No Janis Joplin?? are you ****ing serious? The people who voted for this band are either underage or have never heard another band with a woman in it
    BassProShopswtr
    She's talented, and her music isn't bad... but she's pretty new to be the "greatest of all time". Oh and she isn't exactly like rock either
    Invin
    Oops, I seem to have stumbled onto ultimate-pop-surveys.com again. Oh wait, it's just ultimate-guitar copying crap from other sites instead of actually writing about guitar again.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    Her new album is amazing, but it's definitely not rock. It's just pop played with instruments. How she beat Joan Jett I'll never know. And where the devil is Alanis Morissette? She is far more rock than Florence...
    MrFlibble
    Same reason why Muse win every single public vote they're put up for and why Metallica win most public polls they're on too. Some fanbases are completely rabid and will do whatever it takes to vote-bomb a poll. Nine years or so ago if you ran a public poll for the best woman in rock, Amy Lee would have won with a landslide victory. Why? Evanescence had just broken out and their fanbase was going utterly mental and vote-bombing every poll they could, no matter how insignificant. In 1989 if you ran a public poll for the greatest guitar player ever, who would have won? Probably Slash, Richie Sambora or Eddie Van Halen. Why? Because big-haired shreddy rock was all the rage and those were the biggest-selling guys at the time. Run the same poll now and those guys will probably get mentioned but it's more likely, with perspective, that someone like Hendrix or Clapton would take it. It's called a trend. It happens in every form of media, in every facet of life. Something breaks out, very quickly builds a rabid, die-hard fanbase and ten years later (usually not even that long) it's all calmed down and there's something else in its place. It's happened hundreds of times before, it's happening now in many areas, it'll happen millions upon millions of times in the future, 'till the day mankind ends.
    iommi600
    08. Hayley Williams 09. Amy Winehouse 20. Kate Nash 10. Courtney Love Great to see all these ladies on this list, but no Grace Slick. Excuse me, I gotta go vomit.
    AeroRocker
    Invin wrote: Oops, I seem to have stumbled onto ultimate-pop-surveys.com again. Oh wait, it's just ultimate-guitar copying crap from other sites instead of actually writing about guitar again.
    UG tries to keep things interesting by posting new topics for discussion every day. You have to understand that the world of guitar doesn't produce thrilling front-page news every day, so some topics will be simple lists like this just to generate discussion. Also, you have the option to write something better yourself if you so choose. Checked.
    Eirien
    Xfm listeners like music that's constantly played on Xfm? Shock horror!
    PatVanHalen5150
    Hayley Williams is on the list, but Ann Wilson, Lzzy Hale & Cristina Scabbia aren't? Facepalm. And where in the blue hell is Janis Joplin?
    JimmyP91
    I have nothing against Florence or any of the other ladies on this list but the lack of Janis Joplin completely invalidates this list. This coming from someone who actually thinks reading these kind of lists is fun. No Lita Ford okay, no Ann Wilson meh, no Grace Slick fine, no Joplin unacceptable. I bet every single woman on this list was highly influenced by Janis. Few had the stage presence she had, man or woman.
    geo1450
    How is Grace Slick not even on the list She should be top . . . By far
    vikkyvik
    I can't do anything but laugh at the title of the article. Nothing against Welch, but really?
    AxlVanhalen
    People that should be on this list! Amy Lee (Evanescence) Lita Ford (The Runaways) Pat Benatar (Pat Benatar) Joan Jett (The Runaways) Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) Janis Joplin (Janis Joplin)
    Tarsplitter
    Alan Ciccone wrote: this is exceptionally stupid. As was said, where is Janis Joplin? It's like they were struggling to make up the 20 and couldn't even think of enough women. Brody Dalle,Laura marling, Florence Welsh? bullshit.
    -_-.. it was a poll. They didn't make it.
    Alan Ciccone
    this is exceptionally stupid. As was said, where is Janis Joplin? It's like they were struggling to make up the 20 and couldn't even think of enough women. Brody Dalle,Laura marling, Florence Welsh? bullshit.
    Way Cool JR.
    What the hell man what about Pat Benatar Lita Ford Ann Wilson (Heart) No love for some of the greatest Rocker Chicks ever.
    Kenjamin91
    Oh dear. She's way overrated. I agree with the fact that Lita Ford and Ann Wilson need to be on there! Oooooo barracuda.
    indie_nation
    Nah not imo, Alison Mosshart is No 1 for me. If you can hold your own as the frontwoman with Jack White on the drums then frankly you deserve the title
    sant1919
    Fuck that! I want to **** the redhead in the Full Sail university ad. You know she likes it dirty!
    Underjoggle
    I've seen her live, opening for U2, and she's got great stage presence. Girl can sing, too. Greatest of all time, maybe not, but she's good.
    daheck1210
    Janis Joplin? Alanis Morissette? Lita Ford? Ann Wilson? Maybe even Benatar. If it was metal then we can throw in Angela Gossow, Tarja Turunen, all of Kittie, etc. Meh, slow news day.
    ibaneztron
    I expected to see James LaBrie somewhere on this list... haha jokes, but seriously, florence and the machine are shit.
    doubleG
    cptcomet wrote: She is in no way shape or form Rock.
    Let's be honest, 'rock' is a vague term. There are so many different types of rock, it's unfair to say that Florence isn't. She definitely displays elements of what would be generally accepted as 'rock', so maybe she's just a new kind of rock that's emerging now? Saw her in Glasgow, absolutely amazing!
    Michael Stewart
    Amy Winehouse is not ROCK!!!!! Just because she died doesn't mean she can be in every article!!!!!
    robquest
    What kindve cruel joke is this? Her voice sounds like an otter choking on this decaying industry's balls.